Chilean Hazelnut Seed Oil

SBI finds sources of products that have attractive chemistries and are unique to the regions where we work.

SBI’s Chilean Hazelnut (Gevuina avellana) oil is 100% organically grown and processed (certified by Ecocert). Currently, SBI has 1,600 certified hectares of land, which will increase to 25,000 hectares during this season. Additionally, the company uses fair-trade practices and is working with smallholder farmers to be Fair Trade certified during 2019.

The wild natural Gevuina avellana is a beautiful evergreen tree that is native to regions of Chilean Patagonia. Gevuina avellana oil, extracted from the nut, is particularly high in monounsaturated fatty acids including Oleic acid and Palmitoleic acid. The oil is able to lubricate the skin easily and effectively leaving the skin feeling supple and refreshed sensation. It is light in both color and texture which makes it an ideal additive for massage or facial application. The oil is particularly suited to dry, damaged and brittle hair or skin application.

Under SBI’s supervision, the Gevuina avellana is sustainably hand-picked by farmers and their families. SBI trains its harvesters in quality assurance of the fruit and safety. SBI also works with the Chilean Government and local organizations, to compliment and leverage the efforts already done is this region, resulting in a high social impact in the community.

SBI’s Gevuina avellana seed oil is cold-pressed to ensure that the extraction process does not degrade the oil’s properties. The latest extraction technologies are used, and no chemicals are added to the completely unrefined extract. The final oil is produced from the first pressing of the seeds and has the typical consistency and characteristic of carrier oils.

SBI is the only supplier that sources its fruit from the extreme south of Chile, the Patagonia Austral (Latitude of 47°). This region is one of nature’s last unspoiled, pure places on earth. Therefore, the quality of the products grown in this region are second to none.

The Patagonia Austral
Gevuina avellana oil possesses a significantly higher content of monounsaturated fats (80%) than most lipids. The oil penetrates the skin effectively, leaves the skin feeling supple and refreshed, and is a nutritive addition to face creams, anti-wrinkle serums, anti-aging formulations, lip care products, hair products, make-up, sun care preparations, baby products, shaving products and other cosmetic formulations. Chilean Hazelnut Oil is virtually odorless and pale in color. It is light in texture and absorbs quickly. It has a shelf life of at least 18 months when stored in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.

SBI recently acquired a unique, specialty botanical ingredient business, Kosmetik Chile. This company did not have the necessary resources or scale to compete internationally. Through this relationship, SBI attained a 20-year successful track record in the sector in Chile. This, together with SBI’s international experience, network, best practices and full control and traceability over the botanical ingredient value chain, provides high quality products with consistent service for its customers. SBI is an international botanical ingredient company, that sustainably produces, processes and delivers natural ingredients and botanical extracts to the personal care, cosmetic, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries.

Chilean Hazelnut Seed Oil

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