A tiny oil with a long and beautiful journey

22.02.2019

In October 2018 Andrea Elisabeth Rudolph went to Brazil to follow the harvest of our main ingredient, the acai berry. Read on and get to know the long and beautiful journey of Acai Facial Oil from berry on an acai palm tree to a final product on your bathroom shelf. ​

Rudolph Cares velkendte ansigtsolie i en kurv med friske acaibær

The acai harvest

Deep within the rainforest of Amazonas the acai berries grow wildly in the shade of the rainforest’s palm trees. Rudolph care collaborates with more than 200 local families in the rain forest who year after year harvest the acai for us. On Andrea’s trips to Brazil not only has she created a special bond with the families, the collaboration is also a link in the preservation of the rain forest -  the lungs of the Earth. We’re extremely proud to take part in this collaboration. Shimmying high up the trunks with bare hands and a small sack wrapped around their feet, once a year the locals carefully handpick the berries and place them into baskets. One liter of acai oil is extracted from approximately 3 baskets of berries. 

Andrea og acai i Brasilien

Acai is shipped to local collaborators

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 mainly on water – therefore the acai berries are sailed to nearby harbor. The harbor is a 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, and you can spend hours just observing and absorbing the mood.

Acaibær bæres i land i Brasilien

The berry is turned into oil

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

Acaibær

The raw material is shipped to Denmark

We transport the oil to Denmark by ship. We know that transportation challenges the environment and our wish 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. 

The final product takes shape

As the raw materials reach our production in Denmark the creation of the final product, Acai Facial Oil, begins. Acai Facial Oil is mainly the pure, organic acai oil added a bit of vitamin-E and our natural signature scent. Producing our beauty products in Denmark is also an important and active choice for us. 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. 

Facial Oil fra Rudolph Care

Now it’s your turn

After the production of Acai Facial Oil, the oils are packed and wrapped by real human hands, where every single detail is paid attention to.  Afterwards you can visit www.rudolphcare.com or one of our many retailers and befriend a true Rudolph Care classic. Andrea herself cannot be without her daily dose of the golden drops: “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 you use Acai Facial Oil, think of its journey, close your eyes and sense the aroma of the oil. Its scent resembles its place of origin – rainforest, earth, tree and naturalness. 

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