The Cacay (CaryodendronOrinocense K.) or CaryO as we call it, belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family which is one of the largest and most diverse families within flowering plants.
Caryodendron Orinocense K is known in different parts of the world as Metohuayo (Peru); Inchi, cacay, tacay (Colombia); Cacay, ñambi, peanut from tree (Ecuador); walnut stick, Barquisimeto nut (Venezuela), Pork Chestnut (Brazil). The Cacay is a tree that reaches between 15 and 20 m in height (49 to 65 feet) are either males or females.
The nut of the cacay tree has long been used by indigenous people for a variety of uses, from treating cuts and wounds to oil for lamps.
Cacay nut oil has more than twice the content of natural retinol compared to rosehip oil. Retinol is a type of vitamin A with proven efficacy in stimulating collagen production in the dermis, contributing to cell regeneration and improving skin elasticity. Vitamin F decreases skin dryness and improves its texture and with more than 65% of vitamin F (omega 3 and 6), cacay nut oil is above argan oil.