Our Macadamia Nut Oil is sourced from ‘down under’, where the sub-tropical coastline of northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland make the perfect climate for the evergreen Macadamia trees to grow. In fact, this is exactly where Macadamia trees first evolved more than 60 million years ago.
Long before Macadamia trees were widely cultivated, The Australian Aborigines called the native trees Kindal Kindal and used the nuts to trade between tribes, as ceremonial gifts and as a special tasty delicacy.
Macadamia trees take up to 15 years to reach full maturity, where they can reach heights of 12 to 15 metres. The tree bears delicate sweet-smelling white or pink blossoms, which produce small ‘nutlets’ that eventually ripen into Macadamia nuts.
Not only are Macadamia nuts delicious to eat (anyone that’s tried honey roasted Macadamia nuts will surely agree), this little nut contains oil that packs a powerful skincare punch.
Macadamia oil is high in palmitoleic acid, which is rarely found in other vegetable sources. Palmitoleic acid is a fatty acid that is naturally produced by the sebaceous glands, of which production levels are shown to decrease with age. This makes Macadamia oil a powerful partner to help delay the signs of ageing.
The oil’s consistency and texture is similar to human sebum, resulting in instant absorption, a non-greasy feel and good affinity with the skin.
With all these great benefits, it’s easy to see why Macadamia nuts are a treasured icon of Australia.
Given that Australia has an obsession with large monuments to celebrate national treasures (think the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, the Giant Ram, the big Prawn), it’s actually quite surprising they haven’t built a Big Macadamia nut. Well, we’ll watch that space!