In the world of natural oils, there is one shimmering gem that stands out for its exceptional properties and sky-high price tag: red raspberry seed oil. Ringing in up to $1000/gallon, this luxurious oil, derived from the tiny seeds of red raspberries, has garnered attention and admiration from skincare enthusiasts and industry experts alike.
Let’s delve into the reasons behind the exorbitant price of red raspberry seed oil and explore why it has still become a top-tier sought-after ingredient industrywide - including The Butters own SPF50 sunscreen, Face Oil and Anti-Aging line.
Limited Supply due to Cultivation:
Like cocoa, vanilla, & saffron, red raspberries are not as widely cultivated as other fruits, which immediately creates a limited supply of their seeds. The delicate nature of raspberry plants and the specific conditions required for optimal growth contribute to this scarcity. Cultivating these plants is a labor-intensive process that demands expertise, making them less viable for mass production compared to other crops. You’ll also notice they’re usually the most expensive berry in the grocery store.
Complex Extraction Process:
Extracting the oil from red raspberry seeds is a meticulous and time-consuming task. The seeds are incredibly small, making the extraction process intricate and challenging. Moreover, the seeds contain a low oil content, which further adds to the complexity. The extraction method commonly used involves cold-pressing the seeds to obtain the precious oil. This gentle process helps preserve the oil's natural properties but requires careful handling and specialized equipment – ie expensive.
Sustainable Growth Methods:
One of the more social positive factors contributing to the high cost of red raspberry seed oil is the emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly cultivation practices. Many producers prioritize organic farming techniques, avoiding the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. These sustainable methods contribute to the overall health and quality of the plants and seeds, but they also require additional resources and meticulous attention, further driving up the price.
Market Demand and Popularity:
While the limited supply, complex extraction process, and sustainable growth methods all contribute to the high price, market demand is the ultimate driving force. Red raspberry seed oil has gained immense popularity in the beauty and skincare industry for its exceptional benefits. The oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins, making it highly nourishing and protective for the skin. It is particularly valued for its natural sun protection properties, as it contains a significant amount of UV-A and UV-B blocking properties. These qualities have made red raspberry seed oil a coveted ingredient in sunscreens, moisturizers, and anti-aging products.
At The Butters, I make stuff I want, not more crap to stuff in a market category. So, even as a small business we invest in quality ingredients like pure organic cold-pressed red raspberry seed oil. That's why we have chosen it as the base ingredient in our SPF50 sunscreen, Lip Balm, Anti-Aging Face Oil, Tummy Butter, Milk & Mud Bath Bomb, and Anti-Aging Body Moisturizer. By harnessing the power of red raspberry seed oil, we aim to provide our customers with effective, natural, and environmentally conscious skincare solutions that deliver results for the darkest, lightest and most sensitive skin.