Carbon acid chains

List of Carrier Oil Fatty Acid Profiles

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When we study the fatty acid composition of vegetable, base or carrier oils we can really understand which are the dominant qualities of the oil. This is important because then we can choose them for different purposes. I make natural skincare and so I need to look at the fatty acid composition in order to decide which are the best carrier oils for my formulas depending on what the product is aimed for.

Both the pattern of the oil as well as the fatty acid composition give each oil unique properties. We need to take into account that variables like where the plant grows (region, country), the weather condition, the crops, the variety of the plant, etc etc all play an important role so the fatty acid composition will differ from batch to batch. This means the following fatty acid composition lists are an indicative guide only. Please take the list below as an indicative guide because of this.

Some oils list the unsaponifiable portion, which is the non-lipid compound responsible for things like the colour or smell of the oil together with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, etc.

ABYSSINIAN OIL
Erucic Acid 50–65% C22:1
Oleic Acid 10–25%
Linoleic Acid 7–15%
Eicosenoic Acid 2–6% C2:1
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 2–5%
Palmitic Acid 1–4%
Behenic Acid 1–3% C22:0
Stearic Acid 0.5–2%
Arachidic Acid 0.5–2% C20:1
Eicosadienoic Acid 0–4% C20:2
Lignoceric Acid 0–1% C24:0
Palmitoleic Acid 0.1–0.5% C16:1

ACAI OIL
Oleic Acid 60%
Linoleic Acid 50%
Palmitic Acid 18%
Stearic Acid 1.5%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1.5%
Lauric Acid trace% C12:0
Palmitoleic Acid trace% C16:1

ALMOND OIL (SWEET)
Oleic Acid 60–75%
Linoleic Acid 20–30%
Palmitic Acid 3–9%
Stearic Acid 0.5–3%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.4%
Arachidic Acid 0.2% C20:0
Eicosenoic Acid 0.2% C20:1
Behenic Acid 0.2% C22:0
Erucic Acid 0.1% C22:1
Unsaponifiables <1.5%

ANDIROBA OIL
Oleic Acid 50.5%
Palmitic Acid 28%
Linoleic Acid 11%
Stearic Acid 8.1%
Arachidic Acid 1.2% C20:0
Palmitoleic Acid 1% C16:1
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1.3%
Behenic 0.34% C22:0
Myristic Acid 0.33% C14:0
Unsaponifiables 3–5%

APRICOT KERNEL OIL
Oleic Acid 55–74%
Linoleic Acid 20–35%
Palmitic Acid 3–7%
Stearic Acid trace–2%
Palmitoleic Acid trace–1.4% C16:1
Alpha-Linolenic Acid trace–1%
Eicosenoic Acid trace–1% C20:1
Unsaponifiables 0.5–0.7%

ARGAN OIL
Oleic Acid 45–47%
Linoleic Acid 31–35%
Palmitic Acid 12–14%
Stearic Acid 5.5–5.7%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.5%
Eicosenoic Acid 0.5% C20:1
Arachidic Acid 0.4% C20:0
Myristic Acid 0.2% C14:0
Unsaponifiables <1%

AVOCADO OIL
Oleic Acid 50–80%
Palmitic Acid 12–20%
Linoleic Acid 6–18%
Palmitoleic Acid 2–13% C16:1
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 5% max.
Stearic Acid 1-2%
Unsaponifiables 2-11%

BABASSU OIL
Lauric Acid 47.3% C12:0
Myristic Acid 14.5% C14:0
Oleic Acid 12.2%
Capric Acid 8.3% C10:0
Caprylic Acid 7.1% C 8:0
Palmitic Acid 7.1% C16:0
Stearic Acid 2.0%
Linoleic Acid 1.1%
Caproic Acid 0.3% C6:0

BAOBAB OIL
Oleic Acid 30–40%
Linoleic Acid 24–34%
Palmitic Acid 18–30%
Stearic Acid 2–8%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1–3%

BLACKBERRY SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 63.2%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 15.2%
Oleic Acid 15.1%
Palmitic Acid 3.4%
Stearic Acid 2.1%

BLACK CURRANT OIL
Linoleic Acid 47–48%
Gamma-Linolenic Acid 16–17% C18:3
Oleic Acid 9–11%
Palmitic Acid 6%
Stearidonic Acid 2.5–3.5% C18:4
Stearic Acid 1.5%
Unsaponifiables <4%

