Different butters perform each of these functions to a different degree.
Compared to other butters kukui butter is super soft and has a very non-greasy feel.
Good Substitutes For Kukui
Rice bran oil and sesame seed oil have the same balance of oleic acid and linoleic acid so you can substitute between the three. You can also use kukui oil instead of grapeseed oil or hempseed oil because it has a longer lifespan.
Apparently kukui is/was popular amongst Hawaiians who's dry hair had been overexposed to sun and was therefore sun damaged; kukui is therefore a useful input in any of my "Love Me" DIY Hair Recipes which are designed for weak, brittle and damaged hair.
Because of its regenerative effect kukui would also be a great ingredient in my "Soothe Me" Hair Recipes. Kukui is a relatively new discovery for me but it's becoming one of my favourites. I already prefer it to castor oil and grapeseed oil.
Shelf Life is 12 to 18 months.
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Ref: Wayne's World, swiftcraftymonkey on kukui-nut-oil, wikipedia (Candlenut_oil), naturallythinking (Kukui Nut Butter),
gardenofwisdom.com/butters, livestrong.com (Benefits Of Kukui Nut Oil)
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