Grape Seed Oil – What You Need to Know

Grape seed oil is wonderful for your skin and for cooking. However, there’s a great deal of misinformation out there in cyber-land. This post is to give you just the facts.

What is grape seed oil?

Grape seed oil is derived from the seeds of grapes, usually wine grapes.

How is grape seed oil made?

Grape seed oil is made in one of two ways:

  • Expeller pressed – When oils is extracted using this method, the grapes are heat pressed to release the oil. There are no chemicals used in this process and it produces the best grape seed oil. Note: There are no cold pressed grape seed oils despite what you read. Due to the small amount of oil in the seeds, a hot expeller technique is used.
  • Solvent extracted – Hexane is used to extract the oil from the seed. Many oils on the market are produced using this method as it is less expensive. We recommend our goddesses avoid solvent extracted products as there’s too much chance of toxic residues.

The confusion surrounding grape seed oil

You will read that there is a high concentration of vitamins A, C and E in grape seed oil. This is untrue. The only vitamin in grape seed oil is vitamin E. In fairness, the vendors making such statements may be confusing grape seed oil with grape seed extract. Grape seed extract does contain vitamins A, C and E. It also contains the powerful antioxidant Proanthocyanidin. Proanthocyanidin is present in grape seed oil, but in such a small amount that is irrelevant.

The difference between grape seed extract and grape seed oil is in the processing. Grape seed extract may be made by the steam distillation of grape seeds. You can even make it at home by grinding dried seeds and grape skins. Grape seed oil is removed from the extract as part of the process.

Active ingredients in grape seed oil?

According to a 1985 study “Characteristics and composition of melon and grape seed oils and cakes,” grape seeds are composed of the following fatty acids:

  • Linoleic acid (72%) – this is an Omega 6 fatty acid and thus is one reason I do not cook with this oil. Diets, particularly in the West, are already weighted too heavily in favor of Omega 6 rich fats relative to Omega 3. However, topically, linoleic acid is wonderful for your skin.
  • Oleic acid (16%) – Oleic acid in foods such as olive oil and grape seed oil may lower blood pressure.
  • Palmitic acid (7%) – This is a saturated fat found in both animals and plants and considered unhealthy if consumed in excess.
  • Stearic acid (4%) – This is also a saturated fat found in both animals and plants, but considered neutral in that it doesn’t appear to increase LDL (The bad cholesterol).
  • Alpha–linolenic acid and Palmitoleic acid (less than 1%)

Benefits of grape seed oil?

The primary benefits of grape seed oil are when used topically for the skin. In the opinion of this writer/researcherGrapeseed Oil from Majestic Pure, 100% Pure & Natural Massage and Carrier oil, 16 fl ozGrapeseed Oil from Majestic Pure, 100% Pure & Natural Massage and Carrier oil, 16 fl oz it is not in the best interest of our goddesses to use this oil as their primary cooking or salad oil due to its extremely high linoleic acid content (Omega 6 fatty acid). Omega 3 fatty acids are what most of us lack in our diets. That said, it’s only fair to report that the phytosterols (steroid compounds similar to cholesterol) in grape seed oil may help lower cholesterol. Since the phytosterol concentration is extremely low in grape seed oil, my opinion on using it as the primary oil for cooking or other food uses still stands.

However, grape seed oil is fine for use in skin care products. The oil is beneficial to the skin in the following ways:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Keeps skin supple by retaining moisture
  • Is non-comedogenic(does not block pores) an is useful in the treatment of acne
  • Absorbs readily into the skin


Lori uses grape seed oil in several of her skin care formulations. We test all recipes on ourselves and the rest of the family first before we recommend using them. What we here at SpaFromScratch like about grape seed oil is that it absorbs readily into our skin and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling.

Now go have fun and relax.

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24 thoughts on “Grape Seed Oil – What You Need to Know

  1. Can you elaborate on the differences between the extract and oil (or provide some resources)? Why does the extract contain Proanthocyanidin, but the oil does not? I usually consider the oil a more concentrated version of the extract, but maybe I’m misinformed.

    I’d like to find a good oil for facial massage that is high in antioxidants and nourishing to the skin. Any info you can direct me to would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Helo, I just bought grapeseed oil /, and I’ll use it for massage. It was cheap, from amazon, and because of the price I think it is made with using chemicals, however it states that it is 100% pure. Could it cause problems when the massage involves all the body… lets say… inside out?


    1. If it says pure, it probably is, however, I would suggest you read the reviews carefully. I buy a lot of products from Amazon, but not before I check the reviews. I usually read all the 3-star comments first followed by a few of the 2-star and 4-star comments. The products we host on our site have all been reviewed this way.

