If you are a regular over on the Seed Facebook page, you've likely seen our Ingredients Spotlight posts. We recently featured an ingredient you may be unfamiliar with called Abyssinian Oil. There's a good reason -- this is relatively new to the market when it comes to skin care. It's a really special ingredient, though, and we'd like to share more about why it is in our new Seed Satin Lip Gloss.
What is Abyssinian Seed Oil?
- Abyssinian Seed Oil, or Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil is a natural seed oil that comes from a mustard plant. It is native to the Mediterranean region.
- There is something truly unique about this oil: it has a molecular structure that is not found in any other naturally occurring substance.
- It is very resistant to oxidation, unlike many plant oils, as it contains a high percentage of C22 fatty acids.
- This oil is easily absorbed and does not leave a sticky or greasy feeling behind.
- Abyssinian Oil contains an abundance of both Linoleic and Linolenic Acids. Linoleic Acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid, is helpful when it comes to skin and hair regeneration, while Linolenic Acid, an Omega 3, is anti-inflammatory, cell-communicating, and skin conditioning.
Why is Abyssinian Seed Oil beneficial in a lip gloss?
I am so glad you asked. You see, something else that is really special about this ingredient is what I consider its "secret weapon", if you will. Abyssinian Seed Oil is the ideal oil for blending micas, oxides and other color pigments.
- These powder colorants disperse beautifully into the oil, allowing it to create a uniform color.
- Lip gloss using Abyssinian Seed Oil will glide on evenly without being too slick.
- This ingredient also makes it so the lip gloss won't feel tacky, sticky or --worse-- slimy.
Have you heard of Abyssinian Seed Oil before? Have you used other skin care products made with it? What has been your experience? We'd love to know!