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Black Cumin Oil: Cleopatra’s ‘Miracle Oil’

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Black Cumin Seed Oil, also known as black seed oil or Nigella sativa oil, has a rich historical background. Despite being born centuries apart, both Queen Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti incorporated it into their beauty rituals as a way of enhancing their beauty. The oil’s significance was also highlighted in the Bible’s Book of Isaiah and recommended by the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad in the Koran. With such historical prominence, black cumin seed oil has long been revered for its diverse healing properties.

But let’s shift our focus back to the present day where Black cumin oil has experienced a resurgence in popularity within the modern world thanks to its remarkable properties. Known for its abundant reserves of vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids, Black Cumin Oil has gained significant attention in the cosmetic and skincare industries. With its impressive array of nutrients, it has become a prominent player in the pursuit of optimal health and radiant skin.

How is it sourced?

O&3’s Black Cumin Oil is sourced by harvesting the seeds from the Nigella sativa plant in Israel. The seeds undergo cold pressing to mechanically extract the oil at low temperatures, preserving its natural properties, before being filtered, refined and packaged.

What natural properties does Black Cumin Oil carry?

Black Cumin Oil offers a multitude of benefits for cosmetic formulations. Some of its noteworthy properties are:

  • Essential Fatty Acids

Black Cumin Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids contribute to the oil’s moisturising and nourishing properties, aiding in the restoration of the skin’s natural barrier and preventing moisture loss.

  • Antioxidants

With its high content of antioxidants, such as thymoquinone, Black Cumin Oil provides protection against free radicals, reducing oxidative stress and promoting a youthful appearance. The antioxidants also offer potential benefits for preserving the stability and shelf life of cosmetic formulations.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents

Black Cumin Oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties, making it valuable for addressing skin conditions characterised by inflammation. It can help soothe redness, reduce swelling, and alleviate discomfort, making it suitable for sensitive or irritated skin.

What are the most popular cosmetic products to formulate with Black Cumin Oil?

Black Cumin Oil possesses remarkable properties and has become a popular ingredient in the formulation of various cosmetic products. Here are some of our favourite cosmetic formulations to incorporate it into:

  • Moisturisers and creams

Black Cumin Oil’s hydrating properties help lock in moisture, leaving the skin soft, supple, and nourished.

  • Face Masks

Combine Black Cumin Oil with other unconventional ingredients such as Green Coffee Oil to create a detoxifying and brightening face mask. The synergistic blend can help clarify the skin, reduce discoloration, and promote a youthful complexion.

  • Hair Serums

Blend Black Cumin Oil with Argan Oil and Abyssinian Oil to create a revitalising hair serum. This combination can deeply nourish the hair, improve manageability, and add shine.

  • Beard Balms

Black Cumin Oil can help condition and soften facial hair, promote healthy beard growth, and soothe the skin beneath.

  • Massage Oils

Combine Black Cumin Oil with exotic oils like Baobab Oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil to create a luxurious massage oil which provides relaxation, moisturisation, and promotes skin rejuvenation.

  • Soaps and cleansers

The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of Black Cumin Oil make it an ideal addition to soaps and cleansers. It can assist in purifying the skin, preventing breakouts, and promoting a clearer complexion.

What blends well with Black Cumin Oil?

Black Cumin Oil can be added to innovative cosmetic formulations and its exceptional natural properties are compatible with a range of unique oils. This extraordinary ingredient opens doors to endless possibilities so here are some of our favourite oils that blend harmoniously with Black Cumin Oil, allowing for the creation of exceptional formulations:

  • Moringa Oil

O&3’s Moringa Oil is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, complementing Black Cumin Oil’s properties and creating a powerful blend for anti-aging formulations and skin-rejuvenating products.

  • Cacay Oil

The fast-absorbing and lightweight texture of O&3’s Cacay Oil pairs well with Black Cumin Oil, offering a potent combination for moisturising facial serums and creams with a non-greasy finish.

  • Cupuacu Butter

Incorporating O&3’s Cupuacu Butter with Black Cumin Oil results in a nourishing and emollient blend, perfect for formulating body butters or balms to deeply hydrate and protect the skin.

  • Guava Seed Oil

O&3’s Guava Seed Oil has a high vitamin C content and its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent companion for Black Cumin Oil in facial oils or creams targeted at brightening the complexion and reducing redness.

O&3’s Thoughts…

Black Cumin Seed Oil, with its rich historical background, has gained renewed popularity in the modern world. Its abundance of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids make it a valuable ingredient in cosmetic formulations. With its diverse benefits and compatibility with other oils, Black Cumin Oil offers endless possibilities for creating exceptional cosmetic products.

Why O&3?

As marketing leaders in zero-waste natural ingredients and quick lead times of only 3-5 days, O&3 could be your one-stop shop as you can rely on our commitment to quality, sustainability, and ethical sourcing.

We are always looking for new ways to ensure that our natural oils are of the highest quality while minimising our impact on the environment. From the most natural oil extraction process, cold pressing our oils where we can, to our ever-growing list of sustainability accreditations; we aware how environmental concerns are impacting customer demands, competitor activities, legal requirements, employee markets and product sourcing.

To find out how we naturally source and supply Black Cumin Oil, watch our video  or contact our team of oil experts who are always happy to help. Simply email or call us on 01765 522 120 and talk all things oil with us.

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