Avocado (Persea americana) oil

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Herbal Essences aloe and avocado oil shampoos, conditioners, masks and oils include real avocado oil

Avocado is sometimes referred to as alligator pear

What is avocado oil?

Although avocado oil is a relatively new invention, it’s already revolutionizing the skincare industry. What is avocado oil? It’s the oily substance pressed directly from the flesh of avocado fruit. What is avocado oil most valued for? Many people appreciate its nourishing, moisturizing and regenerative properties, which is why avocado oil is more increasingly being used in cosmetics and hair care products.

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Where does Avocado come from?

Avocado comes from... a long, long time ago. More precisely, to reach the roots of avocado, we have to go back some 7,000 years in time and visit what is now known as Mexico. In fact, avocado origins can be traced back to Mexican tribes of Inca, Olmec and Maya, that started domesticating and growing avocado trees after centuries of simply gathering the wild fruit.

Europeans had to wait a while for the avocado. A long while, to be precise, as avocado origins in Europe only date back to the 16th century. We enjoy this delicious and useful fruit today thanks to the Spanish explorers who brought it to our continent from Central and South America, where, as we now know, it was already common for a long, long time.

You would think the name "avocado" is as old as its history. Quite the opposite! Although avocado history dates back to ancient times, the name “avocado” as we know it today was invented quite recently, at the end of the 17th century. It was coined by Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish collector and naturalist, who some also consider the inventor of chocolate milk. Speaking of delicious food: avocado also enriches our diet – and it’s doing it well. It has lots and lots of fiber in it - more than any other fruit! Moreover, the fruit can be your little kitchen helper whenever you feel like cooking: avocado cooking oil is filled with monounsaturated fats and vitamin E – recommended not only for vegans!

Could this little fruit surprise us with anything else? Well, if we think about it for a second, there’s a place that would for sure make a good use of its nourishing, moisturizing and regenerative properties – the hair. Once you start using avocado oil for hair as part of your beauty routine, you will begin to wonder how you could live without it for so long: it will help nourish, restore and moisturize your hair, also adding softness and healthy shine.