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National Peanut Day: Elevating Formulations with Peanut Oil

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It’s National Peanut Day in the US today, which gives us a flavourful reason to celebrate the humble yet versatile peanut – a true botanical marvel that defies its name by not being a nut at all. With its unique properties and historical significance, Peanut Oil has found versatile applications in enhancing the quality and functionality of various cosmetic and culinary formulations.

Originating in South America, Indigenous cultures, particularly in regions that are now part of Peru and Bolivia, were among the first to cultivate and use peanuts for various purposes. These groups recognised the potential of peanuts, and subsequently Peanut Oil, possibly as early as 3500 BCE for culinary and cosmetic applications.

In the 16th century, peanuts and their oil were introduced to Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world. Peanuts found their way into Asia, where they became integral to cuisines like Thai and Chinese, and to Africa, where they were embraced for their nutritional value.

Today, Peanut Oil continues to thrive in cosmetic domains. It symbolises the harmonious fusion of ancient wisdom and modern innovation, enhancing skincare products with its nourishing properties and is well worth considering for those looking to keep formulation costs to a minimum as it is an incredibly cost-effective ingredient.

What natural properties does Peanut Oil carry?

In the realm of cosmetics, Peanut Oil’s inherent properties take on a new dimension from what we classically know this oil for. Its richness in fatty acids makes it a potent natural moisturiser, deeply nourishing the skin and promoting softness. The presence of vitamin E, a revered antioxidant, vitamin B, folic acid and minerals add a protective layer to the skin, mitigating the effects of free radicals and environmental aggressors. The oil’s potential for repairing the skin’s barrier function further enhances its appeal, ensuring optimal hydration and aiding in the prevention of moisture loss. Research also suggests that Peanut Oil might possess anti-inflammatory attributes when applied topically, making it a candidate for alleviating conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This versatile oil even lends itself to massage oil formulations due to its smooth texture, offering a seamless glide while simultaneously pampering the skin with hydration.

While Peanut Oil boasts these remarkable natural properties, it’s crucial to exercise caution regarding allergies, particularly for those with peanut sensitivities, both in culinary and cosmetic use.

What products can be formulated with Peanut Oil?

  • Moisturisers

Peanut Oil’s moisturising properties make it an ideal ingredient in lotions, creams, and body butters designed to hydrate and nourish the skin.

  • Massage Oils

Due to its smooth texture, Peanut Oil can be used as a base for massage oils, offering a pleasant glide while providing skin-conditioning benefits.

  • Hair Oils

Peanut Oil can be incorporated into hair care products such as hair oils and masks, helping to condition and moisturise the hair and scalp.

  • Lip Balms

Its emollient properties make Peanut Oil suitable for lip balms and lip care products, providing hydration and a protective layer.

  • Bar Soaps

Peanut Oil can be used in soap formulations to contribute to the moisturising and conditioning properties of the soap.

  • Body Scrubs

In body scrubs, Peanut Oil can provide both exfoliation and moisturisation, leaving the skin soft and rejuvenated.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Creams

Given its potential anti-inflammatory properties, Peanut Oil can be included in skincare products targeting conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

  • Bath Oils

Peanut Oil can be added to bath oil blends to create a luxurious and moisturising bathing experience.

O&3’s Thoughts…

Peanut Oil’s story is one of versatility and adaptability, spanning centuries and continents. Its moisturising prowess and antioxidant properties can work wonders in cosmetics. From masks and massage oils to body scrubs and moisturisers, Peanut Oil lends itself to a vast array of possibilities.

As we celebrate National Peanut Day, allow the journey of Peanut Oil inspire formulations. Let’s embrace its legacy and elevate creations, bringing a touch of ancient wisdom and modern ingenuity to consumers who will experience the excellence of the products.

However, this oil does leave a slightly greasy feel to the skin so we would encourage it to be used in formulations rather than on its own. This cost-effective ingredient is great if you are trying to keep formulation costs to a minimum.

Why O&3?

As leaders in zero-waste natural ingredients, O&3 is a one-stop shop for all your natural ingredients. You can rely on our commitment to quality, sustainability, and ethical sourcing, allowing you to create products targeted to meet the diverse needs of all individuals.

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