Forestwise Launches Refined Organic Illipe Butter

October 16, 2020

Forestwise, supplier of quality raw ingredients that are sustainably sourced from Indonesian rainforests, now offers organic- and Fair for Life-certified, refined, bleached, and deodourised (RBD) Illipe butter. The removal of color and odour from Illipe butter allows it to be used with minimal effect on the fragrance and color of personal care and cosmetics formulations.

Theo Smits, Founder and CTO of Forestwise, shared, “Our line of RBD Illipe butter was created in response to manufacturers’ demand for Illipe butter that has little impact on the fragrance, color, and most importantly, the formulation of products. With this product launch, we not only broaden the appeal of Illipe butter as an ingredient, but also further our mission to stop deforestation by developing a market for valuable rainforest products.”

Pressed from the nuts of the Shorea Stenoptera trees growing in the forests of Borneo, Illipe butter has been used for centuries by locals to moisturise skin and heal sores and sunburns. RBD Illipe butter holds the same properties as Forestwise’s original line of Illipe butter, namely, its moisturising efficacy and high melting point, that allows the butter to be applied in a wider range of formulations.

RBD Illipe butter contains only a negligible amount of free fatty acids, therefore, any possible chemical reactions with other ingredients in formulations is minimized. The low odour grade ingredient can also be used at higher concentration levels in body butters and other similar skincare products. Additionally, manufacturers that formulate with Forestwise’s RBD Illipe butter can include sustainability claims on their products, as the ingredient is certified USDA Organic, and Fair for Life and EU Organic by Ecocert.


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