BLUEBERRY SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 40–45%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 25–30%
Oleic Acid 18–22%
Palmitic Acid 3–6%
Stearic Acid 1–3%
Arachidic Acid 1% C20:0
Eicosenoic Acid 0–.4% C20:1
Behenic Acid 0.3% C22:0
Palmitoleic Acid 0.1% C16:1
Myristic Acid 0.1% C14:0

BORAGE SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 35–40%
Gamma-Linolenic Acid 20–28% C18:3
Oleic Acid 15–20%
Palmitic Acid 9–12%
Stearic Acid 3–5%
Eicosenoic Acid 3–5% C20:1
Erucic Acid 2–3% C22:1
Nervonic Acid 1–2% C24:1
Unsaponifiables 1–2%

BRAZIL NUT OIL
Oleic Acid 35–50%
Linoleic Acid 25–40 %
Palmitic Acid 15–28%
Stearic Acid 6–9%
Arachidic Acid 1–1.5% C20:0
Palmitoleic Acid 0.5–1% C16:1
Myristic Acid 0.2–0.6% C14:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.1–0.3%

BROCCOLI SEED OIL
Erucic Acid 49% C22:1
Oleic Acid 13.5%
Linoleic Acid 11.4%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 9%
Eicosenoic Acid 6% C20:1
Palmitic Acid 3.25% C16:0

BURITI OIL
Oleic Acid 79.2%
Palmitic Acid 16.3%
Linoleic Acid 1.4%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1.3%
Stearic Acid 1.3%
Palmitoleic Acid 0.4% C16:1

CAMELINA OIL
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 38–45%
Linoleic Acid 22%
Oleic Acid 16.7%
Eicosenoic Acid 16.1% C20:1
Palmitic Acid 6.5%
Stearic Acid 2.2%
Erucic Acid 2% C22:1
Palmitoleic Acid <1 C16:1
Myristic Acid <1 C14:0

CAMELLIA SEED OIL
Oleic Acid 80%
Linoleic Acid 9%
Palmitic Acid 9%
Stearic Acid 1%
Arachidic Acid 1% C20:0

CANOLA OIL
Oleic Acid 56–62%
Linoleic Acid 21–28%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 8–13%
Palmitic Acid 3–5%
Stearic Acid 1.3–1.7%
Erucic Acid 2% C22:1
Palmitoleic Acid 0.3% C16:1

CARROT SEED OIL
Oleic Acid 68%
Linoleic Acid 10.8
Stearic Acid 7%
Palmitic Acid 3.7%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.2%

CASTOR OIL
Ricinoleic Acid 90% C18:1
Linoleic Acid 5–7%
Oleic Acid 3–7%
Palmitic Acid 1–2%
Stearic Acid <1.5%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <0.5%
Unsaponifiables 0.5–1%

CAULOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM/TAMANU OIL
Oleic Acid 49%
Linoleic Acid 21.3%
Palmitic Acid 14.7%
Stearic Acid 12.6%
Myristic Acid 2.5% C14:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <0.5%
Eicosanoic Acid 0.94% C20:1
Calophyllic Acid (unique to this oil)

CHERRY KERNEL OIL
Linoleic Acid 44%
Oleic Acid 32%
Eleostearic Acid 12% C18:3
Palmitic Acid 7.5%
Stearic Acid 2.1%
Arachidic Acid 1.1% C20:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1%
Palmitoleic Acid 0.5% C16:1
Eicosenoic Acid 0.4% C20:1

CHIA SEED OIL
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 59%
Linoleic Acid 21%
Oleic Acid 8.7%
Palmitic Acid 7%
Stearic Acid 2.1%

COCOA BUTTER
Oleic Acid 34–36%
Stearic Acid 31–35%
Palmitic Acid 25–30%
Linoleic Acid approx. 3%
Unsaponifiables <0.8%

COCONUT OIL
Lauric Acid 39–54% C12:0
Myristic Acid 15–23% C14:0
Caprylic Acid 6–10% C8:0
Palmitic Acid 6–11% C16:0
Capric Acid 5–10% C10:0
Oleic Acid 4–11%
Stearic Acid 1–4%
Linoleic Acid 1–2%
Unsaponifiables 0.6–1.5%

CORN OIL
Linoleic Acid 46–56%
Oleic Acid 28–37%
Palmitic Acid 12–14%
Stearic Acid 2.3–2.7%
Unsaponifiables 1–2%

