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Vitamin E


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Inci:Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil

An extremely effective antioxidant that can extend the shelf life of your creams and lotions by slowing down oxidation. Excellent to use on the skin for its ability to reduce free radical damage.


A yellow to brownish red, thick oil that is a 100% natural product. It comprises of a mixture of alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols sourced from cereal germ, including soya and wheat. Due to the processing procedure, the resulting product is Gluten Free.
It is combined with Sunflower Seed Oil to make it pourable. It is completely non GMO. It is typically 50% to 75% mixed tocopherols and 25% to 50% Sunflower Seed Oil.
The latest information regarding the current batch will be available on request from us. As it can change from batch to batch as to the specific amounts.
Alpha Tocopherol versus Mixed Tocopherols
There are many different types of vitamin E but the most commonly known are alpha, beta, delta and gamma tocopherols, and alpha, beta, delta and gamma tocotrienols.
Alpha tocopherol is probably the best known of all.
Alpha tocopherol can be produced synthetically in a lab and although the synthetic type is effective as an antioxidant, it is widely accepted that Natural Vitamin E works more efficiently.
Although Alpha tocopherol has for a long time been the type of Vitamin E considered to be the one that is most easily synthesised by the body when taken as a vitamin supplement, it is now believed that other types of vitamin E are equally important, and in some cases, more so.
When different types of tocopherols are mixed together they work synergistically to give a highly efficient antioxidant effect both on the skin and in products.
The interaction of the tocopherols is complex, however, too much alpha tocopherol appears to have the opposite effect and can sometimes speed up the process of oxidation and lower the effectiveness of the other types of tocopherol.
That is why in mixed tocopherols you will find that the amount of alpha tocopherol is typically low.
Aromantic's Natural Vitamin E contains a maximum of 14% alpha tocopherol.
The individual materials that make up Vitamin E Natural (100%) are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng) here.


Skin Care
Vitamin E is a classic antioxidant that slows down the appearance of ageing and boosts the circulation in the skin.
Essential to use in age defying creams, gels and serums. It prevents moisture loss in the skin, so is especially good for dry and crepey skin.
It acts as a deep pore cleanser and helps to balance the sebum production.
Helps to protect the skin from damage caused by environmental pollutants like exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, harsh weather conditions and solar radiation.
It is essential in helping to repair scarred and blemished skin.
Use in acne prone skin products.
Offers soothing relief to burned skin - best when blended with other appropriate ingredients.
Hair Care
It prevents moisture loss in the hair as well as moisturising the scalp.
Use 0.5% to 15%. 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 sensitive so must be used in Stage 3 (below 40°C) when making creams and lotions.
Adding a minimum of 0.5% to your oil blends, creams and lotions is the bare minimum to help slow down oxidation of the product.
However, we really want to have a good antioxidant effect in our skin as well so for that purpose, you normally have to add more. 1% or 2% adds a good antioxidant effect.
Once you go above 3% we feel that you need to consider the whole formulation in a different way and may need to add some Rosemary Antioxidant as well.
Each formulation will be different because of the fatty acid profiles of the oils chosen.
Using Vitamin E at the higher levels like 10% will feel extremely sticky and unpleasant on the skin.
It can also cause reddening of the skin as the higher percentages have an exfoliating effect on the skin.
Of course, this my be an action that you want such as with diminishing scar tissue.
It will also need Rosemary Antioxidant as stated above.


Works well with Shea Butter for scar reduction.
Has an excellent synergy with Vitamin C as an antioxidant and at at higher levels, a skin lightener.

Click on the links below to be directed to great recipes featuring Vitamin E Natural.


Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists in the form of wheat germ oil.
This is still taught on the current curriculum but it is now well know that wheatgerm is a very poor source of Vitamin E and is in fact, usually rancid when it gets to be used by the therapist.
The up to date therapists do not use wheat germ anymore knowing that there are much better, healthier and effective versions available.
However, you will still see wheat germ in commercial products because there is still a myth in advertising that it is desirable and “green”.
Historical Information
Alpha Tocopherol was discovered about 100 years ago and for a long time was believed to be the main form of Vitamin E.
Research has since shown that there are four tocopherols and four tocotrienols that can be combined to have different effects depending what the intended function is and whether it is for internal or external use.
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07 September 2020
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I use Vitamin E in quite a few products and this product from Aromantic is very consistent, good quality and the service is reliable

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