A clear, pale yellow oily liquid with very little odour made by cold pressing the seeds of the organic Camellia shrub / tree.
Some people also call this Tea Seed Oil but it is not only confusing but incorrect. Camellia Sinensis is the plant that tea is made from. Camellia Oleifera (that we have) is a similar plant but from different species of the Camellia.
In Japanese, it is also called Tsubaki Oil.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 2% to 6%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 2% to 8%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 75% to 85%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) max 15%
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 185-205
Camellia oleifera Seed Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Camellia Oil are:
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Camellia Oil is excellent to use as a moisturiser because it penetrates very quickly and deeply into the skin, giving your skin optimum hydration without having a greasy feel. Your skin will feel refreshed, smooth and firm.
It increases the resilience of the skin and It gives your skin a supple and radiant glow that you can see and feel.
Dull and lifeless skin is rejuvenated and is more flexible which makes it look younger and fresher.
As it contains high levels of antioxidants, it is very effective at reducing free radical damage. Use this benefit in age defying creams, lotions and serums.
Excellent for all skin types including combination skin.
It makes an excellent cleanser just on its own as it lifts dirt and impurities and softens makeup so it can be wiped away cleanly. It is even better when blended with other oils such as in the Cleansing Oil recipe.
Effective at protecting from and reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Ideal to use as a baby massage oil or after bath oil where just a few drops will sink in quickly and lock in moisture. Use this also after adult baths and showers especially on elbows, knees and feet.
It is ideal to use as a cuticle oil as it sinks in so quickly and softens the cuticles and strengthens nail bed. In a roller ball bottle, it can be applied to the lips and it will help to stop lipstick bleeding the colour.
One of the first choice oils to use in eye serums and eye creams as it sinks in very quickly and leaves the skin soft and moisturised. It contains naturally occurring squalene which helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
It is protective to the skin as it contains Vitamins A, D, E, K as well as polyphenols and natural antioxidants that safeguard your skin from the damaging effects of UV exposure but it should not be considered as an SPF sunscreen in its own right. Use in daily defence creams, lotions and gels.
A good choice for problem skin as it helps to keep the pores clear and is not greasy in application.
Camellia Oil gives the hair a smooth and silky shine. It can be used when the hair is wet and gently fingered through evenly whilst adding a little extra to the ends. It can also be applied to dry hair and wrapped in foil or a hot towel to make it penetrate the hair shaft faster.
If hair gets very tangled, massage it through the dry hair before you shampoo and it will be easier to comb out afterwards.
At any time, a few drops of oil can be massaged into the palms and worked through the hair to tame the fly-aways and frizzies.
Conditions the scalp and is effective at reducing dandruff when used in shampoos and conditioners. It can stimulate the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair.
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.
Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.
Combine with Rosehip Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to diminish stretch marks.
Hair Butter / Body Butter
The ingredients in this rich butter are excellent for the hair and also superb to use on the body.
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
9% Organic Camellia Oil
7% Mango Butter
4% Organic Argan Oil
10% Emulsifying Wax
Stage 2: (above 75°C)
63% Boiling Spring Water
Stage 3: (below 40°C)
4% Organic Borage Oil
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.
Camellia Cleansing Oil
Massage oil in, remove with cotton wool or wipe off with a damp cloth.
Stage 1: (room temperature)
50% Organic Camellia Oil, Cold Pressed
29% Organic Jojoba Oil
20% Organic Castor Oil
0.5% Vitamin E
0.5% Essential Oils of your choice
Combine all ingredients together and stir thoroughly. Bottle 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 for baby massage as it sinks in so easily whilst nourishes the skin.
Also used when doing scalp massage as part of a treatment as it does not leave the hair feeling greasy and actively nourishes the hair and scalp.
Camellia grows as a shrub or small tree and is cultivated in western Japan where winters are cold and dry. It blossoms all through the winter even under the snow from January to February.
The oil has been used for centuries by the Geisha of Kyoto to care and condition their hair as well as their skin. The Samurai used it to protect their sword blades from rust and corrosion.