Macadamia Nut Oil
Macadamia Nut oil is pressed from the nuts of the Macadamia Integrifolia tree, an evergreen that grows in Hawaii.
It is an effective soap making oil that is good for all skin types, especially those with dry or mature skin.
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Macadamia Nut Oil Properties
- Often used in facial and baby care products.
- The unrefined oil is amber in color with a slightly sweet nutty odour.
- Produces a stable, conditioning lather in soap.
- Often used to treat scars, sunburns, skin irritations and small wounds.
- Is slightly thicker than most carrier oils but is very easily absorbed into the skin.
- Contains anti-oxidents, omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
- Protects the skin in a similar way the human sebum does.
- Acts as an effective emollient.
- Has a shelf life of up to 2 years if stored in a cool, dark location and refrigerated upon opening.
- As with most exotic soap making oils, it is a bit expensive.
- You do not need much of this oil in your soap recipe. Try using in amounts around 10% of your base oils in your homemade soap recipes or save it for leave on applications like lotions, balms and body butters.
The chart below shows the approximate percentages of fatty acids present in Macadamia Nut Oil.
As you can see, the majority of the acids present will lend the soap a conditioning quality.
This information is provided for reference use only and is not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed health care professional.
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