COFFEE OIL, Green
Palmitic Acid 40%
Linoleic Acid 38 %
Oleic Acid 8%
Stearic Acid 8%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 2%
Behenic Acid 1% C22:0
Palmitoleic Acid 0.4% C16:1

CRANBERRY SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 35–45%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 22–35%
Oleic Acid 20–25%
Palmitic Acid 3–6%
Stearic Acid 0.5–2%
Palmitoleic Acid 0.5%
Arachidic Acid <1 C20:0
Tetraenoic Acid <1 C20:4

CUCUMBER SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 60–68%
Oleic Acid 14–20%
Palmitic Acid 9–13%
Stearic Acid 6–9%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <1%

DAIKON RADISH SEED OIL
Erucic Acid 34%
C22:1
Oleic Acid 20%
Gadoleic Acid 10%
C20:1
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 12%
Linoleic Acid 10%
Palmitic Acid 4%

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
Linoleic Acid 65–75%
Gamma-Linolenic Acid 9–11% C18:3
Oleic Acid 5–11%
Palmitic Acid 5–8%
Stearic Acid 1–3%
Arachidic Acid 2% max C20:0
Eicosenoic Acid 2% max C20:1
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.5%

FLAX SEED OIL
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 35–66%
Oleic Acid 14–39%
Linoleic Acid 7–19%
Palmitic Acid 4–9%
Stearic Acid 2–4%
Unsaponifiables 0.5–1%

GEVUINA (CHILEAN HAZELNUT)
Oleic Acid 40–55%
Palmitoleic Acid 20–27%
Linoleic Acid 6–15%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 2%

GRAPE-SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 69–78%
Oleic Acid 15–25 %
Palmitic Acid 6–9%
Stearic Acid 2.4–6%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.3–1%
Palmitoleic Acid 0.5–0.7% C16:1
Vitamin E 14 IU

HAZELNUT OIL
Oleic Acid 65–85%
Linoleic Acid 7–11%
Palmitic Acid 4–6%
Stearic Acid 2–4
Unsaponifiables 0.3–1%

HEMP SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 53–60%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 15–25%
Oleic Acid 8.5–16%
Palmitic Acid 6–9%
Stearic Acid 2–3.5%
Gamma-Linolenic Acid 1–4% C18:3
Arachidic Acid 1–3% C20:0
Stearidonic Acid 0.4–2% C18:4
Eicosanoic Acid <.5% C20:1
Behenic Acid <.3% C22:0

ILLIPE BUTTER
Stearic Acid 39–50%
Oleic Acid 31–40%
Palmitic Acid 10–23%
Arachidic Acid 1–3% C20:0
Linoleic Acid 1–2%
Myristic Acid 1½% C14:0
Unsaponifiables 0.5–1%

JOJOBA OIL
Eicosenoic Acid 50–80% C20:1
Erucic Acid 14–20% C22:1
Oleic Acid 10–25%
Palmitic Acid <4%
Palmitoleic Acid <1% C16:1
Stearic Acid <1%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <1%

KARANJ OIL
Oleic Acid 45–72%
Linoleic Acid 11–18%
Eicosenoic Acid 9–12% C20:1
Behenic Acid 4.2–5.3% C22:0
Palmitic Acid 3.7–7.9%
Arachidic Acid 2.2–4.7% C20:0
Stearic Acid 2.4–8.9%
Lignoceric Acid 1.1–3.5%% C24:0

KIWI SEED OIL
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 45–70%
Linoleic Acid 17–22%
Oleic Acid 10½–14%
Stearic Acid 4–7%
Palmitic Acid 4–6%
Arachidic Acid 0–1% C20:0
Eicosenoic Acid 0–½% C20:1

KOKUM BUTTER
Stearic Acid 50–62%
Oleic Acid 30–42%
Palmitic Acid 2–6% C16:1
Linoleic Acid 0–2%
Arachidic Acid 1.2% C20:0

KUKUI NUT OIL
Linoleic Acid 35–50%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 25–40%
Oleic Acid 10–35%
Palmitic Acid 4–10%
Stearic Acid 2–8%
Arachidonic Acid <1.5% C20:4
Lauric Acid <1.0% C12:0
Myristic Acid <1.0% C14:0
Unsaponifiables <1%

