Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blueberry Seed Oil - The Fragile Powerhouse

This winter I've been testing several new carrier oils in a series of personal oil blends. I will usually make a mix, testing each new oil in different combinations and dosages to get a feel for how it behaves, what it mixes well with etc. When I have 'gotten to know it', I might proceed to trying it out in a cream or lotion. Some oils shouldn't be heated (making them difficult – but not impossible – to use in an emulsion) while others will take almost everything you throw at them.

A Fragile Oil
Blueberry Seed Oil (INCI: Vacinum Myrtillus) is among the more fragile oils (having shorter shelf life than most), and although it can be added to emulsions, I'm still quite content to be using this in a straightforward blend. This coldpressed oil has several wonderful properties: a natural range of vitamin E isomers (read: built-in antioxidants), high quantity of alpha lineolic acid (25-36%), plant sterols (also called phytoesterols) and moisture-regulating nutrients that are all beneficial to the skin. I love the fabulous light green color it has, but best of all, it's a thin, dry oil that quickly melts in and leaves absolutely no greasy feel.

But Quite the Powerhouse
Even though it is classified as a carrier oil, blueberry seed oil is recommended at max 5% of the total product, so it's a potent partner to any blend. This little powerhouse helps fight skin problems due to environmental stress and is ideal for sensitive and oily skin. It offers excellent cell and tissue regeneration properties, and is efficient for skin infections such as acne.

More Qualities
- Helps repair damaged skin tissue (scars)
- Helps reduces fine lines and wrinkles (particularly around eyes and mouth)
- Helps boost the elasticity of the skin
- Anti-aging

LisaLise Products With Blueberry Seed Oil
I have as yet to include this oil in a mix for anyone because I have only been working with it for a few months, but anyone requesting a blend for oily skin that is also sensitive, may well find this on the ingredients list.

9 comments:

shannon beck said...

Hello...if I mix this oil in a DIY body butter with shea butter, evoo, coconut oil, vitamin E, and sweet almond oil what do think the shelf-life would be? I'm curious since you said it was a fragile oil. I want to make blueberry scented body butter a friends baby shower favors. She's nicknaming her baby blueberry until it arrives.

Lise M Andersen said...

Hey there Shannon,

Great question!
The shelf life of any anhydrous (water-free) product is dependant upon the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. Blueberry seed oil has a shelf life of about 6 months, but as you are adding an anti-retardant (vitamin E), you are extending the shelf life to about a year and a half. You'll need 1-2% vitamin E to do this.

Also, be sure to add the blueberry seed oil when the mixture is almost cool as it is very heat-sensitive,

Your recipe sounds great! I better warn you that blueberry seed oil doesn't actually smell very much like blueberries. I think you may have to factor in adding a scent if you want a specific blueberry scent. Also, if you use virgin coconut oil you are going to have a (divine) coconut scent that either needs to be 'worked with' or masked.

Let me know how it goes!

shannon beck said...

Thanks!! I'll let you know how it turns out.

Clara said...

I love learning about new oils. Thanks for profiling blueberry oil.

Lise M Andersen said...

You are very welcome Clara

Kar said...

Hello, I just came upon your blog about blueberry seed oil. I live in an area with an abundance of blueberries and wondering if it's possible to press the oil myself? I've searched the Internet for information about this, but all I come up with is ads to buy the oil. Do you know if it's possible to press the oil myself with a basic home seed press? Thanks!! Karleen

Lise M Andersen said...

HI Kar,

Great question! I imagine if you have the equipment, it would be possible to press your own oil. The fiddliness of separating the seeds from the blueberries is enough to have me running in a different direction, so I admire your idea. As the oil is pressed from the seeds, and you don't want any water, I imagine you will have to dry the seeds before pressing. I'd love to hear how it turns out for you!

Kar said...

Thanks for your reply! I'll keep working on this and post an update in a few months. I just wish there was some information about this. I've searched the Internet for hours and can't find ANYTHING. I guess I'll just buy a seed press & see how it goes...
Thanks again :o)
Kar

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Kar . Great! I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes :)