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Cranberry Seed Oil

Cranberry Seed Oil

Just after the blueberry harvest finishes, the cranberries show up in the markets. Both berries are of the Vaccinium botanical family and varieties grow across the northern reaches of North America, Europe and Asia. Given the northern adaptability of the family, the...

Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil

One of my favorite oils, this one from the Pacific basin, is Tamanu Oil. The tree has so many ‘common names’ over such a wide area, there is no other easy way to describe it except to jump to the Latin even if it is a mouthful of a name. Caulophyllum inophyllum Common...

Moringa oil

Moringa oil

Moringa oil, Moringa oleifera, is one of the ancient oils along with flax, castor, and olive. So ancient it is that moringa oil has been discovered in Egyptian tombs. As a native tree of the lowlands of the Himalayas, it has spread widely in the Indian subcontinent,...

Antioxidants in Oils for Skincare & Formulating

Antioxidants in Oils for Skincare & Formulating

Oils come to us in a wide range of colors from pale yellow and clear to bold dark reds, greens, golden yellows, and sometimes almost black or dark purple. And it is these color compounds that hold so much of the beneficial skin-repairing antioxidants we find in oils....

Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Light, highly absorbent, high in vitamin E and antioxidants, prickly pear seed oil is wonderful skincare oil to reach for no matter what your skin type. The catch.... It's not always easy to find or particularly affordable. When I was wrapping up the final edits for...

Fenugreek Oil

Fenugreek Oil

Google Fenugreek oil and most of the links will point you towards fenugreek essential oil. But that’s not the whole story. Fenugreek seeds play a large part in Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking traditions and have for thousands of years. And like most seeds,...

Carrier Oils for Essential Oils

Carrier Oils for Essential Oils

When you’re working with essential oils, you need a carrier oil to dilute and carry your blend safely onto the skin. I’ve been working with, studying and teaching about carrier oils, fixed oils and lipid oils for over 20 years now, and here are a few examples of the...