This is 100% camellia seed oil. At Shokunin Store we offer edible grade oil because we want to be assured that there are no added chemicals or thinning agents. The Japanese have used camellia seed oil for all sorts of purposes for over 1200 years. In the past it was even burnt to provide lighting for Japan’s dark timber houses. Although camellia seed oil is no longer used for lighting, we still use it for food and cosmetics, and for taking care of metal tools.
For your skin and hair
Camellia seed oil is rich in oleic acid (80%), a mono-unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that is effective in reducing bad cholesterol and blood pressure. Oleic acid is considered one of the healthier sources of fat in the diet, and at 80%, camellia seed oil is even richer in oleic acid than olive oil. In fact, camellia seed oil has been found to carry more oleic acid than any other edible oil available.
Camellia seed oil mainly consists of triglycerides, the main constituents of body fat in humans. In other words, camellia seed oil closely resembles the natural oils in human skin, which makes it perfect for use in cosmetics and food. Used as a hair care product in Japan for centuries, camellia seed oil provides a beautiful glow on dark silky Japanese hair and provides natural UV protection. Apply a little on your hair before blow drying to protect from the heat and breakage, and to help prevent dryness and frizz.
edible grade oil for your tools
In Japan, camellia seed oil is also extremely popular as a tool oil for scissors, secateurs, shears, loppers and knives. The oil forms a protective barrier on blades making them corrosion resistant. As a result, the blades will stay sharper for longer. For scissors, the oil also works as a lubricant, allowing the two blades to move smoothly against each other. So, what are the advantages of camellia seed oil over ordinary tool oils? Camellia seed oil is clear, odourless and does not become sticky. While ordinary oils may oxidise, thicken and change colour or develop an unpleasant smell over time, camellia seed oil remains clean and clear.
At Shokunin Store we don’t just offer the best Japanese garden and kitchen tools in the world, we also offer our customers the best way to take care of them – with our pure, food-grade camellia seed oil. Many other camellia seed tool oils contain only a very small percentage of actual camellia seed oil and are “stretched” with additives and other substances. Some don’t even clarify what other ingredients are in them. When so many of us believe in and practise organic planting and healthy eating, what we use on our blades should be safe too. This edible grade oil is often used for fine machinery for both quality and food safety.
where does the oil come from?
The oil comes from Kagoshima on Japan’s Kyushu Island. The city’s most famous landform is Mt Sakurajima, one of the most active volcanoes in Japan, constantly erupting and spewing out ash. In 1985 Kagoshima suffered a particularly heavy ashfall, which coated the surrounding land and killed crops. Later that year, people noticed the camellia bushes blooming despite all the ash, almost as if nothing had happened. Until this moment, many in Kagoshima considered camellia seed oil an everyday item, nothing special, something you could make yourself. However, knowing the volcano will constantly present challenges to farming in this area, the locals planted many more camellia trees to develop a more solid camellia-based industry.
Natural and versatile
This camellia seed oil is so versatile that everyone should have a bottle at home. Not only for your kitchen and garden tools, you can also use it on your skin and hair. And if you have wooden chopping boards or utensils, a thin coating of camellia seed oil is perfect to protect them.
In recent times, natural camellia seed oil has regained popularity in Japan as more and more people come to appreciate this incredibly nourishing oil that is natural and safe for a wide range of uses.
We use 100% recycled PET for our bottle label, and biomass label glue. The label was designed for us by talented Yukari Sweeney of YSD in London.
– To maintain the freshness, close the lid after use.
– Avoid humidity and direct sunlight.
– Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
– 100% camellia seed oil (food grade)
– Made in Japan
– Ideal for skin care and other cosmetic use
– Safe to use for your hand tools and kitchen knives
– Ideal for fine machinery maintenance
100% Camellia Seed Oil : 35ml
Comes in a glass bottle
Size: H 10cm x W 3cm
*We use 100% recycled PET for our clear sicker label with camellia motif. Adhesive is 20% biomass.