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Absorption Index


Here is a general guide to absorption ratings for some common carrier oils, including some which we use in our products. The oils are rated in the following index.

1. Very Fast Absorption Rate

Considered a "drying oil" - quickly absorbed by the skin and does not leave an oily
feel.
2. Fast Absorption Rate
Feels light and absorbs into the skin readily. Leaves a silky, smooth finish.
3. Average Absorption Rate
Leaves a satiny finish on the skin.
4 - Slow Absorption Rate
May feel sticky or waxy before warming at body temperature. Leaves a slight oily
residue on the skin.
5 - Very Slow Absorption Rate
May need to be heated for application. Feels heavy and leaves an oily, protective
barrier on the skin.
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CP= Cold Pressed
SE= Solvent Extraction
CO2= CO2 Extraction
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• Almond (Sweet Virgin, CP) - 4
• Apricot Kernel (CP)- 2
• Avocado (Refined, CP) - 4
• Borage (Unrefined, CP) - 5
• Camellia Seed (CP) - 2
• Carrot (Mascerated, CP) - 4
• Coconut (Refined, CP) - 5
• Cotton Seed (CP) - 4
• Evening Primrose (CP) - 5
• Flax Seed (CP) - 4
• Grapeseed (SE) - 2
• Hazelnut (CP) - 4
• Hemp Seed (Unrefined, CP) - 3
• Jojoba (CP) - 3
• Kukuinut (CP) - 4
• Macadamia (CP) - 5
• Meadowfoam (SE) - 2
• Neem (CP) - 5
• Olive (Extra Virgin, CP) - 4
• Palm (Refined, CP) - 5
• Passionfruit (CP) - 2
• Pomegranate (Refined, CP) - 4
• Rose Hip (Extra Virigin, CP) - 1
• Sea Buckthorn (CO2) - 4
• Sunflower (CP) - 4
• Tamanu (tahitian, CP) - 4


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