Moisturising and emollient
Rapeseed Oil has emollient and antioxidant properties for skin, and is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is said to have more omega-3 fatty acid than olive oil per gram.
This Japanese rapeseed oil is from a small collective of farmers in the Fukushima nuclear disaster area in Japan.
Rapeseed has the amazing ability to soak up irradiated caesium, from the soil. However, when you extract oil from rapeseed, the caesium stays in the plant, and is not present in the oil. As a result, this rapeseed oil is safe to use, whilst also cleaning up the soil. This is called bioremediation, regenerating the land using nature.
The Japanese Buying Team at Lush has worked closely with the Fukushima farmers to support them. Their work is providing a vital source of income for farmers who lost their livelihoods in the Fukushima disaster. Currently the farms are small-scale, producing 9 tonnes of oil this year. They hope to grow their business further and aim to produce 27 tonnes next year.