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Calendula macerated oil

Commonly known as: Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract & Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (I.N.C.I.), Oily macerate of Garden Marigold, Marigold flower extract, Calendula officinalis, Sunflower.
Botanical name: Calendula officinalis.
Extraction process: Solar maceration and extraction of calendula flowers from organic farming in organic sunflower oil.
Family: Asteraceae.
Part of the plant extracted: Fresh flowers.
Location: Central Europe, especially on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in southwestern Asia.
Flowering: From May until the first frost (usually in October).
Provenance, origin: Egypt.
Phytochemical composition: olyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid), monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid), saturated fatty acids (stearic acid, palmitic acid), triterpenic esters (esters of faradiol), carotenoids (beta-carotene, flavoxanthin, lutein, lycophene), flavonoids (lupeol, quercetin)
Sensorial properties: Appearance : Mobile oily liquid ; Color : Dark yellow to bright orange ; Odor : Characteristic ; Touch : Dry.
Physical characteristics: Quality : 100% natural ingredients ; Density : 0,905 - 0,923 g/cm3 ; Saponification value : 188 - 194 mgKOH/g ; Comedogenic value : 1 (low comedogenic) ; Oxidative potential : Sensitive ; pH : Not applicable.
Benefits: Soothing, antioxidant, antibacterial, moisturizing, protective, regenerating, softening, anti-inflammatory, nourishing
Concerns: All skin types and particularly dry, irritated, sensitive or inflamed skin; All hair types and particularly dry hair and irritated scalps; Also indicated for broken and damaged nails, and sunburn.

Details

Properties

  • Antibacterial: Slows down bacterial propagation;

  • Antioxidant: Protect and avoid premature degeneration of skin cells by deactivating free radicals generated by all kinds of factors (UV rays, pollution, cigarette smoke ...), property conferred by the presence of flavoids ;

  • Soothing, anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation and calms irritation because of the presence of faradiol esters;

  • Hydrating: Fights against skin dryness, thanks to the fatty acids which will nourish and protect the skin gently;

  • Protective, firming: Prevent skin slackening by inhibiting the activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), enzymes responsible for degrading collagen ;

  • Regenerating: Promotes cellular regeneration to help the skin repair damaged areas.

Use

  • Face care (masks, creams, serums, lip balms, eye contour gels, make-up removers);

  • Body care (hand and foot creams, shower gels, lotions, balms, massage oils, sunburn balms, solid soaps);

  • Hair care (shampoos, conditioners, masks).

Preservation

This oily macerate is sensitive to oxidation and should therefore be kept in a cool, dry place, away from heat and direct sunlight in its amber bottle.

Contra-Indications and Precautions

The cosmetic use of the oily calendula macerate does not cause undesirable effects. However, as a precaution, people allergic to Asteraceae should seek medical advice before use. Pregnant women and young children can use it in external application. Avoid contact with the eyes.

Find out more

Calendulas are plants with yellow-orange flowers that give off a sweet, heady scent. They’re also known as "pot marigolds". This name is thought to be derived from “Mary’s golds”, referring to the Virgin Mary and the colour of the plant’s flowers. The name "calendula" comes from the Latin word "calends", in reference to the fact that it flowers every month from spring to early winter. Since the Middle Ages, calendula flowers have been valued for their dyeing and medicinal properties. They were mainly used to treat insect and snake bites. After that, the use of calendula continued to expand and develop. It’s now primarily used in cosmetic compositions as macerated oil for its softening, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.