MACADAMIA NUT OIL
Oleic Acid 54–63%
Palmitoleic Acid 16–23% C16:1
Palmitic Acid 7–10%
Stearic Acid 2–6%
Arachidic Acid 1½–3% C20:0
Linoleic Acid 1–3%
Eicosenoic Acid 1–3% C20:1

MANGO BUTTER
Oleic Acid 34–56%
Stearic Acid 26–57%
Palmitic Acid 3–18%
Linoleic Acid 1–13%
Arachidic Acid 1½–3% C20:0
Unsaponifiables 1–5%

MARULA OIL
Oleic Acid 70–78
Palmitic Acid 9–12
Stearic Acid 5–8
Linoleic Acid 4–7
Myristic Acid <1.5 C14:0
Arachidic Acid <1.0 C20:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1–0.7%
Erucic Acid <0.5 C22:1

MEADOWFOAM OIL
Gadoleic Acid 61.5% C20:1
Brassic Acid 17.9% C22:2
Erucic Acid 12.7% C22:1
Oleic Acid 3.2% C18:1

MILK THISTLE OIL
Linoleic Acid 46–65%
Oleic Acid 15–25%
Palmitic Acid 7–12%
Stearic Acid 5%
Behenic Acid 1–1.5% C22:0
Arahinovaya Acid 1.5–2% ?

MORINGA OIL
Oleic Acid 73%
Behenic Acid 7–10% C22:0
Palmitic Acid 7%
Stearic Acid 5.1%
Arachidic Acid 3.6% C20:0
Gadoleic Acid 2.3% C20:1
Palmitoleic Acid 1.1% C16:1
Lignoceric Acid 1.0% C24:0
Myristic Acid 0.1% C14:0

NEEM OIL
Oleic Acid 40–60%
Stearic Acid 14–22%
Palmitic Acid 14–19%
Linoleic Acid 8–20%
Arachidic Acid <3.5% C20:0
Myristic Acid <3% C14:0
Lauric Acid <1% C12:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <0.8%

NIGELLA/BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 57.9%
Oleic Acid 23.7%
Palmitic Acid 13.7%
Stearic Acid 2.6%
Arachidic Acid 1.3% C20:0
Myristic Acid 0.5% C14:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.2%

OAT SEED OIL
Oleic Acid 35–43%
Linoleic Acid 35–43%
Palmitic Acid 14–16%
Stearic Acid 1–2 %
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1–1.5%
Lauric Acid 0.39% C12:0
Avenic Acid 0.2–0.6% C18:1
Palmitoleic Acid 0.2% C16:1
Myristic Acid 0.1–0.5% C14:0
Icosanoic Acid 0.5–1% C20:1
Icosanoic Acid 0.05–0.15% C20:0

OLIVE OIL
Oleic Acid 63–81%
Linoleic Acid 5–15%
Palmitic Acid 7–14%
Stearic Acid 3–5%
Palmitoleic Acid <3% C16:1
Alpha-Linolenic Acid .5%
Arachidic Acid <0.7% C20:0
Unsaponifiables 0.5–1%

PALM OIL
Palmitic Acid 43–45%
Oleic Acid 38–41%
Linoleic Acid 9–11%
Stearic Acid 4–5%
Myristic Acid 0.5–2% C14:0
Arachidic Acid <0.5 C20:0
Lauric Acid <0.5% C12:0
Unsaponifiables 0.5–1.2%

PALM KERNEL OIL
Lauric Acid 48% C12:0
Myristic Acid 15% C14:0
Oleic Acid 15%
Palmitic Acid 9%
Capric Acid 3.4% C10:0
Caprylic Acid 3.3% C 8:0
Stearic Acid 2.5%
Linoleic Acid 2.3%

PAPAYA SEED OIL
Oleic Acid 71.6%
Palmitic Acid 15.1%
Linoleic Acid 7.7%
Stearic Acid 2.6%
Arachidic Acid 0.87% C20:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.6%
Myristic acid 0.16% C14:0
Lauric acid 0.13%
Behenic acid 0.02% C22:0

PASSION FRUIT OIL
Linoleic Acid 77%
Oleic Acid 12%
Palmitic Acid 8%
Stearic Acid 2%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1.5%

PEACH KERNEL OIL
Oleic Acid 55–67%
Linoleic Acid 25–35%
Palmitic Acid 5–8%
Stearic Acid 3%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1%
Palmitoleic Acid 1%
Arachidic Acid 0.5% C20:0

