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Evening Primrose Oil



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INCI: Oenothera Biennis Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil

An excellent skincare oil that is rich in GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). This natural oil is easily absorbed by the skin and will help retain moisture and prevent further drying.


Evening primrose oil is a thin, clear yellow oil with a slight oily odour. It is obtained by pressing the seeds of the evening primrose flower before being filtered and refined.

This liquid evening primrose oil has 0.5% vitamin E (tocopherol) added as an antioxidant, which will reduce the potential oxidation of the oil while it is in the bottle. This has been added in the form of sunflower seed oil to make the tocopherol pourable. This is the only way to ensure a potent and effective product.

As evening primrose oil is a thin, dry-feeling oil easily absorbed by the skin, it’s ideal for products that are best with a non-greasy texture. Our liquid evening primrose oil works well in eye creams, anti-ageing serums and everyday facial creams.

Evening primrose oil is high in essential fatty acids and can help to soften and smooth the skin. Its emollient and antioxidant properties make it an excellent moisturiser and skin protector.

Typical Fatty Acid Profile of Evening Primrose Oil:

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 5% to 7%.
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1% to 3%.
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9): 5% to 18%.
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6): 60% to 75%.
  • C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3): max 0.5%.
  • C18:3 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA): min 9%.

Our evening primrose oil has a saponification value of 185-195.

Cosmetic Functions:

The Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng) lists evening primrose oil as a “skin conditioning — emollient”.


  • Use 1% to 100%. However, you can achieve a good working level with up to 10%.
  • Evening primrose oil is oil-soluble and should not be used in water-only products. However, you may use small amounts in water-based gels, where the oil is held in suspension.
  • Although this oil is stable at temperature, its valuable GLA content is damaged by heat. When making creams and lotions, use it in the cool-down stage (stage 3).

Try blending evening primrose oil with rosehip seed oil, thistle oil and vitamin E for sensitive skin.

Blend it with hazelnut oil, rosehip seed oil, epidermis and sebum balancer and vitamin A for oily skin.

Evening Primrose Oil for Skin:

Our liquid evening primrose oil is effective in skincare products and offers several benefits.

  • This oil is one of the most popular for use on sensitive skin.
  • As an emollient, it makes an excellent moisturiser.
  • It keeps skin soft, supple and radiant.
  • Protects the skin and keeps it in excellent condition.
  • Evening primrose oil is revitalising and can improve skin tone. Try using it in anti-ageing serums, mature skin creams and daily body lotions.
  • Its non-greasy, lightweight texture means it won’t feel heavy on the skin.
  • Suitable for use on babies.
  • It can also be used in hand creams or cuticle treatments to treat dry hands and brittle nails.

Evening Primrose Oil for Hair:

Evening primrose oil benefits the hair and scalp, and is a versatile natural ingredient in skincare products.

  • It conditions the scalp to keep it nourished and healthy.
  • Restores health and vitality to dry and dull hair, locking moisture into the hair shaft to make strands soft and supple.
  • Try using evening primrose oil in hair packs and serums for healthy locks.


You can use evening primrose oil in several skin and hair care products for excellent results. Discover some of our favourite ways to use it below:


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