COSMOS certifed

INCI Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil
Cas-No. 8001-23-8
Basic Plant

Carthamus tinctorius L. (Asteraceae - Daisy Family), Saflor, Safflower


High content linoleic acid


C16:0 Palmitic acid: 4-10 %
C18:1 Oleic acid: 7-21 %
C18:2 Linoleic acid: 67-84 %

Shelf Life

partially Good shelf life.

Available Qualities

cold pressed

Packaging / Container

canister, drum

Safflower Oil


The yellow safflower oil has a light kraut-like smell and is popular in cosmetics as well as food.

Special Characteristics

Cold-pressed safflower oil has the highest content of polyunsaturated linoleic acid while having a low content an saturated fatty acids (ca. 9%). Linoleic acid is the most important oil for a healthy diet.

Application Cosmetics

In cosmetics safflower oil is used for manufacturing soft soaps and for refatting in bathing oils and shower gels. Safflower oil is also used to tarnish oily skin, treat akne and for infection-prone skin. Safflower oil is also used for nurturing skin around the eyes.

Its drying character is used for manufacturing varnish and is also used as lamp oil and grease. It is also popular for making margarine.

Application Food

Cold-pressed safflower oil is a very important oil for a healthy diet due to its special ratio of polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids. Safflower oil shouldn't be heated, therefore native oil is not suitable for frying. Still it is incredibly valuable when used for salads and vegetables and for short steaming or cooking.

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