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Profile: Avocado Vegetable Oil

Commonly known as: Persea Gratissima Oil (I.N.C.I.).
Botanical name: Persea americana.
Extraction process: First cold pressing of the fruit.
Family: Laurel Family.
Part of the plant extracted: Fruit.
Location: Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Europe (France, Spain).
Flowering: June - July.
Provenance, origin: European Union.
Phytochemical composition: Polyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid), monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid, gadoleic acid, palmitoleic acid, 11-eicosenoic acid), saturated fatty acids (stearic acid, behenic acid, arachidic acid, palmitic acid), vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, H, K and PP), phytosterols (beta-sitosterol, campesterol), carotenoids (lutein).
Sensorial properties: Appearance: A thick oily liquid that can become cloudy or solidify depending on the temperature; Color: Light yellow to greenish yellow; Scent: Soft and subtle; Feel: Greasy.
Physical characteristics: Quality: 100% pure, virgin, and of natural origin ingredients; Density: 0.91 - 0.923 g/cm3; Insoluble in water; Slightly soluble in 96% alcohol; Miscible with petroleum ether; Oxidative potential: Low sensitivity; Comedogenicity index: 0; Saponification index: 187 - 197 mgKOH/g; pH: Not applicable; Refractive index: 1.468 - 1.476.
Benefits: Nourishing, emollient, healing, softening, lipid-replenishing, restructuring, soothing, antioxidant, repairing, softening, regenerating, protective.
Concerns: All skin types, particularly dry, dehydrated, sensitive, and mature skin; All hair types, especially dry, dull, brittle, and damaged hair.

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Properties

Nourishing : It contributes to the restoration and maintenance of the skin's natural protective barrier, the stratum corneum. Specifically, it integrates into the stratum corneum of the skin to help maintain its structure.

Antioxidant : Rich in Vitamin E and carotenoids, it acts against free radicals, which are responsible for damage to DNA and proteins and accelerate skin sagging and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These compounds prevent the degradation of collagen and elastin, molecules in the dermis that provide flexibility and elasticity to the skin.

Anti-inflammatory : It can alleviate itching or certain redness and promote healing.

Protective : It mitigates the impact of external aggressors (cold, UV, wind, pollution...) on the epidermis by forming a protective layer. It strengthens the skin's hydrolipidic film and prevents its dehydration.

Hair Conditioner : It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, compounds that create a coating around the hair fiber, which helps protect the internal structures of the hair. It helps prevent breakage and the appearance of split ends.

Usage

  • Facial Care (creams, serums, cleansing oils, beard oils, masks, lip balms);

  • Body Care (body creams/lotions, balms, bath creams/oils, hand balms, soaps);

  • Hair Care (treatment masks, hair balms, hair oils, shampoos, scrubs);

  • Makeup (loose powders, lipsticks).

Method of Preservation

Store in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place, away from a heat source and protected from light.

Contraindications, Usage Precautions

The vegetable oil of avocado is tolerated by all skin and hair types. It does not have any contraindications. It is suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as young children.

Find out more

Several works document the use of avocado by the Aztec populations. They would extract the flesh of the fruit and apply it to their skin to protect against drying winds. Its oil was also traditionally applied to the skin and hair for its protective and nourishing properties. The word "avocado" is actually derived from the Aztec term "ahua guatl".