Ever wondered how oil is extracted from tiny seeds?
The pure plant seed oils we use in our natural skincare products are nutrient-rich, and have very potent skin-enhancing benefits. We use oil from the seeds of superfoods such as kiwi, carrot, chia, raspberry and blackcurrant in our key natural anti-ageing products. The seeds of these plants are tiny, and it takes vast quantities to yield their oil.
To extract the oil, we use the ancient 'cold-pressing' method. This technique goes back millennia, to when Greeks first began pressing olives for olive oil over 5,000 years ago. It is still one of the most effective ways of extracting oil, because the oil retains more of its bioactivity. Most other extraction methods expose the oil to heat and chemical solvents, which can damage its health-giving properties.
Extracting oil through cold-pressing involves 'pressing' seeds to force out the oil. The seeds are dropped into a cylinder that contains a rotating screw. This screw grinds and crushes the seeds until the oil is extracted. Small holes in the bottom of the cylinder allow the oil to escape into a collection container.
By keeping temperatures to less than 40°C, the cold-pressed extraction process ensures there’s no exposure to heat or light. This helps to prolong freshness without affecting the oil’s nutritional value.
Many large-scale, commercially-produced oils are exposed to chemical intervention to achieve consistency in look. Cold-pressed oils like ours can vary in colour from batch to batch, reflecting the raw material's own variations due to seasonal and environmental fluctuations. If you notice a slight change in formulation colour when you repurchase one of our natural moisturising creams featuring a pure plant oil, for instance, treasure this as a hallmark of a high natural product. In the same way, a 'flaw' in a genuine Turkish handwoven carpet is an indication of its authenticity.
We believe in using premium ingredients from Nature, and 5,000-year-old cold-pressing allows us to produce the highest-quality pure plant oils that are still endowed with their natural vitality.
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