CO2 Extracts

Conventional CO2 Extracts | Organic CO2 Extracts

CO2 extracted oils are high quality oils extracted using carbon dioxide in liquid form, as the solvent. When carbon dioxide is converted to liquid by using low temperatures and high pressure, it becomes a safe and effective solvent that allows all the desirable active constituents of the botanical to be collected without the risk of heat degradation. Once the extraction is complete, the carbon dioxide is allowed to return to its natural gaseous state, leaving behind only the extracted essence of the plant. CO2 extracted oils are the closest representation of the natural plant ever achieved.

Two types of oils are obtained using this method of extraction:

  • CO2 Selects:

    Selects are oils that have been extracted at lower pressures and contain only the volatile, CO2 soluble components. The heavier waxes, resins, and color compounds are left behind. The viscosity of CO2 Select is generally thick but pourable. These oils closely resemble steam distilled essential oils in composition, however, they may contain more volatile components that are not extracted during steam distillation.

  • CO2 Totals:

    Totals are oils that have been extracted at higher pressures and contain both the volatile and non-volatile CO2 soluble components of the botanical. Co2 Totals contain the essential oil of the plant plus the heavier waxes, resins and color compounds, making them very similar to the plant itself. CO2 Totals are generally thick and pasty but are soluble in essential oils and vegetable oils (although some may need gentle warming).


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