Natura Ekos Andiroba Polpa Cremosa Hidratante 200ml
If aren’t sure what Polpa Cremosa Hidratante is, I can tell you right now it’s not a really yummy desert. Roughly translated from Portuguese it means ‘Pulp Creamy Moisturiser’. Mexican beauty blogger Adriana from Gloss Boudoir sent me this along with the Natura Ekos Hand Balm many months ago and I’ve just now got around to writing the review.
The Natura website says:
Imagine you’re in a rainforest in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon. You look up and you’re standing under a towering 30 m high tree with enormous, textured leaves. It is absolutely gorgeous. Take a deep breath and admire the reddish, fragrant flowers.
This is Nairobi, the tree that brings vital energy. The oil from the tree’s nuts, bark and leaves is a precious, reviving substance and is valued for its medicinal qualities. The natives of the Island of Maraj— believe that in order to ensure the extracted oil keeps its medicinal properties, the seeds must be crushed by a person with a pure soul, free of bad feelings.
The Andiroba is indeed high in limonoids and myristic acid as well as omega rich oils that are most beneficial for skin health and healing. They’re ideal for treating everything from insect bites to skin diseases, wounds, and infections. It is used to make candle, soaps and shampoos. Its softening effect is especially beneficial for dry skin and hair.
To say this is beneficial to dry skin is an understatement! I’ve been using this throughout the winter as my legs have been extremely dry and parched from walking to work in the bitter cold, plus the moisture zapping central heating at work and home. The best thing about it is that is doesn’t sting like some creams can when your skin is irritated. It just sinks in and provides comfort whilst protecting it throughout the day. I have tried this on the rest of my body but because it is so thick I find that it works better as a hardcore leg moisturiser than an all over body cream.
The scent is unusual and it’s hard to place but it is pleasant and the packaging is different to anything I’ve seen before. And therein lies the problem – you can’t get it anywhere in the UK! Natura caters for the Latin American market and France. The other snag is that it is like Avon so you need to buy it from a consultant. So no going over to Calais to find it on the shelves of the hypermarkets. Until Natura feels like conquering the rest of Europe you will have to seek out some Brazilian friends to sort you out.
I am happy that I’ve had the opportunity to try this brand. I’m also lucky enough that I still have a body scrub and shower oil to try that I got from my ex’s Brazilian girlfriend. Sometimes it pays to stay friends with the ex, you never know what beauty products may come your way!