CASTANHA, A TREASURE OF NUTRITION AND TRADITIONS
Castanha, or Brazil nut, is the fruit of a tree named Castanheira. Majestic and generous, he is considered as the King of the forest. It is one of the largest and oldest trees in the Amazon and can grow up to 50 meters and live more than 500 years. Its fruit, in wood shell, weighing nearly 1 kilo, contains nearly two dozen tasty and nutritious castanhas, and is the main source of protein in the forest.
Once harvested, these nuts are traditionally grated and pressed into a nourishing milk that is the staple food of the Amazonian communities.
SUSTAINABLE EXPLOITATION OF CASTANHA
Every year in March, men of the São Francisco community of the Iratapuru River back up to the Iratapuru River to the Reserve where the castanheiras are found. There, during 3 months, they pick up some of the fallen fruit (70%), the rest being left to feed the animals and let the forest to regenerate. This sustainable forest management is certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Then the capsules are broken on the spot and the collected castanhas are washed and sorted in the river: those that float are discarded, the others are brought back into the community and entrusted to the women who take over. Castanhas are extracted from their bugs, then grated. By mixing the chips obtained with water, the women get a white paste that they work with their hands for several hours to obtain a white milk. After removing the oil, there remains of this paste only a dry mass called torta. These three foods, milk, oil and torta, are daily used to feed the whole family. When young mothers do not have enough milk to feed their babies, they give them directly the milk of the castanha rich in proteins. About the Castanha oil, with its 70% unsaturated fatty acids, it is used in the formulation of Ekos Castanha products.
TRADITION AND BEM ESTAR BEM
It’s by carrying out their work of transforming the castanha nut into milk that the women of the village communities discovered their first cosmetic virtue: the kneading of the chips of Castanha brought to their hands an infinite softness ... With this traditional knowledge, the Natura laboratory has done extensive research on the components (vitamins A and E, oligo-elements, selenium), and confirmed the ultra-nourishing and antioxidant properties of this ingredient. Castanha oil is part of the products of the Ekos Castanha line to provide hydration and nutrition to your skin.
The exploitation of Castanha involves 436 producing and agro-extractive families, representing 3 rural communities.
THE CASTANHA’S VIRTUES FOR YOUR SKIN
Inspired by traditional knowledge, Natura Ekos created products from Castanha oil rich in omega-6 and omega-9 that nourishes the skin deeply. Products enriched with Castanha oil are known for their creamy texture and gourmet fragrance, they nourish the skin leaving it soft and hydrated. These products contain the richness of Amazonian biodiversity, while helping to preserve the tradition of picking one of the most beautiful and generous trees: the majestic Castanheira
DISCOVER OUR PRODUCTS ENRICHED IN CASTANHA'S MILK
Enriched with Castanha oil, this cream brings hydration and protection to your hands while leaving them delicately scented with gourmand notes.Learn more
Exfoliating body butter
Removes impurities and dead skin while leaving it nicely scented.Learn more
Creamy bar soap
Enriched with Castanha oil, this soap will cleanse your skin while leaving it soft and hydrated.Learn more
Cleans your skin while leaving a satiny and scented veil.Learn more
Beautifying dry oil
Penetrates quickly and leaves a protective hydrating veil on your skin, divinely scented with gourmet notes.Learn more
Banho de leite
Body moisturizer that improves skin elasticity and firmness.Learn more
All our ingredients
- Açaí Antioxidants and
- Andiroba Restorative and
- Buriti Protection and hydration
for your skin
- Cacau Emollient and moisturizing
- Castanha Gourmet notes
and intense hydration
- Maracujá Hydration
and fruity freshness
- Murumuru Nourishing care
for your hair
- Pitanga Sweet and