About a year ago, I was asked by a customer if I used white tea oil in any of my formulations. During our interesting conversation she also happened to mention her age, which came as a big surprise as her skin looked so youthful. She told me that one of her secrets is the use of face oils, in particular white tea oil.
What is white tea oil?
White tea is made from the camellia sinensis, a well known variety of the camellia flower. There are over 100 species of camellia flower, which occur in many different colours.
Another variety is Camellia oleifera, whose seed oil is also utilised in cooking. Both fruits of camellia oleifera and sinensis consist of several sections, with each section containing less than ten seeds. It is these seeds that are used to make the unique white tea oil.
Benefits of Camellia oil
White tea oil has been used in Japanese cooking for centuries and later incorporated into the daily skin and hair routines of Japanese women. In the last few decades, its great skin properties have reached the interest of people outside of Japan. Camellia oil also has the following benefits.
- Rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.
- Rich in vitamins (especially vitamin E), and minerals, makes it a nourishing oil for the face and neck area.
- The low comedogenic rating (ability to clog skin pores) makes it a good choice for acne-prone or oily skin.
- Properties of medium shelf life make it a great choice for water-based creams.
- Contains 85% oleic fatty acid, an Omega 3 mono-unsaturated fatty acid; therefore it is light on the skin and easily absorbed.
- Light odour makes it ideal for blends, especially where essential oils are usually added.
Who can use Camellia oil?
- Perfect as massage oil, especially on sensitive skin.
- Fantastic for pregnant women and babies.
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