Sunflower Oil

What is it? A yellow liquid oil pressed from the seeds of the sunflower.
Appearance Pale yellow liquid oil.
Texture Smooth, liquid oil.
Scent Low scent, typical of carrier oils.
Absorbency Speed Fast
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? It’s a great, versatile, carrier oil that’s great in lotions, body butters, salves, lip balms, and more.
Do you need it? Sunflower oil is a great choice for so many projects and is so inexpensive that I think it’s a great thing to have in your DIY pantry. You could use safflower or grapeseed instead, though.
Refined or unrefined? I use refined and like it.
Strengths A great, versatile carrier oil that’s rich in Linoleic Acid and vitamins A, B, D and E.
Weaknesses Easily replaced with many other carrier oils.
Alternatives & Substitutions Grapeseed oil, safflower oil, apricot kernel oil, canola oil, and other fast-absorbing, low-scent carrier oils.
How to Work with It It’s fantastic in lotions, lip balms, soaps, and facial serums.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, sunflower seed oil (USA / Canada) should last up to two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks It’s very high in Linoleic Acid, which is a fatty acid that’s been found to be highly beneficial to troublesome skin (acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc.).
Recommended starter amount 250mL (8fl oz)
Where to Buy it Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Sunflower Oil



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August 28, 2016