Moringa Oil

What is it? The oil pressed from the the kernel of the moringa seed.
Appearance Slightly viscous yellow liquid. A bit of sediment can sink to the bottom; shake before use and consider placing the oil in a warm water bath if there is a lot of sediment to re-melt it.
Texture Rich and smooth.
Scent A really lovely nutty scent, reminiscent of almond butter.
Absorbency Speed Fast
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in recipes? Moringa oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A & C, and has great anti-aging properties. It also feels fantastic on the skin and has a really lovely nutty scent.
Do you need it? No, but it’s a nice luxury oil.
Refined or unrefined? Unrefined
Strengths Vitamin rich, wonderful skin feel, long shelf life.
Weaknesses It can be hard to find.
Alternatives & Substitutions I haven’t found another oil with a similar nutty scent, but marula oil has a similar feel and is also rich in antioxidants.
How to Work with It I am loving it in facial serums and other simple recipes where it can really shine.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Moringa Oil should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Moringa oil is inherently shelf-stable, making it a good choice for a luxury oil as you’ll have plenty of time to use it.
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz) or less
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Moringa Oil

Abyssinian Oil

What is it? The oil pressed from the seeds of Crambe abyssinica.
Appearance Pale beige liquid.
Texture Thin and smooth.
Scent Almost scentless, nothing distinct.
Absorbency Speed Fast
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in recipes? It feels beautiful on the skin, and is a great alternative to argan oil. It’s lightweight, low scent, and imparts shine.
Do you need it? No, but it’s a nice luxury oil.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only ever used refined, and I like it.
Strengths A fantastic, lower-cost alternative to argan oil that’s rich in erucic acid.
Weaknesses It can be a bit tricky to find.
Alternatives & Substitutions Argan oil is a good alternative.
How to Work with It It’s great in balms, serums, and hair care products.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Abyssinian Oil should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks It’s produced in Canada!
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Abyssinian Oil

Camellia Seed Oil

What is it? The oil pressed from the seeds of the Camellia oleifera, a wildflower that grows in China and Japan, where it has been used for centuries in skin and hair care.
Appearance Yellow liquid.
Texture Thin and smooth.
Scent Slight oily scent, nothing too noticeable.
Absorbency Speed Fast; leaves the skin feeling wonderfully satiny.
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in recipes? It absorbs into the skin quickly, and helps speed up the overall absorption speed of recipes. It’s also lovely for hair.
Do you need it? No, but it’s a nice luxury oil.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only ever used refined, and I like it.
Strengths Fast absorbency speed, rich in antioxidants.
Weaknesses A bit pricey.
Alternatives & Substitutions Other fast absorbing carrier oils can work; think grapeseed, safflower, marula, and macadamia nut.
How to Work with It I love it in hair products and facial serums.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Camellia Seed Oil should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Try spreading two or three drops of camellia seed oil oil over your hands and running them through the length of your hair to hydrate it.
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Camellia Seed Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

What is it? The oil pressed from the kernels of the apricot.
Appearance Pale to golden yellow liquid.
Texture Thin and smooth.
Scent Almost none
Absorbency Speed Fast
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in recipes? It’s a relatively inexpensive, fast-absorbing carrier oil.
Do you need it? No.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only ever used refined, and I like it.
Strengths It easily absorbs into the skin and is rich in vitamin A.
Weaknesses Nothing in particular; this oils is easily swapped for others.
Alternatives & Substitutions Any other low scent, fast-absorbing carrier oil will work.
How to Work with It I like it in lotions, balms, and body butters.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, apricot kernel oil should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks It’s primarily made up of Oleic Acid (58 to 72%) and Linoleic Acid (22 to 32.5%).
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Apricot Kernel Oil

Cupuacu Butter

What is it? A firm soft butter, made by cold pressing the seeds of the Cupuacu tree, which is native to Brazil.
Appearance The unrefined variety has a super cool, bead-like appearance; wee cream coloured blobs roughly the size of seed beads all clumped together. Once it’s been melted and re-solidified it looks just like any other cream coloured butter. The refined variety is white from being bleached, and pretty much just looks like fat.
Texture A bit stiff at first, but as it melts into your skin it’s wonderfully smooth and silky.
Scent The unrefined stuff smells like… chocolate combined with sour milk. Not so great. That fades quickly once it’s on your skin or diluted with other ingredients, but most people prefer the refined version.
Absorbency Speed Quite fast, especially for a butter! A small amount will spread over the skin beautifully and leave a satiny, non-greasy finish in no time.
Approximate Melting Point 34°C/93°F
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in recipes? I love the finish capuacu butter has—it’s incredibly silky, and almost silicone-like. I tend to love it in hand products and cosmetics, where I want a fast-absorbing, silky product, but perhaps without, or with less wax, than I’d need if I used entirely liquid oils. It’s also less likely to go grainy than shea butter is.
Do you need it? I love it, and I’d say so, but you can get away with shea butter or mango butter in most recipes that call for cupuacu. Everyone I’ve talked into purchasing capuacu butter has fallen in love with it!
Refined or unrefined? I’ve worked with both, and while the unrefined stuff is really neat… it smells awful. I’d probably go with refined.
Strengths Amazing, silky, almost silicone-like finish on the skin. Fantastically hydrating and smooth. Not greasy, even when used on the skin (in small amounts, at least!).
Weaknesses It’s one of the more expensive butters, and can be harder to source.
Alternatives & Substitutions Mango and shea butter are both ok swaps, with mango being the better choice of the two.
How to Work with It I love it in anything where I’d like the thickness and richness of shea butter without the greasy feeling. I tend to especially love capuacu butter in hand lotions and facial products (like cosmetics).
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, capuacu butter should last at least one year.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Because it absorbs into the skin so quickly and is super hydrating, I love to put a bit in a small tin (15mL/0.5oz) and carry it around in my purse.
Recommended starter amount 100g (3.3oz)
Where to Buy it Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Cupuacu Butter

Marula Oil

What is it? A yellow liquid carrier oil pressed from the seeds of the Marula tree.
Appearance Pale yellow liquid.
Texture Sooth
Scent A wee bit nutty and sweet.
Absorbency Speed Fast
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in recipes? Its light consistency makes it a fantastic addition to hair care products, body butters, lotions, and serums as it can lighten other oils, helping to create a lightweight, fast absorbing final product.
Do you need it? You don’t need it, but it’s a great luxury oil to have on hand, and thanks to its long shelf life you don’t have to worry about it spoiling before you get around to using it.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only ever seen refined for sale, and it’s lovely.
Strengths Fast absorbing, low scent, rich in antioxidants, rich in vitamins E & C.
Weaknesses It can be a bit tricky to find as it’s not very common.
Alternatives & Substitutions Argan oil would make a good alternative.
How to Work with It I love it in hair care products and facial serums where its high antioxidant and vitamin content can really benefit your skin.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, marula oil should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Over time the liquid oil can become cloudy and some sediment will sink to the bottom of the bottle. This is easily fixed with a hot water bath, which will re-melt the sediment.
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz) or less
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Marula Oil

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