Carrier Oils & Other Ingredients
Nourishing Vegan Oils contain various anti-oxidants, vitamins and omega fatty acids that naturally moisturize, protect and enable the rejuvenation of damaged skin cells. They are also great mediums for Essential Oil blends.
Apricot Kernel Oil (cold pressed/refined) Prunus armeniaca kernal oil is great for all skin types high in Vitamin A & E, least likely to aggravate acne. Apricot Oil is an excellent medium for creating massage oils.
Argan Oil (organic/cold pressed/ deodorized) Argania spinosa kernel oil is endemic to Morocco and has been used for both culinary and cosmetic purposes by indigenous people of North Africa. Argan oil is high in ‘Essential Fatty Acids’ namely: 1. Oleic Acid aka omega 9 (40-50%) and Linoleic acid aka omega 6 (30-35%) (see benefits under Rosehip Oil). Argan Oil also contains high levels of naturally occurring Vitamin E, a nutrient that is well known to penetrate and strengthen the stratum corneum further benefiting the multiple layers of the epidermis.
Camellia Oil (organic/refined/cold pressed) Camellia oleifera is a beautiful oil for protecting the skin and improving aging skin. Absorbs very well and leaves the skin silky smooth.
Coconut Oil (refined/heat processed ‘fractionated’) Cocos nucifera is a non-irritating, hypoallergenic, penetrates the skin almost instantly making it a great moisturizer and an excellent medium for massage (does not go rancid).
Jojoba Oil (cold pressed/unrefined) Simmondsia chinensis oil is high in fatty acids, vitamins, and lipids which help to reduce inflammation, and soften chapped and irritated skin. Jojoba oil has similarities to sebum, our skin’s natural oil, great for body perfume blends.
Meadowfoam Oil (refined cold pressed, origin Canada) Limnanthes alba oil is extracted from the seeds of a small herbaceous annual that produces small white flowers with yellow centres. Meadowfoam carrier oil is extremely high in fatty acids and naturally occurring tocopherols rendering the oil as one of the most stable oils and extremely tolerable to oxidization. Because of these properties it is used extensively in the cosmetic industry and in body care products. Meadowfoam oil is extremely helpful to persons with dry skin as it slows down trans-epidermal water loss thereby slowing down the aging process of the skin while keeping the skin dewy soft.
Squalane (sourced from olive oil) is an oily molecule that occurs naturally within the sebum of human skin, and occurs naturally in many plant oils. During the aging process Squalane production begins to decline leading to fine lines and thinning of the skin. Squalane is a prized ingredient in many skin care products as it absorbs quickly, leaving the skin feeling smooth, hydrated and not greasy. Furthermore, it protects against the harsh effects of the elements, UV radiation, and pollution. Its non-comedogenic quality makes Squalane suitable for all skin types, even oily complexions.
Rosehip Oil (organic/unrefined) Rosa canina seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the wild rose. The oil contains high levels of ‘Essential Fatty Acids’ namely: 1. Linoleic acid aka omega 6 (40-50%) and 2. Alpha-linolenic acid aka omega 3 (28-38%). From a topical skin perspective both of these substances help to surpress inflammation which benefits the skin from a healing perspective. Omega 3 and 6 are also crucial nutrients that help to prevent the breakdown of the skin’s collagen matrix thereby helping to slow down the thinning of the skin during the aging process. Omega 3 & 6 when absorbed by the skin into the lower layers also show promising results related to protecting the skin from UV damage, but this does not mean that it has sun screen properties.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or by Health Canada. The ingredients described here are from a general interest perspective and are not substances that are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.