PECAN OIL
Oleic Acid 52%
Linoleic Acid 36.6%
Palmitic Acid 7.1%
Stearic Acid 2.2%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1.5%

PEANUT OIL
Oleic Acid 46.8%
Linoleic Acid 33.4%
Palmitic Acid 10%
Behenic Acid 2.8% C22:0
Stearic Acid 2%
Arachidic Acid 1.4% C20:0
Gadoleic Acid 1.3% C20:1
Lignoceric Acid 0.9% C24:0
Myristic Acid 0.1% C14:0
Palmitoleic Acid 0.1% C16:1

PEQUI SEED OIL
Oleic Acid 50.2%
Palmitic Acid 44.3%
Stearic Acid 1.8%
Palmitoleic Acid 1.3% C16:1
Linoleic Acid 1.2%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.7%
Myristic Acid 0.5% C14:0

PERILLA SEED OIL
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 45–65%
Linoleic Acid 10–20%
Oleic Acid 10–25%
Palmitic Acid 3–9%
Stearic Acid 0–4%
Palmitoleic Acid <1% C16:1

PISTACHIO NUT OIL
Oleic Acid 51–54%
Linoleic Acid 31–35%
Palmitic Acid 9–12%
Palmitoleic Acid 1–2% C16:1
Stearic Acid 1–2%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <1%

PLUM KERNEL OIL
Oleic Acid 60–80%
Linoleic Acid 15–25%
Palmitic Acid 4–9%
Stearic Acid 0.7–2.6%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <1%
Palmitoleic Acid <1% C16:1
Gondoic Acid 0.2% C20:1
Arachidic Acid <0.3% C20:0
Margaric Acid 0.1% C17:0
Myristic Acid <0.1% C14:0
Behenic Acid <0.1% C22:0
Lignoceric Acid <0.1% C24:0
Heptadecenoic Acid <0.1% C17:1

POMEGRANATE SEED OIL
Punicic Acid 70–76 % C18:3
Linoleic Acid 7%
Oleic Acid 5.7%
Palmitic Acid 2%
Stearic Acid 1.3–2 %
Gadoleic Acid trace C20:0

POPPY SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 70.6%
Oleic Acid 15.5%
Palmitic Acid 19.4%
Stearic Acid 2.3%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.06%
Palmitoleic Acid 0.15% C16:1
Arachidic Acid 0.11% C20:0
Gadoleic Acid 0.07% C20:1
Myristic Acid 0.05% C14:0

PRACAXI OIL
Oleic Acid 55%
Linoleic Acid 20%
Behenic Acid 10–25% C22:0
Lignoceric Acid 10–15% C24:0
Palmitic Acid 5% C16:0
Palmitoleic Acid 5% C16:1
Stearic Acid 5%
Gadoleic Acid 1.5% C20:1
Erucic Acid 1% C22:1
Arachidic Acid 1% C20:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.5%
Myristic Acid 0.43% C14:0
Lauric Acid 0.12% C12:0

PUMPKIN SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 55.3%
Oleic Acid 26.4%
Palmitic Acid 12.9%
Stearic Acid 4.8%
Arachidic Acid 0.3% C20:0

RED RASPBERRY OIL
Linoleic Acid 52.1%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 22.2%
Oleic Acid 11.7%
Palmitic Acid 2%
Stearic Acid 0.9%

RICE BRAN OIL
Oleic Acid 32–38%
Linoleic Acid 32–47%
Palmitic Acid 13–23%
Stearic Acid 2–3%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1–3%
Unsaponifiables 3–4%

ROSEHIP SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 43–46%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 31–35%
Oleic Acid 15%
Palmitic Acid 3–4%
Stearic Acid 1.5–2.5%
Arachidic Acid 0.9% C20:0
Myristic Acid 0.3% C14:0
Eicosanoic Acid 0.5% C20:0
Behenic 0.4% C22:0
Unsaponifiables 0.8%

SACHA INCHI OIL
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 45–51%
Linoleic Acid 32–37%
Oleic Acid 9–10.5%
Palmitic Acid 3–5%
Stearic Acid 2–4%

SAFFLOWER OIL
Linoleic Acid 70–80%
Oleic Acid 10–20%
Palmitic Acid 6–7%
Stearic Acid 2.5–7%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <0.5%
Arachidic Acid <0.5% C20:0
Unsaponifiables 0.5–1.5%

