Apricot Seed Oil:
Prunus Armeniaca - Shelf Life: 6 months to a 1 year. Good oil for face,
and beauty treatments such as Body Oils and Lotions. Can be used as a
light massage oil as it is easily absorbed. Should be refrigerated after
opening. Good for all skin types, especially sensitive or dry,
dehydrating, maturing skin This is a pale yellow oil with a light
texture. It is produced from the seed of the Apricot and is rich in
vitamins and minerals. Note: The semi-oily texture makes this oil
helpful in massage blends.
Argan Oil: Its
anti-aging and restructuring properties coupled with a high Vitamin E
content make it a wonderful skin and haircare product. It contains many
antioxidants and is rich in vitamin E.
Obtained from the pulp of the avocado pear and is one of the most
active and effective ingredients used by the cosmetic industry. It
contains protien, amino acids, and relatively large amounts of
vitamins A, D, and E.
Obtained from the kernels of the Babassu palm which is found in the
southern regions of Brazil. Babassu contains a high content of lauric
and myristic acids which have melting points relatively close to the
body temperature. This oil is refined without chemicals making it a
wonderful additions to cosmetic products. Babassu oils has similar
properties as Coconut oil and is increasingly used as a substitute.
Black Current Seed Oil:
This is a deciduous Eurasian shrub that is found in various parts of
the world. It is easily distinguished at all seasons by the strong
perfume of its buds and leaves. This shrub shows the only instance of a
process by which double flowers may become single, by changing petals
into stamina. It has a solitary, one-flowered peduncle at the base of
the raceme, and it's leaves are dotted underneath.Numerous clinical
trials have demonstrated the beneficial effects of GLA for a wide
variety of disorders including Atherosclerosis, Diabetes Mellitus,
Eczema, Multiple Sclerosis, and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). The oil
from the seed is also added to skin preparations and cosmetics. It is
often combined with vitamin E to prevent oxidation.
Borage is well known as one of the richest sources of essential fatty
acids known to man. It is the Richest source of gamma linolenic acid
(GLA) - up to 25%. This helps to encourage mobile joints and tissues. It
is also a fantastic source for Linolenic Acid, Vitamins, and Minerals.
Users can apply it to both sunburned and aged skin, though because of
the price and oily residue, many will use in dilution with other carrier
oils.Small amounts (10% or less) of Borage is often added to other
carrier oils for fortification. It is applicable for all skin types and
is commonly used in manufacturing, aromatherapy applications and by
Derived from the herb Calendula, known for its skincare properties.
Calendula Oil's regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties are
known to successfully heal a variety of types of skin damage.
Camellia Seed Oil:
An excellent anti-oxidant. This protects the skin from free radical
damage - one of the best kept secrets in the cosmetic and hair care
industry, and also provides for a long healthy shelf life.
Camellia Seed Oil is very similar in performance to Jojoba oil.
Historically, it was the only oil used in Asia to protect Samurai swords
from Rust and corrosion, another testimonial to its anti-oxidant
Canola oil is very high in minerals, vitamins and is high in GLA acids.
Suitable for all skin types, Canola is a very common oil with Massage
therapists and manufacturers. Canola Oil is readily absorbed into the
Carrot Oil: Carrot Oil is very high in both vitamins and minerals.
Carrot has a very slight scent that is sweet and very carrot - like
Carrot Oil is often used in combination with other carrier oils - predominantly for the color and marketing possibilities
Rendered from the first cold-pressing of the castor bean, Castor
oil is high in ricinoleic acid, which gives it its high vescosity.
Castor Oil acts as a humectant by attracting and retaining moisture
to the skin.
Cherry Kernel Oil:
Cherry Kernel Oil contains natural antioxidants, alpha, delta and gamma
tocopherols plus vitamins A & E. It also contains a polyunsaturated
fatty acid called Eleostearic, a conjugated linolenic acid that
prevents UV absorption by forming a barrier on the surface of the skin
Aromatic Cherry Kernel has very little scent characteristic of most
Cherry kernel oil is a stable, emollient oil great for skin care
products and soap making. It can be used as a light, moisturizing oil
for lip balms, body butters, salt and sugar scrubs, bath or massage oils
as well as soaps and shampoos. It is used in aromatherapy and by
Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils.
Absorbs into skin at average speed, slight oil feeling left on skin.
Coconut oil is obtained from Cobra, which is dried coconut meat. It
is known for its lathering and moisturizing properties in soaps.
Coconut Fractionated Oil:
Differs from Regular Coconut Oil in that it is produced by heat rather
then cold pressing. Many consider it to be very comparable to the
characteristics of human skin. It is also used on oily skin as it will
not clog pores. It can also be used as a treatment to condition dull or
Clear to Pale yellow
Aromatic. Fractionated Coconut has no scent, characteristic of most
Fractionated coconut is used almost exclusively by cosmetic
Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils.
