|What is it?
|Açai Berry Oil is the liquid oil from the pericarp of the Açai berry.
|Euterpe Oleracea Oil
|Yellow liquid (though I’ve read it can also be green)
|Up to 100%
|Rich, smooth oil
|Subtle; soft woody notes
|Fast side of average
|Approximate Melting Point
|Liquid at room temperature & straight out of the fridge.
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|Açai berry oil is a lovely luxury emollient. It is said to have anti-ageing and regenerative properties and has great label appeal thanks to acai berry’s fame as a “superfood”. It is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and is said to have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
|Do you need it?
|Refined or unrefined?
|I have virgin acai berry oil and I like it.
|Great label appeal and skin feel, antioxidant content.
|It can be harder to find, depending on where you live.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|The fatty acid composition of Açai Berry Oil is pretty unique. Modern Cosmetics recommends avocado, macadamia nut, and sea buckthorn as possible alternatives. I would probably choose a different luxurious liquid oil, like argan or prickly pear.
|How to Work with It
|Include Açai Berry Oil in the oil phase of your formulations; it can be hot or cold processed.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Açai Berry Oil should last up to two years. I keep mine in the fridge.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|Açai is pronounced “ah-sigh-ee“.
|Recommended starter amount
|100mL (3.3fl oz)
|Where to Buy it
| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.