Different butters perform each of these functions to a different degree.
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.
I plan on using it in some of my DIY Hair Recipes for dry hair ("Feed Me") because it is reputed to be a good softener; and in my hair retention DIY Hair recipes ("Grow Me") because it is so nutrient rich.
It has a melting point of 25 – 35°C and a shelf life of 2 years.
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