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What are CO2 (botanical) extracts, how are they made and why are they different ?



✶ CO2 extraction is a superior method of extraction to all other extraction methods including cold pressed and macerated oils. CO2 extracts are also sometimes called Supercritical or Superfluid extracts but they are all the same thing. The total lipid essence from dried, botanical matter, extracted under (cold) pressure by CO2 liquid gas extraction.

✶ CO2 extracts are produced by putting plant material such as leaves, roots, bark, wood, flowers and seeds into a sterile steel drum. This drum is a part of a closed system completely devoid of heat, light and oxygen.


CO2 Extracts are very rich in colour and aroma.

✶ By changing the pressure inside the drum, CO2 gas is turned into a highly efficient non toxic liquid solvent.

✶ The drum then spins and the plants bio-active properties are extracted by centrifuge. The extracts are concentrated and rich in colour and aroma.

✶ After a period of time the drum stops spinning and the pressure is changed forcing the liquid CO2 to turn back into a gas which is stored and used again. because it's a closed system, no gas escapes making CO2 extraction an environmentally sound method of producing superior grade, concentrated seed oils, essential oils and herbal extracts.


More about our CO2 extracted seed oils and herbal extracts...


Rosehip seed oil- is a superior concentrate containing many times more Antioxidants, Vitamins and Essential fatty acids than cold pressed seed oil. CO2 extracted seed oil contains high potency Trans-Retinoic acid, an essential antioxidant and pro-vitamin A that does not irritate the skin.

Raspberry seed oil- contains concentrated Vitamin E, mixed Tocotrienols and Ellagic acid an essential fatty acid known for its anti inflammatory properties, these powerful antioxidants neutralise free radicals and are the reason why Raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of between 28-50.

Pomegranate seed oil- Science has shown Pomegranate seed oil to be a powerful chemproventive oil useful in helping to prevent and possibly also treat UV induced skin cancer. It contains omega 5 a powerful antioxidant also known as Punicic acid and a complex of antioxidant vitamins known to help heal, protect, nourish and repair the skin.

Seabuckthorn seed oil
- is also known as Omega 7 or Palmitic acid. It has a rich profile of antioxidant vitamins known to help restore skin. It is a powerful skin food rich in essential nutrients.

Rosemary leaf extract is an extremely powerful antioxidant containing 25% detaphenols, these antioxidants are many times more powerful than Vitamin E at neutralising free radicals and protecting our oils from going rancid once they have been applied to your skin!. Rosemary leaf extract has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Calendula and Chamomile are excellent for healing skin, Calendula and Camomile both reduce inflammation and discourage infection. Rich in antioxidant vitamins they are also useful in neutralising free radicals.

Hypericum (st johns wort) is an important herb for aiding the skin natural protection and healing mechanisms. Hypericum works synergitically with Calendula and Chamomile to provide an all round support for the skin.