Fractionated Coconut produces a barrier on the skin, but will not clog
Cottonseed Oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the
cotton plant after the cotton lint has been removed. Cottonseed oil is
rich in palmitic acid , oleic acid , linoleic acid and 10% mixture of
arachidic acid, behenic acid and lignoceric acid and it contains over
50% Omega-6 fatty acids. Colorless to Pale Yellow
Aromatic. Cotton Seed has very little scent characteristic of most
Cotton Seed is a very popular, all purpose carrier oil. It is used by
manufacturers for making soaps, body lotion and candles.
Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils.
Absorbs into skin at average speed, slight oil feeling left on skin.
Emu oil lacks long chain fatty acids which makes it conducive to a long
shelf-life. Aids in the relief of burns, skin ailments, sore joints,
muscles aches, etc. Also good for psoriasis, eczema, scarring,
swelling, latex dermatitis, rhinitis, keliods, contact dermatitis,
Reduce roseola from rashes, acne inflammation, radiation treatments,
hemorrhoids, rheumatism, arthritis and bursitis, callused feet, Achilles
tendonitis sprains, sports related injuries, skin chlorine irritation,
tired muscles, razor burn and nicks Moisturize cracked, chapped skin,
sunburn, prevent blistering , diaper rash, minor cuts and scratches,
bug bites, canker sores and cold sores, itching and burning of rashes,
Moisturizer, dry, irritated nasal passages, stretch marks, under-eye
puffiness, age spots, wrinkles, cuticles and nails, a natural emollient
that is suitable for both skin care and cosmetics. The emu oil is
rendered from a thick layer of fat on the back of the emu bird, yielding
5 - 7 liters of unsaturated, non-toxic, highly penetrating oil. It is
generally between creamy pale yellow or creamy white depending if it
has been rectified or not. It contains a high level of linolenic acid,
known to temporarily ease joint pain. It also contains oleic
acid, which produces an anti-inflammatory effect It has virtually no
aroma and does not clog pores.
Evening Primrose Oil:
Contains high levels of GLA essential fatty acids and is good for dry
and mature skin. It also Soothes inflammation and can be used in
dandruff applications. Small amounts are often added to other carrier
oils for fortification.
Aromatic. Evening primrose has a very slight, sweet scent but remains
characteristic of most carrier oils.
Evening Primrose is used in manufacturing and in dilution with other
carrier oils suitable for massage.
Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils.
Evening Primrose will leave a very oily feeling on skin.
Flax seed Oil: Very high in the natural anti-oxidant Vitamin E. It is also a good oil for preventing scarring and stretch marks.
in color, Flax Seed smells like freshly melted butter.
Flax seed is often added to other carrier oils and creams and lotions in order to add skin strengthening properties.
The consistency and absorbtion is typical and characteristic of Carrier Oils.
Grapeseed Oil is used as a base oil for many creams and lotions. It is
the preferred carrier oils for many massage therapists because of its
light, satin like finish. It also has some astringent qualities and is
good for oily, acne prone skin.
Golden Yellow with a Hearty Green Tone
Aromatic. Grapeseed Oil is odourless and characteristic of most carrier
Grapeseed Oil is heavily used in massage therapy, cosmetic
manufacturing, and in aromatherapy.
Grapeseed is one of the Lightest carrier oils available. Easily
Absorbed into the skin.
Derived from the Hazelnut Tree, and is a wonderful moisturizer in
creams, lip balms, and soaps, since it is absorbed easily by the
Hemp Seed Oil is high in Omega fatty acids and proteins. It makes a
fantastic cosmetic grade oil due to its nutrients, though the illegal
Cannabis association tends to reduce its popularity. It is currently
being more readily explored by progressive manufacturers.
to dark green in color, Hemp Oil has very little scent characteristic of
most carrier oils.
Hemp is becoming a popular manufacturing oil, though only through
pioneers in the cosmetic field.
Hemp Oil is Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils and is readily
absorbed into the skin.
In actuality, it is a liquid wax. It closely resembles the sebum of the
skin, and is rich in vitamin E. This promotes a glowing complexion. The
golden variety of Jojoba may alter color and odours in cosmetics.
Jojoba Oil has a Deep, Vibrant Orange
Color and has a pleasant, soft odour. Jojoba Golden can be added to
other carrier oils in order to extend shelf lives, and has become a
common oil in the aromatherapy industries because of it's excellent skin
care properties. Massage therapists may use small amounts in their
carrier oil blends, but as it will clog pores, its application is
Also known as Candle Nut Tree, Kukui nut trees grow up to 20 meters in
height, distinctive in their light green silvery foliage, usually grow
wild on the lower slopes of the mountains. The fruits or nuts of the
kukui nut tree are rich in oil of a pleasant nutty odour.
in colour, Kukui nut oil is cold pressed from the fruits of kukui nut
tree to retain high levels of natural polyunsaturated fatty acids. This
light natural oil is used today in all high quality skin preparations
due to its ability to quickly penetrate the skin. For centuries
Hawaiians have used Kukuinut oil to protect skin from salt water, harsh
sun and drying winds. Excellent for dry skin, psoriasis, eczema or any
severe skin condition.
A very effective emollient and is extremely rich in fatty acids; it is
suitable for all types of production and can be used as an active
principle or as a carrier oil in the oil phase. Similarly, it can be
used by massage therapists for a softening massage, or in combination
with other carrier oils.
