Just like homoeopathy, when the plant is used in its whole form
only then is it able to truly deliver its healing properties to the skin
You’d think that all oils would be created equally right?
But as with most things in the beauty industry, there is a myriad of information out there, and not all oils are created equally.
Some are organic, some are cold-pressed, whilst some are un-refined and others refined.
Here at NC, we love using CO2 and cold-pressed oils in our formulas – the preserved unrefined oil, that has not been adulterated in any way.
Because we consider ourselves a Medici of oils if you will, we have put together this face oil cheat sheet so that you can unravel the mysteries behind the claims.
Making sense of plant oils
Confusingly, these oils are often listed under different names:
- plant oils
- natural oils
- botanical oils
- vegetable oils
- cold-pressed seed oils
- refined and un-refined
If that isn’t confusing enough in holistic therapies, these oils are often referred to as a carrier oil, which means that the oil used to carry a substance.
The vegetable oil extraction process
So as we can see, there are several processes used to extract oil from plants, so let’s break this down further:
This is where the whole or part of the oil’s chemical structure has been altered somehow.
Bleaching or changing the natural smell is often a reason why oil may be refined or adulterated.
A chemical process is used to extract the oil; this process is often used on delicate plant material difficult to extract, such as seeds or petals.
Once the solvent starts to evaporate, it leaves an oily residue behind, the only problem with this method, is that it can leave behind traces of solvent residue.
Cold-pressed oil is produced through grinding and pressing the seeds, fruits, or nuts, with a stainless steel press; the material is placed between horizontal plates which are pulled together by an ‘expeller’, a large rotating screw that extracts the oil.
A press is used to yield the oil which involves using both force and heat because of the friction, which sits at around 40˚C; to be marketed as cold-pressed the temperature must stay below 49˚C, it‘s unique because it involves no additional chemical solvents or heat.
The delicate ingredients stay fresh, and many of their therapeutic properties are retained. Nectar treatment balm is infused in a healing blend of cold-pressed oils, herbs, butters and phytosterols, to heal damaged skin.
Any oil that’s produced using an oil-seed press, which doesn’t meet this strict temperature requirement is known as expeller pressed oil.
This is a form of extraction that ensures the oil you are using delivers the plant’s active components. Here at the Naked Chemist, we use super-critical CO2 extraction, especially when more of our delicate ingredients are used during formulation, such as is the case with rose hip seed oil.
Meaning your skin can take advantage of all the plant’s awesome properties in its whole form, which is our preferred method of extraction, that you can read all about here.
So as we can see, there are many ways you can extract the valuable oil from plants.
The preferred method is super-critical CO2 extraction. This precious oil undergoes minimum processing, and temperatures are kept low to preserve and protect the fragile oils complete botanical and skin-loving properties.
Which are perfect to balance and heal, helping restore your skin to health.