SAL BUTTER
Stearic Acid 41–47%
Oleic Acid 37–43%
Palmitic Acid 4–7%
Arachidonic Acid 3–9% C20:4
Linoleic Acid 0–4%
Unsaponifiables 0.6–2.2%

SEA BUCKTHORN SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 34–35%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 32%
Palmitic Acid 11%
Oleic Acid 9%
Elaidic Acid 5.6% (oleic acid)
Stearic Acid 4%
Palmitoleic Acid 1.2% C16:1

SEA BUCKTHORN FRUIT OIL
Palmitoleic Acid 34% C16:1
Palmitic Acid 30.4
Elaidic Acid 14.6
Oleic Acid 7.1%
Linoleic Acid 5.8%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 2.1%
Myristic Acid 1.5% C14:0

SESAME OIL
Oleic Acid 35–50%
Linoleic Acid 35–50%
Palmitic Acid 7–12%
Stearic Acid 3.5–6%
Alpha-Linolenic trace–1%
Eicosenoic Acid trace–1% C20:0
Palmitoleic Acid trace–.5% C16:1

SHEA BUTTER/SHEA STEARIN
Oleic Acid 40–55%
Stearic Acid 35–40%
Palmitic Acid 3–7%
Linoleic Acid 3–8%
Unsaponifiables 17%

SHEA OIL/SHEA OLEIN
Oleic Acid 73%
Linoleic Acid 14%
Stearic Acid 8.5%
Palmitic Acid 4%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.35%

SHEA NILOTICA
Oleic Acid 40–55%
Stearic Acid 30–32%
Linoleic Acid 3–11%
Palmitic Acid 4–9%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <1%
Arachidic Acid <1% C20:0

SOYBEAN OIL
Linoleic Acid 46–53%
Oleic Acid 22–27%
Palmitic Acid 10–12%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 8–9%
Stearic Acid 5–6%
Unsaponifiables 0.5–1.6%

SUNFLOWER OIL
Linoleic Acid 72%
Oleic Acid 15.9%
Palmitic Acid 5.8%
Stearic Acid 3.9%
Behenic Acid 0.7% C22:0
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.6%
Tetracosanoic Acid 0.5% C24:0
Arachidic Acid 0.3% C20:0
Gadoleic Acid 0.2% C20:1
Gamma-Linolenic Acid 0.1% C18:3
Palmitoleic Acid 0.1% C16:1

TOMATO SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 50%
Palmitic Acid 20–29%
Oleic Acid 13–18%
Stearic Acid 3%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 2–3%
Arachidic Acid <3% C20:0
Behenic Acid <1% C22:0
Erucic Acid <1% C22:1

WALNUT OIL
Linoleic Acid 45–65%
Oleic Acid 25–35%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 9–15%
Palmitic Acid 5–8%
Stearic Acid 3–73%
Unsaponifiables ½–1%

WATERMELON SEED OIL
Linoleic Acid 55–65%
Oleic Acid 21–29%
Palmitic Acid 8–13%
Stearic Acid 1.5–5.5%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid <2%
Palmitoleic Acid <1%

WHEAT GERM OIL
Linoleic Acid 55–60%
Oleic Acid 13–39%
Palmitic Acid 13–20%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 4–10%
Stearic Acid 2–6%
Unsaponifiables 3–4%

YANGU OIL/CAPE CHESTNUT
Oleic Acid 45%
Linoleic Acid 29%
Palmitic Acid 18.3%
Stearic Acid 4.7%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.9%
Icosanoic Acid 0.5% C20:0
Erucic Acid 0.1% C22:1

Helpful Resources

Wikipedia on Fatty Acid: Types (length, saturated, unsaturated), examples, nomenclature, etc.

Wikipedia on Essential Fatty Acids. Example of the content: “When the two EFAs were discovered in 1923, they were designated “vitamin F”, but in 1929, research on rats showed that the two EFAs are better classified as fats rather than vitamins.”

List of saturated fatty acids

List of unsaturated fatty acids

List of polyunsaturated fatty acids

Oils of Nature: Fantastic pdf book and available for free on oils, fats, waxes and butters, triglycerides, wax esters, drying oils, INCI nomenclature, classification, carbon number, oil preparation and processing, fractionating and surfactants. A must for anyone interested in carrier oils composition.

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