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Andiroba: From Amazon Remedy to Skin Restorative Oil

Known for its power to treat inflammations, Andiroba seeds produce a rich oil commonly used to restore skin and balance its natural defenses. 

The Andirobeira is one of the most popular trees in the Amazon forest. It carries in its seeds a golden oil with a bitter taste, but powerful therapeutic benefits that make it the best-selling homemade remedy in the entire Amazon region. From repelling insects to healing eczema and psoriasis, the people of the forest consider Andiroba one of their best allies to survive in such a wonderful, yet often hostile environment.

After 3 years of intense research, Natura has discovered the cosmetic properties of this golden liquid. Because it is rich in limonoids and terpenes, the andiroba oil restores the skin and balances its defense system. It helps on the blood circulation in the skin, which helps relieve pain and swelling.

So, let’s understand how Natura uses these seeds to produce the best products to take care of you and also how to take advantages of Andiroba. Enjoy the reading!

Sustainable Sourcing and No Chemicals Refining

The Andiroba fruits fall on the ground, near their trees, and are collected by Natura's partner cooperatives, around Belém (PA).

After being thoroughly washed, the seeds rest for 28 days for drying. The drying process is important to achieve a liquid with low acid content that does not have to undergo any chemical refining process. But seed drying usually takes place in electric stoves that require high energy consumption. To ensure a sustainable process that reduces energy waste and emits much fewer gas emissions, locals have developed an alternative method using handmade greenhouses built in the style of stilts with materials available in the region, such as wood and plastic. 

Only after the seeds dry, the pulp is removed to obtain the rich oil. 

This extraction method preserves the purity of the oil compounds and hence its functional benefits by going against what is commonly practiced by the cosmetic industry, which often refines the raw material to introduce it more easily into the formulation.

Andiroba Extraction

Andiroba Extraction Process

Andiroba Ritual for Feet and Legs Massage

Because of its pain-relieving properties, Andiroba is ideal for massages, particularly of legs and feet. 

Whether you stand on your feet every day, exercise frequently, or are expecting, your legs and feet will deserve some extra love at the end of the day. 

With the combined use of Andiroba products, you can massage away fatigue and tenderness and create your own spa in the comfort of your home by following this simple routine: 

1. Prepare the Environment

Start by putting yourself in the right frame of mind with our Andiroba Scented Candle. Light the candle, inhale and exhale a couple of times, and relax with Andiroba’s invigorating and refreshing scent. Use this time to focus on you. 

2. Enjoy your shower time

Head to the shower. With circular movements, experience the rich lather of our vegan Andiroba Creamy Soap Bar. Press it gently for soothing sore muscles, or relieving achy areas. Take your time to really benefit from cleaning your skin. And don't worry! Our vegan soaps clean and hydrate the skin without stripping of its natural oils, and they don't leave any semblance of residue.

3. Take care of your skin

Follow by massaging our NEW Andiroba Body Lotion over clean skin. If you want maximum absorption, avoid using body lotion over completely dry, cool skin. Prefer giving yourself an all-over body treatment right after the shower with the skin still warm and damp. And don’t forget to pay extra attention to typically dryer areas like elbows, knees, and necks.

4. Feel fresh again

Finalize the ritual with a feet and legs massage using our NEW Andiroba Gel Cream for Legs and Feet. It provides immediate refreshment, relieves the sensation of tiredness in the legs and feet and, together with a massage, reduces the swelling. With a light texture and invigorating scent, it’ll leave your skin deliciously perfumed, and your feet and legs ready to take you (many) places. 

Andiroba Aficionados

Andiroba has built a passionate following for Natura back in Brazil. Those who have tried Natura's products with Andiroba swear by the therapeutic benefits, scent, and refreshing feel.

We were curious to learn when and how their love for Andiroba started, so we asked two long-time Andiroba aficionados to share their stories. Here’s what they have to say about their Andiroba passion:

Are you an Andiroba aficionado too? 

We'd love to know you. Write to help@naturabrasil.com and tell us all about your love for Andiroba. 

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