Kokum butter extraction process!
Raw Kokum butter is a white coloured fat with a creamish yellow or at times even a slightly grey tint which is extracted by traditional rural/cottage industry sized oil mills. Kokum seeds are gathered from natural forest habitats. These seeds are decorticated by wooden mallets. The final product is obtained by crushing the kernels, boiling the pulp in water and skimming off the fat from the top or churning the crushed pulp with water. The idea here is to physically separate oil from water as these two liquids are immiscible. It’s a time consuming process and the yield in this case is only about 25% of raw Kokum butter. Therefore the production cost of raw Kokum butter remains high.
Raw Kokum butter suits those formulators who want to remain honest while marketing their natural products and their customers who appreciate the use of genuine and honest ingredients (natural smell, colour, properties) in the products they use!