Light Brown in colour
Linseed has very little scent characteristic of most carrier oils.
Linseed is a popular oil in cosmetic manufacturing, and to a lesser
degree (but no less suitable), massage therapists and aromatherapists.
Lanolin is a fat like substance, produced by the oil glands in
sheep and obtained from the sheep's wool. It is used as an
emulsifier and emollient in creams, lotions, and soaps. Lanolin is
effectively known to soften dry, chapped, & cracked skin.
Oil: A cold-processed luxury oil that is easily absorbed into the
skin. From the Macadamia Nut Tree,, this oil contains high
percentages of palmitoleic acid,, known for its anti-oxident
Meadowfoam is a small, herbaceous winter-spring annual. The name
Meadowfoam is derived from the typical white blooming of plants which
give the image of a white foam covering the soil.
Clear color in small amounts, but will take on an orange color in larger
quantities. Meadowfoam oil contains 98% fatty acids long-chain carbon
atoms. It is resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring
tocopherols, and is one of the most stable lipids known and will
actually extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. As a result,
it has an extremely long shelf life.
Meadowfoam has wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and is
highly recommended for use in cosmetics and skin care products
especially for its UV protection properties. It is a key ingredient in
many different products such as suntan lotion, massage oils and lotions,
hand/facial creams, hair and scalp products, cuticle repair cream,
foundations, rouges, face powders, lip sticks, shampoos, shaving creams
and various other balms.
Neem is a medium sized to large tree characterized by its short
straight trunk, furrowed dark brown to gray bark, and dense rounded
crowns of pinnate leaves. Native to India, Neem is widely planted and
naturalized in semiarid areas throughout Asia and Africa. Neem is an
evergreen of the tropics and sub-tropics. It belongs to the family
Meliaccae and is a cousin of the Chinaberry. With an extensive and deep
root system, the hardy Neem can grow luxuriantly even in marginal and
leached soils, and thrives up to an elevation of 1500m. The Neem flowers
are prolific between February and May. The honey-scented white flowers,
found in clusters, are a good source of nectar for bees. Neem fruits
are green drupes that turn golden yellow on ripening in the months of
June, July and August, in India. The kernels have about 45% oil. The
termite resistant Neem timber is used as a building material, and in
making furniture and farm implements. The bark yields tannin and gum.
The amber hued gum is used as a dye in textiles and in traditional
Neem is very viscous to begin with, and it gets solid in the cold.
Simply heat it in a hot water bath in order to thin it out. The water
shouldn’t be boiling hot, but very warm. It will take a few
minutes.Scientific research has confirmed that Neem seed oil is
non-toxic to mammals and may be very effective antiseptic, antifungal,
antibacterial, antiviral, dermatological and dental agent. It is also
widely hailed as a natural insect repellant. This oil has been used for
centuries in traditional Indian medicine to aid in the healing of
topical skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and
acne. It is rich in fatty acids and glycerides and together with its
healing properties, provides an excellent natural moisturizing base for
skin care formulations.
Oleo Europaea - It is best to use the Extra Virgin, Cold pressed Oil.
It is a good oil for skin care, especially dry skin. It makes an
excellent conditioner for hair and nails. A good oil for making salves,
suppositories and infusions. This is a heavier oil so dilute it 10% in
other carrier oils. This is a dark green oil which is rich in minerals,
vitamins, and proteins and essential fatty acids, especially alpha
linolenic acid Note: If not carefully used or used in a small dilution
with another carrier, it may overpower a blend. Released from the
gentle pressing of the olive fruit this oil
produces a mild soap for even the most sensitive skin. When used in
lotions and butters it releases softening properties to the
Palm Oil &
Palm Kernel Oil: Derived from the fruit of the African Palm Tree
these oils contain large amounts of lauric acid. The
properties of the these oils produce hard bars of soap that lather
Passionfruit Oil is a very exotic carrier oil that is great for body
care products. The name alone lends itself to fantastic marketing
potential. It has a soothing effect on skin and is believed to have
in colour Passionfruit is odourless. Passionfruit is popular in both
massage and cosmetic manufacturing. It is also gaining in popularity
within the aromatherapy industry.
Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils, Passionfruit is easily
absorbed and does not leave a sticky, greasy film.
Peach Kernel Oil:
Peach Kernel Oil is rich in vitamins A & E and polyunsaturated
fatty acids hence it has high antioxidant and preservative properties.
Clear to pale yellow
in Colour, Peach Kernel has wonderful nourishing, regenerative and
moisturizing properties, hence it is helps smoothes sensitive and
inflamed skin and is a good treatment for dry and mature skin.
It is excellent for massage blends and in particular facial massages.
Peach kernel oil is used in the soap industry and is a popular
ingredient in cosmetics, such as creams, lotions and lip balms. Try it
as an effective make-up remover.
Absorbs into skin at average speed, slight oil feeling left on skin.
Made by pressing shelled peanuts, this is considered one of the
most important oils in the world. It is regarded as non-drying ,
conditioning oil, offering softening qualities. It is rich in
Vitamin E and is absorbed by the skin easily. (*Clearly specified
when used in products for allergy reasons)
Pecan Oil is a well rounded carrier oil. It is often chosen as a more
unique alternative to the more popular oils - grapeseed, canola, almond
in colour, Pecan has very little scent characteristic of most carrier
oils, though some slight nutty tones can be detected.
