- Acrive Oil
- INCI: Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil
- Comedogenicity: n.a.
- Composition: Oleic acid (up to approx. 82 %), palmitic acid (up to approx. 8 %), linoleic acid (up to approx. 7 %), stearic acid (up to approx. 1 %), tocopherol, antioxidants.
- Cosmetic use: Dry, sensitive, irritated skin; hair care.
The genus Camellia comprises three species, Camellia Oleifera, Camellia Sasanqua and Camellia Sinensis. All of these three species are used for oil production. However, the Camellia Oleifera, which grows predominantly in China, contains the most oil-rich seeds. Therefore, this species is most commonly used for oil production. Camellia Sinensis is an evergreen tea bush (green or black tea). The different camellia species have mostly the same ingredients, but differ in some subtleties.
Extraction of camellia seed oil
During the winter months the camellia bears white flowers in which the tea seeds ripen. The seeds are peeled, dried and crushed to obtain the odourless, light yellow camellia seed oil. They are then cold-pressed and neither refined nor heated. Thus the important vitamins and minerals are preserved.
Cosmetic use of camellia seed oil
In its pure form, camellia seed oil is used for skin and hair purposes and has a long tradition in Japanese beauty care. Due to its high oleic acid content, the oil is absorbed quickly by the skin and is particularly suitable for dry and sensitive skin. The oil has moisturising, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The oil is also used to nourish irritated skin due to its anti-inflammatory and calming effect. The high content of gamma linolenic acid strengthens the skin’s own protective barrier. Further, it protects the skin against moisture loss, smoothes and soothes irritations.
The oil also has positive properties for hair care. The proteins and oleic acids penetrate into the surface structure of the hair and smooth the outer layer, giving the hair a natural shine.