Elula Kalahari Melon Seed Oil

Product Overview

Product Name:  Elula Kalahari Melon Oil

INCI: Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil

Product Variants:  Unrefined Oil & Refined Oil

CAS:  90244-99-8

EINECS:  290-802- 9

Packaging:  23.5kg net steel drums

Country of Manufacture:  Germany

Areas of Sourcing:  South Africa

Botanical and Traditional Context

As the name suggests, the kalahari melon is a wild fruit that originates from the southern African Kalahari desert. The melon is the biological predecessor to the common watermelon, and is relatively smaller and round, with irregular pale and dark green scattered bands emanating from the fruit’s stalk. Unlike the common watermelon, the bitter tasting pulp is yellow-green, and conceals numerous oil-rich brown seeds. The miracle of the kalahari melon is its ability to withstand the unrelenting heat and drought conditions offered by the Kalahari Desert.

Researchers have traced the use of the seed oil back to the ancient Egyptians, who applied it to maintain a healthy appearance, and as an emollient in cosmetics formulations.

The word ‘elula’ means to be or feel smooth in the southern African language of Xhosa, which is spoken in South Africa – one of our sourcing regions.

Application, Properties & Efficacy

Elula Kalahari Melon Oil stimulates barrier functioning, providing protection and recovery against xerotic conditions. The very high concentration of linoleic acid and γ-tocopherol, coupled with relatively low oleic acid content supports effective skin barrier recovery.

The oil also addresses spots and blemishes, such as acne, due to the significant content of β-sitosterol, which works in combination with linoleic acid. Elula Kalahari Melon Oil contains also contains highly efficient peroxyl-radical scavenging and anti-inflammatory activity.

Physiochemical Characteristics (from Production)

Physical state at 20ºCClear – pale colour, liquid form, with characteristic odour.Clear colour, liquid form, with no-low odour.
Acid Value (mg KOH/g)0.0 – 4.00.0 – 2.0
Peroxide Value (mEq O₂/kg)0.0 – 7.00.0 – 2.0
Saponification Value (mg KOH/kg)180 – 200180 – 200
Unsaponifiable Matter (%)0.0 – 1.00.0 – 1.0
Iodine Value (g/100g)120 – 135120 – 135
Moisture (%)0.0 – 1.00.0 – 1.0
Key Fatty Acid Profile (%)
16:0 Palmitic acid:
18:0 Stearic acid:
18:1 Oleic acid:
18:2 Linoleic acid:
18:3 Alpha Linolenic acid:
20:0 Arachidic acid:
8.0 – 13.0
5.0 – 11.0
10.0 – 20.0
55.0 – 75.0
0.0 – 1.0
0.0 – 1.0
8.0 – 13.0
5.0 – 11.0
10.0 – 20.0
55.0 – 75.0
0.0 – 1.0
0.0 – 1.0
Solubility:Soluble in cosmetics esters and vegetable oils; insoluble in water.Soluble in cosmetics esters and vegetable oils; insoluble in water.
Shelf Life (in closed containers as per storage conditions below):24 months30 Months

Formulation and Usage

The following are example formulations where our customers have used used Elula Kalahari Melon Oil (unrefined or refined):

CategoryForm% Usage (Up to)
Facial skin careFacial cleansing gels, facial scrubs30
Hand & body careCreams & lotions, body massage oil, aromatherapy oil25/100
SoapsHand soap bars, liquid soap20
Lip careLip balm, lip repair cream, lipstick15

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