You may not have heard of cacay facial oil before but believe me, you will want to try it out once you find out more about its skincare benefits.
Cacay oil is extracted from an edible seed (nut) grown on wild harvest Cacay trees (Caryodendron Orinocense), native to Colombian Amazon, and is said to have been used for medicinal purposes by local tribes.
Cacay oil’s super powers are said to be due to its key ingredient components:
- twice the amount of linoleic acid, an omega 6 essential fatty acid, and 50% more Vitamin E than Argan oil,
- high levels of antioxidants which work to keep body cells protected from pollutants and free radicals
- containing three times more Retinol (type of Vitamin A) than Rosehip oil
As a result, cacay oil is said to contribute to:
- smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles
- reducing the appearance of blemishes and scars
- increasing skin hydration
- making skin look youthful and glowing.
So when I was offered to test out the Cacay oil by Ooh! Oils of Heaven as part of my involvement in LoveLula’s Accredited Bloggers Program, I was really keen to see what the fuss was all about. I’d already been a huge fan of the brand and had tried their Marula, Argan and Baobab oils, so this was a great add-on to my collection of face oils. I’ve spoken for my obsession for facial oils before in some of my skincare favourites posts where I’ve featured other Ooh! oils (March 2017 and April 2017), and I’ve also attempted to make my own blends (Rejuvenating & anti-ageing serums and Ultra-silky facial oil). Facial oils are having a big moment at the moment but if you need more convincing of their benefits in general, you may want to check out my post Face oils: What’s all the fuss?
Product description: “Cacay oil is cold pressed from wild Cacay nuts harvested in the Colombian jungle. Clinical studies show that it contains 50% more vitamin E and twice the amount of Linoleic Acid than Argan Oil as well as three times more Retinol than Rosehip Oil, giving it powerful anti-ageing power. It is a fast absorbing, odourless, dry oil that leaves no residue.”
Size and price: 15ml – £19.50, 30ml – £39.00
Ingredients: 100% Caryodendron Orinocense seed oil
First things first – the ingredient list. This is a pure cacay oil, cold-pressed and without any harsh preservatives, and while it’s not organic, it’s still excellent quality and 100% natural. It has a very silky consistency, a very subtle nutty aroma (I definitely wouldn’t say it’s odourless) and when applied to the face, it absorbs really well, sinking into your skin within minutes (as long as you follow the key tips to apply a face oil). There’s definitely no greasy residue and I’ve been using it without any issues under my liquid foundation for the past few weeks, including during the heatwave in June. It’s a brilliant base for make-up, in my opinion, and so far the most lightweight face oil I’ve used.
As for its skincare benefits – as I mentioned in my June favourites post, I wasn’t expecting miracles but I’ve certainly noticed my forehead has got smoother, especially the two vertical wrinkles in between my eyes (so called ’11 wrinkles’) have become less visible. My current lifestyle (working long hours, not getting enough sleep, little time for myself while chasing after two small children and sorting out a million things at the same time) means that other changes are needed to ensure my skin looks the best it can, but this oil is a good starting point.
Finally, I want to touch on the price – £39 for a relatively small 30ml bottle may seem like a lot of money but as you only need a few drops per application, that bottle will last for months and months. I’d never have spent this much on a skincare product before but I’ll definitely repurchase this oil again. I know some of my friends would happily spend £40-50 for a product by a higher-end brand as they believe that more expensive equals better quality, however the big problem with these brands is that upon closer inspection you discover they contain potentially harmful ingredients and that you end up paying for advertising and endorsements, rather than quality ingredients. So next time you consider how you spend your hard-earned money, think about what you’re actually paying for. As for this oil, you definitely know where you stand when it comes to quality.
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Disclosure: This oil was sent to me to test as part of my involvement in the LoveLula Accredited Bloggers Program. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest. This post also contains affiliate links.