Camellia Japonica 🌿

Oilamellia japonica

🌿 conventional or certified organic available

Camellia japonica, also known as Tsubaki (soo-baw-kee) in Japanese is a flowering tree indigenous to Japan and China, and a member of the tea family. Camellia japonica oil is harvested from the seeds of the plant and traditionally known for its remarkable ability to retain moisture and penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin because its composition is similar to sebum; the oil is naturally produced by human skin, delivering an immense amount of phytonutrients.

This nourishing oil has been a treasured beauty secret by Japanese women and the ancient Geisha's for centuries, yet it is not well known in other areas of the world. It contains high levels of essential fatty acids, which help replenish the skin’s barrier and prevent water loss, protecting it from UV and environmental damage.

The camellia flowers are prized for their beauty, and vary in color from white, pink, red with plenty of variations in between. The seeds are pressed to extract tsubaki-abura (椿油), i.e. camellia oil, which has a long history of giving Japanese women flawless porcelain-like skin and long, beautiful, shiny hair.

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  • Studied Properties
  • Common Uses

Studied Properties

APPEARANCE         Clear pale yellow liquid
ODOUR                 Characteristic
SPECIFIC GRAVITY @20°C     0.910 to 0.930
REFRACTIVE INDEX @20°C   1.469 to 1.481
FLASHPOINT           240°C

Common Uses

Just a few of the many benefits...

It is a rich source of Oleic Acid (Omega 9) up to 80%, polyphenol antioxidants, vitamins A, D, C, & E (Tocopherol) making it excellent for skin and hair  conditioning properties.

It also contains fatty acids linoleic and palmitic acids,
helping to maintain moisture in the skin and protecting it from UV and environmental exposure, arresting the effects of free radical damage.

Nourishing, Protective properties, Reduces skin aging, Improves skin elasticity, Antioxidant properties, May assist with:
• It helps promotes skin elasticity.
• Moisturizes and hydrates.
• Improves complexion.
• Non-Comedogenic (Suitable for oily/acne prone skin)
• Helps minimize the appearance of scars.
• Sensitive skin, Aged skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, Eye creams

For your hair:
Japanese women are often praised for having long, lustrous and shiny hair, one of the main beauty ingredients used
by Japanese (and not only women) to preserve and improve their beautiful hair is nothing more than Tsubaki oil
because of its hair care properties. It is infused with oleic acids, proteins and glycerides, which are essential to
keeping hair healthy, stronger and shinier.
• Strengthens hair and helps to replenish moisture.
• Smooths hair cuticles without weighing hair down.
• Makes hair shiny and helps to prevent split ends.
• Treats dry scalp and helps prevent dandruff.
• Protects hair from external influences.
• Commonly used as a leave-in, best when applied to damp hair.