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Chia Seed Oil

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Inci:Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil

A very soft and velvety feeling oil rich in Omega 3, phytosterols, vitamins and minerals. Excellent for all skin types including even the most sensitive.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A yellow oil with a pleasant, light nutty smell that is produced by cold pressing the seeds of the Chia plant.
 
This is 99.5% Cold Pressed Chia Seed Oil and we have added 0.325% Vitamin E as a powerful antioxidant to keep the oil from oxidising. That Vitamin E is suspended in 0.175% Sunflower Seed Oil to make it pourable.
  • 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.
  • It is not heat stable so should be used in Stage 3 (cool stage) when making creams and lotions. We recommend storing it in the fridge when it is not in use.
Chia Seed Oil blends well with Apricot Kernel Oil, Rice bran Oil and Oat Oil for baby skin products and adult skin types that are very reactive.
 
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 3% to 10%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 1% to 5.5%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 6.5% to 15%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 24% to 35%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) max 53%
 
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 185-200
 
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng), the functions of Chia Seed Oil are:
Moisturising, Skin Conditioning.
To view more information, visit the CosIng Database here.

HOW TO USE IT

Skin Care
  • Chia Seed Oil is an incredible oil that is rich in Omega 3 which is excellent for skin conditioning and restoring the skin's natural barrier. It will reduce scaly skin and dryness and help to reduce Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
  • It sinks in quickly to the skin without any greasiness and leaves the skin feeling velvety soft. Use in anti aging serums, eye creams and body lotions.
  • Excellent to use in a massage oil bend as it not only delivers a highly nutritious level of Omega 3 but will also improve the texture of heavier oils like Castor Oils and Shea Butter that are desirable to use but can feel too greasy unless blended with drier feeling oils like Chia Seed. High levels of Omega 3 are effective at reducing joint inflammation, stiffness and pain.
  • Containing a high content of protein, Niacin, Thiamin, Zinc, Iron and Vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3 Chia Seed Oil is a superb oil for cuticle oils and hand creams.
  • It’s very effective on all skin types including sensitive skin as it feels so silky and soft. This quality also makes it ideal for acne prone skin as it will reduce redness, balance oily skin and reduce large pores.
  • Chia Seed Oil improves the elasticity of the skin and smooths fine lines and wrinkles leaving the skin with a fresh and more youthful appearance.
  • Good levels of phytosterols mean that this oil is very calming on itchy skin. Use in products for eczema prone and psoriasis prone skin types where it promotes wound healing.Chia Seed Oil is excellent to use in beards oils to condition the skin as well as soften the bristly beard.
  • Ideal to use in baby products especially when blended with other soft oils like Apricot Kernel Oil and Rice Bran Oil.
Hair Care
  • Excellent to use on dry and damaged hair. It softens the hair shaft without greasy after feel or sticky residue.
  • Chia Seed Oil locks moisture into the hair and reduces static making the hair easier to comb or brush.
  • It eliminates dandruff, conditions the hair and protects it from any further damage without reducing the natural shine or making the hair feel heavy. Use in treatment packs, conditions and hair serums.
  • Regular use of Chia Seed Oil willstimulate the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair.

RECIPES & BLENDS

Blends well with Apricot Kernel Oil, Rice Bran Oil and Oat Oil for baby skin products and adult skin types that are very reactive.

Click on the links below to be directed to great recipes featuring Chia Seed Oil, Cold Pressed, with 0,5% Vitamin E.

TRADITIONAL USE

Historical Information
Archeological evidence shows that the chia plant was cultivated for its seeds by the Aztecs as early as 3,500 BC.
 
The seeds were used as medicine, food and of course, as a source of oil. It was also part of their religious ceremony and tradition which is why it was banned by the Spanish when they invaded.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists in an hospice situation as a source of nutrition applied through the skin.
 
The oil also leaves the skin very soft and velvety which is an asset for touch therapies.