Grapeseed Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Blends
Grapeseed Oil is one of the most beloved carrier oils for massage because of its slippy, easy-to-use texture. It is nourishing and conditioning to the skin, hair, and nails.
As you know, we take sustainability extremely seriously when sourcing our oils. Since grapeseed oil is a byproduct of the wine-making process, as long as you continue to sip the odd glass of vino, we should be all OK!
After the fruit pulp has been mashed down, grape seeds are left behind. Whilst new vines can be propagated from seeds, for the most part, it is a very slow process, so cuttings are the usual choice. It’s wonderful that the beauty and health industries have found so many ways to use an otherwise obsolete product.
There is some controversy over grapeseed oil because it can be extracted fairly cheaply by solvent extraction. However this is an intrusive process, and the hexane solvent residue emitted into the atmosphere is classed as an air pollutant. At VINEVIDA we only stock cold-pressed Grapeseed Oil which uses no chemicals and simply creates a lovely pure oil.
Nutritionally, grapeseed oil has tremendous potential for heart care in particular but used topically, its best effects are for skin conditioning and wound healing. Compared to other carrier oils, Grapeseed does not have a very strong shelf life and so, if added to home treatments, is best used in smaller dilutions.
Add it to creams and lotions, lip balms, shampoos, masques, and hair conditioners. Grapeseed acts a little like a physician botanical seeming to support and increase other botanicals’ healing effects.
Grapeseed Oil Benefits: For Face, Skin, and Hair
Grapeseed Oil for Face
Grapeseed oil is particularly good for oilier skins that may not respond well to heavier oils such as rosehip or avocado. It is non-comedogenic so it won’t block pores, but is extremely thin and absorbs easily without adding sheen to the complexion.
Bursting with omega chain acids and vitamin E it is suited to treatments for eczema, psoriasis, scars, and acne. It is also restorative, protecting against premature aging and hair loss. Grapeseed oil evens out skin tone and reduces hyperpigmentation.
Grapeseed Oil for Skin
Grapeseed oil’s rich supply of polyphenols makes it fabulous for skin conditioning and wound healing.
Grapeseed Oil for Hair
Grapeseed oil softens and smoothes the hair and is reputed to promote hair growth when used regularly for scalp massage.
Grapeseed Oil Uses: For Wholesale Purposes
Grapeseed Oil Uses for Aromatherapists
Clearly, grapeseed oil will always be one of the first choices for massage - not only for its easy slip but it also takes on the properties of other botanicals very well, and as such makes a wonderful base for maceration and making lipophilic extracts.
Using Grapeseed Oil to Enhance Botanical Preparations
One such reason to do this, is to leech healing properties from plants that would not otherwise produce an oil, or that do so but at a much higher cost than to make it effective. Consider how you could add Melissa, Jasmine or rose to a blend, integrate even more properties to a product, supplementing just a drop or two of the essential oil.
Likewise, only oily constituents and relatively small molecules pass through distillation. Boswellic acid, in Frankincense essential oil, for example, or the cannabinoids from cannabis plants do not find their ways into essential oils. Macerations have different chemical compositions to essential oils.
Calendula officinalis, for example, is wonderful for skin conditions like eczema and donate these well and cheaply to macerations made with fixed oils such as grapeseed oil.
How to Use Grapeseed Oil to Make a Botanical Maceration
Best practice is to cut your blooms or herbs and then let them dry for a week or so. Moisture in oils can make them go rancid.
Place half of your dried plant matter into a double boiler and cover with grapeseed oil or similar.
Gently heat for at least an hour.
Run the concoction through a coffee filter (or press through a sieve or cafetiere) to separate off the oil from the botanical.
Return the infused grapeseed oil to the double boiler, repeating the process with the other half of the botanical matter.
Strain off, this time using a double filter paper to ensure a pure solution and leave it to cool.
Decant into sterilized containers and label carefully.
Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Soap Makers
Grapeseed oil has a sap value of 0.130.
It creates a creamy lather and is very conditioning to the skin and hair. Grapeseed oil makes tremendous shampoo bars.
