What is it?
Camelina oil is extracted from the seeds of a flowering, oleaginous plant called Camelina Sativa, more commonly known as gold-of-pleasure or false flax. Native to the north of France, camelina was cultivated in Europe for more than 3,000 years as an important oil crop.
By the 19th century, camelina had made its way across the Atlantic and into Canada, where it was used as both a lamp oil and as a common food oil. However, cultivation of camelina dropped off significantly in the 1940’s, when farmers around the world began to replace camelina with canola and other higher yield crops.
In more recent times, researchers began to take an interest in the unique character and composition of camelina oil. Because of its exceptional properties, camelina oil has started to make a comeback.
It has started to appear in a variety of foods again and even in cosmetics, thanks to ÖL becoming Quebec’s very first producer of skin care products based on camelina oil.
Camelina oil is unique in that it has a naturally high level of omega-3 fatty acids (close to 35%), which leads to the highest concentration of omega-3 used in cosmetics. It’s this exceptional ratio of essential oils that makes camelina oil ideal for making and keeping your skin healthy and balanced.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for proper skin balance and to protect the hydrolipid film, a natural defensive barrier that covers the entire surface of your skin. Omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties that will help people with sensitive skin. In particular, it will help soothe and reduce the redness, dryness, and inflammation caused by skin reactions, like rosacea and eczema.
Camelina oil also has a high concentration of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant. Vitamin E works in harmony with other active plant ingredients, that we carefully select,to help slow down your skin’s natural aging process, while also bringing out the natural radiance of your complexion.
With our unique blend of oils and products, ÖL cosmetics provides your skin with all the nutrients essential to keeping it healthy and balanced, while also helping to keep your skin fresh and beautiful, day after day.