Safflower Oil

What is it? A liquid oil pressed from the seeds of Carthamus tinctorius.
Appearance A yellow liquid oil.
Texture A smooth, liquid oil.
Scent Vaguely oily, nothing remarkable.
Absorbency Speed Fast
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? It’s a great, versatile, inexpensive oil that works well in many projects.
Do you need it? It’s a useful low-scent fast-absorbing carrier oil, and you should have at least once, but it doesn’t have to be this one.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only ever worked with refined, and I like it.
Strengths A very versatile low-scent, fast absorbing carrier oil.
Weaknesses It can be replaced by many other carrier oils.
Alternatives & Substitutions Grapeseed oil, sunflower seed oil (USA / Canada / UK / NZ), canola oil, apricot kernel oil, and other smooth, low-scent, fast-absorbing oils.
How to Work with It It’s great in lotions, body butters, lip balms, facial serums, and all kinds of other projects—it’s inexpensive and versatile.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, safflower oil should last up to two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Safflower oil is mostly Oleic Acid.
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 Sweet Safflower Oil


Posted on

August 26, 2016