Kalahari Melon is an excellent source of omega-6 essential fatty acids for skincare applications and brings the additional benefit of high phytosterol content. It is commonly used as food oil and has very low risk of sensitization and has good resistance to oxidation.
Kalahari Melon Virgin has an omega-6 essential fatty acid composition that is comparable to Evening Primrose (68% vs 72%). This gives it strong moisturizing and restructuring properties in skincare application.
The oil also has a high sterol content with nearly 2% unsaponifiables. This includes β-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmasterol and 5-avenasterol. The skin’s stratum corneum has a significant sterol component (14% of lipids) and this is integral in maintaining barrier function in skin.
The oil is stable to oxidation in comparison to conventional oils. This is primarily due to the high γ-tocopherol content (70mg/100g). Further resistance to oxidation is brought by the phenolic acids that are present – gallic, protochatechuic, vanillic, syringic, ferulic and caffeic acids.
Approved for use in Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia
Acid Value – < 2.4 mgKOH/g
SAP Value – 189 mgKOH/g
Iodine Value – 156 gI/100g