My first introduction to Grapeseed oil, was in 1994, when I took my first aromatherapy course, as it was the school’s carrier of choice for massage. Often when I think about Grapeseed it takes me right back to the beginning when I was just starting out and I find the changes that have developed over the years within the practice of aromatherapy to be quite amazing.

Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera

Family: Vitaceae

Description: Cultivation of grapes began between 6,000 – 8,000 years ago in the Near East and today grape vines are cultivated all around the world.  Depending on the variety, grape seeds only contain a small amount of lipids, between 5 – 20%.

History Folklore: Grapeseed oil was first produced in France, however these days it is mainly produced in Spain, Italy and California.  Some say that this oil was first produced during the times of Napoleonic France.

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Extraction:  Depending on the variety, grape seeds only contain a small amount of lipids, between 5 – 20%.  Grapeseed oil is extracted through pressing the seeds.  The crude oil is dark-colored, however once it has been refined it will vary from being virtually colorless to having a green tint.  The refined oil is virtually odorless and has a fine texture.  It is moderately viscous and penetrating on the skin.

Shelf Life: 6 months can go rancid quickly

Cautions: It is considered safe to use.

Actions: Considered to be anti-aging, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, emollient, moisturizing, nourishing and would healing.

Uses: Grapeseed is suitable for all skin types, however due to the fact that it doesn’t clog the pores it is particularly helpful for oily skin, combination skin and acne prone skin.  Some people use grapeseed oil as an effective makeup remover. Grapeseed oil is also useful in moisturizing and conditioning hair without leaving it feeling greasy.  Some sources suggest that it will help to reduce dandruff.  It is also believed that it can help to strengthen the hair by helping it to grow faster.  It has been suggested that it can be used in a hair treatment to make hair feel soft.  Apply to scalp and hair and leave in for 20 minutes.  After which shampoo it off well.  Grapeseed is safe to use on all skin types, however with its mildly astringent properties it is particularly effective for acne or oily skin.  It leaves the skin with a smooth satin finish.

When choosing a carrier for an Aromatic Body Scrub


Grapeseed oil is certainly one of the choices suitable for all skin types.

Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman, The Home Apothecary, 2013
Jan Kusmirek, Liquid Sunshine, Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy, 2002
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Susan M Parker, Power of the Seed, Your guide to oils for health & beauty, 2014
Len Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, 1999
Danielle Sage, the Aromatherapy Beauty Guide, 2017

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