How are vegetable oils obtained?

How are vegetable oils obtained?

Choosing the right cosmetic products for your beauty salon depends above all on one factor: the choice of your organic cosmetic vegetable oil supplier . And more generally from your beauty product supplier. Indeed, these are two closely linked factors: if you often use natural cosmetics, you must have realized that vegetable oil is frequently found among all the ingredients present on the label.

However, like all natural and organic components of cosmetics, learning about vegetable oils is essential.

  • What can you expect?
  • What is the composition of vegetable oils?
  • How to choose the right vegetable oils?

Green Spa helps you answer all these questions. Discover our short guide to vegetable oils in the cosmetic world!

What are vegetable oils?

Vegetable oils are oils… Coming from plants. Nothing could be simpler and more obvious!

Concretely, these are fatty substances that are extracted from plant elements such as nuts , seeds, seeds , flowers, etc.

Just like essential oils, vegetable oils are intended to recover the active ingredients contained in plants.

By various processes, we can therefore harvest the active ingredients of plant elements , and combine them in the oil.

The advantage of these oils is that they are 100% natural. In addition to the fact that their active ingredient comes from a plant element , the extraction process used is generally entirely natural.

Green Spa tells you everything about vegetable oil extraction techniques !

How to get vegetable oil?

The process of extracting vegetable oil actually depends on the laboratory doing it. It is even possible to extract the plant ingredients with oil at home. You just need to have the right equipment available.

But when choosing cosmetic products , you generally have the choice between two possibilities: mechanical extraction , and chemical extraction .

Mechanical extraction

As for mechanical extraction , it allows you to obtain a pure oil, without treatment or additives.

In short, it allows you to obtain a first cold-pressed virgin oil : the reference in the world of care and cosmetics .

Generally, it is an extraction that is done hot or cold, depending on the nature of the plant element from which you wish to recover the active ingredient.

It is a 100% natural extraction , which offers optimal results in terms of the benefits of the plant.

Chemical extraction

The other possibility is chemical extraction , obtained by pressing the seeds and fruits. But the chemical extraction does not stop there: pressing is followed by heating at high temperature, and the addition of solvents .

Additives are sometimes also found in chemically extracted vegetable oils . It is a less natural process, but which remains effective in recovering the active ingredients of plants.

Good to know :

Sometimes, we even encounter a third extraction method: supercritical CO2 oil extraction.

The CO2 is then placed in an intermediate state between liquid and gas, which transforms it into a solvent of choice.

It is a natural extraction method , but one that is less often used.

How to store cosmetic vegetable oils?

Now that you know how vegetable oils are obtained in the cosmetics that you offer to your customers, you have to ask yourself the question. Vegetable oils are entirely natural: can they expire? How should we store them ? Generally speaking, vegetable oils are stored in glass containers . Glass is one of the materials that best protects against bacteria that can arise in oils. Once in your beauty salon, Green Spa advises you to store your vegetable oils away from light, humidity and temperature variations. So don't hesitate to store them in a cupboard between two treatments, so that you can keep them for several months without losing their scent or their active ingredients ! Effective, natural and easy to store: vegetable oils are references in the world of cosmetics. Do you need more information on the issue? Green Spa explains everything to you: