Meadowfoam oil comes from the seeds of the Limnanthes alba plant which is native to the Pacific Northwest and can be extracted in a couple of ways. Solvent, expeller pressed or cold pressed.
Each method produces a slightly different product...the differences being mainly in the colour and scent of the oil.
Meadowfoam Oil is fairly new on the soap making scene and I was unable to find much on how it actually soaps up though it is said to share some similar properties to Jojoba oil. The oil is very high in conditioning fatty acids.
Use 5% - 10% in your soap formulas or use it in applications like lotions, balms and body mousses.
Meadowfoam Oil Properties
- Is resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring tocopherols giving it a long and stable shelf life.
- Contains UV protection properties.
- Helps add shine and moisture to hair and scalp and will revitalize dry, cracked lips.
- Forms a moisture barrier, preventing skin moisture loss.
- Said to help reduce wrinkles and signs of aging
- Helps products retain their scent longer
- Is non-greasy feeling and absorbs very well into the skin.
- Depending on the type of extraction used, the oil can be clear to orange in colour and have a scent range of almost nil to grassy.
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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