Passion Fruit Oil
Botanical Name: Passiflora edulis
Color: Translucent yellow
Although Passion Fruit originates from tropical regions of South America, it grows worldwide in hot, humid climates. Currently, Brazil is the world's largest producer of passion fruit. In the Brazilian state of Pará, there is a long tradition of passion fruit cultivation, mainly in Bragança, where 33,000 tons of fruit can be grown and harvested in one year.
The oil is extracted from the seeds of the Passion Fruit. Botanically the Passion Fruit is more like a berry than a fruit, and it grows out of the passion flower, a beautiful and highly prized flower that is well-known throughout Brazil and the world.
There are many species of passion fruit, which vary in size and color, typically ranging from yellow to red, but all species tend to have thick skin.
The pulp is the edible part of passion fruit and contains up to 250 black seeds covered with a yellow and translucent membrane sac containing the flavored guava juice.
Passion fruit is mainly used in food in the form of juices, jams, flavorings, ice cream, and liqueurs across cultures.
Therapeutically the flower and fruit are known for their sedative properties. Still, most people are initially attracted by the flower's beautiful aroma and the fruit's pleasant flavor, making it a popular food product.
The therapeutic properties of the leaves, flower, and juice include calming the nervous system as a natural sedative while encouraging the body to release stagnation and detox.
Traditionally, the indigenous communities of Brazil have used the Passion fruit, leaves, and seeds for a wide variety of illnesses, making it an important folk medicine plant in Brazil. It is popularly believed that the leaves, when brewed into a tea, are relaxing and anti-inflammatory, and soothing to itchy and irritated skin.
The oil is extracted from the ground seeds of the Passion Fruit via a cold expeller pressing process. When the oil is used topically, it can have a powerful healing effect on the skin, ranging from soothing inflammation and irritation to promoting tissue regeneration.
Benefits of Passion Fruit Oil for Skin Care
Benefits of Passion Fruit Oil for Hair Care
- Deeply restorative for damaged skin
- Protects the skin from free radicals and UV Rays
- Powerful de-stressor for skin
- Promotes a youthful glow
- Powerful anti-inflammatory
- Nourishes weak end and sensitive skin
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Protects hair from sun damage and environmental stressors
- Nourishes weak hair
- Increases natural shine
- Supports a healthy and balanced scalp
How to use Passion Fruit Oil:
When formulating your own skincare products, we recommend using Passion Fruit Oil at the following percentages for use in different applications:
- To lock in moisture and increase the skin’s vibrancy, apply pure unblended Passion Fruit Oil directly to cleansed, damp skin; good for both face and body. Great for massage.
- Alternatively, add approximately 5 drops of pure Passion Fruit Oil to your current face and body products, like face and body oils, creams and lotions, serums, or make-up foundation to increase skin’s glow, provide deeper nourishment and encourage tissue repair. Mix well, and apply as usual.
- For hair, add between ½ tsp to 1 TBSP into a hair mask for a softer, more manageable look.
Passion Fruit Oil supports a Healthy Scalp
- For anti-aging creams and lotions (emulsions), use between 10-60%
- For use in hair products, like shampoos, conditions, masks, and creams, use between 10-60%
- For use in body moisturizing creams, lotions, body butter, balms, and salves, use between 10-60%
Because of its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-itch relieving properties, Passion Fruit Oil is very soothing and calming to the scalp. It is light and quick absorbing, offering easy protection against microbes and environmental damage. Especially nourishing for dry, itchy scalps and weak, dull hair.
Passion Fruit Oil hydrates and nourishes hair to improve the appearance
Our hair is constantly bombarded by extreme climate changes, numerous hair products, and heated tools like hair dryers, irons, and straighteners. And this damages and weakens our hair causing it to look dull and dry. By brushing Passion Fruit Oil through dry, brittle hair, you can replenish hydration that will leave your hair looking healthier and shinier. It’s especially nourishing for over-styled hair that needs taming and smoothing.
Passion Fruit Oil offers Skin a Youthful Glow
Due to high percentages of Oleic and Linoleic Acids, Passion Fruit oil is a powerful antioxidant, protecting against oxidative stress from environmental stressors, like sun and pollution. It offers a vibrancy resulting in a more youthful appearance and has been known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while reducing puffiness and discoloration.
Passion Fruit Oil promotes skin resiliency and calm
Passion Fruit Oil can fortify us against the constant assault of pathogens our skin battles daily. It’s been known to tonify and strengthen weakened skin and make it appear more youthful and glowy.
Passion Fruit Oil promotes clear and healthy skin
Passion Fruit oil is a potent anti-inflammatory and has been known to quickly re-balance, de-stress, brighten and ease away irritation, discomfort, and puffiness.
Passion Fruit Oil eases body tension and stress
Passion Fruit oil is a natural sedative and can be a great oil to use in a relaxing body massage. It eases away physical tension caused by mental and emotional stress.
The Chemistry of the Oil
Passion fruit oil contains about 80% linoleic acid, as well as stearic and palmitic acids that offer skin moisturizing properties that are also anti-inflammatory. This high percentage also supports antioxidant and protective properties of the skin that help to neutralize sun damage and reverse the signs of aging caused by the action of free radicals.
Along with its essential fatty acid profile that helps reduce transepidermal water loss in the skin and improve the appearance of acne-prone skin by preventing pores from clogging, passion fruit oil has additional saturated fatty acids, polyphenols, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins A and C.
Additional therapeutic properties include protection against free radical damage both internally and on the skin, as it shows the potential to be supportive of heart health and the digestive system.
Passion fruit oil is highly recommended in hair and scalp products to stimulate healthy hair growth and increase vitality and contributes to volume and lightness; it helps reduce high levels of oily scalp.