One of the more economical options, Sunflower Oil can be used to help reduce the cost of a batch of soap.
Being less expensive doesn't mean less worthy! This oil is chock full of good things like Vitamins A, B, D and E and is super high in Oleic acid which makes it moisturising and conditioning.
Suitable for all skin types, this oil is especially helpful in repairing dry, weather damaged skin.
Once applied to the skin, it provides a protective barrier that holds in moisture and improves the skins appearance.
It's light scent and texture make it a good choice for use in massage products or where quick absorption is required.
Common Name(s): Sunflower Oil
Botanical Name(s): Helianthus Annuus
INCI Name: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil
Common Extraction Method: Cold pressed from the plants seeds
Plant Origin: North America and Europe
Physical Description: Clear to pale yellow in colour, this oil absorbs quite quickly with little oily residue.
Aromatic Description: Very mildly scented.
Approximate SAP Value: KOH =189; NaOH =135
Soap Making Characteristics: Highly conditioning but is slow to saponify and will produce a soft bar. Best used as a supplementary oil in quantities of 5% - 15%. This oil would benefit by being kept in a cool, dark location and refrigerated upon opening.
Recipe Suggestions: Try replacing some of the olive oil in the Basic Homemade Soap Recipe with sunflower oil or for a palm free version, you could replace the camellia oil in the White Camellia Oil Soap Recipe. (Don't forget that any time you change a soap making recipe, you need to run the recipe through a lye calculator in order to get the new correct lye amount.)
Fatty Acid Content: The chart below shows the approximate percentages of fatty acids present in this oil.
This information is provided for reference use only and is not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed health care professional.