Due to the composition of Pataua Oil, it is rich in essential fatty acids such as linolenic, linoleic and oleic. Both the fruit and the oil extracted from the patauá pulp have revitalizing properties and are generally indicated for cosmetic applications such as shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and skin moisturizers, as well as products for chemically damaged hair and scalp.
The Oenocarpus bataua species belongs to the family Arecaceae and is a plant native to South America, especially in the basins of the Amazon and Orenoco Rivers. The species, popularly known as Patauá, Patoá and Patuá, has many uses and occurs all over Amazon. In cooking, the patauá oil is mainly used in salads and fried foods because it is highly unsaturated and rich in aminoacids. The fruits are also often eaten raw in nature.