Pumpkin Seed Oil

What is it? The oil pressed from the seeds of the seeds of the pumpkin.
Appearance Bright orange to pale yellow to green liquid—check with your supplier.
Texture Thin and smooth.
Scent Slight oily scent, nothing too noticeable.
Absorbency Speed Average
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? I mostly like it in pumpkin themed recipes, paired with pumpkin spices. It contributes a nice orange hue.
Do you need it? No, but it’s a nice luxury oil.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only ever used unrefined, and I like it.
Strengths Pumpkin seed oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid, making it great for troublesome skin.
Weaknesses Depending on the final product you may or may not want the added colour from pumpkin seed oil.
Alternatives & Substitutions I’d blend a bit of sea buckthorn or buriti oil with jojoba to get the combination of the absorption speed and the colour.
How to Work with It Include it in lotions, lip balms, body butters, and lip glosses.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Pumpkin Seed Oil oil should last up to 18 months.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks It can be orange, yellow, amber, or green—check with your supplier and try to get the orange variety.
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 Pumpkin Seed Oil



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September 5, 2016