• Derived from: sesame
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈse-sə-mē\)
  • Type: Natural
  • Other names: sesamum indicum

What Is Sesame seed oil?

Sesame seed oil, also called Sesamum Indicum, is a plant-based, light yellow oil that comes from sesame seeds. Humans have consumed this oil and eaten the seeds for thousands of years; today it is an important component of Asian food and salad dressings.[1] It is primarily composed of oleic, linoleic, palmitic, and stearic acids.[2]

What Does Sesame seed oil Do in Our products?

Sesame seed oil is a hair conditioner that helps keep hair soft and smooth. It is also an emollient and binder that is found in hundreds of personal care products, including makeup, moisturizers, sunscreen, shampoo, mouthwash, bath oils, and other items.[3] It has a long shelflife, which is why it’s often used to make margarine in parts of the world that don’t have widespread refrigeration.[4]

Why Puracy Uses Sesame seed oil

We use sesame seed oil in several of our products as a hair conditioner. The Cosmetics Ingredient Review has deemed the ingredient safe for use in cosmetics.[7] Also, the FDA has deemed sesame seed oil as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), and Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[8,9] Several studies have shown the ingredient is not a skin or eye irritant, nor is it a skin sensitizer.[10,11,12,13]

How Sesame seed oil Is Made

There are generally two types of sesame seed oil. One is a pale, yellow liquid that smells grainy and tastes nutty. The other is amber-colored and more aromatic because it is made from toasted seeds (it is most often used at the end of the cooking process because it burns easily).[5] Sesame seed oil is squeezed or extracted from the seeds of the sesame plant. Sometimes the seeds are roasted before pressing, giving the oil a darker, amber color. The oil yield can range from 50% to 75% depending on the seed variety and how the plant grew.[6]



[1] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[2] Personal Care Council
[3] Environmental Working Group
[4] Personal Care Council
[5] Personal Care Council
[6] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[7] Personal Care Council
[8] Whole Foods Market
[9] Food and Drug Administration
[10] Harrison Research Laboratories Inc., “Final report — repeated insult patch test (RIPT) on a cologne containing 54% sesame seed oil.” Unpublished data submitted to the Personal Care Products Council; 2005
[11] Harrison Research Laboratories Inc. “Final report—repeated insult patch (RIPT) on a massage oil formula containing 32% Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil.” Unpublished data submitted by the Personal Care Products Council; 2006.
[12]KGL Inc. “An evaluation of the contact-sensitization potential of a topical coded product in human skin by means of the maximization assay.” Final report dated January 7, 2008. KGL protocol: #6440. Unpublished data submitted by the Personal Care Products Council; 2008
[13] Harrison Research Laboratories Inc. “Final report—photoallergy test (PA) on an oil formula containing 32% Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil.” Unpublished data submitted by the Personal Care Products Council; 2006

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