Ingredient Name: Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius)
What is it? Safflower oil comes from the seeds of the safflower plant, which is native to Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Safflower oil contains over 70% linoleic acid, 10% oleic acid, and small amounts of stearic acid. It has been documented as one of the oldest cultivated crops dating as far back as 4,000 years and has been used in folk medicine for many types of ailments.
Why do we use it? We use it in the Mother of All Creams and the Wonder Balm for its luxurious texture and ultra-hydrating properties.
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