Mafura oil or natal mahogany oil is from the mafura tree, which is also called Trichilia Emetica and cape mahogany. It’s found in Mozambique and other countries in Southern Africa. As a butter at room temperature and an oil at 65 degrees or higher, this wonder is high in essential fatty acids like palmitic, stearic, and linoleic.
The oil is highly moisturizing and is extracted from the bright red fleshy seeds. One single tree yields around 20 liters of oil, and this amazing oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties because of the presence of limonoids like trichilin. It is widely used in Mozambique and Zimbabwe as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner. It is also known to treating rheumatism and heal wounds. It’s a non-drying oil that will quickly absorb in the skin while softening and improving the elasticity of the skin. According to Phyto Africa, it is excellent as a hair conditioner, moisturizer, or treatment to alleviate dry and itchy scalps.
This oil and butter is not new, but it seems that it hasn’t been added to many of the ‘popular’ natural hair lines…until now. Recently SheaMoisture released their Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration line and it’s all the buzz. I haven’t tried it yet but if you are interested it’s only at Target as a part of Target’s Made To Matter initiative where 10% of sales from this product line (and others) go to “empower disadvantaged women while protecting the planet and your skin.”
Ouidad Curl Recovery Defining Styling Soufflé also has mafura butter along with Kalahari melon seed oil that will envelop the hair shaft with protective barrier of concentrated fatty acids so vital to rebuilding and nourishing our strands. Ouidad Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask is also formulated with the butter and you can even find raw, unrefined mafura butter at Amazon.com. I think we are going to see many more product lines jumping on the bandwagon at adding this incredible oil and butter to their products. Move over shea butter, you may have a rival.
Have you tried or even heard of mafura oil or butter?