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CACAO, THE LITTLE BROTHER PROTECTED BY THE ATLANTIC FOREST...

As in many legends, it's not always the biggest and strongest who achieve the greatest things.
This is illustrated by the Cacaueiro, the tree that produces Cacao in the Brazilian Atlantic forest. This tree, despite its small size, has big demands when it comes to its cultivation: it does not tolerate major variations in the climate, needs a steady supply of water, and above all, doesn't tolerate too much sunshine.
This is why, besides its well-known flavour, Cacao is so important for the forests of Brazil: to have a good Cacao harvest, you have to take care of all the other trees that surround the Cacao trees, to provide them with shade and optimal growing conditions.
Natura has been working for many years with the communities of the Atlantic forest to develop best practices in the harvesting of an organically grown Cacap, grown without the use of fertilisers or pesticides, surrounded by numerous tall trees that protect it and sustain a rich and thriving forest with all its insects and wild animals in their natural habitat.

PRODUCTS AND PEOPLE...

Behind the Cacao are members of the CABRUCA community.

The Cacao harvest is carried out by the CABRUCA community (Cooperative of Organic Producers of Southern Bahia) and generally takes place between September and November each year.
On their plantations, Cacao farmers harvest the fruit with the help of a pruning machine. They gather those who have fallen to the ground and collect the entire harvest in the middle of the forest, in small mounds marked with flags.

At the site of the harvest, the harvested fruits are split, letting their seeds and pulp escape. Without the use of fertiliser or pesticides, the Cacao harvested in this way is organic. A particularly sweet and aromatic juice is obtained from the pulp, that is thirst quenching and refreshing.

For these growers, the partnership with Natura is more than just a commercial relationship, it is a real partnership where the reciprocal relationship is experienced over the long term. Natura learns from their expertise, from their customs, and in return guarantees them a valued and regular income. Natura brings them its knowledge of sustainable culture, organisation and negotiation.

FROM BEANS TO BUTTER

The beans from the Cacao pod are transported to the warehouses, where they are left to ferment for between 5 to 9 days. 

They are then dried in the sun where their shades of purple turn brown and their aromas develop. 

Another age-old tradition is to tread the beans for a long time, in order to dry them thoroughly, which is even more effective and particularly difficult to achieve in Brazil, where the air is constantly humid. 

At the end of this long process, the beans can be pressed to extract, among other things, the famous Cocoa butter, which is rich and creamy.

ITS BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN

Cacao beans are very valuable because they contain the highly prized Cocoa butter, which has exceptional properties for the skin. Its intense moisturising power is recognized worldwide. Cocoa butter is emollient, rich in fatty acids and highly moisturising. It prevents the skin from drying out and restores its softness, while allowing it to stay hydrated and supple over time. With a comforting fragrance and creamy, dense texture, the products in the Ekos Cacao line enriched with Cocoa butter offer the skin a luxuriously soft feeling, with a mouth-watering, reassuring aroma and long-lasting hydration.


IN THE HEART OF THE AMAZON WITH EKOS CACAO

 
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