A mobile oil with a nutty, earthy, vegetable, slightly oily note that is quite pleasantly clean to smell. It is cold pressed and refined from the seeds of the organic Cannabis plant. Its colour can vary from pale yellow to dark green, depending on the growing conditions and harvest method.
This is 99.5% Organic Hemp Seed Oil and we have added 0.5% Vitamin E as a powerful antioxidant to keep the oil from oxidising. That Vitamin E has to be diluted in a little Sunflower Seed Oil to make it pourable.
This is not an oil that can be used for cannabis related recreational use - it contains no THC, there are no hallucinogenic effects with this oil and no addiction problems. This is also not a CBD oil.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 4% to 10%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 1% to 5%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 6% to 21%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 53% to 72%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) 9% to 19%
C20:0 Arachidic Acid max 2%
C20:1 Eicosenoic Acid max 2%
C22:0 Behenic Acid max 1%
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 188-195
Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Hemp Seed Oil, Organic are:
Emollient, Skin Conditioning
To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Hemp Seed Oil is a great moisturiser for the skin and is rich in Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid as well as Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which is so useful for problem skin types.
It’s a very dry oil with a slightly “rough” texture that sinks in easily into the skin and is an excellent emollient. It penetrates the skin and makes it softer and locks in moisture. It reduces large pores as well as being anti inflammatory. Use in products for acne prone skin as well as dehydrated and hormonal skin.
If using on sensitive skin or a baby’s skin, the slight roughness of the texture can be balanced by using very soft and smooth oils such as Kiwi Seed, Apricot Kernel or Peach Kernel.
It eases problems associated with eczema prone and psoriasis prone skins.
It improves the sebum production on dry and dehydrated skin and improves the skin’s elasticity.
In a massage blend, it helps to alleviate stiff muscles, improving the flexibility as well as easing joint pain.
As it is so rich in Omega 6, it will moisturise the skin very well restoring dry and dehydrated skin to become softer and more resilient. This helps to reverse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s dry texture means the skin will not feel heavy or overloaded with oils. Heaver oils that are blended with it will also feel lighter and finer.
Excellent to use in anti aging serums as it has a rich Omega profile and sinks in very fast leaving the skin feeling supple and not greasy. Great to also use in men’s grooming products. The anti aging serums would also make desirable after shave products as they sink in so fast.
A great conditioner for damaged and brittle hair. It protects the hair from further damage by heat appliances. It leaves no greasy or sticky residue. Use in hair oils, conditioners and hair packs.
It moisturises the hair as well as the scalp so improves dandruff. It softens the hair and stimulates the hair follicles to produce thicker, longer, and stronger hair. It smooths the hair follicles making the hair shinier.
Use 1% to 100%.
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.
Not heat stable so cannot be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions. Best added to Stage 3 under 40°C. Best stored in the ‘fridge.
Blends well with Jojoba Oil as a hair pack for weak, heat damaged or perm damaged hair. Massage in and leave for an hour before gently shampooing out. It makes the hair more glossy and manageable.
Combine with Hazelnut Oil and Squalane to rebalance an oily skin with large pores.
Replenishing Hair Pack
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
12% Argan Oil, Organic
5% Brazil Nut Oil, Organic
3% Shea Butter, Organic
10% Emulsifying Wax
Stage 2: (above 75°C)
61% Boiling Spring Water
Stage 3: (below 40°C)
6% Hemp Seed Oil, Organic
1% Vitamin E
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential oils of your choice
Weigh all Stage 1 (fat stage) ingredients into a stainless steel bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water (bain marie). Bring up to a temperature of over 75°C.
When the Stage 1 is over 75°C, add the Stage 2 (water stage) ingredients to a larger stainless steel bowl. Swap the bowls over so the larger bowl is in the double boiler.
Pour the Stage 1 ingredients into the Stage 2 ingredients and stir gently without creating air bubbles. Ensure the mix is still over 75°C and stir continually for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove bowl from the double boiler and put into a pan of cold water to cool it down quickly. Keep stirring all the time.
When the cream or lotion is below 40°C add the remaining stage 3 ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.
Nail and Cuticle Oil
Stage 1: (room temperature)
44% Hemp Seed Oil
17% Pumpkin Seed Oil
16% Sesame Oil
11% Thistle Oil
8% Jojoba Oil
3% Vitamin E
0.5% Myrrh Essential Oil
0.5% Lemon Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Bottle into small roller ball bottles for easy application, 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 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.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists in a hospice or long term hospital situation. Possibly the bleach or the laundry detergent used in such places can leave the skin of the patient very dry and uncomfortable in just a few days of being in bed. Hemp Seed Oil sinks in quickly with no greasy after feel and the rich combination of Omega 3 and Omega 6 with GLA is perfect for restoring the dry skin to feeling better.
Hemp has grown in the wild for many, many thousands of years and research shows that it has been cultivated for at least 10,000 years. It was a good source of food and an excellent source of fibre for rope making and clothing. As the need arose, it was processed to make paper and the flowering tops and seeds were used for medicinal purposes.
In the 1930’s Henry Ford designed a car whose body was made from hemp fibres and would be fueled by hemp. Political pressure, as ever, corrupted this visionary idea and it was lost in time. Following legislation, hemp was not cultivated in the USA for the next 60 years and it is Canada that is leading the way in industrial hemp production.