|What is it?
|A liquid oil pressed from the grains of the hemp plant.
|A pale yellow to deep green liquid (the less refined versions are darker green).
|Quite green and grassy, a bit nutty.
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|It can help with acne, eczema, and dry skin. It’ll also turn products green, which you might like.
|Do you need it?
|It’s not easy to find a substitution that will mimic all of its properties, so if you struggle with eczema or want to make a few recipes that use it, I’d recommend getting a small bottle.
|Refined or unrefined?
|I like the unrefined stuff, though if you don’t like the grassy scent or dark green colour you might prefer the refined version.
|It’s rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, contributes a lovely green colour and a nutty/grassy scent to products.
|Negative (though unfounded) association with marijuana, fairly short shelf life (purchase small amounts).
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|It’s easy to match the absorption speed with something like olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada), but you won’t be able to mimic the colour, scent, and fatty acid composition.
|How to Work with It
|I like it in salves, balms, and body butters.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, hemp seed oil (USA / Canada) should last one year.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|Unrefined hemp seed oil (USA / Canada) is quite delicate and is easily scorched; be sure to use a water bath when working with it. Hemp seed oil contains no THC (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana) so no, you will not fail any drug tests if you work with it 😉
|Recommended starter amount
|100mL (3.3fl oz)
|Where to Buy it
| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.