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Booming Brazil

By: Imogen Matthews
Posted: January 27, 2014, from the January 2014 issue of GCI Magazine.

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For the past 50 years, Beraca, a leading provider of natural ingredients sourced from the Brazilian biodiversity, has been investing in the development of sustainable technologies. Through its health and personal care division, Beraca is a leading provider in sourcing organic and natural ingredients from the Amazon rainforest and other Brazilian biomes.

Ulisses Sabará, Beraca’s president, comments on ingredient trends, saying, “Beraca has seen a growing worldwide interest in our Rain Forest Performance oils for use in hair care products. Active ingredients that add shine to hair and provide an anti-frizz effect are among the most sought-after.”

The L’Oréal Professional brand is now using Beraca’s murumuru butter as a core ingredient in its products. “Known as ‘the new argan oil,’ the murumuru butter is a powerful emollient agent, rich in lauric, myristic and oleic acids,” states Sabará. “Another ingredient that has been in the spotlight is the patauá oil, a powerful moisturizing agent with high oleic acid content (75%) and unique properties such as transparency and a light, non-greasy feel. It can be used as a cost-effective substitute for olive oil in skin care and hair care products due to similarities in their fatty acid chain. Cupuaçu butter has also been gaining a lot of attention lately for its use in skin care products due to its long-lasting moisturizing effect, which helps reducing skin water loss.”

Watch the Throne

Euromonitor predicts Brazil will be the powerhouse of beauty in the future, replacing North America in terms of ranking. This represents a massive 73% of absolute growth by 2017 as Brazil continues to grow into its standing as a giant on the world stage of beauty.

Imogen Matthews is a consultant to in-cosmetics. For more information, contact