When Oils of Heaven (Ooh!) reached out to me asking if I wanted to try a natural oil that I’ve never heard of, I was like “Heck, yes! Give me the oil that I’ve just now heard about but must have in my life ASAP”!
This cacay oil comes from Cacay nuts harvested in the jungles of Colombia¹. Apparently, it’s full of Vitamin E, linolic acid and Vitamin A. This all sounds wonderful if you don’t have a nut allergy. I do not have a nut allergy.
The oil is slightly golden like canola oil. When I did my research, cacay oil appears to be super popular for its beauty benefits. It’s popular because it’s packed with skin-nourishing goodies but it is incredibly lightweight. Because of this, it’s really popular with oilier and acne prone complexions.
Throughout my life I’ve tried so many oils. Thankfully, I come from a family that instilled in to me basically marinate my skin and hair in oils from the day I was born. At this stage of my life, I most definitely know which oils work for me and which don’t. I think all oils are great but some work much better for my needs than others.
Ingredients: 100% Caryodendron Orinocense Seed Oil
My experience: In comparison to other oils, it’s light-weight. It moisturizes but it does absorb quickly. The texture is what you’d expect from a “lighter” oil. Now it does have an aroma that makes me feel like I’m about to deep-fry something in peanut oil. I’m Southern; this does not bother me. It does fade and I’ve noticed if you’ve mixed this into your moisturizer, the aroma isn’t that noticeable.
I use a few drops to “seal” my skincare in my nighttime routine. My skin has been so dry with the change of seasons and this stuff has really helped. It immediately helps with dryness. After a few weeks, my skin looks dewier without being oily. For my skin type, I really appreciate this as a layering oil. As an independent moisturizer, I think I’d need a richer oil (like apricot kernel or pumpkin seed oil). However, I do think this would be a great moisturizer for me when the weather is warmer and more humid.
I’ve also been using it as a “makeup primer”. It doesn’t make makeup stay on longer and it doesn’t work like putty to fill in my pores, but it does make a great base for my needs. I apply a drop and press in with my fingers. When I apply my cream foundation over it, I’m the perfect amount of dewy. I have no more gross dry patches or the dullness that I’ve been experiencing this winter.
Overall, it’s been a good oil to add to my “marinate yoself” toolbox. I’m surprised that I haven’t seen cacay oil marketed more in the US than it is. Have you tried it before? Thoughts?
The 1 oz bottle retails for £39 at Ooh!
¹I found this Bloomberg article interesting. The beauty industry’s love of cacay oil may be reducing deforestation and the cocaine industry in Colombia.
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