Ingredients 101: How Cupuaçu Makes Skin Ridiculously Soft

Megan Segura

We’ve noticed a particular ingredient popping up in our favorite beauty brands’ products: cupuaçu (pronounced koo-poo-ah-soo). The cupuaçu fruits grow on trees of the same name in areas like Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. The vitamin C and fatty acids in this “superfruit” keep skin supple and smooth.

Cupuaçus also have a high number of phytosterols, which trap moisture. The ingredient is not only beneficial for skin, but for hair, too.


1. Burt’s Bees  Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion ($8, uses cupuaçu, so the moisture is trapped below the skin, making your body feel extra smooth and hydrated.

2. John Masters Organics Lavender, Rose Geranium & Ylang Ylang Soap ($8, keeps skin moisturized as it cleans with the South American fruit.

3. Lush The Big Tease ($19.95, is a gel that gives hair a strong hold while still keeping it soft. Can you guess which ingredient it is that helps to hydrate hair?


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