Organic Sacha Inchi oil is relatively new to the western world and is a welcome addition to our growing range of Amazonian oils / ingredients.
It is a light, easily absorbed oil with a mild, slightly nutty, natural aroma. Organic Sacha Inchi oil is cold pressed from the star shaped seeds of the South American fruit which contain more than 50% oil.
Its fatty acid profile is a rarity amongst vegetable oils as it is very rich in Omega 3 (45-58%) and Omega 6 (30-40%) with some Omega 9 (8-12%). It also has a high tocopherol content with over 190mg per 100ml (Gamma tocopherol: 119.70 mg/100g and Delta tocopherol: 73.7 mg/100g), an amino acid content of approximately 33% and contains some vitamin A.
Plukenetia volubilis Seed Oil
Organic Sacha Inchi oil is an excellent all rounder as it is suitable for all skin types and has great value as an oil for all over body use as well as being fabulous for conditioning the hair and nails too.
Despite the extremely high levels of Omega 3 it is a very stable oil, thanks to the rich tocopherol content, and has a long shelf life.
Organic Sacha Inchi oil is an excellent emollient, it helps reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and is moisturising without being greasy as it is so easily absorbed.
It is beneficial for those with dry, itchy, irritated skin on both the body and scalp as it is calming and soothing.
It is equally suited for the more mature skin as it can help refine fine lines and wrinkles and for younger skin that needs a lighter oil to maintain its youthful softness, indeed Sacha Inchi oil has traditionally been used for just these reasons.
It can help to balance acne prone skin, even skin tone and reduce the appearance of keratinisation (scarring), plus the high Omega 3 content helps to protect the skin against sun damage and the ravages of the winter weather making it a good addition to a winter lip balm formula or a year round moisturiser.
Due to its soothing, anti-itch properties and its vitamin E and A content it is a worthy addition to your formulae for eczema and psoriasis prone skin creams.
In hair products Organic Sacha Inchi oil helps to soften the hair shaft thus reducing brittleness and breaking and at the same time it can soothe an irritated scalp.
Why not try our new Amazing Amazonian Hair and Nail Oil featured in the recipe section of this listing? It can be used as a hot oil hair pack, a scrunch through hair conditioning serum and it’s even good for your nails! The Sacha Inchi Soothing Skin Lotion could also be used as a hair conditioner, making Sacha Inchi a truly versatile oil worthy of a place in anyone’s vegetable oil inventory.
Country of Origin: Peru, Ecuador and Colombia
Typical Fatty Acid Profile.
C18:0 Stearic Acid : 2-4%
C16:0 Palmitic Acid : 3-8% (Saturated fatty acid)
C18:1 Oleic Acid : 8-12% (Omega 9)
C18:2 Linoleic Acid : 30-40% (Omega 6)
C18:3 a-Linolenic Acid : 45-58% (Omega 3)
SAP value for NaOH: 0.134
SAP value for KOH: 0.188
Use up to 100% on face, body and hair.
Amazing Amazonian Hair and Nail Oil - makes 100g
40% Organic Sacha Inchi Oil
15% Organic Argan Oil
11% Organic Jojoba Oil
11% Watermelon Seed Oil
10% Coconut Oil, Liquid Fractionated
5% Organic Brazil Nut Oil
0.5% Organic Cedarwood Atlas
0.25% Organic Rosemary Verbenone
0.25% Organic Bulgarian Lavender
Combine all the oils in a beaker, stir until fully blended, pour into bottles and label.
Use as an intensive hot oil treatment or rub a few drops in the palms of your hands and scrunch through your hair. As a nail conditioner apply a drop to each nail and leave to soak in for a few minutes before wiping off or rubbing into your hands.
Sacha Inchi Soothing Skin Lotion makes 100g
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
10% Organic Sacha Inchi Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
Stage 2: (above 75°C)
77% Boiling Spring Water
2% Cucumber Glycerol Extract
Stage 3: (below 40°C)
2% Honey Moisturiser
2% Organic Rice Bran CO2 Extract
1% Preservative 12
0.6% Organic Palmarosa Essential Oil
0.2% Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.2% Organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Method for all creams and lotions made with Emulsifying Wax:
Weigh all stage 1 materials into a stainless steel bowl and place into a saucepan of boiling water (double boiler/bain marie). Bring up to a temperature of over 75°C.
When the stage 1 is over 75°C, add the boiling water 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 cream or lotion is under 40°C add the remaining stage 3 ingredients. Combine 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
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.
Organic Argan Oil
Organic Jojoba Oil
Watermelon Seed Oil
Coconut Oil, Liquid Fractionated
Organic Brazil Nut Oil
Organic Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
Organic Rosemary Verbenone Essential Oil
Organic Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil
Cucumber Glycerol Extract
Organic Rice Bran CO2 Extract
Organic Palmarosa Essential Oil
Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of the Amazonian rain forest, the Sacha Inchi shrub grows at a height of 500 metres above sea level.
It is widely cultivated and can be found in the wild but not in sufficient quantities to harvest for oil.
It has been found to be productive for over 75 years and is a high yielding plant from which the seeds are harvested throughout the year. After the seeds have been removed from the pods they are cold pressed to release the oil. The remaining pulp is used to make flour, bread, animal feed and even soap. Very little is wasted which we like a lot.
Sacha Inchi is sometimes known as the Inca Peanut and is related to the Argan tree, coming as it does, from the Euphorbiaceae family that has over 6000 species.