Pecan oil is normally used in manufacturing, or in massage therapy if
small amounts are blended with other oils. Pecan Oil will leave an oily
film on the skin.
Perilla Seed Oil:
The seed, which is expeller pressed, produces an oil rich in vitamins
and amino acids and 50-60% of the oil is Alpha-Linoleic Acid (ALA) which
is an Omega-3 fatty acid. The high ALA content helps the skin and hair
retain moisture; the Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids
which are found in vegetable and oily fish oils, are classified as
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) and can aid in the treatment of skin
disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. The oil is highly unsaturated,
with an iodine number of 185 to 208, and includes linolenic, linoleic,
and oleic acids.
Clear, bright yellow to golden in colour,
Perilla Oil is known to have antiseptic properties which makes this a
good oil for facial products. Retains moisture in skin and hair. Aids in
treatment of skin disorders. Also used in soap making.
The pomegranate is native in regions ranging from Iran through to the
Himalayas in northern India. It was cultivated and naturalized over the
Mediterranean region since ancient times. The pomegranate is a neat,
rounded shrub or small tree that can grow to typically to 12 to 16 feet
in height. Dwarf varieties are also known. It is usually deciduous, but
in certain areas the leaves will persist on the tree. The trunk is
covered by a red-brown bark, which later becomes gray. The branches are
stiff, angular and often spiny.
Colorless to pale yellow
in colour, Pomegranate has little to no scent characteristic of most
Pomegranate Seed Carrier Oil is suitable for applications in both soap
and skin care. It is often viewed as a “face oil” in that it moisturizes
and nourishes dry skin. It also balances pH; after application the skin
will feel soft and smooth.
Pomegranate Seed Carrier Oil has a consistency typical of most carrier
Virgin Pomegranate Seed Carrier Oil is readily absorbed through the
skin, though only small amounts are normally used in concert with other
Poppy Seed Oil:
Poppy Seed Oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of the poppy flower.
This oil contains about 40 to 50% fatty oil and is rich in linoleic
acid, oleic acid and unsaturated fatty acids that useful in cosmetic
Clear in colour,
Poppy Seed has very little scent characteristic of most carrier oils.
Poppy Seed is considered to have good moisturizing properties and can be
used to make a wide variety of cosmetic products. It contains similar
properties as Hemp seed and can be used as a substitute.
Poppy Seed Oil Absorbs into skin at average speed, slight oil feeling
left on skin.
Pumpkin Seed Oil:
Pumpkin Seed Oil is much more popular in Europe where it is valued for
its skin healing properties (specifically sores, inflammations).
Aromatherapists are also beginning to value this oil for its high
protein, zinc, and polyunsaturated fats.
in colour, Pumpkin Seed has an appealing, roasted nut scent.
Pumpkin Seed oil is a popular specialty oil in both massage and
Rice Bran Oil:
Rice Bran Oil, extracted from the bran or outer coat of the brown rice
grain removed during the milling process is rich in vitamins, minerals,
proteins and essential oils. Rice bran oil also has constituents
believed to hinder UV rays absorption at the skin’s surface.
Orange to Golden Brown
in colour, Ricebran has very little scent characteristic of most carrier
Rice bran oil has a high percentage of fatty acids and unsaponifiables
and is one of the best sources of tocotrienols, an antioxidant that may
be much more powerful and effective than Vitamin E. A mild oil perfect
for dry/flaky, sensitive, mature and/or delicate skin (e.g. baby), where
additional moisturization is required and is effective for keeping skin
Rice bran oil contains a compound called gamma-oryzanol, a component
that can impede the progress of melanin pigmentation by restoring the
erythema activity of the tyrosinase enzyme as it intercepts the UV rays
at the skin’s surface, hindering UV ray transmission. As such, rice bran
oil is used in many types of skin and hair sunscreen products and is
incorporated into shampoos, conditioners ad special hair treatments
where it adds sheen while moisturizing and conditioning the hair without
weighing it down. It is even used in lipsticks providing lip
conditioning and strong mold stability, and in nail polishes to provide
Rosehip oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and is known to
help treat dry, irritated, weathered skin. It is also suitable for
treating burns, scars and stretch marks. There are some concerns that it
can aggravate acne conditions.
Very Light Red
in colour, Rosehip Oil has very little scent characteristic of most
Rosehip oil is becoming popular with massage therapists for it's skin
healing properties, though it is typically in dilution (10%
recommended). It is also suitable for cosmetics and manufacturing.
Rosehip is considered a “drying oil” which means that it is quickly
absorbed by the skin and does not leave an oily feel.
Shelf life: Rosehip Oil is slow to go rancid; users can expect a shelf
life of 6 Months to 1 Year with proper storage conditions (cool, out of
direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended.
