|What is it?
|Kukui nut oil is a liquid oil pressed from the seeds of the kukui nut (or candlenut) tree. It has a long history of use in Hawaii for skin care and as a light source (hence the name candlenut!).
|Aleurites Moluccanus Seed Oil
|Clear yellow liquid
|Up to 100%
|Rich, smooth oil
|Typical of plant oils
|Average to slow
|Approximate Melting Point
|Liquid at room temperature
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|Kukui nut oil is a beautiful, rich emollient. I love it in lip products and skin care products that are designed to be protective.
|Do you need it?
|Refined or unrefined?
|I’ve only ever used refined and it’s lovely.
|Rich emollient that is excellent for irritated skin.
|Can be harder to find, can be more expensive than other carrier oils.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|I’d try rice bran oil.
|How to Work with It
|Include kukui nut oil in the oil phase of your formulations. It can be hot or cold processed.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, kukui nut oil should last up to two years.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|The alternative name for the kukui nut tree—the candlenut tree—comes from a history of the nuts being burned as candles due to their high fat content!
|Recommended starter amount
|50mL (1.69fl oz)
|Where to Buy it
| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.