10 November 2008

Avocado oil is usually categorized as a vegetable oil, despite the fact that, it is actually a fruit. It is classified as a monosaturated oil. It is best suited for dry skin conditions in topical applications.

Aroma
Medium. Somewhat sweet, fatty and nutty

Contains
Vitamins A. B1, B2, D, E
Pantothenic acid
Protein
Lecithin
Fatty acids
Beta Carotene
Amino acids
Sterols
Other essential fatty acids

Viscosity
Thick

Color
Yellow/Green to Green/Brown depending upon the Lot. Avocado may go cloudy in low temperatures but will return to normal

Absorption and Feel
Avocado will leave a sticky, waxy feel if applied topically to large areas of skin
Avocado oil is easily absorbed and very penetrating into deep tissue

Shelf Life
Avocado oils is a very long-lasting oil, slow to go rancid (6 Months to 1 Year) with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended

Extraction Method
Cold Pressed

Uses and Health Benefits :
  • It's a very good, penetrating nutrient for dry skin and eczema. Avocado oil have healing, soften skin and regenerating cell qualities
  • Has a high percentage of unsaponifiables, making it a nice oil to use in soap
  • It is often used in products for sensitive skin
  • Nourishing for dry and dehydrated skin, eczema, solar keratosis, improves elasticity
  • Wonderful emollient properties, makes it ideal for mature skins as well as helping to relieve the dryness and itching of psoriasis and eczema
  • Although it can be used pure, it is in most cases mixed with another carrier oil, such as Almond oil, or Grapeseed oil to make up 10 - 30 % of the carrier mixture
  • It may overpower a blend if not used in a small dilution. It should be used as a massage oil at 10% dilution
Avocado Oil Chemical Analysis
Fatty acidsRangeTypical
PalmiticC16:012.0 - 20.0 %14.25 %
PalmitoleicC16:12.0 - 10.0 %5.84 %
StearicC18:00.1 - 2.0 %0.1 %
OleicC18:155.0 - 75.0 %65.4 %
LinoleicC18:29.0 - 17.0 %14.74 %
LinolenicC18:30.1 - 2.0 %0.8 %

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