Meadowfoam seed oil has been extracted from the seeds of the meadowfoam plant and is an edible oil.
The plant derives the name meadowfoam as when it is in bloom it resembles the white foam that rides the ocean waves.
It is native to northern California, southern Oregon, Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
The seeds contain 20-30% oil.
Meadowfoam seed oil is surprisingly stable, mainly because it contains over 98% long chain fatty acids.
Meadowfoam oil is most similar to rapeseed oil, with which it competes directly for the high volume industrial oilseed applications.
Meadowfoam oil is widely used in cosmetic and hair care applications due to its stability, lubricity and ability to stay on the skin.
It is a key ingredient in many different products such as massage oils and lotions, facial creams, sun block creams, hair and scalp products, cosmetics, body lotions, and shaving creams.
Natural Vitamin Content
It is said to contain the antioxidant tocopherols (vitamin E oil) and also the antioxidants phytosterols, but no known quantities have been revealed.
Saponification value: 168.
Meadowfoam oil has some unique properties.
It has between 15-23% brassic acid and it has between 60-65% gadoleic acid (ecosenoic acid).