Cautions: In high concentrations, Rosehip Oil may aggravate acne.Safflower Oil: Safflower Oil is the first choice amongst manufacturers for cosmetics requiring Moisturizing Oil. It is also very popular in massage blends as it is easily absorbed, and can be washed from sheets without heavy staining. Light yellow in colour, Safflower Oil is odourless. Safflower is heavily used in manufacturing, massage therapy, and to a lesser degree, as a carrier oil in aromatherapy. Safflower is easily absorbed.
Sea Buckthorn Oil:
Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a spiny shrub or tree with
bright red or yellow berries native to Europe and the northern regions
of Asia. These berries are said to be the single highest source of
vitamin C, vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids,
and beta-carotene which gives them their bright color. Because of this,
the essential oil is well known for it’s use on the skin.
Aromatherapists have credited it with reducing wrinkles, regenerating
skin cells, and for promoting the healing of skin injuries such as
burns, sunburns, wounds and eczema. You will also see it in many skin
care products such as creams and lotions. Golden Yellow to Light Brown
in colour, Sea Buckthorn has very little scent characteristic of most
It is reputed to be one of the best sources of natural antioxidants due
to the high content of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidants like vitamin E and
beta-carotene effectively combat wrinkles, dryness, and other symptoms
of dry, aged skin. This oil can also be used promote healing of burns,
eczema, radiation injury ulcers and small cuts or wounds. This healing
effect is due to the beta-carotene (pro-vitamin-A) that is in
Sea-Buckthorn oil. In addition, the UV-spectrum of the oil shows a
moderate absorption in the UV-B range which makes sea-buckthorn derived
products attractive for sun care cosmetics. Sea Buckthorn is a fantastic
choice as part of a massage blend, an aromatherapy blend, and in all
types of manufacturing. Please note if used in massages, Sea Buckthorn
oil will stain the skin.
Sea Buckthorn oil is a key ingredient in many different products such as
lotions, ant-aging cream, make-up remover, shower & bath gel,
shampoos, face mask, sunscreen products and various balms.
Sea Buckthorn is readily absorbed. Refrigeration after opening is
Oil: Sesame Oil is rich in vitamins E and B, and in minerals such as
calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is an excellent emollient, and if
used in dilution with other carrier oils, is a popular massage and
aromatherapy carrier oil. It will not stain sheets.
in colour, Sesame has a very distinct seed aroma. It has the potential
of overpowering other scents. Sesame Oil is popular in cosmetics as a
natural moisturizer. Similarly, it is a good choice for massage
therapists and aromatherapists alike. Sesame is slightly thicker than
typical Carrier Oils.
Sesame oil will not stain sheets, but does leave an oily residue.
Known as African karite butter, it is derived from the pits of the
fruit of the African Butter Tree which grows in Central Africa.
Used for centuries for foot and body care, Shea Butter is able to
moisturize and nourish the skin.
Soya Bean Oil: Soya
Bean is extremely high in Lecithin, Sterolins, and Vitamin E.
in colour, Soya Bean has very little scent characteristic of most
Soya bean is becoming increasingly popular with massage therapists
because the oil is very light, and an excellent alternative to Almond
Soya bean is slightly thinner than Typical Carrier Oils.
Soya Bean is well absorbed.
Sunflower Oil: Sunflower
Oil has high Amounts of Vitamins A, B, D and E, minerals, lecithin,
insulin, unsaturated fatty acids, and by all accounts, it is a good
product for the skin.
in colour, Sunflower has very little scent characteristic of most
Sunflower is a versatile oil that can be used in massage, manufacturing,
and in aromatherapy.
Sunflower is easily absorbed and leaves very little oily residue.
An excellent emollient, known for its ability to soften and
re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin D, and is
considered extremely nourishing - particularly when used regularly.
Contains Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid. It can be expected to sooth dry
skin and irritated.
Tamanu Oil Madagascar:
This variety of Tamanu oil originates in Madagascar although Tamanu can
be found in South East Asia. The fruit (nuts) are hand gathered from
the coastal Tamanu trees, as they are said to yield the highest quality
oil. It is grows up to three meters tall, sporting cracked, black bark
and elliptical, shiny leaves. The Tamanu tree blooms twice annually with
fragrant, white flowers, which later yield clusters of yellow-skinned
Light green in colour,
with rich, woody-spicy oil bouquet.
It is reputed to have wondrous wound-healing properties, as well as
being a cure-all for almost every skin ailment you can think of, from
acne to eczema to psoriasis, but all of the miraculous claims are hinged
on anecdotal, not scientific, evidence. There’s no harm in using this
oil in skin care—like most oils, it is composed of phospholipids and
glycolipids, and these are natural constituents of healthy skin and are
good water-binding agents. It is a powerful healer for burns, cuts,
eczema, burns, rashes and insect bites.
It can be applied neat to the skin or blended with a carrier oil.
Absorbs into skin at average speed, slight oil feeling left on skin.
History: Natives believed the Tamanu tree was a sacred gift of nature
and that gods hid in its branches. It was their answer to skin
protection from hot sun, high humidity and ocean wind. Since the 1930s
the effectiveness of Tamanu oil has been studied in hospitals and by
researchers in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific islands
Cautions: Persons with nut allergy should not use this oil.
