All About Kukui Oil!

Kukui oil is cold pressed from the round nut seeds of the Aleurites moluccana, Hawaii's state tree.  Find homemade recipes for skin and hair!
The Aleurites moluccana tree bears round nuts containing Kukui oil.

Kukui oil is cold pressed from the round nut seeds of the Aleurites moluccana, Hawaii's state tree.  This tree grows up to 80 feet tall, blooms white fragrant flowers, with twisted trunks and branches. It bears nuts containing seeds with a hard coating and high oil content. The round nuts are from 1.6 to 2.4 inches in diameter.  The oil a semi-clear color and a thin, light, texture.  It's sweet nutty aroma is so light, some say it's odorless.


Its thin texture penetrates the deepest layers of skin creating a protective shield, locking in moisture. It won't block pores, leaves no greasy feeling, allows skin to feel silky and smooth. It calms psoriasis and eczema, while reducing redness. It decreases sunburn response.

Find large amounts of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.  These are crucial for stimulating skin and hair growth. Relieve dry skin by helping skin cells produce more lipids, that trap natural oils. Strengthen skin cells.  Omega 3 has a strong, natural, anti-inflammatory agent.

Find vitamins A, C and E.  Vitamin A keeps skin moist and guards against bacterial infections.  Relieve acne, eczema or psoriasis.  Fade fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Vitamin C speeds recovery of wounds or burns. Prevent skin wrinkling and inflammation. Vitamin E fades discolorations, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.  Protect against UV damage.

(Use organic ingredients for the best results)

SMOOTH & EXFOLIATE - (Homemade Body Scrub):  Blend 1 cup finely ground flaxseeds,  1 cup kukui oil or macadamia nut oil,  1 tbsp. diluted essential oil until smooth.  Pour mixture in container.  Apply mixture to wet skin in shower or bath.  Avoid eyes, ears, nose, mouth or any sensitive areas.  Rinse, thoroughly, with water.  Pat dry.  Apply gentle moisturizer, if desired.  Refrigerate mixture to preserve longer. 

DRY, CRACKED OR ITCHY: Add just a few drops to your bath water. Soak. Pat dry. Discover moisturized silky, smooth and soothed skin. 

CHAPPED, SUNBURNS, WIND BURNS: Just spray or dab a little bit on affected area. This quick, deep, penetrating natural oil will soothe skin without a greasy residue. Aloe vera is helpful to relieve painful burns but applying Kukui oil, a few days after redness subsides, relieves pain too. You can have chapped skin, windburn and sunburn relief!

ACNE AND SCARS: Blend with Tea Tree oil to help fight acne and get rid of blackheads. (In rare cases, Tea Tree Oil has reports of causing mild irritation to skin. Avoid using if any irritation occurs.) Blend Kukui oil with, diluted, geranium essential oil to help minimize scars.

CAUTION! There are no known documented allergies to this oil, but those with nut allergies should either avoid it or use it with caution, as you would with any oil or skin care product containing a nutty base.

Add moisture and shine to hair.  Relieve dry itchy scalp conditions with Kukui oil.  Find homemade recipes!


Kukui oil moisturizes, conditions and adds shine to hair.  It's used as a dry hair treatment for overexposure to sun and wind. It relieves dry itchy scalp and helps get rid of dandruff.

DRY HAIR OR ITCHY SCALP: Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner. Hair can become moisturized, shiny, smooth and silky. 


Kukui oil is excellent for making homemade soap!  It adds a rich, creamy, stable lather and wonderful conditioning properties. Use it up to 10% of your soap recipes, for a rich, creamy soap. It can be expensive but a little goes a long way. Use it wisely.

SOAP MAKING TIP:  You may want to superfat this oil. Blend approximately two tablespoons for every five pounds of soap, at light or medium trace. Using it this way, instead of at the beginning of your soap making process, may help you cut costs. It won't have to saponify with all of the rest of your soap making oils, as it would if were used at the beginning of your soap making process.

SAP VALUE: 190-195 / NaOH: .135 oz. / KOH: .191 oz.


Use Kukui oil for making homemade soap!  Add a rich, creamy, lather!  Find soap making tips and a soap recipe!


10 ounces lard

4 ounces Palm oil

1 ounce Kukui nut oil

1 ounce Macadamia nut oil

7 ounces Water

2.2 ounces Lye

1/2 ounce mango butter, 
1/2 tsp. coriander essential oil, 
1/4 tsp. clove essential oil and 
1/2 tsp. tumeric colorant

CAUTION!  Know dangers of using lye.  Know how to protect yourself against a lye burn.  Always add your solid form lye, sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, to the liquid. Adding liquid to the solid form lye can cause a violent reaction. Keep lye away from children and pets.

CAUTION!   Essential oils are potent!  Never use large amounts of essential oils externally, or internally. Never use them straight. Essential oils must always be diluted in carrier oil, or soap, lotion, or other buffering agent.  Never use them without knowing what their bioactive compounds can do.

STORING:  Kukui oil has a shelf life of one year. Store it in a cool place, out of direct sunlight, and refrigerate it after opening, to extend its life.

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Kukui nut oil is excellent for making homemade lotion, creams, balms, scrubs or shampoo bar. It's often used in massage oils. It's a, highly, versatile carrier oil to use with essential oils, for a superb moisturizing agent. Use at 5% to 10% in homemade lotions, creams, balms or scrubs.


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