THE LAB: Spotlight on Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil In Natural and Organic Skincare

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At Content, when summer draws to a close, we’re always on the hunt for deeply nourishing ingredients to help boost our skins health as the weather turns cooler. If you’ve just come back from holiday, and are looking to feed your skin and prepare it for the seasonal changes as we move toward Autumn, then we have an interesting ingredient for you!


Crambe Abyssinica is a little known but incredibly useful plant.  Originating in the Mediterranean region and parts of eastern Africa, this hardy plant produces a seed oil which has some very unique properties. With a highly biodegradable profile, this oil has been used as a natural substitute for synthetic mineral oils. Crambe Abyssinica has actually been grown in the UK for many years, and is giving rapeseed oil a run for its money in terms of high essential fatty acid content! The more, the definitely merrier!


Often compared to Jojoba Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil is higher in Erucic Acid. For the skin, this means a strong concentration of intensely nourishing Omega 9, a non-essential fatty acid*. As a very stable and long lasting seed oil it rapidly penetrates the outer layers of the epidermis, deeply nourishing the skin while providing a smooth, soft layer of protection against dehydration. This oil closely mimics human sebum and can control the overproduction of sebum which can lead to acne and is great for skins that loose moisture easily. Being very silky in texture, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil makes a great natural alternative to silicone in natural skincare products, as it provides a beautifully soft,  shine on the skin, without sacrificing skin health.


Featured in NUDE Skincare‘s newly reformulated range, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil is found in…

  • NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil– this luxurious, silky oil feeds the skin a balanced diet of Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 to give the skin a ‘lit from within’ glow.
  • NUDE Cellular Renewal Serum – a technologically advanced treatment serum, this formula helps speed up cellular repair and stimulates renewal from the inside out.
  • NUDE Replenish Daily Moisturiser – rich with Omega 6 & 9, this moisturiser provides the skin with essential active cell nutrients, giving the skin a deeply nourished glow.
  • NOURISH Argan Skin Rescue – combined with Argan Oil reknowned for its high Vitamin E content this oil can be used on skin to revive dullness and hair for a healthy shine.

Deeply repairative and protective, this oil had a bright future in natural and organic skincare. Oil products containing this ingredient can give a glossy shine to hair (just like silicone would), and gives shine and gloss to dull and lifeless skin. Hopefully we see more companies utilising the unique texture and nourishing properties of Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil in the future!

* Omega 9 is classed as a non-essential fatty acid as the body can produce it when low in omega 3 and 6.