|What is it?
|Rice Bran Oil is the liquid oil pressed from the germ and inner husk of rice. It is comprised primarily of oleic and linoleic fatty acids.
|Oryza Sativa Bran Oil
|Up to 100%
|Smooth, silky, rich
|Approximate Melting Point
|I found everything from -10°C to 28°C (14–82°F), so I would check with your supplier.
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|Rice bran oil is a beautiful and inexpensive emollient for use in skin and hair care products. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Rice bran oil can also be a good alternative to olive oil, especially if the price of olive oil is higher than usual.
|Do you need it?
|Refined or unrefined?
|I’ve only ever worked with refined, and I like it.
|Lovely emollient oil with great skin feel.
|I can’t think of anything in particular.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|Olive oil is an easy and readily available alternative.
|How to Work with It
|Include it in the oil phase of your formulations. It can be hot or cold processed as needed.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, rice bran oil should last up to two years.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|Depending on your source and the batch your rice bran oil may not be “winterized”, and can become cloudy in cold temperatures. If this happens, simply place it in a warm water bath.
|Recommended starter amount
|100mL (3.3fl oz) unless you’re soaping with it, in which case I’d recommend 1L (33.8fl oz)
|Where to Buy it
| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.