Evening Primrose Oil
Carrier Oil, Liquid Oil
|What is it?
||A carrier oil pressed from the seeds of the evening primrose flower.
||Oenothera Biennis Oil
||Yellow liquid oil.
||Up to 100%
||A thick, heavy oil.
||It smells very distinctly oily/fishy; I recommend blending it with other carrier oils and perhaps some essential oils to dilute/mask the scent.
|Why do we use it in formulations?
||It’s an amazing serum ingredient that is incredible at battling acne thanks to its high percentages of linoleic and gamma linolenic acid.
|Do you need it?
||I can’t recommend it enough if you struggle with acne.
|Refined or unrefined?
||I have the unrefined stuff, but if you are quite scent sensitive you might prefer the refined variety.
||It’s amazing for battling acne and tacking problematic skin.
||It’s pretty heavy and doesn’t smell amazing, so if your skin is already really well behaved you can probably skip it.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
||Black Currant Seed and borage oils have a similar fatty acid profile. They are also similarly heavy and oily-smelling.
|How to Work with It
||Include it in the oil phase of your recipes; avoid extended exposure to heat where possible. I typically aim to dilute it with a lighter oil or in an emulsion.
|Storage & Shelf Life
||Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Evening Primrose Oil should last a year, if not more. It tends to have a pretty short shelf life. I’d store it in the fridge to extend it as much as possible.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
||Try blending it with a faster absorbing oil, like argan or pomegranate seed, to help it sink into the skin faster.
|Recommended starter amount
||100mL (3.3fl oz) or less
|Where to Buy it
|| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.
Some Formulations that Use Evening Primrose Oil