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Expeller Pressed Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Ingredients/Tech Specs:CTFA Name: Meadowfoam Seed Oil
INCI Name: Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil (Meadowfoam Oil)

Method of Extraction: Expeller Pressed
Plant Part Used: Seeds
Ingredient Composition: 100% Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Vegan: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Allergen: None known
Food Grade: No

If you haven’t heard of meadowfoam seed oil, you will want to give it a try! This oil is hydrating without being greasy, super high levels of anti-oxidants, and an excellent addition to help keep your other oils from going rancid. Meadowfoam seed oil can be used in skincare (serums, lotions, scrubs), lip balms, body lotions, soap bars, shampoo bars, conditioning bars, hair treatments, facial masks, bathing oils…you name it!

One of meadowfoam’s claims to fame is the long chain fatty acid profile which makes it one of the most stabilized oils, and can help maintain the stability in the other oils used in your formulas. Testing shows that adding 35% meadowfoam seed oil to any other oil helps to stabilize the overall formula (so, if your formula calls for 16 ounces of an oil, use 10.4 ounces of that oil and 5.6 ounces of meadowfoam seed oil).

Meadowfoam seed oil is an excellent emollient. You can use meadowfoam seed oil in shampoo and conditioning bars to help increase the softness in hair. It is said that is also helps decrease brittleness, dullness and frizz. An excellent blend for hair products would be organic argan oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and organic grape seed oil. Add in a blend of lavenderrosemarywhite thymepeppermintclary sage and tea tree for increase scalp cleansing capabilities.

Meadowfoam seed oil is similar to jojoba oil in the functionality on the skin. Meadowfoam seed oil closely matches your natural sebum, so when applied topically it does not clog pores, nor does it leave a greasy feel on your skin. An excellent skin serum base would be meadowfoam seed oil, organic jojoba oilOregon hazelnut oilorganic tamanu oilorganic black seed oilolive oil squalane, and an essential oil blend of clary sagelavender and cajeput.

Another excellent benefit to incorporating meadowfoam seed oil into your products is the sustainability of meadowfoam. Meadowfoam is grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers, and considered a highly renewable crop. It is a fast growing plant, native to Oregon, and the seeds and grasses provide nutrients to birds and insects.

Using meadowfoam in your soap bars- expeller pressed meadowfoam oil does have a yellow color to it, so be prepared to adjust your formulas for a yellow tint (depending on how much you use). Some soapers have said that using meadowfoam will slow your trace, but the bars become very hard quickly, so no need to worry about soft soap bars. Meadowfoams high levels of emollience and conditioning make it an excellent addition to your shampoo and conditioning bars.

Expeller Pressed Meadowfoam Seed Oil is sold in 4-ounce, 8-ounce, 16-ounce, half-gallon, 1- gallon, 5-gallon sizes and 55+gallon sizes. Please email us directly for 55-gallon+ orders.

Short Term Storage: Air tight container. Dark location. Cool room temperature.

Long Term Storage: Removing air from storage container will delay oxidation and rancidity (may need to place in a smaller container). Refrigeration can extend shelf life.

Best Used By: One year from date of purchase.

Shelf Life Once Used in Manufacturing: One year from manufacturing date.

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