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Project Babassu Oil
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BABASSU-OIL (Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil)

Silky Oil from the Forests of Brazil for Cosmetics for care of dry and irritated Skin

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Gustav Heess cooperates with a non-commercially cooperative of the Maranhão, whose objective is the improvement and preservation of quality of life of the rural babassu cultivators. This includes fundamental rights, such as equality, a right to food and education. Simultaneously, the preservation of biodiversity and environmental protection is respected due to the organic cultivation.

The Brazilian babassu palm, which belongs to the Family Arecaceae, can reach a height of up to 30 meters and a diameter of 50 cm. In some states like the Maranhão (in the northeast of Brazil) grow up to 10,000 palms on solely one hectare. The babassu nut itself is similar to the coconut due to its brownish colour, but only has a length of 10 – 12 cm.

The nuts are harvested by native women, the so called “quebradeiras de coco”. Therewith, they contribute a considerable part to the subsistence of more than 300,000 families. The “quebradeiras” are dependent on the self-sufficient economy of this nut in their workaday lives, since every part of it is used and of essential importance. For example, the wood is used for the construction of houses, bridges and benches; the leafs for roofs, walls, doors and windows due to their waterproofness; the fibers for mats, torches or birdcages; the kernels for oil and soap and their rests as animal food or bait for fishing; the peel for wood charcoal, as key source for fuel to cook, and the resulting smoke as insect repellent.

The babassu nut is among the hardest nuts worldwide and is opened manually with an axe turned upside down, so that the nut can be pushed onto the axe blade with a wooden rod. The contained kernels are collected and driven to the oil presses, where the crude babassu oil is produced. However, big landowners do not see the babassu nuts as sufficiently profitable. Therefore, some babassu fields stay empty and are not harvested until the nut rots or is burnt. At the same time, there is massive interest for the destruction of these areas in order to cultivate soya beans. Gustav Heess cooperates with a non-commercially cooperative of the Maranhão, whose objective is the improvement and preservation of quality of life of the rural babassu cultivators.

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Cosmetic Application

Due to its fatty acid composition with a major part of lauric acid (C 12: 40 – 50 %), the melting point is at around 24° C and therefore similar to coconut oil. Lauric acid has got the special attribute of an antimicrobial effect. When getting into contact with the body, the babassu oil immediately starts to melt and causes a flossy, very smoothly skin feel. The melting process is accompanied by a slight cooling effect, which brings about a feeling of freshness. The spreading of the oil is high, however, is at the same time viscosity-reducing when used in emulsions. Its versatile characteristics make its use very flexible. For example, one can use it having oily scalp and mild inflammations (also in case of acne) due to the antimicrobial and cooling effect, but at the same time against dry skin. Soap manufacturer use it as basic oil, since the high creamy foam formation gives a soft and glossy feeling.

We offer refined babassu oil in conventional and organic quality, in 25 kg and 180 kg drums with lid.

NaTrue Certification
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NATRUE Certification for Gustav Heess


NaTrue_klLeading natural cosmetic manufacturers such as Weleda, Logocos, Dr. Hauschka and others founded 2007 a European Initiative with the objective of creating a new standard for natural and organic cosmetic characterized by high transparency. In this way the availability of top-quality natural raw materials and controlled wild collection will be ensured. 2009 the new NaTrue label for natural and organic cosmetic was established.

The NaTrue Standard differentiates between three levels: Natural Cosmetics, Natural Cosmetics with min. 70% Organic Portion and Organic Cosmetics with min. 95% certified organic ingredients. Currently the NaTrue label showing one up to three stars has been simplified. A distinction between Natural Cosmetics (one star), Natural Cosmetics with Organic Portion (two stars) and Organic Cosmetics (three stars) has been removed. Classification of cosmetic products and the raw materials used can be retrieved online on the NaTrue website.

Gustav Heess GmbH as a supplier of high-quality raw materials for cosmetics industry introduced additionally to the organic certification for products from controlled organic farming a new NaTrue certificate. The first products are already listed in the raw material NaTrue database; the next entries are scheduled in the short term.


Link to the NaTrue raw material database


We can provide you with following products according to NaTrue Quality Standard:



INCI Name of Constituents

Almond oil refined Ph Eur

100% Natural

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil

Apricot kernel oil refined

100% Natural

Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil

Avocado oil refined DAC

100% Natural

Persea Gratissima Oil

Olive oil refined Ph Eur

100% Natural

Olea Europaea Fruit Oil

Rice bran oil refined

100% Natural

Oryza Sativa Bran Oil

Soybean oil refined IP Ph Eur

100% Natural

Glycine Soja Oil

















Market Report Oktober 2017
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General Oils and Fats complex

Soybean Oil


The soybean oil prices have got under pressure during the last days, since the US harvest seems to be better than expected due to the higher yield per hectare. Many farmers are already selling parts of their crop, which has also an effect on the price level. Finally, there are rumors that a compromise in the negotiation between the USA and Argentina may be found, so that Argentina can sell some biodiesel quantities on the US market. However, one cannot expect prices to fall considerably, since the export demand (especially from the USA and Brazil) is consistently high. Moreover, the weather conditions in South America are rather unfavorable. In many states of Brazil it is too dry, so that sowing is impossible. On the hand, in Argentina it is too wet. This could lead to harvest damages, which could be compensated by the record US harvest from today’s view resulting probably in rather modest premiums to be paid on later dates.

Sunflower Oil


The coming big sunflower crop and huge stocks hold the oil prices on a low level. The development is heavily dependent on the very strong demand from India and the EU.

Rapeseed Oil

The Canadian crop is going to be much bigger than expected and is going to compensate the decline in Australia and China. The availability is going to remain on a scarce level for this season as well, since the demand from the Canadian and US American biodiesel industry is expected to increase dramatically in the next months. On the other hand, the European demand is expected to decline.

Key products from the GUSTAV HEESS production in the USA

Almond Oil

Harvest is behind when compared to 2016. For new crop, everyone is talking about insect damage. There is so much of it this year that it may adjust the total crop number.

Walnut Oil


The big variety, Chandler, hasn’t been harvested yet so there is little news about walnuts. Crop size is down from last year, prices are holding until yield information comes out.

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RSPO certified Palm oil
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Certified Palm Oil / Round Table of Sustainable Palm (R.S.P.O.)


Since 2009 the GUSTAV HEESS group has been a RSPO member and supports the principles and criteria for the production and distribution of sustainable Palm oil.

After a substantial amount of RSPO certified Palm oil has become available on the market, we have increased our commitment since the middle of this year.

It is our clear goal to switch 100% of our sourcing and supply to RSPO certified Palm oil, preferably IP or SG, no later than 2015. A big step towards achieving this goal has been the RSPO audit during November 2011 in our head office in Stuttgart.

Further down­ and upstream audits will be completed during this month. After this audit process is finalized we will continue to promote a wide range of various RSPO certified Palm oils and derivatives.

Please do not hesitate to ask our sales team for details.

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