Origin: Australia and Hawaii
Botanical Name: Macadamia integrifolia
Extraction method: Cold Pressed [The cold pressed extraction method yields a higher quality oil (more vitamins, minerals etc) compared to extraction methods that use chemicals or heat.]
Color: Clear with a tint of yellow
Aroma: Very sweet, fatty and nutty in aroma.
Benefits: A regenerative oil that is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids which is great for promoting soft, younger looking skin. It is excellent for damaged skin as it replenishes lost oils. Its palmitoleic acid content is also known as beneficial for skin as it resembles the sebum in skin and helps to promotes elasticity. It promotes healing for scars, minor wounds, sunburn and works well on eczema and psoriasis. Does not clog pores and creates a protective barrier on skin against environmental conditions.
Common Uses: Used in food and in cosmetics. It is usually used in cosmetics as a fragrance fixative or an emollient. It is particularly suitable for heavy creams and sun care products because of the oil's cushiony, rich texture.
Absorption: Macadamia will leave an oily feeling on the skin
Shelf Life: 6 months to 1 year
Cautions: Toxic for dogs, for external use only.
Vitamins / Minerals / Lipids contained: A regenerative oil that is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and contains Palmitoleic acid (Omega 7), Omega 3 and Omega 6. It contains about 60% oleic acid, 19% palmitoleic acid, 1- 3% linoleic acid and 1-2 linolenic acid. Very stable because of its low polyunsaturated fat content.
Plant / Oil History: The aborigines of Australia were consuming the native nut thousands of years before the European settlers arrived. The nut grew in the rainforests of eastern Australia. In the early 19th century Europeans began to eat and scientifically name the tree. The Macadamia nut was used as trade currency between the aborigines and the European settlers. It was brought to Hawaii in the late 19th century to be used as a windbreaker for sugarcanes. It was also being cultivated in Australia because it was a popular item to buy. In 1937 the grafting of Macadamia plants began which allowed it to be mass produced. By 1950's it is being cultivated in Hawaii for mass production.
Plant / Oil Description: The Macadamia nuts are the fruit of the Macadamia tree which are small to large evergreen trees. They can reach a height of 2-12 m tall. Leaves are in whorls of 3 to 6 and are obovate, lanceolate, or elliptical in shape. They are 6-30 cm long and 2-13 cm broad and have a spiny-serrated margin. It flowers and each flower is 10-15 mm long and range from white to pink to purple and has four tepals. The fruit it produces is a very hard and woody globose follicle which has a pointed apex that contains one or two seeds. The tree is usually propagated through grafting and does not produce enough nuts for commercial uses until it is 7-10 years old. It can continue to bear commercial quantities of nuts for over 100 years.
The nut has a very hard shell and must be struck with a good amount of force with a hammer or rock while sitting in a concave surface. Or a custom made macadamia nutcracker can be used.
Plant Habitat: The Macadamia tree grow in fertile, well-drained soils with rainfall being between 1,000-2,000 mm. They prefer temperatures of around 25 deg C and not to fall below 10 deg C although once established they can withstand light frosts. Their roots are quite shallow and the tree can be blown down in harsh storms. They are also vulnerable to the Phytophthora root disease.
Storage: Can be stored in unopened package in a cool, dry environment and will have usually a year in shelf life. Should be stored in a cold environment with low humidity for longer shelf life, should be refrigerated after opening.
Where to Buy: You can buy wholesale Macadamia Oil by the gallon at SoapGoods.com, your favorite supplier for bulk Macadamia Oil.
Is it Edible: Our products are recommended for external use only