CO2 Extracts

Conventional Aromatic CO2 Selects | Organic Aromatic CO2 Selects | Conventional Aromatic CO2 Totals
Organic Aromatic CO2 Totals | Conventional Fixed CO2 Totals (Carrier/Vegetable Oils)
Organic Fixed CO2 Totals (Carrier/Vegetable Oils) | CO2s With Standardized Actives

CO2 Supercritical Extracts, also known as Carbon Dioxide Extracts, CO2 Extracts or simply CO2s, are extracted using liquified carbon dioxide. When carbon dioxide is pressurized and converts to a supercritical, liquid-like state, it becomes a safe and effective solvent that allows all the desirable constituents of the botanical to be collected without the risk of heat degradation or exposure to potentially toxic solvents. Once the extraction is complete, the carbon dioxide is allowed to return to its natural gaseous state, leaving behind only the pure, botanical extract.

Two types of CO2 Extracts are obtained using CO2 Supercritical Extraction:

  • CO2 Selects:

    CO2 Selects have been extracted using CO2 at lower pressure. CO2 Selects contain only the more volatile CO2-soluble components. The heavier waxes, resins, and color compounds are not present in CO2 Selects. The viscosity of CO2 Selects are typically (but now always) thicker than steam distilled essential oils but are still pourable. CO2 Selects resemble steam distilled essential oils in composition and beneficial applications, however, they may contain more volatile components that are not extracted during steam distillation.

  • CO2 Totals:

    CO2 Totals are extracted at higher pressure. CO2 Totals contain both volatile and non-volatile CO2 soluble components of the botanical. CO2 Totals contain the essential oil, heavier waxes, fatty acids, resins and color compounds. CO2 Totals are generally thick and pasty but are soluble in essential oils and vegetable oils. Due to their viscosity, some CO2 Totals may need gentle warming).


Conventional Aromatic CO2 Selects

For your convenience, we are including our range of aromatic CO2 totals and selects on our Essential Oils page. Please visit our CO2 Supercritical Extracts page for an introduction to CO2 Selects and CO2 Totals.


Organic Aromatic CO2 Selects


Conventional Aromatic CO2 Totals


Organic Aromatic CO2 Totals


Conventional Fixed CO2 Totals (Carrier/Vegetable Oils)

For your convenience, we are including our range of fixed CO2 totals and selects on our Vegetable Oils page. Please visit our CO2 Supercritical Extracts page for an introduction to CO2 Selects and CO2 Totals.


Organic Fixed CO2 Totals (Carrier/Vegetable Oils)


CO2s With Standardized Actives

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