Ingredient Spotlight: Candlenut

Oh the Candlenut. Also known as Kemiri in Indonesian, Kukui in Hawaii, and a staple in food, beauty, and health treatments. Also known affectionately as “the poor man’s macadamia nut” in Indonesia, we love this ingredient for not only its variety of uses but the benefits it has! Here are some popular uses in Indonesia:

Beauty:

  • Crushed into bits, the soft candlenuts can create a beautiful exfoliating and hydrating scrub – the soft nuts gently slough off dead skin cells while the dry oils of the candlenut moisturize your skin at the same time.
  • Candlenut oil is an extremely popular choice for a deep conditioning/head massage treatment called the Cremebath, for making hair healthy and black, with a silky shine.

Food

  • A staple in Indonesian cuisine, Candlenuts are often cooked into curries, giving dishes a delicious, lightly nutty and savory flavor.
  • Toasted whole, it tastes like a lighter, crunchier version of a macadamia nut – bon apetit! (Note: Candlenuts must be cooked before eaten.)

Health

  • The oil from roasted candlenuts can be massaged into a babies’ head as a treatment for cradle cap. The dry oil penetrates skin gently and deeply, without any greasy afterfeel (hence its signature velvety feel), leaving skin healthy and not covered in oil.
  • Candlenut (aka Kukui nut) oil is also great for giving relief to eczematic skin due to its high skin penetrability, allowing moisture to enter while also letting skin breathe.

Candlenut Oil  is very high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA).  In fact, the oil is 69% EFA, which puts it up there with Flax Seed Oil and Chia Seed Oil (71% and 70% respectively).  Almond Oil has 17%, Avocado has 10%, Rice Bran Oil has 36%, just to give you perspective. Why is this important?  Application of EFA is key in strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier which is why, for example, Evening Primrose Oil (81%) is often prescribed for Eczema Patients.

It also contains glycerides of linoleic, oleic and various linolenic acids, which are essential to skin health.

We love the oil so much our cult classic product, the Candlenut Body Creme, is based on Candlenut oil! As the product that started it all for JUARA, it has become a love-at-first-sight product for countless JUARA customers, celebrities and beauty editors. An ultra-nourishing complex of velvety Candlenut Oil, firming Rice Bran Oil, redness-reducing Avocado Oil and rich Illipe Butter give you long-lasting moisture without the greasiness… definitely more than just a “feel good” product, but one that’s good for you. Curious? Learn more here.

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People En Espanol – Elixir De Hidratation

Suavidad Exotica. Elaborado con 12 ingredientes naturales, nutre y repara tu piel dandole un aspecto mas sano. Radiance Vitality Oil, de JUARA

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Elle Croatia: Editorial

Makeup artist Phoenix Golden used the JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil to make this gorgeous model’s skin glow in an editorial feature for Elle Croatia!

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Rachael Ray Magazine

JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil ingredients read like a tropical tasting menu – passion fruit, macadamia, candlenut, coconut, avocado – and together, they serve up serious skin smoothing, brightening and hydrating.

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October 2015

Shape Magazine – 2015 Beauty Award Winner

You can never be too rich: The blend of a dozen plant oils, including macadamia, coconut, and avocado gives even the most parched skin a dewy glow; vitamin C and botanical extracts help firm and smooth away fine lines.

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Marie Claire – Field Guide: Bali

“We’re here to source ingredients for a local drink called Jamu….The resulting Jamu, a milky, nutritous beverage, could easily give the trendy cold-pressed juices back home a run for their money…JUARA Cofounder Metta Murdaya is on a mission to familiarize the Western world with the many other benefits of traditional Indonesian medicine.” – Erin Flaherty, Marie Claire Beauty Director.

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Published: January 2015

Recipe Spotlight: Lemongrass Fish Skewers

A Traditional Balinese Skewer With a Twist

Want to be the life of your next dinner party? Try a healthy yet exotic and crowd pleasing dish! These fish skewers use a mixture of minced fish and tons of spices instead of whole chucks of fish. This results in a SUPER flavorful and not at all dry skewer with just a hint of that delicious grill char. Try this recipe on the outdoor grill or on an indoor griddle!

Ingredients

  • 1 snapper or cod fillet
  • 6 sticks of lemongrass
  • 1 small red chili, sliced thinly
  • A pinch of dried chili powder
  • 1 small turmeric root, sliced
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ear corn, shaved
  • 1/4 coconut, shaved
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp clove
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions

  • Grind Shallots, Garlic, Turmeric, Chili, Brown Sugar, Dried Chili, Cloves and Lime Juice into a crumbly paste
  • Place fish in food processor and blend until minced
  • Mix the spice paste and fish in a large bowl. Add grated coconut and corn to the mixture.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste
  • Form a small ball with the fish mixture (like you’re making a meatball) and stick the lemongrass into the base of the ball
  • Gently press the ball down into the lemongrass ‘skewer’ to make an oblong shape. The fish mixture should cover the top 1/4 of the lemongrass.
  • Grill until golden and serve piping hot!

And if you ever find yourself in beautiful Bali, make sure to stop by the Tugu Hotel for their fabulous cooking class! They’re expert chef will teach you how to make these in a traditional, balinese style.