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Organic Broccoli Seed Oil

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Inci: Brassica Oleracea Italica Seed Oil

A multi purpose oil for skin and hair that has exceptionally high levels of Erucic Acid which acts and feels like a natural silicone. Sinks into the skin very easily and gives the skin a natural glow.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A very yellow to green, oily liquid that has been cold pressed from the seeds of the organic broccoli plant. It has a noticeable vegetal aroma that would need to be covered by using essential oils in the blend.
  • Use 1% to 100%. However, it is much better to use it as a part of a blend of oils.
  • Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products. It can be used in small amounts in water based gels that will hold it in suspension.
  • Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.
Suggested amounts for a good effect;
Creams and lotions 1% to 10%
Balms 3% to 10%
Shampoos 1% to 5%
Conditioners 2% to 6%
 
Broccoli Seed Oil works well with Hazelnut Oil, Shea Butter and Helichrysum Essential Oil for acne prone skin.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid less than 5%
C18:0 Stearic Acid less than 6%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 29% to 40.5%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) less than 18.5%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) less than 8%
C20:1 Eicosenoic Acid (Omega 9) less than 11%
C22:1 Erucic Acid (Omega 9) 30% to 50%
 
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 168-190
 
Cosmetic Functions:
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Organic Broccoli Seed Oil are:
Emollient, Hair Conditioning, Skin Conditioning
To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here

HOW TO USE IT

Skin Care

  • The very high levels of Erucic Acid in Broccoli Seed Oil make it an excellent emollient that is non greasy with a very silky texture. This is a natural alternative to silicone and also provides good oxidative stability.
  • In anti aging serums, it reduces the overall ‘greasiness’ of the product and helps to speed up the hydration of the skin. This means that beneficial oils like Shea Butter oil can be used without feeling heavy and will also give a healthy sheen to dull and lifeless skin.
  • The combination of antioxidant and Omega 9 in Broccoli Seed Oil keep the skin very supple and radiant. It will help to reduce the visible appearance of aging by diminishing premature wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Excellent to use in products for acne prone skin as it is anti inflammatory and does not block the pores.It makes an oil blend feel thinner in consistency when used in an oil blend making it feel more elegant on the skin.
  • Broccoli Seed Oil is ideal to use as a preconditioner for the skin. Apply a few drops to your fingertips and gently massage into your face before you apply your regular moisturiser.
  • The Omega 6 content stimulates ceramide synthesis in the top layer of the skin. This creates a protective layer that retains moisture to hydrate the skin whilst visibly plumping up the skin for a younger and fresher appearance.
  • Broccoli Seed Oil has a nutritious range of Essential Fatty Acids that make it useful to add to massage oil blends. It is not suitable for use on its own as it would sink into the skin too fast so blend it with heavier and more substantive oils like Macadamia Nut Oil and Moringa Oil.
  • Superb to use neat as a nail and cuticle oil. Simply apply a single drop onto each nail and work it in towards the cuticle.
  • If you are prone to razor bumps after shaving, apply some Broccoli Seed oil neat to the area to encourage faster healing.
  • Apply to any dry skin areas of the face and body for an immediate and effective moisturisation and silky feeling.
  • Its anti inflammatory and skin smoothing ability can offer positive effects in various dermal problems such as eczema prone and psoriasis prone skin types.
Hair Care
  • Broccoli Seed Oil can be used neat on the hair. Just use a few drops on your hands or hair brush and work through the hair. It will moisturise frizzy hair and flyaway hair and help to keep it under control.
  • Dry and flaky scalps will benefit from a few drops massaged into the scalp. Wash out any excess if you do not want to leave it on.
  • Regular use either as a neat oil or as part of a conditioning cream or lotion, will improve the condition and quality of your hair making it more flexible and healthy looking. Dry hair will be soft and deeply moisturised.
  • Broccoli Seed Oil will help to control split ends. Split ends cannot be repaired but they can be protected from getting worse until they are eventually cut out.
  • The rich combination of Omega 9 Essential Fatty Acids keeps dandruff at bay and encourages healthy hair growth from the roots. The antioxidant effect fights free radical damage strengthening the hair follicle reducing hair loss.
  • The unique fatty acid profile that Broccoli Seed Oil has acts like a natural silicone. It gives a natural shine to your hair because of the high levels of Erucic Acid.
  • It smooths the cuticles of the hair which limits oxidation and therefore extends the vibrancy of colour treated hair.
  • It is a very light textured oil that penetrates into the hair easily and does not leave the hair greasy. Use in warm oil treatments and deep conditioning hair packs.

RECIPES & BLENDS

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TRADITIONAL USE

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists to allow a very fast penetration of essential oils blends. This could be advantageous in young children where it was not desirable to have a greasy oil blend left on the skin which could potentially be rubbed into the eyes. This dry feeling oil was just right to apply and within seconds, it has sunk in leaving the skin feeling smooth.
Historical Information
Broccoli can be traced back to the Roman Era and grew easily on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
 
Further evidence shows it was cultivated as a valuable crop in Italy 2,000 years ago. From there, it’s use as a food spread to France and then to England where records referred to it as Italian Asparagus.
 
By the 1920’s, the United States of America made growing it as a viable commercial crop on a very large scale possible and then came the first recorded use of extracting the cold pressed oil from the seeds.