Chemical Aspects of Mink Oil

Study made in collaboration with Services of Laboratory of Chemistry and Bacteriology of City of Gent, department of Belgium Ministry of Health.


C-12:0 Dodecane acid(Lauric Acid) 0.30%
C-14:0 Tetradecane acid(Myristic Acid) 3.50%
C-15:0 Pentadecane acid 0.20%
C-16:0 Hexadecane Acid(Palmitic Acid) 16.00%
C-16:1 Hexadecane Acid(Palmitoleic Acid) 15.00%
C-17:0 Heptadecane Acid(Margarin Acid) 0.20%
C-17:1 Heptadecane Acid 0.50%
C-18:0 Octadecane Acid(Stearic Acid) 3.00%
C-18:1 Octadecane Acid(Oleic Acid) 39.5%
C-18:2 Octadecatriene Acid(Linoleic Acid) 16.00%
C-18:3 Octadecatriene Acid(Linolenic Acid) 1.00%
C-20:0 Eicosane Acid(Arachic Acid) 0.20%
C-20:1 Eicosene Acid 1.50%
C-20:4 Eicosatetraene Acid 0.40%
C-20:5 Eicosapentaene Acid 0.50%
C-22:0 Docosane Acid traces
C-22:1 Docosene Acid 0.20%
C-22:5 Docopentaene Acid 0.40%
C-22:6 Docohexaene Acid 0.60%
C-24:0 Tetracosane Acid 0.10%
Content of unsaturated fatty acids more than 75%
Content of polysaturated fatty acids less than 20%
Free fatty acids < 0.1
Iodine Value 84-89
Refraction Index 1.4670-1.4706
Saponification Number 195-200

Mink Oil contains 14-18% Palmitoleic Acid: C-16 unsaturated found in no other commonly used cosmetic ingredient. It is the closest to human sebum. Best tolerated and most beneficial for the skin.

Mink Oil contains 70% to 80% Unsaturated Fats: It tends to rub directly into the skin, where it penetrates deeply, leaving a velvety rich texture. However, leaving a non greasy nor sticky felling behind. For these reasons, one can say Mink Oil is completely different to almost all other natural oils used in cosmetics.