Macadamia Nut Oil

macadamia-220x220Botanical Name: Macadamia integrifolia

Aroma: Sweet, fatty and nutty. More fragrant than Sweet Almond and other nut based oils.

Viscosity: Thick

Absorption /Feel: Leaves an oily film on the skin

Colour: Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Shelf Life: 12 months

Macadamia nuts are considered the world’s finest nuts. Macadamia nuts are small buttery flavoured nuts cultivated from macadamia nut trees that are grown in tropical climates of Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand and South Africa. Although Australia is the largest producer of Macadamia nuts, nuts cultivated in Hawaii are the most acclaimed for their delicious taste. Their delicate flavour and crunchy texture makes them a delight to consume.

There are about seven species of Macadamia nut grown all over the world, but only two are edible and are cultivated in horticultural farms all over the world. These two species are Macadamia integrifolia which produces smooth shelled nuts and Macadamia tetraphylla nuts which produces rough shelled nuts.

How I use macadamia oil for skin and hair care

1. Facial moisturizer – In my popular post 7 Secrets that Cured My Acne Without Chemicals, I discussed the importance of using an pure facial oil to rebalance oil production and repair the skin. I previously used straight jojoba oil, which is an excellent option for oily and acne-prone skin types. Now, I use straight macadamia oil as my facial moisturizer and I love it! If you like, experiment with mixing jojoba oil with macadamia oil.

2. Makeup Remover – You can also use macadamia oil to gently remove makeup, even stubborn mascara. Follow my 2-Ingredient Makeup Remover recipe but substitute macadamia oil instead of the jojoba. Or, if you like, use half macadamia oil and half jojoba. I get great results with any of these options.

3. Eye serum – Because it absorbs so quickly, macadamia oil makes a moisturizing and reparative eye serum that you can even use under makeup. Use just the smallest amount and gently pat it around your eyes.

4. Facial cleanser – Not only will macadamia oil remove your makeup, it will gently but effectively cleanse your skin. As I discussed in my Cure Acne without Chemicals post, I use the Oil Cleansing Method, explained here, to deep cleanse my face in the evenings. For my oil cleansing blend, I use equal parts of this organic castor oil mixed with macadamia oil.

5. Body Moisturizer – I use macadamia oil as an allover moisturizer when I get out of the shower.

6. Hair moisturizer – If you struggle with heat-damaged or dry hair, I would highly recommend using just a few drops of macadamia oil on the ends of your hair. It works wonders to soften and moisturize!


This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


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