Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil



Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil description

Simply put, hydrogenated rapeseed oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that's been put through the hydrogenation process. This type of hydrogenation involves adding hydrogen gas to the oil, making it more stable and also changing its texture, typically changing from a fluid (oil) state to a semi-solid state. On skin, hydrogenated rapeseed oil works as an emollient, thickening agent, and occlusive. As a plant oil, its antioxidants (chiefly a compound known as sinapinic acid and vitamin E) plus polyunsaturated fatty acids such as the highly stable omgega-9 erucic acid help ensure skin looks and feels healthy and younger by preventing water loss, repairing skin's surface, and bolstering skin's supply of antioxidants. Note: Rapeseed oil is also known as canola oil.

Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil references

  • Phytotherapy Research, February 2020, pages 254-269
  • Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, January 2017, pages 37-46
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2015, pages 496-505

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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