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Alternatives for Macadamia oil based on the fatty acid profile

Macadamia oil fatty acid profile

Palmitic acid

Palmitic acid is a fatty acid that acts as an emollient, cleansing agent, and texture enhancer in skincare and cosmetics products.

The benefits of palmitic acid for the hair and skin include:

  • Softens dry skin
  • Retains moisture
  • Washes away dirt
  • Supports a healthy skin barrier

Baobab oil, Kalahari melon seed oil, and Marula oil have higher palmitic acid, above 9% compared to the 7.42% in Macadamia oil.

Stearic acid

Stearic acid is a fatty acid that acts as an emollient, surfactant, and emulsifier.

The benefits of stearic acid include:

  • Softens the skin
  • Strengthens skin barrier – locking in natural moisture and locking out irritants
  • Helps decrease signs of ageing
  • Balances skin pH
  • Hydrates the skin

Moringa oil, Kalahari melon seed oil and Marula oil have a higher percentage of stearic acid than Macadamia oil and would offer as suitable alternatives for the above-mentioned benefits.

Oleic acid

Oleic acid offers remarkable moisturising properties and is commonly used to nourish hair strands and seal moisture in the skin.

The benefits of Oleic acid for the hair and skin include:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Anti-bacterial properties
  • Anti-fungal properties
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Antioxidants

Of all the oils we offer, Moringa oil has the highest Oleic acid percentage (73.9), boosting the benefits mentioned above.

Linoleic acid

Linoleic acid is a fatty acid that is essential for skin regeneration and hair growth.

The benefits of linoleic acid include:

  • Repairs skin barrier
  • Assists with acne
  • Anti-ageing properties
  • Moisturises hair
  • Prevents hair loss

Baobab oil, Kalahari melon seed oil and Marula oil all have higher percentages of Linoleic acid. Kalahari melon seed oil is particularly beneficial as it has the highest percentage of Linoleic acid at 70%.

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Contact us for more information on our plant extracts. Alternatively, click below for more detail on each of our plant extracts for cosmetic and personal care formulations.


African baobab oil is ideal as in ingredient in organic cosmetic formulations and vegan beauty products. This cold pressed oil is 100% pure and can be used as a moisturising agent or an emollient in cosmetic formulations.


Botanica’s ECOCERT certified moringa oil is ideal as an active ingredient in cosmetic formulations with its high anti-oxidant properties.


This botanical oil is ideal for use as an organic skincare ingredient with lightweight, moisturising properties and a high fatty acid profile.