Sesame oil! (updated)

Sesame oil (not the roasted kind you’d used in cooking!) is another oil high in linoleic acid (about 40%), with almost equal amounts of oleic acid (45.4%), with some palmitic (9.1%), stearic (4.3%), and arachidic (0.8%) fatty acids thrown in for good measure. It’s incredibly high in phytosterols – 865 mg per 100 grams –...

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Formulating with soy bean oil

You can use soy bean oil anywhere you’d use a light weight oil – in a lotion, lotion bar, hair care product – but I really like to use it in scrubs. The high levels of Vitamin E make it great in a softening lotion, and I’m always looking for anti-inflammatory oils to help with...

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Soy bean oil! (updated)

Soy bean oil is filled with all kinds of wonderful stuff, and with one of the lowest prices for all the carrier oils, one that should find its way into your creations! I remember LabRat calling this the “Rodney Dangerfield of oils” because it has so many great qualities, yet it still gets no respect!...

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Polyphenols (updated)

Polyphenols are found in our oils in three major ways – flavonoids, lignans, and tannins. They are the structural backbone for most anti-oxidants found in plants, and we can use them in our creations to offer some awesome benefits. Polyphenols show up in most of the botanically based ingredients we use in lotion making –...

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Phytosterols (updated)

I realized I’m going to be writing a lot about our friends, the phytosterols, in the next few weeks, so I thought I should take a moment and post a little about them… Phytosterols are plant based sterols like cholesterol that give structure to the plant’s cell membrane (the way cholesterol does for our cells)....

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Formulating with a single oil

In this series of posts, you’ll notice I’m using only one oil in my creations…I don’t generally do this in lotions as I like to have a blend of oils that offer exactly what I want for the weather, skin type, and application.A light oil will sink in quickly (or at least feel as if...

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Facial moisturizer with sunflower oil

Facial moisturizers should be light, moisturizing, and slightly occlusive. I like to have a moisturizer that offers anti-inflammatory features because my skin tends to be on the red side. A facial moisturizer containing sunflower oil offers all of those features – although it’s not going to have a really long life span. We are going...

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Sunflower oil (updated)

Sunflower oil is a fantastic oil if you are looking for a high linoleic acid oil. It is light, meaning you can make some very light moisturizers containing great ingredients, and it’s inexpensive. Its fatty acid make up is…5 to 7% palmitic acid (saturated, C16)3 to 6% stearic acid (saturated, C18)16 to 36% oleic acid...

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Beard conditioner with linoleic acid containing oils

Won’t someone please think of the pirates?Winter is coming, and this means red cheeks and dry, chapped skin. Moisturizers can be a great help, but what about our manly friends with beards? Moisturizers can leave their beards a lank, greasy mess, but the skin underneath needs a little love! We know linoleic acid can help...

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Linoleic acid: Lotion bars

A simply way to get linoleic acid on your skin is to make a simple lotion bar. (And my picture isn’t great – I have to learn how to use that white balance!) SIMPLE LOTION BAR32% beeswax33% butter33% liquid oil1% Vitamin E or other anti-oxidant at suggested rates1% fragrance or essential oils (at safe levels)Melt...

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