Oregon is known for its
rugged coastline and pristine forests. The embodiment of a rugged natural theme
can be incorporated into personal care products by putting the great outdoors
into a bottle. FSS Meadowfoam Oil, derived from a
native wildflower, provides numerous benefits when used in skin and hair care
applications. This unique flower, found along Oregon’s coastline, offers
extraordinary benefits. This oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids and thus
it offers antioxidant properties, while containing the ability to enhance
product functionality by acting as a carrier in multiple applications. This
unique oil is suitable for use in various personal care products such as
massage oils, face creams, hair and scalp products, color cosmetics, and
shaving creams. Meadowfoam oil has the ability to retain scent on the skin
longer, making it a beneficial ingredient for men’s personal care products. FSS
Meadowfoam Oil can moisturize, protect and repair the skin for a natural
and flawless look.
Meadowfoam oil is an
edible seed oil extracted from the seeds of Limnanthes alba, a low
growing herbaceous winter annual native to the Mediterranean. Meadowfoam
acquires its name from its scenic appearance at full bloom providing a canopy
of creamy white flowers that, in the wind, resemble sea foam on the surf. A
native wildflower that you can also find along the waterways of northern
California however is mainly cultivated in Oregon.
The research and
development on meadowfoam began in the 1950’s with the USDA searching for
plants to provide a renewable source of raw materials for industrial use.
Commercial development began in 1980 on an experimental farm in Oregon, after
the crop failed to grow at other climates. Oregon was found to be the optimum
growth spot. Approximately 2,000 acres were sown in 2004 and by 2010 more than
4,000 acres were contracted for meadowfoam seed production making meadowfoam
seeds one of the largest crops sold to the world market today.
Meadowfoam oil is widely used in
cosmetics and hair care products mainly due to its exceptional stability, lubricity
and its ability to stay on the skin. Meadowfoams unique chemical properties
make it one of the most stable vegetable oils known. Its stability properties
are attributed to it being over 90% long chain fatty acids. This provides it
with the ability to resist deterioration when exposed to air. These long chain
fatty acids are unique due to very high levels of mono-unsaturation and very
low levels of poly-unsaturation, highly recognized by the personal care
This oil is also odorless and
virtually colorless, thus providing a good all-purpose product for use in many
different applications. This seed oil has many benefits when used in skin,
hair, and cosmetic products. It delivers moisturizing properties while
eliminating a greasy feel on the skin and sustaining moisture retention.
In hair care applications, it can
provide added shine to the hair, as well as repairing dry/damaged hair, while
moisturizing both the hair and scalp. Useful in lipsticks or lip balms to
revitalize dry, cracked lips while retaining moisture, it may also be used in
makeup products for better adhesion thus facilitating products to stay on the
Meadowfoam oil has excellent properties for blending
with other oils to enhance their function, or can act as a carrier in
applications with less stable but high value oils, such as almond oil.
Meadowfoam oil is one of the most stable shelf life lipids known, giving it the
capacity to act as a shelf life extender for countless products3. It remains
liquid at room temperature, while maintaining stability when heated or exposed
to air. Subsequently its high resistance to oxidation and heat make it a
valuable addition for many products FSS Meadowfoam Oil is multifunctional
and can provide numerous benefits to a wide variety of personal care products.
of FSS Meadowfoam Oil:
Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F
Shelf life: 12 months, properly stored, in sealed container.
product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rate.
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Agmrc, Iowa State University.