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Avocados are a deliciously fatty fruit (or berry, really) native to Central Mexico. It is related to bay laurel and cinnamon.
Avocado oil is pressed from the fruit of the avocado itself. It is one of the few oils, like olive, that is derived from the fruit of the plant itself and not from the seed.
Avocado oil is widely used in cosmetic and body applications due to its high protein and vitamin content. The oil naturally contains high levels of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D and E as well as Beta-carotene and Potassium.
It is valued in soapmaking due to its ability to penetrate skin deeply and easily. The unsaponifables in avocado oil (amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin) as well as the mono-unsaturated fatty acid profile contribute to its soothing abilities. The high vitamin content helps to nourish skin. Avocado oil has also been found to increase and support collagen production in the skin as well.
In all, this makes avocado oil an excellent ingredient for soapmakers as it is gentle, nourishing, and penetrates the skin deeply.