Cacay Oil: Extraction and sustainable cultivation
The harvest of Cacay nuts takes place in late spring to summer. A ten-year-old tree produces about 100 to 250 kilograms of nuts per year. The nut has three layers of shells which is removed to extract the oil. It is a manual 4-step process, thus requiring dedication and patience.
Cacay is mainly harvested through wild collection, although industrialisation is on its way. And that’s a good thing. Newly cultivated Cacay plantations eventually provide a secure source of income for the indigenous communities. This ensures the survival of many families and also supports the country’s development. In addition, it helps in the reforestation of the Amazonian rainforest where previously farmers cleared the land for cattle farming and other activities. The reason being, as farmers thought cattle farming was a more lucrative investment. Turns out being in the beauty industry is much more lucrative, no one predicted. Although farming provides a source of income, the damage to the rainforest and environment was devastating and still is.
Organic Cacay Oil
Since the discovery of Cacay Oil and its positive impact on the skin, ultimately the clearing of the rainforest has significantly reduced. As a result of the continuous replanting of the trees and the ever-increasing demand for the oil, there is more consistent efforts to protect the rainforest and practise sustainable farming. Incidentally, newly planted Cacay trees provide vital shade for the growth of another local plant, the coffee arabica tree. Finally, Cacay trees can absorb and process large quantities of CO2. We work directly with farmers to source the Cacay oil we are using in our products. Our farmers use organic fertilisers, pick cacay nuts from mature trees from the prime forest – thus making our Cacay Oil unique as it is community-sourced and sustainable! We urge you to search out those companies that work hand in hand with their producers and nature to reintroduce balance to our planet.