Evening Primrose Oil

What is it? A carrier oil pressed from the seeds of the evening primrose flower.
Appearance Yellow liquid oil.
Texture A thick, heavy oil.
Scent It smells very distinctly oily; I recommend blending it with other carrier oils and some essential oils to dilute the scent.
Absorbency Speed Sloooooow.
Solubility  Oil
Why do we use it in recipes? It’s an amazing serum ingredient that is incredible at battling acne thanks to its high percentages of linoleic and gamma linoleic 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.
Strengths It’s amazing for battling acne and tacking problematic skin.
Weaknesses 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 oil has a similar fatty acid profile. It’s also similarly heavy and oily-smelling.
How to Work with It I like to use it as close to straight as I can, in serums and the like, for maximum effect. It also makes for lovely lotions, where the water can help cut back on the greasy consistency.
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.
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Evening Primrose Oil

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