Product Name: Ximenia Oil
Botanical Name: Ximenia americana
INCI Name (USA): Ximenia Americana Seed Oil
CAS #: 95193-67-2
EC #: 305-880-2


Commercial Ximenia oil is cold-pressed oil from seed kernels of Ximenia americana, commonly known as sour plum or wild plum. The oil is non-drying and characterized by a high content of long-chain mono-unsaturated fatty acids. The fatty acid profile is unique, and the long-chain fatty acids have been shown to have bio-active properties.

Ximenia oil has attracted keen interest from the international market, mainly due to its anti-aging properties.

Cosmetic and personal care brands that currently use Ximenia oil in their products include The Body Shop, Melvita, Aromatherapy Associates and Louise Galvin. Product ranges within these brands include skincare, bath and body, anti-aging, and hair-care.

Ximenia oil has traditionally been used in cooking, but its primary purpose has been as an emollient. Patents and published literature refer to anti-inflammatory properties, improved cutaneous blood micro-circulation, regeneration of dry skin prone to senescence (anti-aging) and improved hair growth (improving the functioning of sebaceous tissues).

The oil can be used in products for hair and body care. Safe for use around the eyes, it is an ingredient in emollient creams for normal and dry skins, shampoos for dry, damaged and fragile hair, in lipsticks, and safely used in baby care products. Besides being used in skin and hair-care preparations, Ximenia oil also has a history of use in various medicinal applications, e.g., treatment of sores and cuts.

General Properties:

• Appearance : Liquid at 25°C
• Color : Clear yellow
• Odor : nutty to bland, sometimes slightly fruity
• Taste : Characteristic
• Specific gravity : 0.91 – 0.92
• Refractive index : 1.460 – 1.480
• Iodine value : 65 – 95 g/100g
• Saponification Index: 150 – 183 mg (KOH/g)

Storage conditions:
Stable oil. Shelf life 2-3 years.
Containers should be kept closed in order to minimize contamination. Store in a cool (<75º F), dry, well ventilated,
place away from heat and light. Keep from extreme heat and away from all sources of ignition.

Fatty Acid Composition (Range of values)

Miristic AcidC 14:0<1%
Palmitic acid C 16:01-3.5%
Stearic acidC 18:04-15.5%
Oleic acid (omega 9)C 18:1 (ω 9)55-82%
Xymenynic acidC 18:15-15%
Linoleic acid (omega 6)C 18:2 (ω 6)1-10%
Linolenic acid (omega 3)C 18:3 (ω 3)8-10%
Arachic acidC 20:01%
Docosapentaenoic acidC 22:05-7%
Erucic acidC 22:13-4%
Lignoceric acidC 24:01.5-3%
Nervonic acidC 24:17-12%
Hexacosenoic acidC 26:16.5-9.5%
Cerotic acidC 26:01.5-3%
Octocosenoic acidC 28:18-12%
Average Saturated Fatty Acids: 5-10%
Average Unsaturated Fatty Acids: 90-95%

This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge and was compiled through testing methods and with the assistance of our suppliers, harvesters and processors. This product is imported for external and/or cosmetic use only. We make no warranty, either expressed or implied, in the complete accuracy of the information listed herein. The data in this analysis is used only as an average for the solicitation of the aforementioned botanicals. Suggestions for the use and application of the products and guide formulations are given for informational purposes only and without commitment. DLG Naturals, Inc. does not assume any liability or risk involved in the use of its products as the conditions of use are beyond its control. The user of the products is solely responsible for compliance with all laws and regulations applying to the use of the products, including intellectual property rights of third parties.