False flax oil

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False flax oil is a pressed seed oil, derived from the Camelina sativa or false flax, also called gold of pleasure. False flax has long been grown in Europe, and its oil used as a lamp oil until the 18th century. In recent times, its has been explored for use in cosmetic and skin care products.[1] False flax belongs to the Brassicaceae (mustard and cabbage) family, which also contains many other seed oil plants, such as rapeseed oil. It contains 1 - 3% erucic acid.

The seeds contain an average of 37% by weight of oil, and contains the following fatty acids:[2]

Component Percentage Category
Alpha-linolenic 35-42% Polyunsaturated
Oleic 12-27% Monounsaturated
Linoleic 16-25% Polyunsaturated
Gadoleic 9-17% Monounsaturated
Palmitic 3-8% Saturated
Stearic 2-3% Saturated


  1. Stanislas Crouzier. "Processing false flax (camelina) proteins and oils to be used as base materials in cosmetics and skin care products".
  2. "Gold of Pleasure (pdf)".

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