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What's special about Brazilian skin care products?
Brazil and the Amazon have tremendous natural resources for cosmetics. There are age-old beauty recipes in Brazil, based on ingredients from the Amazon rainforest. The brand discovered them through interacting with local communities.

The Castanha nut

The Brazil nut, also called the Castanha nut, is an ingredient found in skincare products to provide hydration and nourishment. It was while transforming castanha nuts into milk that the women in the local communities discovered its cosmetic properties: kneading castanha shavings made their hands incredibly soft. Cosmetic laboratories then researched its components (vitamins A and E, trace elements) and confirmed the ultra-nourishing and anti-radical (anti skin ageing) properties of this ingredient.
The castanheira (the tree on which castanha nuts grow) is one of the oldest and largest trees in the Amazon rainforest. It can live for 1,000 years and grow up to 50 metres tall. It's the king of the forest. Its fruits are shaped like wooden capsules and weigh nearly 1 kg, each containing nearly two dozen castanhas. Inside is a large kernel packed with vitamins A and E and selenium. Perfect for strengthening nails for example. It is also very high protein, local communities use it to make flour and to feed babies as follow-on milk.

The Andiroba nut

Local communities use Andiroba nutsto soothe burns. It's also known to protect against insect bites. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, oleic acids, palmitic and stearic acids, the oil also contains andirobin which accounts for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and insecticidal properties.
In cosmetics, we have extracted the oil, which has repairing and healing properties, it is perfect for nourishing skin that feels tight, and for hair that has been damaged by salt, pollution or dyeing.

MARACUJÁ

There are 400 kinds of maracujás (or passion fruit). Not all of them are edible. In Brazil, it comes from the Atlantic forest, its skin is thick, and the fruit is refreshing. In cosmetics, we use its seeds to make an oil that's rich in omega 6. It has soothing properties and delivers immediate hydration. In Brazil, women use passiflora to soothe babies by putting some in their bottle, a bit like orange blossom. 

Pitanga

The Pitanga is a small red fruit that grows like a cherry. In Brazil, it is one of the most abundant fruits typical of Brazil, highly appreciated for its refreshing acidic taste. Pitanga are used to make sweets. Eaten on their own or as a drink, pitanga is also well known for its scent. During traditional family celebrations, it is customary to tear off the leaves, place them along the streets and to trample them, releasing a wonderful fragrance, a smell reminiscent of childhood and popular at weddings. So in cosmetics we often find Pitanga in eau de parfum. Its oil has astringent properties perfect for hair that tends to be greasy.

CACAO

Cacao. The most hydrating ingredient. Originally from the tropical forests, the first trees in Brazil grew on the banks of the Amazon River 4000 years ago. Its butter is as nourishing as shea butter. The beans are split, dried on the roofs, and then crushed to extract the oil and make butter.
Rich in fatty acids, it is very hydrating, offering up to 30 hours of hydration.
You will also find it in lipsticks to prevent lips from drying out, it makes them smooth and hydrated.

Buriti

Grown on palm trees, Buriti means "contains water". When you see Buriti, you know water's not far away. Every part of this palm tree can be used, the wood to make houses, its large leaves to make fans and roofs, and an oil is extracted from its seeds, which is known to be rich in beta carotene and has antioxidant properties. This oil is traditionally used to treat burns because of its soothing and healing properties. It hydrates and protects the skin. 

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