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Kalahari Melon Oil and Its Relatives

In many families, some members get a whole lot of attention while others are quietly brilliant without attracting a crowd. And in the family of oils from the Cucurbitaceae plant family, this holds true. Kalahari melon oil has been getting a lot of attention recently,...

What Makes the Lipid Butters Solid?

In the video I showed you both liquid and solid oils. And I said that they are made up of the same compounds. But how can that be? How can they be the same with one being very liquid and the other very solid? Short answer, they are made up of the same types of carbon...

Oils for Summer Skincare

When I’m looking for the best carrier oils for summer skincare formulas I look for two qualities. First, I want an carrier oil that feels light on the skin so it will soak in despite heat and humidity that accompanies summer. And second, I look for an carrier oil that...

Carrier Oils vs. Essential Oils

In today's post I want to show you an simple experiment to demonstrate the difference between lipid carrier oils and essential oils. If you've ever been uncertain about the difference, or if you know the difference but struggle to explain it to others, this...

Dry vs Drying Oils

When you're working with carrier oils, you may have notice that some of the oils dry out. A drip down the side of the bottle might harden over time, or a cap might just refuse to come off if the oil underneath has dried. These are the drying oils.  Other carrier oils...