Grapeseed oil does not have a very long shelf life so is not recommended to be used in concentrations of more than 5%
Grapeseed Oil Blends: DIY Recipes
Grapeseed Massage Oil for Aching Back
- 20ml Grapeseed carrier oil (Vitis vinifera)
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 2 drops Cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens)
- 1 drop Ginger essential oil (Zingiber officinalis)
Safety: Not suitable for use in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy
Calendula and Grapeseed Salve for Cuts and Grazes
This blend looks complex, but in fact, it’s incredibly simple and we wanted to show you how macerations of ordinary flowers from the garden can be integrated into your blends. Make your macerations in advance and then combine to make one of the most soothing and healing creams you will ever find.
- 100g Emulsifying wax (E/W) You could try beeswax or lanette wax, for example.
- 500ml Distilled and filtered water
- 100ml Coconut MCT Carrier Oil (Cocos nucifera) macerated with dried calendula (see above)
- 100ml Jojoba Carrier Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) macerated with dried helichrysum italicum flowers and leaves (see above)
- 100ml Almond Carrier Oil (Prunus amygdala) macerated with chamomile flowers
- 50ml Grapeseed Carrier (Vitis vinifera) macerated with dried lavender seeds
- 10ml glycerine
- 10ml Liquid preservative (See humblebee link for guidance on this below)
- 10 drops Rose Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium Roseum x asperum)
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 10 drops Helichrysum essential oil (Helichrysum italicum)
Safety: Not suitable for use by anyone with a nut allergy.
Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Soap Recipe
This soothing soap is lovely for sunburned or winter chapped skin.
- 150ml Olive carrier oil (Olea europea)
- 150ml Coconut carrier oil (Cocos nucifera)
- 130ml Sweet almond carrier oil (Prunus amygdala)
- 20ml Grapeseed carrier oil (Vitis vinifera)
- 170ml distilled water
- 25g lye
- 2 teaspoons ground old fashioned oats (dry)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 tablespoons dry milk
Method of Preparation:
Heat the lye and water separately from the oils.
When you have reached 125 degrees c temperatures, combine the lye/water mixture and oils and stir well.
Bring the mixture to a trace as above and add in the dry oats and warmed honey.
Mix the dried milk into a runny paste with a little oil then add to the mix. You may find the mixture turns slightly yellow or orange because of the milk. Don’t panic, it will lighten up later. When everything is combined, pour into your molds and leave to cool and set for 24 hours. Unmold or cut into smaller bars if you used a large mold, then leave to cure for 3-4 weeks.
Precautions: No specific contraindications.
Why Choose VINEVIDA?
At VINEVIDA, we love botanicals and the planet they come from. We believe in stocking the best at affordable prices and supplying to the discerning, which is why we are also members of both the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. In recognition of our excellent standard of product, we are proud to hold a 2021 Certificate of Registration as a Cosmetic Products Establishment with the U.S. Drugs and Food Administration.
Our joy at seeing people make beautiful things means we stock from smallest amounts to the largest. Our wholesale carrier oil prices begin with our smallest carrier oil of 120ml to our largest of 396lb, meaning any manufacturing company can afford to stock as many or as few oils their business can accommodate without running the risk of spoilage of some of nature’s most precious commodities. Why not see if you can save money by buying your Grapeseed oil in bulk?
Don’t forget too, we like to look after our customers with reasonable prices and excellent customer service and reward the loyal ones with money off discounts over the year.
Why not check out if you qualify for our loyalty scheme and start saving today with an environmentally friendly choice of oil for skin, hair, massage oils and soapmaking.
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- Essential oils : A comprehensive handbook for Aromatic Therapy: Jennifer Peace Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2020
- Cable, Kelly. The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners: Do-It-Yourself Soaps Using All-Natural Herbs, Spices, and Essential Oils (p. 37). Althea Press. Kindle Edition.
- Ross Ph.D Daniels. Everything about Grape Seed Oil: Expert Guide on Grapeseed Oil : Cooking ,Recipre, Diet and Gluten Free (p. 23). Kindle Edition.
Great product, great packaging, will absolutely buy again. Perfect for making my herbal products!
Super smooth and high quality
Super smooth and high quality. Not too oily . Perfect for moisturizing the skin all while being lightweight. Can definitely see the difference ! It’s authentically sourced.
Good value, good product
Grapeseed Oil 2lb
I am a massage therapist and this oil was a great price for “grape” quality ;)
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