Avocado oil

What is it? Avocado oil is a liquid monounsaturated carrier oil typically pressed from the flesh of the avocado (though I have seen some oils stating they are pressed from the seeds). It is mostly comprised of oleic and palmitic fatty acids; the palmitic acid content is higher than usual for liquid oils, resulting in a thicker, richer oil. It can be cloudy at room temperature, depending on if (and how extensively) the oil has been winterized.
INCI Persea Gratissima Oil
Appearance Deep green/yellow to pale yellow liquid
Usage rate Up to 100%
Texture Rich, velvetty, can be sticky if applied undiluted to large areas of the skin
Scent Characteristic of carrier oils, though less refined versions may have a stronger scent
Absorbency Speed Slow
Approximate Melting Point Liquid at room temperature
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? Avocado oil is a beautiful, rich emollient that is recommended for dry and sensitive skin. I also enjoy using it in soap as a more luxurious additive oil.
Do you need it? No
Refined or unrefined? It’s up to you; more refined versions will have lighter colour, fainter scent, and are less likely to cloud in cooler temperatures
Strengths Rich emollient high in unsaponifiables; good for dry skin.
Weaknesses Some may find avocado oil too rich/heavy for their liking.
Alternatives & Substitutions If state (liquid/solid) doesn’t matter I’d try shea butter. Otherwise, try a blend of shea butter and a mid-weight liquid oil like rice bran or olive oil. I’d probably start with 25% shea butter, 75% liquid oil.
How to Work with It Include avocado in the oil phase of your formulas; it can be hot or cold processed.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, avocado oil should last up to two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks There’s a fairly wide variety of processing methods for avocado oil, resulting in more than a simple refined/unrefined set of options. Be sure you’re reading all the documentation from your supplier before you purchase.
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz) for skin care, 1L (33.8fl oz) for soap making.
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Avocado Oil


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April 4, 2019