Palm oil is extracted from the fruit of the oil palm. Although it is commonly referred to as an oil, it is usually solid at room temperature, more like a butter. It is a white to off white colour and has a melting point of 36°C - 38°C.
In the past, palm plantations have stripped ancient forests and severely damaged the local area and it wildlife. In 2004, the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed to better manage palm supplies. All of our palm oil is RSPO sourced.
Elaeis guineensis Oil
Palm oil is used in skincare as an emollient and for skin conditioning.
It is rich in Vitamins A and E and is a major part of skin care products commercially. It is very good at removing oil and dirt from the hair and skin which is why it is so often blended with olive and coconut oils to make soap.
It helps dry and damaged skin and can also be used as an hair conditioning agent
Use 1% - 100% in creams, lotions, lip balms and hair care products.
In soap making, it saponifies easily and the high palmitic acid content of palm oil adds hardness to bar soaps as well as longevity to the lather.
Cleansing Balm - Makes 100 ml/g
Work into the skin gently then wipe off with cotton pads or wet muslin cloth.
Stage 1: (heat in a double boiler until melted)
27% Palm Oil
18% Meadowfoam Seed Oil
10% Castor Oil
10% Jojoba Oil
Stage 2:(under 40°C)
0.5% Vitamin E
0.5% Fragonia Essential Oil
Heat the stage 1 ingredients in a double boiler until just melted and then take off the heat. Start to cool down and when the temperature is below 40°C add the stage 2 ingredients. You need to work quickly to get everything combined together. Using a spatula to mix adds a little bit of heat friction to keep the mix looser. Jar and label quickly.
Overnight Hair Mask - makes 100 ml/g
This also works well if you are going to steam your hair.
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
10% Palm Oil
10% Tomato Seed Oil
10% Emulsifying Wax
Stage 2: (above 75°C)
62% Boiling Spring Water
Stage 3: (below 40°C)
1% Vitamin E
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential Oils of your choice (20 drops)
Heat the stage 1 ingredients in a double boiler to above 75°C.
Add the boiling water to a larger stainless steel bowl then pour the fat stage into the water stage. Keep on the double boiler and keep above 75°C whilst stirring continuously for 5 minutes.
Remove the bowl from heat and cool down in a pan of cold water whilst still stirring all the time. When the temperature has dropped to below 40°C, add the stage 3 ingredients. Mix thoroughly, jar and label.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section
These recipes 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.