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 CO2 Extracts or simply CO2s, are high quality oils extracted using liquified Carbon Dioxide as the solvent. When carbon dioxide is pressurized and converted to liquid, 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 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 extracted essence of the plant. CO2 Supercritical Extracts are the closest representation of the natural plant ever achieved.
Two types of CO2 Extracts are obtained using this method of extraction:
- CO2 Selects:
CO2 Selects are oils that have been extracted using CO2 at lower pressure. CO2 Selects contain only the volatile CO2-soluble components. The heavier waxes, resins, and color compounds are not present in CO2 Selects. The viscosity of CO2 Selects are generally thicker than steam distilled essential oils but are still still pourable. CO2 Selects resemble steam distilled essential oils in composition and benefitial applications, however, they may contain more volatile components that are not extracted during steam distillation.
- CO2 Totals:
CO2 Totals are oils that have been 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, making the extract 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).
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.
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.