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Exotic oils and butters

Exotic Oils are found in different parts of the world. In the west, interest in these oils isgrowing as science is now beginning to validate what has long been known in other parts of the world: That these oils have therapeutic and functional properties. Some are rich in specific essential fatty acids, or high oxidative stability. Others have rejuvenating and healing properties, natural vitamins or very specific functions that make them unique.

Exotic Butter is a soft waxy substance that forms a solid or semisolid at ambient temperatures. These exotic butters are a group of natural fats with a high content of symmetrical monounsaturated trigtycerides. AH of these butters contain. 50-60% of saturated fatty acids, mainly stearic acid, and up to 47% of monounsaturated oleic add. The plants are generally tropical jungle crops and production volumes can fluctuate, depending strictly upon the whims and fancies of nature. Attributes: narrow melting point, high content of saturated fatty acids, high in oxidation stability, viscosity and emulsion stability, and contains many ingredients that are beneficial for hair and skin.

Cocoa Butter.

An unrefined, food grade butter obtained by pressing crushed seeds of the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. Cocoa butter is a well-known, valued ingredient in chocolate. In cosmetics, it is valued for its melting point, which is close to body temperature, its greasing and lubricating properties and emollient virtues. A compound of the oil phase, it provides skin conditioning and thickening attributes. Widely used in suppositories, skin-care products, bath oils, night creams, suntan preparations, and lip make-up.

COCO Natural 76. A high quality unrefined coconut oil, product of a community-based project in the Philippines. This too is natural oil, extracted from fresh coconut meat without the use of chemicals or high temperature, a derivative technology of the virgin oil process. In liquid form (above 26°C.), it is a water-clear, light viscosity oil with a very subtle coconut aroma. With its very mild aroma, it is especially suited as base oil in flavour and fragrance formulation. Natural emolliency, moisturizing and antioxidant characteristics of the oil make it an excellent choice for uses designed to rejuvenate the skin. Food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical use.

Coconut Nutri-Oil. This oil is a precise combination of pure virgin coconut oil and a specific fraction of coconut oil with very low melting point. A liquid oil, water-clear, non-greasy, with a delicate coconut aroma. It has good flow and solvent properties and is a complete oil compared to fractionated oil. It is functional and contains natural vitamin E, anti-oxidant properties and moisturizing ability. Its liquid form enhances its mixing properties making it an excellent for medicaments and therapeutic agents. Nutri-Oil is non-drying, a natural emollient and miscible to most essential oils and solvents, and has a very long shelf life. For cosmetic, ayuvedic, and pharmaceutical applications.

Evening Primrose Oil.

TheThe evening primrose plant was used for healing by North American natives long before the Europeans came. However, the therapeutic properties of its seed oil is a recent discovery. It contains 72% linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that is abundant in commercial seed oils. EPO also contains 9% gamma-linolenic acid which is present in only a few other plant seeds. It is widely cultivated in North America, parts of Europe, and in China. For dietary and cosmetic application.

Fractionated Coconut Oil Fractionated Coconut oil used in aromatherapy and massage is liquid medium chain tryglycerides. Water-clear, light texture, odorless, tasteless with an indefinite shelf life (will not become rancid). Unlike other coconut oils, it is not a 'complete' oil, but a specific selection and combination of fatty acids contained within coconut oils. The benefit of fractionated oil is that specific constituents are separated out and used as ingredients in manufacturing applications. For example, fractions having a very low melting point (and little amount of natural glycerin) are useful as viscosity modifiers. Fast becoming a favourite of aromatherapists because it is miscible with essential oils, penetrating, and of light viscosity. Cosmetic, clinical nutrition, and pharmaceutical use.

Jojoba Oil.

Jojoba plant is native in arid parts of continental US particularly Arizona and in the northern part of Mexico. Not an oil, it is actually a liquid wax, with excellent penetrating qualities and great moisturizing attributes for the skin. Jojoba is very functional in hair care formulations; an excellent moisturizer on the hair shaft, it also cleans, softens and conditions hair and prevents brittleness. Penetrates down to the scalp and hair shaft to loosen and dissolves hardened and buit-up sebum. Jojoba also exhibits an excellent keratoplastic effect and brings out the hair's natural shine and overtone.

Illipe Butter. Illipe butter is the fat obtained from the nuts of Shorea stenoptera, a wild crop in the jungle of SouthEast Asia particularly in the island of Borneo. It is pale yellow solid fat after extraction, which turns quickly into green color. It has recently been introduced as a cosmetic raw material and is used in various skin-care preparations such as nourishing night creams, sun products, masks, and lip balms. It is the exotic butter that comes closest to matching cocoa butter in triglyceride composition. Illipe butter is recommended to heal sores and mouth ulcers. It reinforces the skin lipidic barrier and helps maintain skin moisturization.

