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Old 03-11-2004, 12:34 PM
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Default Botana Oil for Beautiful Hair

Has anyone ever heard of it, or tried some?

The Miskito Indians of Honduras have a secret that has helped them become known as the Tawira, or "the people of beautiful hair." It's Batana, a rich nut oil harvested from the Ojon Tree, found deep in the Honduran rainforest.

The oil, which has the consistency of a thick paste, has been used for more than five centuries to encourage hair to grow thick and shiny. It's also used to prevent hair from falling out or turning grey.

In Honduras, the oil is sold in stores by the Mopawi La Mosquitia Development Agency. The oil has also been made into a shampoo by the Honduran natural beauty company, Helixe.

Batana Oil has been all but impossible to find outside of Honduras, until now. A Canadian hair care company, the Ojon Corporation, has formed to bring products made from the rare oil to the masses.

Company owner Denis Simioni traveled to Honduras to learn more about the precious oil and how it's used. What he found was that a single Ojon tree produces approximately 8,000 nuts in a year, enough to supply just three cups of pure oil. The Miskito Indians coat their hair in the oil and leave it in all day to condition and protect their hair from the sun's unforgiving rays.

To harvest the oil, Miskito Indians first pick the ripe nuts from the Ojon Trees and allow them to dry in the sun. They then simmer the nuts in boiling water to soften the outer shell. After the outer shells are removed, the nuts are cracked by hand and the kernels are cooked over a fire to extract the oil. As the oil cools, it thickens and eventually becomes a paste ready to condition the hair.

The result of Simioni's research is the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. After obtaining the pure oil from Central America, Simioni ships it to a small village in Italy where the oil is purified and preserved.

To use, the company recommends warming the paste between your hands before applying to dry hair and leaving it on for as long as possible before rinsing out. It can also be used as a styling pomade to add texture and shine.

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Old 03-11-2004, 12:43 PM
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Default Re: Botana Oil for Beautiful Hair

Never heard of it but it sounds exotic. It's really expensive too.
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Default Re: Botana Oil for Beautiful Hair

This oil sounds interesting, but the site isn't clear if they offer just 100% Batana oil. The Restorative Hair Treatment seems to be the closest thing, and that costs $55
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Default Re: Botana Oil for Beautiful Hair

This product was demonstrated on the shopping channel QVC a few weeks ago. It sold out! They had it there, they expect more in and it sells for $ 42.50. The item number is A03785 at qvc.com. It is the same item that you refer to in your post. The lady in the ad was on the show and her hair was beautiful. She said her relative had sent her this product just as they sell it in that country and it had done wonders for her hair so they decided to market it.
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Just a little FYI, they must have changed the item number on QVC because it is now A03788. If you can't find that, research it under Ojon (looking under Batana will yield an empty search returned.).

This kinda reminds me of when I first discovered shea butter....
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