AVOCADO UNREFINED Persea americana
This thick and lush, dark green, slightly fragrant oil derives from the avocado fruit. It is highly nutritious containing scores of vitamins: A, B, C, D, E, H, K, PP as well as proteins, lecithin and amino acids. Despite its thick texture, avocado oil is easily absorbed by the deeper layers of the skin. It makes a great addition to nourishing lotions and body creams as it is an ideal moisturiser and makes a good addition to base oils and healing salves.
The lush and sensual Avocado fruit belongs to the fruits of Venus, goddess of love and beauty and even now enjoys a reputation as a 'love food'. This association was not lost on the ancient Aztecs, who revered this tree for its sensuous fruit. In their eyes they resembled testicles, which is reflected in the nahuatl name for this tree: 'Ahuacuatl'.
Vegetable oils and butters are derived from seeds and nuts or very oily vegetables like olives or avocadoes. Just as such nuts and vegetables are healthy and nutritious for the body when included in the diet they also nourish and help to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair when used in cosmetic preparations. Each type of oil has its own specific characteristics, feel and consistency. Some are quite drying, while others are rich and thick. Some have a chemical structure that is very similar to the skin's sebum and are thus particularly healing. Some oils are particularly rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids (also known as EFAs, such as oleic or linoleic fatty acids) and vitamin E and other fat soluble vitamins, which are essential to our health and well-being. Such oils are considered vitalizing and rejuvenating and are thus particularly suitable for tired and worn skin.