Kokum Butter. Kokum butter is obtained from the fruit kernel of Garcinia indica, which grows in the savanna areas in parts of the Indian subcontinent. It has very high content ofstearic-oleic-stearic triglycerides. It is the most stable and hardest exotic butter with a melting point of 38-40 C. It has good white color even without refining. Kokum butter has been used as an astringent, local application to ulceration and fissures of lips, hands, and sole. Suitable for applications in skin and hair products, acne products, and skin tonics.

Kukui Nut Oil. Kukui nut oil is a compound of the oily phase and contains essential fatty acids (linoleic acid and linolenic acid) which are similar to skin lipids. Kukui nut oil presents moisturizing and restructuring effects on skin, film forming and conditioning on hair. Excellent for nourishing shampoo, anti-wrinkle creams, body massage oils, emollient creams for dry, sensitive and delicate skin; after sun-products; lip balms; softening or anti-aging creams. Cosmetic use only.

Macadamia Nut Oil. Macadamia specie is native to Australia and now cultivated in the islands of Hawaii. In addition to being a healthy food oil, Macadamia nut oil works to improve skin structure and moisturization by strengthening the skin lipidic barrier. It has emollient, regenerative and skin conditioning properties. It is a recommended ingredient for: nourishing shampoos for dry hair, moisturizing creams for dry skin and baby skin, anti-wrinkle cremes, and lip balms.

Mango Butter. Mango butter is obtained from de-shelled fruit kernels of the mango tree, Mangifera indica native to sub-continental India and the tropics. It has just been recently introduced in the cosmetic industry and is a promising ingredient because of its emollient properties, high oxidative ability, and its suitability for replacement of paraffin-based emollient. It has remarkable regenerative activity due to its content in unsaponiable matter. It is a soft solid with a melting point between 31°-36° C and a very slight sweet scent. It has a protective effect against UV radiation. A useful and beneficial ingredient in skin care products, lotions, massage creams, and hair products.

Mono'i de Tahiti. An exotic oil of Tahitian origin, in use for 2000 years (give or take a couple of centuries). A combination of two components: Tahitian coconut oil and Gardenia flower essence blended the process of "enfleurage". It is claimed that the unique volcanic soil of the Tahitian islands impart qualities to the ingredients which can not be duplicated anywhere else in the world. Golden yellow color. An elegant moisturizer and superfatting agent. Natural form or with added scent. Cosmetic use only.

Neem Tree Oil. Neem tree or margosa (Azadica Indica) is indigenous to South Asia and found in most part of the Indian sub-continent. All parts of Neem tree are useful although the one that is commonly used for cosmetic and skin care purposes is the oil from the seed. Neem oil has a strong odor, brownish green color. The active ingredient is Azadirachtin but more of 25 other compounds have been identified. Neem oil offers moisturizing, regenerative and restructuring properties. It can be used for damaged and delicate hair, hand creams, facial care and after sun-products.

Sal Butter. Sal butter is obtained from the kernels of the Sal tree, Shorea robusta, a tree growing wild in the jungle of forests of North, East, and Central India. Sal is used locally for cooking and soap production. It is comparable to cocoa butter in physical properties and is used in some similar applications. Like mango butter, it combines good emolliency properties with superior oxidative stability. It is solid at room temperature with a melting point of 34°-38°C. Used in skin and hair products, stick products, hair pomades, and dry-skin lotions.

Shea Butter This butter is from the kernels of the shea nut tree, Butyrospermum parkii, native to Western Africa. It is a tallow-like substance extracted by hydraulic pressing or screw expellers. In crude form, it can be yellow or grey but is whitish if refined. Shea butter is non-toxic and non-irritating and derived totally from renewable natural resources. Traditionally it has been used in Africa as a medical balm for rheumatism, muscle aches, bums, and light wounds. Its unique fatty acid composition makes it a suitable emollient for many-skin-care applications, such as baby-care products, massage creams, make-up, and similar products. One unique characteristic of shea butter is its content of unsaponiables (up to 8%) which imparts soothing properties and provides extra sun protection.

Virgin Oil De Coco-Creme™ A virgin, cold-pressed, vitamin E rich, "biologically pure" coconut oil, identical to unextracted oil from coconuts. Extracted from fresh coconut milk in a process that eliminates high temperature and solvents. In liquid form (melts at 22°C.), it is a clear, extra-light viscosity oil with sweet coconut flavour. The "virgin oil process" conserves all functional attributes inherent in natural coconut oil substances of squallene, sterol and useful volatile components are preserved. Its natural emolliency, moisturizing and antioxidant characteristics make it superb for rejuvenating dry, stressed and aging skin. Virgin Oil De Coco-Creme is versatile: It can replace expensive exotic butters; an excellent carrier oil, and has medicinal uses. Food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and clinical nutrition use

 

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