Sesame oil! (updated)

Sesame oil (not the roasted kind you’d used in cooking!) is another oil high in linoleic acid (about 40%), with almost equal amounts of oleic acid (45.4%), with some palmitic (9.1%), stearic (4.3%), and arachidic (0.8%) fatty acids thrown in for good measure. It’s incredibly high in phytosterols – 865 mg per 100 grams –...

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Formulating with soy bean oil

You can use soy bean oil anywhere you’d use a light weight oil – in a lotion, lotion bar, hair care product – but I really like to use it in scrubs. The high levels of Vitamin E make it great in a softening lotion, and I’m always looking for anti-inflammatory oils to help with...

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Soy bean oil! (updated)

Soy bean oil is filled with all kinds of wonderful stuff, and with one of the lowest prices for all the carrier oils, one that should find its way into your creations! I remember LabRat calling this the “Rodney Dangerfield of oils” because it has so many great qualities, yet it still gets no respect!...

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Polyphenols (updated)

Polyphenols are found in our oils in three major ways – flavonoids, lignans, and tannins. They are the structural backbone for most anti-oxidants found in plants, and we can use them in our creations to offer some awesome benefits. Polyphenols show up in most of the botanically based ingredients we use in lotion making –...

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Phytosterols (updated)

I realized I’m going to be writing a lot about our friends, the phytosterols, in the next few weeks, so I thought I should take a moment and post a little about them… Phytosterols are plant based sterols like cholesterol that give structure to the plant’s cell membrane (the way cholesterol does for our cells)....

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