Organic Grape Seed oil is a pale yellow to green oil that has a slightly viscous texture and is easily absorbed without feeling greasy. It is a by product of the winemaking industry.
Virtually odourless, it is very stable and can be heated and used in the fat stage (stage 1) when making creams and lotions.
Even though this oil has been cold pressed, it will tolerate the short heating time required for making creams and lotions.
Grape Seed oil can feel a little cold but try combining it with fattier oils such as Macadamia Nut oil or Baobab oil for a richer feel.
It is frequently used in cosmetics as it is stable, light and easily absorbed and tolerated well by most skin types.
Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil
Organic Grape Seed oil contains Oligomeric Procyanthocyanidin (OPC) an extremely potent antioxidant. It is also rich in Beta Carotene and vitamins D, C and E. This combination of vitamins and antioxidants make Grape Seed oil excellent in anti wrinkle formulations as well as helping to reduce the appearance of scar tissue, including that caused by severe acne.
Grape Seed oil also helps in promoting the healing of wounded skin.
It is very moisturising due to the high Linoleic Acid content and glides well on the skin. It has been widely used as a massage oil and is easily combined with other oils for a custom massage oil blend.
As an emollient, it keeps the moisture locked into the skin and hair, reducing TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss).
Grape Seed oil promotes the growth of new skin cells and can help the hair to regain its strength. Use it in anti dandruff hot oil hair treatments, massaged into the scalp to loosen the skin and encourage the flow of blood to the scalp and hair roots. As a readily absorbed conditioning hair serum it can be used neat on dry, frizzy hair with split ends.
It is mildly astringent which helps to tighten and tone the skin and is non-comedogenic so is good in products designed for oily and acne prone skin.
Organic Grape Seed oil is very light and easily absorbed so is tolerated well by those with sensitive skin and is useful in formulae for baby products.
The Vitamin C content found in Grape Seed oil can help to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes and as it can help to tighten the skin it is very useful in eye creams.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile:
C18:0 Stearic Acid 3.5%
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 6% (Saturated fatty acid)
C18:1 Oleic Acid 17% (Omega 9)
C18:2 Linoleic Acid 70% (Omega 6)
SAP value mg.KOH/g: 193
Sap value for NaOH: 0.129
Sap value for KOH: 0.181
Country of Origin: South Africa
Can be used neat at 100%.
Use in massage oil blends because of its fine texture and cheap price. In a blend for massage, it can be enhanced by 10% Castor oil to improve the slip or the same amount of Jojoba oil or Crambe Seed oil. An Omega 3 rich oil like Rosehip Seed oil, Chia Seed oil or Sacha Inchi oil, will also give a more balanced fatty acid profile overall.
Use in hot oil hair packs mixed with other hair specific oils like Argan oil and White Poppy Seed oil to make a hot oil treatment. This also helps to alleviate a dry scalp.
In small amounts, it can be used neat on the hair to help seal in moisture.
Simple Body Lotion
This could also double as a rinse off hair conditioner.
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
8% Grape Seed Oil
1% Cetearyl Alcohol
1% VE Emulsifier
Stage 2: (above 75°C)
2.5% MF Emulsifier
78% Boiling Spring Water
Stage 3: (below 40°C)
1.5% Vitamin E
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential Oils of your choice
Weigh all stage 1 materials into a stainless steel bowl and place onto a double boiler. Heat to above 75°C. When the stage 1 is over 75°C, add the boiling water and glycerine to a larger stainless steel bowl. Swap the bowls over so the larger bowl is in the double boiler. Pour the stage 1 (fat stage) ingredients into the large bowl (stage 2) and stir gently without creating air bubbles. Only when everything is over 75°C, 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 lotion is under 40°C add the remaining stage 3 ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.
Massage Oil For Dry And Sensitive Skin
32% Grape Seed Oil Organic
32% Sweet Almond Oil Organic
30% Apricot Kernel Oil Organic
5% Vitamin E
1% Essential Oils of your choice
Weigh all ingredients and combine thoroughly. Bottle and label.
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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.
Sweet Almond Oil Organic
Apricot Kernel Oil Organic