Just like homeopathy, 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 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 simply means that the oil that is being used to carry a substance.
The vegetable oil extraction process
So as we have seen, there are a number of processes used to extract oil from plants, so let’s break this down further:
This is where the whole, or part of the chemical structure of the oil, has been altered in some way.
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 that is difficult to extract, such as seeds or petals.
Once the solvent starts to evaporate, it leaves an oily residue behind, the only problem – this method 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.
The reason a press is used to yield the oil which involves using both force and heat is because of the friction, which sits at around 40˚C; in order 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 is 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, is delivering the active components of the plant. 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 awesome properties of the plant in its whole form, which is our preferred method of extraction, that you can read all about here.
Many CO2 extracted oils can be found in both Miracle cleanse formulated with a number of healing botanicals, to protect as it cleanses and Bio lipid complex which can help to bring a delicate skin back into balance.