AÇAI – from palm tree to beauty shelf

27.10.2019

Let us explain you how we work with acai in Amazonas – simple, step by step and in beautiful photos. 

The acai berry grows wild in the shade of the rainforest

Our love for and use of the acai berry has blessed us with the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of a wild piece of rainforest. The acai berries grow in the shade of the palm trees of the rainforest and the preservation of it is therefore a very essential part of our acai trade.

Vildtvoksende acaibær

 

The berry harvest

Rudolph Care collaborates with 150 local families in the rainforest who harvest the acai for us year after year. When harvesting acai, the locals carefully handpick the berries and place them into baskets after having climbed the tree trunks with bare hands and a small sack wrapped around their feet. One liter of acai oil is extracted from approximately 3 baskets of berries.

Acai is sailed to local partners

Many different types of rainforest are found in Amazonas and the type of rainforest we get our acai from is called flooded rainforest. This means that transportation is waterborne when the berries are transported to a nearby harbor. The harbor is a pulsating junction, where local men meet in the afternoon to carry the berries off the boats. The mood at the harbor is almost a physical sensation. The brawn mixed with the heat and the masculine energy is breathtaking and fascinating. You could spend hours just observing and absorbing the mood.

Acai sejles på Amazonfloden

Acai bæres fra både

Acai-sejlads

Deconstructing the berry

With our local collaborators the acai oil is extracted and refined from the many berries. The first step in that process is letting the berries soak in warm water and leaving them to dry in the sun afterwards. This process makes the pulp loosen from the seed, and it’s from that very pulp we extract acai oil. But what about the rest of the berry? To reduce waste and to exploit the tiny power berry to its fullest, acai extract is made from the pulp - and the seed itself becomes granules.

Andrea Rudolph hos vores lokale producent i Brasilien

The raw material is shipped to Denmark

We transport the oil to Denmark by ship. We know that transportation challenges the environment and our agenda to be as green and sustainable as possible – therefore we actively choose maritime shipping over air transportation, as this is the mode of transport that leaves the smallest carbon print.

Your Rudolph Care favorites take shape

As the raw materials reach our production in Denmark, the creation of the final products begins. Producing our beauty products in Denmark is also an important and active choice for us. Our local production has roots in our sustainability tenet as we by means of local production can minimize our strain on the environment. This way of working implies a more expensive production though it’s a much greener alternative to production outside of Denmark. Besides, with the solid laws and collective agreements within Denmark we ensure that the working conditions for those who take part of our production every day are fair and well. 

Acai kerne

Now it’s up to you

After production, the products are packed and wrapped by real human hands that pay attention to every single detail. Afterwards, you can visit www.rudolphcare.com or one of our many retailers and befriend your Rudolph Care favorites. One of Andrea’s absolute favorites is Acai Facial Oil, which is acai oil in its purest form. She explains:

“Our facial oil is a little miracle worker, rejuvenating the skin. I've yet to meet someone who hasn't been amazed by it. Its potent combination of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals brings elasticity, moisture and glow to the skin. And it proves that simple can be significant. This oil was my incentive to succeed with Rudolph Care — when we finally perfected the formula, I couldn’t live without it and needed to find a way to make it work”

 

When using your Rudolph Care products, think of this journey and how many loving hands your product and its acai were in along the way.  

You can follow Andrea’s latest visit to Amazonas in the video below. On this adventure she and her daughter Isolde got to visit the local school, the families in the rainforest and followed the acai harvest closely. 

 

Amazonas favorites
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