Walnut Oil is an excellent emollient with moisturizing properties for
dry, aged, irritated skin. In aromatherapy circles, Walnut Oil is also
credited with being a balancing agent for the nervous system.
in colour, Walnut Oil has very little scent characteristic of most
carrier oils. Walnut Oil is suitable for aromatherapy and massage
therapy. In both, the Walnut oil is typically diluted in another carrier
oil. It is also a popular oil in cosmetic manufacturing.
Walnut Oil is well absorbed by the skin.
Cautions: Walnut Oil should be avoided by individuals with nut
Check Out The Wonders Of Tea Tree OilBy Brenda Hoffman
Tea tree oil is the essential oil comes from the Australian plant
Melaleuca alternifolia. This species is unique to Australia and
native to Northern New South Wales. This tree has very strong
therapeutic and medicinal values which are found in its oil, which
is obtained through steam distillation from the leaves of the tea
tree. It has powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal
properties, making it very versatile. This is why some people have
called it the "wonder oil for the skin from down under." Another
neat fact about tea tree oil is that it is the only essential oil,
except for lavender, that can be applied directly to the skin
without a carrier oil. This aboriginal Australian traditional
medicine is used for bruises, insect bites, and skin infections.
Since tea tree oil is a strong 100% pure concentrate, very little
is needed to achieve results. Therefore, it should be used very
sparingly. Tea tree oil contains 48+ compounds, with the main 1
beiing terpinen-4-ol. This is what is responsible for tea tree
oil's antibacterial and antifungal properties.
We can be thankful for the Bundjalung aborigines of Northern New
South Wales. They were the first to believe that tea tree leaves
had tremendous healing properties. Then in 1923 Dr. A. R. Penfold
discovered that tea tree oil is 13 times stronger of an antiseptic
bacteriacide than carbolic acid (the universal standard at that
time). Big things finally happened in the 1930's to help advance
the use of tea tree oil. In 1930 tea tree oil began being applied
to pus-filled infections because of its effectiveness and the fact
that it promotes the growth and repair of healthy tissue, which
lessens the chance of scarring. It was also in 1930 that The
Medical Journal of Australia writes its first report on tea tree
oil. Finally in 1939 tea tree oil reaches its potential as it is
used on World War II soldiers as a disinfectant.
You should understand that tea tree oil is a 100% natural product
and thus it is entirely environmentally friendly. Plantation owners
even go so far as to carefully manage the growth of the trees to
ensure that the natural environment remains undisturbed. The leaves
are then steamed in order to derive the oil which is extremely safe
for topical use, however oral ingestion is not recommended. While
there have been some occurrences of allergic reactions to tea tree
oil, their incidence is extremely low when compared to synthetic
products. So, considering that there are no side effects and a
great rate of cases in which this oil has proven to be more than
beneficial, it is no wonder that Australia exports tea tree oil to
so many countries which provides a valuable boost to this country's
The oil found in the cells of the leaves of the tea tree, which
grows in Northern New South Wales and Australia, is a natural
antiseptic. It is a great anti-bacterial which kills a broad
spectrum of bacteria and a range of stubborn fungi like athlete's
foot. While aboriginals have been using tea tree oil for thousands
of years, today there isn't a household in Australia that doesn't
have tea tree oil in its medicine cabinet. This is because tea tree
oil is helpful in numerous ways, including: bad breath, acne and
blemishes, athlete's foot, and muscle pain, just to name a few.
Tea tree oil is more commonly known as Melaleuca alternifolia. This
native Australian plant has numerous remarkable properties since
when it's crushed and distilled, its leaves yield a 100% natural
oil which is an antiseptic, a fungicide, and a mild solvent. When
crushed, the tea tree oil yields terpinen-4-ol (typically 30-40%)
which is what makes it antibacterial and antifungal. This
completely natural product has a variety of uses, some of which
include: medicinal purposes (ie infections, minor burns, sunburn,
cuts, abrasions, grazes, sore throats, sunburn, ulcers, cold sores,
pimples, acne, zits, spots), skin care and hygiene (found in ie
deodorants, soaps, hand creams and lotions, toothpastes, mouthwash,
sore throat lozenges, facial cleansers and used to treat ie
psoriasis, dry skin rashes, fight bad breath, foot odor, athlete's
foot, nail infections, thrush, rashes, and acne), hair care (ie
anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners, treatments for damaged
hair), pet care (ie dog shampoo), miscellaneous uses (ie insect
repellent, relief of arthritic symptoms), and for relieving the
itch from insect bites and stings. Of course, numerous other
applications of tea tree oil are also still being discovered. Some
of these most recent discoveries include tea tree oil helping with
mouth ulcers, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, fatigue, respiratory
infections, strengthening the immune system and the female
reproductive system, lice, gingivitis, and female vaginal problems.
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The Magic Of Olive OilBy Ruth Polak
The cultivation of olive trees has been traced as far back as 6,000
B.C. in Syria and there is certainly evidence that oil from this
marvellous plant has been used for thousands of years in the
Mediteranean regions. There are many references to its' use in the
Bible, both for culinary and ceremonial purposes, and of course an
olive branch has been adopted as a sign of peace ever since the
dove returned to Noah carrying one and thus indicating that the
flood waters were receeding.
