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Latin beauty: Ojon oil

Mother Nature’s gifts to our beauty

Mother Nature has been kind to South Americans and Central Americans, giving a huge range of natural ingredients for skin and hair care. Who needs chemicals when you have avocadoes, aloe vera, agave…

ojon-oil

A relatively new product in the world of beauty is ojon oil, originating from Honduras. Let’s find out more:

"Every day sun, pollution, coloring, harsh chemicals, heat styling, friction from combing, diet, stress and the natural aging process cause serious damage to your hair making it limp and lackluster, coarse, tangled, dull, difficult to style and manage.

Now whatever the damage, you can help transform your hair to perfect health with Ojon™ hair treatments formulated with nature's golden elixir.

The story of Ojon

Years ago, a relative gave Ojon™ founder Denis Simioni a small unmarked jar containing a golden, velvety balm reputed to have the power to restore perfect health and vitality to "hair broken by the blazing sun." Of course he was skeptical. And so for two years the jar sat on the shelf.

Then one day a relative coming out of the swimming pool at his home noticed her hair was very dry, brittle and unruly. He searched around looking for something to undo the damage. And remembered the tiny jar.

Her hair was instantly and dramatically softer, smoother and more radiant. Her brush slid through her strands without a snag. Amazed by the results, he set out to discover its secret from those who knew it best. The Miskito people of Central America.

A five-hour ride in a run-down single-propeller plane landed Denis on a dirt road deep in the rainforest. He hiked for two-hours before finding someone who could guide him further, chancing upon members of the Mopawi, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Miskito people.

Now with more specific directions, Denis and his crew embarked on a five-hour small boat ride into the rainforest. Denis still recalls the experience with awe. "The boat ride was incredible — something out of National Geographic. The people live just as they did 500 years ago. The land was so pure and unspoiled."

As the boat began to slow, Denis knew they had arrived. "They all had remarkably healthy, shiny hair," he remarks, "...and no one was wearing a hat."

Denis learned from the Miskito that for over 500 years they applied the golden elixir to their hair and skin every day from the day they are born. And as a result of this ritual, their hair was remarkably healthy, lustrous and full of body, bounce and volume. Their skin was radiant, smooth and supple.

The Miskito demonstrated each step in the time-consuming process of harvesting the nuts and extracting the elixir, which is all done by hand. First the ripe nut cluster is cut from the Ojon tree using a machete. The clusters are then carried back to their village where they are stacked in the hot sun to dry. The following day, the individual nuts are picked from the cluster by hand and washed in water.

The nuts are then simmered in a pot of boiling water to soften the orange outer shell. They are then transferred to a wooden barrel where they are smashed with a log to loosen the peel. The peel is completely removed by hand and the brown nut inside is washed. The women of the village crack each nut by hand to extract the kernel.

The kernels are then cooked over an open fire until the precious elixir is extracted.

Today, the legendary, golden elixir is still hand-harvested and extracted as it has been for over 500 years – using traditional eco-friendly practices to ensure the purity of the elixir as well as the welfare of the land and the local peoples. In one year, a single Ojon tree produces less than 8,000 nuts, enough to supply just 3 cups of pure Ojon™ Oil, nature's golden elixir."

Environmentally friendly

In making these products that replenish, restore and protect your hair, the company is committed to the environment and welfare of the thousands of Miskito people in Honduras who work together to grow and produce this magical oil.

All products are made with natural ingredients and 100% natural essential oils, and DO NOT contain parabens, phthalates, propylene glicol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, synthetic color or animal ingredients.

Ojon products are not cheap, but the results speak for themselves!

http://www.ojon.com/

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