Organic Sunflower Oil Linoleic


What does this mean?

Inci:Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil

An excellent oil for many purposes including skincare, cosmetics, massage and baby care. It has a light texture and is easily absorbed with no greasy after feel.


A pale yellow to yellow mobile oil with an extremely faint odour that is made from pressed, organic sunflower seeds.

  • Use 1% to 100%.
  • Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products. It can be used in small amounts in water based gels that will hold it in suspension.
  • Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.

Sunflower Oil blends very well with drier (like Chia Seed Oil) and heavier (like Castor Oil) oils for massage oil blend that is well balanced with Omegas 3,6 and 9.

It blends very well in a 50:50 ratio with Sweet Almond Oil for massage.

Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 6.7%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 3.3%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 32%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 56.8%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) 0.1%
C20:0 Arachidic Acid 0.2%
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 188-194
Cosmetic Functions:
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Sunflower Oil are:
Emollient, Masking, Skin Conditioning
To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here


Skin Care
  • Sunflower Oil is most traditionally known for its use as a massage oil as it is rich in Omega 6 and several important Vitamins. It has a light texture and easy absorption rate. It is best blended with a small amount of heavier oils like Macadamia Oil or Castor Oil to give even greater slip.
  • It is excellent for soothing dry and chapped skin whilst reducing redness and maintaining hydration levels. It penetrates well and does not leave an oily residue which makes it ideal to use in a daily hand cream where the skin has been degraded. For the same reasons, it is also great to use in lip balms.
  • The good levels of Omega 6 in the oil promote moisture retention in the skin. It makes heavier oil blends feel thinner and more elegant which makes it useful when using heavier oils that are needed for dry and mature skin types, but still do not want to feel weighed down.
  • Sunflower Oil is beneficial in acne prone skin products as it soothes and calms the skin. Blend with Omega 3 rich oils like Rosehip, Chia Seed and Kiwi Seed oils to maximise the effect as well as low freezing points oils like Hazelnut Oil to rebalance the oily skin. When blended with Thistle Oil, this will be beneficial for skin with large pores.
  • Good for all skin types including sensitive skin where it smoothes and softens the skin.
Hair Care
  • Sunflower Oil softens the hair shaft without making it feel sticky or greasy.
  • It conditions the scalp and helps to keep dandruff at bay.


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