Rich and conditioning
Rich and nourishing, avocado oil helps to add strength, shine and condition to hair. It also nourishes the skin and is said to help protect it from ultraviolet rays. This is because the oil contains than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, lecithin and potassium. Avocado oil is reputed to be beneficial in reducing age spots and the appearance of scars because it has a high content of unsaponifiables (sterolins) that soften and moisturise skin's upper layer.
Avocados (Persea gratissima, Persea americana) are the fruit of a subtropical tree, native to Mexico and South America. The tree is a member of the Laurel (Lauraceae) family and there are approximately 500 varieties, which produce fruits ranging from small and egg-like to heavy, pear-shaped fruits.
The name avocado is derived from the Mexican name 'ahuacatl', a shortening of the Aztec name 'ahuacacuahatl'. The Aztecs believed the avocado had aphrodisiac qualities because of its shape.
Cold-pressing the flesh of the avocado makes avocado oil. It takes ten fruits to produce one teaspoon of the rich and thick oil, which absorbs easily.