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What are cold pressed and unrefined oils?
Unrefined and cold pressed are two terms used to describe essential oils.
Cold pressed refers to a method of mechanical extraction where heat is reduced and minimised throughout the batching of raw material, which helps the oil to maintain its depth, constituents and original state.
Often more luxurious they can last far longer, making them a great bathroom cabinet staple.
Unrefined oils use a process of mechanical extraction and screen filtering with no additional refining.
This ensures the finest quality products and helps oils maintain their strong flavours and scents.
As they are in a more natural state these oils are always darker in colour and richer in scent.
Both of these types of oils work better for the skin as they maintain the key properties of the original ingredients, including their vitamin and nutrient content.
This is unlike refined oils, which use high temperatures and can destroy some of the benefits of the ingredients during the extracting and heating processes.
These oils can be used externally or internally depending on what you are trying to achieve, as well as your personal preferences.
These oils can be used topically across the body, helping to rehydrate dry and flaky patches of skin or simply to give you a beautiful, healthy glow.
Of course each oil has its own unique benefits.
Argan oil is great for dry or ageing skin thanks to its high levels of vitamin E and its intensely hydrating capabilities, making it a great hair oil too.
The beautifully fragrant rosehip oil is another skin saviour due its vitamin C and A concentration.
It is often used to treat skin conditions, such as dermatitis, acne and eczema as well as sun damage and a prematurely ageing complexion.
Jojoba oil meanwhile is more of a multi-purpose moisturiser and can be used on all skin types.
It boasts excellent emollient properties and can make a great relaxing aid when added to a warm bath.
You can also seek to obtain the vitamins and nutrients internally by adding the oils to your food and drinks.
A simple way to do this is to drizzle oils such as olive and sesame oil over a seasonal salad or pasta dish, giving your food a tasty dressing.
Cooking with the oils can make them less effective, but using them in cold foods can help ensure you are getting all the great vitamins and nutrients.
You could even use it in desserts, adding a little rosehip oil to a jelly perhaps and then chilling it to help capture the subtle flavours released.
Top with some fresh raspberries and blueberries for a fun, spring-summer snack, which could not only be very tasty, but also crammed full of vitamins and nutrients.
Drizzling a nutty oil in a vegetable-based juice drink can help it feel more filling, while a sweeter oil should help liven up your daily breakfast smoothie.
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- The Great Pomegranate Seed Oil Dear Rose, Thank you for your message. You can mix equal amounts of Pomegranate seed oil and Rosehip oil.You can add 3-4 drops from each, mix and apply on your face. Hope this helps.
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- The Rosehip Oil Diaries- Entry 1Hello Asma, Thank you for your message. Being a carrier oil, Pomegranate oil is safe to apply on the skin without dilution. However, because of its richness it is often used at dilutions of approximately 5-15% in skincare formulations. Combining Rosehip oil and pomegranate oil will give you a deeply nourishing blend of particularly antioxidant- and vitamin rich oils. It may also support scars, wrinkles and premature ageing. Hope this helps.