I love including raw CO2 extracts in your mixes! but what are they and what makes them an exceptional extract?
Introducing you to the new world of CO2 extracts, CO2 extracts are also known as supercritical fluid CO2 extracts and are extremely pure plant extracts produced by a relatively new extraction method.
CO2 extracts are oils similar to distilled oils that we know of as essential oils. Essential oils extraction is a relatively new process, the key components to extracting this way are steam or hydro distillation or chemical solvents such as hexane, ethanol or heptane.
The CO2 extraction method consists of pumping pressurised carbon dioxide into a chamber filled with plant matter, when carbon dioxide is pressurised in this way it becomes ‘supercritical’ and has liquid qualities while remaining in a gaseous state. Supercritical CO2 extraction method is gentle, an oxygen and solvent-free process that delivers the purest, and most potent extract that retain the near-identical chemical profile of the raw plant.
The aspect that makes them so exceptional is that plant matter is not altered in this extraction process and the extract contains more constituents found in the plant than just the essential oil portion. CO2’s contain a fuller spectrum of the plant than an essential oil. I’m so pleased to include these potent CO2’s in the formulations; I hope you enjoy discovering them in your Mixes.
Love Becky x