"The name Imaya encompasses the essence of the Amazon Rainforest. I wanted to create a name that would evoke images of the grandeur of the Amazon Rainforest, its lush vegetation, and its connection to the people who live there. The name is inspired by the word 'mayu' which means river in one of the local indigenous languages." - Angie, Founder Imaya
We bottle and package the aguaje oil in Toronto, Canada. The aguaje oil comes from Peru.
Our Retinoic Face Oil is made with a single ingredient - Mauritia flexuosa fruit oil (aguaje oil). We use a proprietary blend of aguaje varietals. There are no additives, preservatives, essential oils, or fragrance in our product.
The aguaje used in our Retinoic Face Oil is sustainably wild-harvested, not organic. This means it is harvested in the wild, not through organic farming.
Yes. Our partners in Peru work with indigenous communities that have developed specialized climbing equipment so that people can safely climb the aguaje trees and harvest the fruit. The practice in Peru and Brazil is to cut down the aguaje trees to harvest the fruit. This is because the trees can grow up to ten storeys high.
Yes. We believe that everyone in the supply chain should be paid a living wage. We are currently working with grass roots organizations in Peru to develop standards for ecological and ethical agricultural practices.
Yes. Local indigenous women clean and hand press the fruit using ancestral oil pressing techniques. This provides them with a source of income and preserves indigenous knowledge.
Imaya is certified cruelty free with the Leaping Bunny Program. Our company and our suppliers will never test on animals.
Yes. We will never use animal or animal derived ingredients in our products. We will never use gluten or GMO ingredients in any of our products.
Absolutely. We go a step beyond the legislated testing requirements and test for lipid profiles to ensure we are delivering high performance skincare.
Aguaje is one of the richest sources of beta carotene in the world. Beta carotene, also referred to as provitamin A, is converted into Vitamin A (retinol) when absorbed into the skin.
Shipments crossing international borders are subject to duty and tax assessment by the importing country's government. Several factors are involved in the determination of the duty and tax amount. In some countries, duties and taxes must be paid before the goods are released from Customs. For more information, contact your country's Customs department.
If you spill the oil on your fabric, it is likely to stain, but the stain can be removed easily with natural laundry bleach. After you apply oil on your face, wash your hands with soap to reduce the chance that oil will be transferred to your hand towel. If you limit the use of oil on your face to 2-3 drops, and wait about 15 minutes for it to absorb, it is unlikely that the oil will come off onto your pillow case.
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