|What is it?
|Black cumin seed oil is a carrier oil pressed from the seeds of Nigella Sativa. It is comprised mostly of linoleic acid (~50%) and oleic acid (~20%).
|Nigella Sativa Seed Oil
|Dark yellowy-orange liquid
|Up to 100%
|Smooth, velvetty oil
|Approximate Melting Point
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|Black cumin seed oil is popular for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties—it’s very popular for irritated skin and has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of eczema and acne.
|Do you need it?
|Refined or unrefined?
|I’d recommend unrefined.
|Excellent anti-inflammatory properties—it’s a great choice for products for irritated skin.
|You might not be a big fan of the scent.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|According to Modern Cosmetics black cumin seed oil is very unique; they state there is “no suitable substitute”. I would probably choose something like evening primrose oil if a substitution was required.
|How to Work with It
|Include it in the oil phase of your recipes; it can be hot or cold processed, but if you can avoid heating it that’s probably best.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, black cumin seed oil should last at least one to two years. I recommend storing it in the fridge.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|Black cumin seed oil contains two fatty acids we rarely see—arachidic acid and behenic acid, both at about 1%.
|Recommended starter amount
|100mL (3.3 fl oz)
|Where to Buy it
| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier.