Chia Seed Oil

What is it? Chia Seed Oil is a liquid oil pressed from chia seeds, a popular health food. Chia seeds are a very important part of the traditional Mexican diet.
INCI Salvia hispanica oil
Appearance Yellow liquid
Usage rate Up to 100%
Texture Rich, smooth oil
Scent Noticeably tangy; it’s really quite unique. If you’ve ever smelled andiroba oil, that’s the closest thing I can think of.
Absorbency Speed Fast side of average
Approximate Melting Point Liquid at room temperature.
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? Chia seed oil is a lovely emollient, excellent moisturizer, and is incredibly rich in omega-3 fatty acid (Linolenic Acid). It is recommended for use in skincare and hair care products. It is said to have anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties and is good for sensitive skin (Source: Modern Cosmetics).
Do you need it? No
Refined or unrefined? I have virgin Chia Seed Oil and I like it, but the smell isn’t my favourite.
Strengths Great label appeal and skin feel,
Weaknesses It can be harder to find, depending on where you live.
Alternatives & Substitutions The fatty acid composition of Chia Seed Oil is similar to that of kiwi oil, flaxseed (linseed) oil, and perilla oil, as per Modern Cosmetics, so those oils would be good places to start. From a luxury ingredient point of view, you could also choose a different luxurious liquid oil like argan or prickly pear.
How to Work with It Include Chia Seed Oil in the oil phase of your formulations; it can be hot or cold processed.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Chia Seed Oil should last up to one year. I keep mine in the fridge.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Apparently chia seed oil is popular in food products as well as cosmetics and can be found in things like salad dressings! Make sure yours is food grade before you try to eat it.
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Chia Seed Oil


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February 5, 2020