Know Your Skincare Ingredients: Coriander Oil

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What is Coriander Oil?

INCI: Coriander Oil,  Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil

Great for: Inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth

How it works: Coriander comes from the same plant as cilantro, and many people get the two confused. Coriander is an herb that is completely edible and often used in cooking. Coriander seed oil is the ingredient most often used in lotions and skincare products, as it is very aromatic. Naturally within the herb are compounds like cineole and linoleic acid, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Where does Coriander Oil Come From?

Coriander is a completely natural herb that grows all over the world. Coriander seed oil is made through mechanical or solvent extraction. Mechanical extraction happens by putting the coriander seeds under high pressure and temperatures, which expels oil. Solvent extraction uses substances like hexane to heat the plant and pull out oil. The result is a mixture of oil and solvent, which then goes through a distillation process to remove the solvent.

Formulation Notes

Many people often get coriander and cilantro confused. That’s because they come from the same plant – Coriandrum sativum. Cilantro is usually the term used to describe the leaves, while coriander refers to the roots and seeds.

Sources
  • https://lib.ugent.be/fulltxt/RUG01/002/166/493/RUG01-002166493_2014_0001_AC.pdf
  • https://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/blog/posts/how-essential-oils-are-extracted/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25776008
  • https://tisserandinstitute.org/beginners-guide-essential-oils-part-1-essential-oil-extraction/

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