MAMO Botanics- Oro De Cacay Facial Oil Review

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With the change in season fast approaching I know I want to keep that summer glow and have lovely hydrated skin.  When the weather gets colder, a lot of us dread the dull/dry skin days ahead.  But what if I told you keeping your summer glow can be quite easy this year?  I’ve recently discovered Oro De Cacay facial oil by MAMO Botanics and I am loving the results!  I want to thank MAMO Botanics for sending me this product as it is truly great.

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To give you a bit of background MAMO Botanics (MAMO being short for Madre Monte ‘Mother of Mountains’, who is a mythical Colombian Goddess that protects the forest) started as a means to help small-scale farmers in Colombia find alternatives to coca production.  Corry van Gaal and Luis Meneses founded MAMO Botanics to “help these Colombian farmers grow new crop alternatives to coca, the plant used to make cocaine.  Without new economic opportunities Colombian farmers are likely to continue growing this highly lucrative illegal crop. The owners of MAMO hope their business will generate better incomes for farmers and help contribute to forest conservation in Colombia’s Amazon region.”*  First of all what an amazing team and brand, I absolutely love what they stand for.  It is so inspiring to see a brand that not only wants to sell a great product, but is also making a positive impact in the world and is a strong advocate for change. 

Now let’s take a look at the facial oil itself!

Oro De Cacay

What is it?  “MAMO Botanics has launched a new facial oil called ‘Oro De Cacay’ as its signature product. The Cacay nut is grown on a magestic tree that can reach 40 meters and is found in the Amazon and Orinoco Regions, both are meccas of biodiversity and areas where deforestation is an issue due to illicit coca crops. The oil from this nut is rich in anti aging properties and it is quickly being coined a miracle nut by beauty enthusiasts. High end spas are charging over $200 for treatments that incorporate this anti aging oil.  The nut is wild harvested in small batches by Colombian indigenous communities to conserve this native tree. As a result, this precious oil warrants a hefty price tag compared to other oils, but MAMO Botanics will invest profits back into reforestation and environmentally sustainable farming.”*

Benefits of using Cacay oil are:
  • Skin that is silky, supple and balanced
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Firms the skin and helps with elasticity
  • Diminishes the look of age spots

There are also no additives or chemicals in the seed nut Cacay oil is produced from (Caryodendron Orinocense) so it is 100% vegan and produced in an eco-friendly fashion.

Perhaps you have tried other facial oils like Argan or Vitamin E?  Here is some really interesting information MAMO Botanics provided me with in regard to how it measures up to other facial oils:

“Cacay contains:  Over 75% linoleic fatty acitd, double that of Argan. This particular Omega 6 fatty acid allows the skin to absorb the oil and deliver protective and nourishing skin benefits. It also contributes to a radiant, glowing and even-toned skin complexion. Oils with high linoleic acid can be used on acne prone skin to balance natural oil production and reduce future breakouts. Cacay contains double the Vitamin E of argan oil, Cacay visibly reduces signs of aging, and protects skin from environmental toxins that speed up aging. Cacay contains more Vitamin A (Natural Retinol) than rosehip oil, the leading oil in this important anti-aging antioxidant. Vitamin A enhances the production of collagen to improve skin elasticity, firmness and tone. ” *

The directions for using Oro De Cacay is to apply it to your face and neck in the morning and evening after cleansing your skin.  It’s really that simple, you just apply it and let it work its magic!

The packaging is also very chic, and I love that there is a pump dispenser for the product, this way I don’t get the oil everywhere and there is little to no mess.  The consistency of the product is quite thin, it is not thick and there is no fragrance to it.  So for all of my sensitive skin beauties, this is a fragrance-free and vegan product so you will love it!  I’ve been incorporating this into my routine for the last few weeks and I am really happy with the results.  Even after the first few nights I applied it, I woke up in the morning and could tell immediately my skin looked so hydrated and fresh.  It really gave me the look and feel of healthy skin and a good nights sleep.

Interview

I also did a short interview with Corry from MAMO Botanics who is absolutely so kind.  See what she had to say below!

Q. 1  Chantal: Name 1 word you would use to describe MAMO Botanics?

Corry: Glowing – I know it is a bit overused, but it is the best word for MAMO. First, the most common feedback we get from women is that Oro de Cacaygives their skin a healthy, radiant glow. Second, it reminds me of being in the Amazon rainforest, when a ray of sun breaks through the lush, mist canopy and creates a peaceful glow. Glow also refers to an inner and outer beauty and I want MAMO to attract strong women that radiate beauty inside and out. 

Q. 2  Chantal: Is there meaning behind the logo?

Corry: MAMO is short for Madre Monte (Mother of Mountains), she is a mythical Colombian Goddess that protects the forest.

Q. 3  Chantal: What was your main inspiration when creating the product? 

Corry: Biodiversity –  Colombia is the 4th most biodiverse countries on earth. I spend a lot of time in rural Colombia and see how precious, yet fragile these ecosystems are. A sustainable and ethical company like MAMO can help conservation efforts by creating international demand for sustainable tree-based crops like Cacay. I hope these crops could in part replace coca plantations (the plant used to produced cocaine) which causes significant Amazon deforestation.

Q. 4  Chantal: Do you have plans to create other products? If so, can you share a bit about what these may be?

Corry: We will create a line of skincare products that incorporate innovative Amazonian botanics that have powerful beauty benefits and conserve biodiversity. First, we will launch three lines of face and body oil blends mixed with unique essential oils from Colombia. There is so much potential in Colombia to create innovative all natural products… I have so many ideas and can’t wait to start developing. 

Q. 5  Chantal: Where do you see MAMO Botanics in 5 years? 

Corry: In 5 years we will have high quality Amazonian skincare products that our customers rave about. At the same time, we would have helped hundreds of Colombian women farmers plant Cacay and other trees that conserve Colombian forests and lift themselves and their children out of poverty.  


I give the Oro De Cacay a 10 out of 10 as my skin is looking wonderful and this product is non-greasy and does not clog your pores!  I also give MAMO Botanics a 10 out of 10 as a brand, Corry and Luis are doing an amazing job at spreading awareness and making a change in the world and it is so refreshing to see.  I highly suggest you check out their website to read more.

You can purchase Oro de Cacay for C$49.99 on Amazon by clicking here, or on their website at www.mamobotanics.com.

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3 thoughts on “MAMO Botanics- Oro De Cacay Facial Oil Review

  • September 20, 2017 at 10:47 PM
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    I think I would like to try this based on your review 🙂

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  • September 20, 2017 at 11:44 PM
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    What a decadent and interesting facial oil. I love the story behind the brand just as much as I’m interested in the oil (especially as the weather turns from summer to fall).

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