In more recent times the health giving properties that the ancients
attributed to olive oil have been substantiated by modern science
and it is now generaly agreed that it has the ability to lower
cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. In
addition olive oil has very high levels of the antioxidant vitamins
E and K which provide a defence mechanism that delays ageing and
prevents carcinogenesis, atherosclerosis and liver disorders. It
has very high levels of monounstautated fats, 77%, and it is this
which attributed with the ability to positively alter the ratio
between good and bad cholesterol.
The Mediterranean Diet, in which olive oil plays an important part,
is now considered to be one of the healthiest in the world with
people from those regions experiencing lower rates of heart
diseaes, cancer and other degenerative diseases than elsewhere in
the Western World.
The olives are pressed as soon as possible once they arrive at the
mills. This is done mechanicaly today and whilst it maybe filtered
it is otherwise untreated and so is totally natural. Olive oil is
then graded according to its' acidity.
Extra Virgin Olive.
Oil Virgin olive oil having a maximum free acidity, in terms of
oleic acid, of 0.8g per 100g, the other characteristics of which
comply with those laid down from this category.
Virgin Olive Oil.
Virgin olive oil having a maximum free acidity, in terms of oleic
acid of 2g per 100g, the other characteristics of which comply with
those laid down from this category.
Olive oil obtained by blending refined olive oil and virgin olive
oil, other than lampante oil, having a free acid content, expressed
as oleic acid, of not more than 1.5g per 100g and the other
characteristics of which comply with those laid down from this
Olive Pomace Oil.
Oil obtained by blending refined olive-pomace oil and virgin olive
oil other than lampante oil, having a free acid content expressed
as oleic acid of not more than 1.5g per 100g and the other
characteristics of which comply with those laid down from this
In addition to its' many health giving benefits olive oil can also
be used externally as a beauty and health aid:-
For the softest hands imaginable:
Mix one teaspoon of olive oil with half a teaspoon of salt and
massage into your hands. The salt exfoliates and the oil softens.
You will be amazed at how soft, smooth and blemish free your hands
look. Also useful for removing heavy staining, oil etc. Works well
on elbows, knees, feet and can be used as an all over scrub prior
to bathing (probably best to take a shower unless you fancy sitting
in the middle of an oil slick!). For particularly rough skin,
substitute sugar for the salt.
For soft, shiny, manageable hair:
Massage olive oil into your hair and leave for as long as possible
before shampooing. Repeat weekly.
To prevent dandruff:
Rub into the hair a mixture of olive oil and Eau de Cologne. Then
rinse and shampoo as normal.
For a relaxing massage:
Warm some olive oil (place container in hot water for 5 minutes)
and add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil.
Warm some olive oil as above, add a few drops to the ear and then
plug with cooton wool.
In addition to the oil that can be obtained from this wonderful
ancient tree the fruits themselves can also be eaten and are
likewise a very healthy addition to any diet. They too are of
course high in heart protecting monounsaturated fats and vitamin E
and they also contain a variety of phytonutrients such as
polyphenols and flavonoids. The anti-inflammatory actions of the
monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and polyphenols in olives may also
help reduce the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid
arthritis, three conditions where most of the damage is caused by
high levels of free radicals. The vitamin E in olives may even help
to reduce the frequency and/or intensity of hot flushes in women
going through menopause.
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What Exactly Is Jojoba Oil And Why Is It Used So Much In Skin
Care Products?By Glen Jansen
Back in 1822, a small shrub was discovered in the desert near Baja
California by a botanist named H. F. Link. Mr. Link named this new
plant after a fellow botanist from the U.K. named T. W. Simmonds.
The proper named of the Jojoba plant is Simmondsia chinensis. It
wasn't until after the U.S. banned whale hunting that this plant
started to be cultivated. Up until then, the oil of whales was used
in skin care products and cosmetics. After the ban, much research
was done to find more suitable replacements for the skin and hair
The Jojoba plant produces a bean pod and it was discovered that
heating the beans caused an oil to be secreted. The desert peoples
of Southern California and Mexico had long been using this oil to
treat skin conditions and cuts. The Japanese did some research on
Jojoba oil and found it to be nontoxic to the human skin. In
addition, soon it was known the amazing properties of this oil.
Jojoba oil is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperatures.
The 'oil' has similar chemical makeup to the sebum oil that our
skin produces naturally. In fact, it is one of the most easily
absorbed vegetable oils available today. Because of this, it was
soon used to produce all kinds of hair and skin care products.
The oil is wonderful for people who suffer from sensitive skin
conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. It helps soften your
skin and when applied to your hair will increase its shine. It is
also known to help reduce wrinkles and other lines associated with
aging. In addition, it helps promote the growth of new skin cells.
It even has some anti-bacterial qualities too.
Because of these amazing properties, there is no wonder it is being
used in the manufacturing of all kinds of hair products,
replenishing skin care products, wrinkle reduction treatments, acne
control products and even cosmetics. You can find the oil for sale
individually too. A 4 oz bottle can be purchased for as little as
$8 and can be used to make your own moisturizing cream at home.
