Like murumuru, cupuacu butter (theobroma grandiflorum) is native to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. It is pressed from the seeds of the tree.
Benefits of Cupuacu Butter to Hair:
All butters that can be used for hair have more or less the same benefits. They:
Good Substitutes For Cupuacu Butter
Cupuacu butter is somewhat similar to cocoa butter but has less palmitic acid (a good moisture sealant). I don't think cocoa and cupuacu butter are perfect substitutes by any stretch of the imagination especially as they have very different consistencies to each other. I would say mango butter is a better substitute for cupuacu than cocoa. However, mango butter is less conditioning/softening and is drier than cupuacu.
As a very nutrient rich butter cupuacu is good for weak, brittle and damaged hair (e.g. in my "Love Me" DIY Hair Recipes). It's a especially good if you are spending a lot of time in the sun as some of it's constituents provide natural protection from UV-A and UV-B rays. Both hair and skin need that protection.
It has a melting point of 25 – 35°C and a shelf life of 2 years.