Sunflower Oil – (Linoleic)
INCI / Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
Extraction Method: Cold pressing of seeds
Grade: Unrefined, organic, kosher
Colour: Light to medium gold
Aroma: This oil is basically odourless, although some will detect a slight nutty aroma. In some instances a slight aroma is detected on the skin after application
Stability / Shelf Life: This is an unrefined pure oil. Most sunflower oils on the market are mid to high oleic in which some fatty acids are removed to improve shelf life. The one we sell (linoleic) is pure and unrefined. It’s shelf life is shorter than other oils but much more nutritious for body and skincare.
Storage: Storage at temperature range of 50 – 70 F away from direct sunlight is adequate. Product may be kept in the refrigerator. Keep tightly capped after use. If you purchase large quantities for therapeutic use, keep only a small amount (6 – 10 oz) on hand in a smaller bottle with the rest stored away. Exposure to air, and in some cases high heat are what can most easily destabilize vegetable oils.
Linoleic sunflower oil is considered the unrefined grade oil. It ‘s fatty acid composition is almost 70 % linoleic with oleic – 20 – 25%, palmetic 5-6%, stearic 5-6%. The OSI rating is between 3-4 which is average for an oil of this type.
Maceration of certain plant materials particularly carrot and calendula. We recommend stabilizing the oil with pure vitamin E and adding approx 20% fractionated coconut (Medium chain triglycerides) after oil has been filtered.
Massage – A perfect low cost base oil which can be modified by adding other special carrier oils such as avocado, st. Johns Wort, pomegranate or rosehip. Very nourishing to the skin. To extend it’s shelf life, mix up to 50 / 50 with castor, fractionated coconut or jojoba oil.
Creams / Lotion Manufacturing –A great filler oil to add nourishment for dry, irritated skin. Works well with coconut and castor oils.
Ointments & Body Butters – This oil functions very well in salves and body butters but we recommend adding it after the other oils, butters and waxes have melted so it is not exposed to heat. Bring the mixture to liquid form again, stir and pour immediately.