Take your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, and add 40 to
50 drops to a 4 oz bottle. Apply to liberally to your skin and rub
until it has been absorbed.
The Jojoba plant was an important and necessary discovery. Its
amazing properties help people all over the world look better, feel
better about themselves and helps people who suffer from
disabilitating skin conditions. If you purchase it, look for
organically grown Jojoba oil and make sure it is pressed and not
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Good Info On Coconut Oil And Virgin Coconut OilBy Ispas Marin
One important thing that has provided the mankind with lots of
useful materials in over the history is the palm tree. The most
important materials that come from the palm tree are coconut oils.
Coconut and palm kernel oils were considered very good health oils
in Ayurvedic medicine almost 4000 years ago.
The Sanskrit medicine found out that the coconut oils had almost
the same health effects like the mother's milk. It was thought that
the human milk worked as some kind of antibiotic after an eye
surgery. But latest research has shown that there is a similarity
between coconut oil and human milk: their fat or lipid content.
So believe me that the medium chain fatty acids and monoglycerides
found primarily in these two coconut oils and mothers milk have
miraculous healing power. Another great advantages of them is that
they have many useful properties and no toxicity or bad side
This tropical oils, the coconut oil and the palm kernel oil will be
the new oils of the next millennium.
I will try in the rest of this article to show some great benefits
of the virgin coconut oil.
The virgin coconut oil has great antiviral, anti fungal and
antibacterial properties. It contains lauric acid which is very
good in preventing problem caused by viruses and bacteria.
The virgin coconut oil is also good for increasing the metabolic
rate. It provides a good source of energy. Adding coconut oil in
your diet will have the result of burning more calories because of
an increased metabolism. Also if you are following a wight-loss
plan it's very good to add some coconut oil too.
The coconut oil is also very good for your skin. Using it will make
your skin smooth and soft. It also has some good chances on
preventing cancer, premature aging and wrinkling of your skin.
So this are only a few of the advantages and effects of the coconut
oil. There are many more others that aren't even discovered yet.
This means that the oil industry must move quickly to modernize
itself in making value added products from these oils which will
contribute to a more vigorous and healthy effects.
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Shea Butter: The Beauty Secret Of AfricaBy Chere Deshayes
What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter originates from the Karite Nut tree, also called the
Mangifolia tree, found in the semi-arid savannahs of West and
Central Africa. The women of West Africa have been using shea
butter for centuries. The Karite Nut tree, which can live for 300
years, is often dubbed the “tree of life” by African women who make
this precious butter by hand. Almost all parts of the tree have
some practical use. The bark is an ingredient in traditional
medicines against certain childhood illnesses and minor scrapes and
cuts. The shell of the nuts can repel mosquitoes. Above all,
because it is completely non-toxic and gentle, the fruity part of
the nut, when crushed, yields a vegetable oil that can be used in
soap-making, cooking, and skin and hair care.
The Making of Shea Butter
The process of making shea butter, or karite, is long and arduous
for the women of Africa. They awake early and trek up to 15 km (9
mi) to collect the fruits of the Karite Nut tree. With up to 40 kg
(88 lbs) of fruits upon their heads, the women and children head
back to the village to begin the process of extracting the butter
from the kernel of the fruit. The pits are first removed from the
fruit, boiled, sun-dried and finally roasted. When the pits have
been completely dehydrated, they are handcrushed. This laborious
work takes an average of 20 hours to produce 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of shea
The New Beauty Must-Have
Shea butter is now becoming one of the best selling and highly
recommended skin care products around. A trip to specialist beauty
shops provides all the evidence that karite has become a beauty
must-have, with shelves fully stocked with a range of body, face
and hair products containing shea oil or shea butter. Because of
its softening, anti-drying and protective effects, shea butter is a
choice ingredient in soap, shampoos, lip balms, sun care products,
hand creams, body massage products and anti-wrinkle creams.
Shea butter is one of nature’s greatest moisturizers and has a vast
number of proven healing properties. Because of its amazing
properties, shea butter is an excellent ingredient for soaps,
lotions and creams. The high level of vegetable fats found in shea
butter contribute to its ability to heal burns and wounds and to
promote cell regeneration and capillary circulation. It is commonly
used in the treatment of eczema, rashes and severely dry skin. This
all-natural product also contains cinnamic acid, which provides
natural protection against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. The
daily use of shea butter on the body and face reduces sun exposure,
which can delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and help
prevent skin cancer. It also acts as a natural barrier against the
elements of cigarette smoke, and harmful chemical pollutants and
smog in the atmosphere.
The “Women’s Gold” of Africa
While Western women discover the endless beautifying qualities of
shea butter, the women of Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and
elsewhere who make this product by hand, also benefit. Unrefined
shea butter is a valuable natural resource for Africa, a country
classified as one of the poorest in the world, and is strengthening
and building women’s economic security. Each year approximately
100,000 tons of shea butter and shea oil are exported from these
African nations. By purchasing shea butter products, we are able to
dramatically change the lives of entire rural communities in Africa
with better housing, medical care, food and fresh water. Most
importantly, this extra income allows African women to give their
children, particularly their daughters, the chance to go to school.
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