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(EX. VAT) 10 ml £5.77
Price: (inc. VAT) £6.92

Organic Rosemary Antioxidant

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A pure and natural Botanical CO2 Extract which is an extremely effective antioxidant to extend the active life of vegetable oils.

A dark brown, very thick, oily liquid botanical extract from the dried leaves of the Rosemary plant using supercritical carbon dioxide extraction.

It has antioxidative (stops oils from going rancid so quickly), antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties but it is predominantly an antioxidant and should not be considered as a preservative at all.

It does have a strong smell and may also darken the colour of lighter oil blends.

​It has Kosher certification.


Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis Leaf Extract
The individual materials that make up Organic Rosemary Antioxidant are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.
Skin Care
Oils that are very high in polyunsaturated fatty acids are immensely beneficial to the skin but they have a very short shelf life - often less than six months. A very small amount of Organic Rosemary Antioxidant will substantially slow down the oxidation of these oils meaning they can benefit the skin for longer.

Hair Care
No direct hair useage but if your hair product contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid oil, then it could be included.

Use 0.05% to 0.1% when working solely with saturated fats like Cocoa Butter and Macadamia Oil.

Use at 0.2% to 0.4% with predominantly Polyunsaturated fatty acids like Kiwi Seed Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil.

It is more stable than Vitamin E as an antioxidant although it is more used for the shelf life of the product. Vitamin E is more beneficial for the skin.

When using with blends of oils, consider which are the most vulnerable to oxidation and what is their ratio in the blend.

Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products.

Suggested Blends
When making oil only blends, Rosemary antioxidant can make the finished blend darker. We have found that using a low percentage of EcoSilk in the blend helps to keep the blend a little lighter in colour. It does depend of the blend so experiment with small amounts first.

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Even though this botanical extract comes from the Rosemary plant, it is not the same as Rosemary essential oil and the essential oil does not have the antioxidative properties of the extract. The two products are in no way interchangeable.
Rejuvenating Anti Wrinkle Oil
Stage 1: (room temperature)
40% Cucumber Seed Oil
20% Watermelon Seed Oil
21% Kiwi Seed Oil
10% Evening Primrose Oil
5% Vitamin E
2% Remodelling Intense
1% Coenzyme Q-10 plus E
0.6% Vitamin A Palmitate
0.25% Rosemary Antioxidant
0.15% Essential Oils of your choice
100% Total

Blend ingredients thoroughly, bottle and label.

Mature Skin Facial Oil
Stage 1: (room temperature)
30% Walnut Oil
25% Jojoba Oil
20% Macadamia Nut Oil
10% Oat Oil
9% Evening Primrose Oil
5% Vitamin E
0.25% Rosemary Antioxidant
0.25% Myrrh Essential Oil
0.5% Sandalwood Essential Oil
100% Total


Blend ingredients thoroughly, bottle and label.

Vegan Tattoo Balm

Stage 1 (heat until melted):
15% Rice Bran Wax
20% Shea Butter
20% Mango Butter
20% Coconut Butter
19% Olive Oil

S​tage 2 (40-50°C):
2.75% Vitamin E
2% Rice Bran CO2 Extract
0.25% Rosemary Antioxidant
1% Green Mandarin Essential Oil
Total 100%

Heat all the stage 1 ingredients in a double boiler. Stir and melt fully. Take the balm off the heat and mix the balm until it has cooled to approximately 40-50°C. Stir in the remaining heat sensitive ingredients like tinctures, macerated oils or essential oils. Do not use a cold water bath. Pour into jars and leave to cool before sealing and labelling.

Vegan tattoo balm 

For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
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