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Copra oil, also known as coconut oil, is abstracted from the coconut’s dry pulp, which varies from virgin coconut oil that comes from fresh pulp and keeps the specific smell of the coconut. Copra oil is a very interesting product especially for soap as it is one of the rare oils that has high index of lauric acid.

 

Ingredient Coco

 

Introduction

Part of the plant harvested: dry coconut pulp | Abstraction process: first pressing cold
Family: Arecaceae | Scientific name: Cocos nucifera | Trade name: Coconut
Quality: 100% pure and natural, first cold pressing without chemical processing, cosmetics quality
Country of origin: Cameroon | Production area: Periphery of Campo Ma’an Reserve
Harvest period: all year | Production in 2015: 100kg | Production capacity in 2016: 500-1000kg

 

Organoleptic characteristics

Feature: solid at room temperature | Colour: white to perlescent ivory | Smell: sweet, suave and greedy of coconut

 

Physical and chemical characteristics

Density: 0.91 | Melting point: 25°C | Saponification Index: 248-265

 

Fatty acids composition

Essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (E.F.A) or vitamin F: linoleic acid (omega-6) (5%)
Mono-unsaturated acids (MUFA): oleic acid (omega-9) (2%)
Saturated fatty acids: lauric acid (50%), acide myristic (20%), palmitic acid (6%), stearic acid (3%)

 

Condition of preservation

Store in a dry place, protected from hit and light. Limited oxidative capacity.

 

Properties and use

Nourishing, prevents dehydration, soothing and softening, hair repair, anti-lice, foaming, protective film, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, cooking oil.

 

Ingredient Coco2

 

NGO working in the sector

Tubé Awu is an NGO working in Southwest coast of Cameroon, western periphery of the Campo Ma’an reserve. They work with communities in ecotourism and other alternative activities to protect sea turtles. They empower local populations to valorise coconut.

 

Impact on biodiversity and local communities

The Harbour construction in Kribi’s deep waters has increased the price of land along the coast in the periphery. Many local populations have already sold their land to hotel companies for instance. The rarefaction of wild beach impacts highly on sea turtles reproduction. Valorisation of coconut allows to also valorising coastal lands to balance this dynamic back in favour of local populations and sea turtles.

 

Man and Nature cannot be hold responsible for any misuse of the information contained in these pages. These factsheets cannot be considered as a therapeutic or medical prescription and cannot in any way replace a consultation with a health professional.

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