CO2 Extraction, pure, clean, green

We are on a mission, to squeeze every little drop of goodness from botanicals, into every jar of Naked Chemist products.

So when it comes to delicate oils such as Rose hip Seed Oil, we use CO2 extraction methods where possible.

This helps to ensure the oil is as close to the plant’s original and purest form as possible.

By keeping temperatures low, this means we can preserve and protect the complete botanical and skin-loving properties of fragile oils.

The CO2 extraction process

These are some of the benefits of this process:

  • all of the plant’s components are left in their completely natural state
  • the biological matter has not been treated, with heat or chemical solvents
  • all of the precious oils and soluble properties remain intact

The extraction process occurs in a vacuum where no oxygen is present, so there is no chance of oxidization. It is an important factor for delicate oils that have a short shelf life and go rancid quickly.

CO2 extraction helps preserve the plant’s properties, and better still free of any nasty microbes, solvents, and heavy metals; the process is also environmentally friendly.

So with the result being free from chemical residue, you can be safe in the knowledge that the oil you are using on your skin is as pure, clean, and green as you can get.

Supercritical extraction

We use supercritical extraction in our formulas where possible, especially where more delicate ingredients are used.

This extraction method uses volcanically-sourced CO2, which means that the oil is kept in its supercritical or fluid-like state.

This does sound technical, essentially what this means – is that the oil is passed through the raw plant material, thus extracting all the biologically ‘active’ components as it goes.

This process uses a process at 30°C, so there is no stress on the plant material and no use of organic solvents as discussed above. The really great thing about this method – because CO2 is chemically inert, the process is carried out in a vacuum with no oxygen present, so it can’t easily become rancid.

Each extraction is carefully controlled to ensure the optimum quality of the oil. This is important, because an oxygen-free environment and a low temperature are key, especially when extracting delicate plant material.

By keeping the temperature low, we can preserve and protect the fragile oil’s complete botanical and skin-restoring properties.

Amazingly, this process can deliver up to twice the regenerative sterols, and four times more of the antioxidant carotenoids than your average Rosehip seed oil.

It also means the shelf life of your oil can last as much as five times longer than regular rosehip seed oil, so it’s a wonderful natural, orange colour hangs around longer, making it a perfect oil in its whole form, just as nature intended.

The naked truth

In all of our formulas, we aim to harness as much as nature intended; for this very reason, it has become a staple in a number of our products.

This includes Bio lipid complex and replenishing ceramide barrier repair balm, where we have squeezed as many CO2 extracted oils as possible into each bottle – to harness all their healing properties, so our customers can begin to activate skin healing at a deeper level.

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6 replies on “CO2 Extraction, pure, clean, green”

I have rose hips growing near me and wanted to make some tosehip oil for personal use. I guess my choices are either cold press or I see some people just infuse a carrier oil which would be wiser but would this method give any of the benefits of the rose hips? Thank you.

Hi Marissa
all our facial oils are formulated with CO2 extracts.
I would have to know which country you are from please before advising where best you can purchase products

Kind regards


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