Different butters perform each of these functions to a different degree.
Good Substitutes For Murumuru Butter
In terms of the benefits, murumuru butter is very similar to coconut oil but apparently, structurally, it should provide better moisturizing & conditioning to hair than coconut oil. Apparently tucuma butter - one I haven't tried yet - also has similar properties to murmuru.
It has a high affinity for hair proteins and will definitely penetrate into your hair cuticle in the way coconut oil does. Being light in weight makes it a great ingredient for thin hair so I'll be using it in some of my "Adore Me" Hair Recipes. As a very conditioning oil it's also suitable for products designed for dry hair (see my "Feed Me" range of DIY Hair Recipes) and for weak, brittle or damaged hair (see my "Love Me" range of DIY Hair Recipes).
As a reminder the composition of coconut oil is 91% saturated fats, 6% monounsaturated fats and 3% polyunsaturated - so, very similar to murumuru butter.
It has a melting point of 25˚C to 37˚C and a shelf life of 1 to 2 years.
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