  3. Thanks Guest and SpaFromScratch the last question and answer was exactly what I was looking for- it’s okay to use grapeseed oil for consumption on skin.

  4. I learned a lot on grape seed oil from your article! Thank you for the detailed information. I am wondering if the grape seed oil can be used for disinfecting for instance laundry or dishes. I have read from the DIY place that put either grape seed oil or grape seed extract in the dish soap and some hospital uses grape seed oil spray for disinfection. Is this correct?
    Thank you!

    1. I am not aware of any hospital using grape seed oil as a disinfectant. Studies on the antimicrobial benefits of grape seed have shown that grape seed extracts do indeed have antimicrobial properties. This is due to the phenolic compounds extracted from them. used the extract, not the oil. This is probably due to the extract having a higher concentration of phenolic compounds which vary depending on the extraction method.

      The cold pressed method used to produce the grape seed oil you buy in the store are unlikely to make a significant dent in the microbe population. That said, there are studies underway to test grape seed extracts as potential preservatives in food, but if that happens, it still isn’t going to be the grape seed extract you buy in the store.

  5. Hi there,

    I know this is one of your older articles but I’m hoping you can still help me.
    Thanks for explaining the difference between grape seed oil and grape seed extract..unfortunately, I’m still a little naive about the extract. What exactly is it? From your article it sounds like it’s just the ground up dried seeds and skin. So if I just ground them up like I do flax seeds and eat them like that, it’s grape seed extract?

  6. I´ve bought grape seed oil, in capsules (1000gr) in order to try to shrink a 3cm fibroid. DO you think oil is ok, or should I try to find extract?

  7. I work in a spa and I can’t seem to get the grapeseed oil off the walls or anywhere the therapist have touched. What should I be using?

  8. Hi,

    Can you use the same grapeseed oil found at the cooking section on your skin? Or should I get the ones from the health stores instead if for topical use?


      1. Helo! I am sorry, I’ve failed to introduce myself, my name is Peter. This is literally all I know about it, and not much is written on the label as well. Could you please take a look at it? Here is the link:

        Thanks in advance!

        1. Sorry, I couldn’t answer your question, my German is a little rusty. I would suggest you contact the manufacturer with your question. 🙁

  9. Hi there,
    This is a great article explaining the differences between grape seed oil and extract. However, I do have a couple questions. In the first line of the article, you mention that “Grape seed oil is wonderful for your skin and for cooking”. But at the end, you seem to have come to the conclusion that it is not to be used for cooking. Is that a mistake in the beginning of the article or do you still use it for some types of cooking?

    My second question is, any opinion on how grape seed oil tolerates heat? The paleo diet approach seems to avoid cooking with oils that are liquid at room temperature under the idea that those break down and become toxic at high heats. But it is unclear whether grape seed oil has anything to offer at room temperature, similar to olive oil.

    thank you!

    1. Hi there Guest,

      Thanks for the comment. We love hearing from our readers. Sorry for the confusion. I should have said “wonderful for your skin and is used for cooking.

      Grape seed oil is very high in omega 6 fatty acids and though you can cook with it at fairly low temperatures, I don’t recommend doing so. The oil does have a light flavor which some cooks prefer, but I prefer to cook with oils having a better omega 6 to omega 3 balance such as expeller expressed canola oil with a 2 (omega 6) to 1 (omega 3) ratio.

      My preference is to reserve this oil for skin care use.

      Hope I’ve cleared things up.

  10. My hair are not growing anymore
    I just want to know how to grow my hair longer
    Its just of shoulder length
    I trim it regularly
    Take care of it itoo
    Do i need to have any thing more for getting it longer??
    Plz help

    1. Hi there Guest,

      Your hair length is determined by your genetics, general health, hormones and stress.

      Assuming causes of your shoulder length hair is not genetic, the best way to increase the length is to eat the foods that will nourish your body (which includes your hair) and make sure you get a handle on stress.

      You may also want to get your hormone levels checked.

      Hope this helps.

  11. Is grapeseed oil known for causing permanent staining to massage linens? The spa where I work seems to subscribe to that idea, and recently switched from grapeseed, to sesame seed oil for a primary use unscented oil. Since then, I’ve noticed that my skin has started breaking out and having clogged pores worse than when I was a teenager. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi there,

      Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you. It’s been a little crazy around here lately.

      Are you sure the sesame seed oil is the cause of your skin problems? Have you made any changes to your diet? What about your stress level? It would be a shame to label sesame seed oil as the problem if it’s innocent because sesame seed oil is very good for the skin.

      The symptoms you describe don’t sound like a typical allergic response to the oil (rash and or blister). Also, the pore clogging rating of grape seed and sesame seed are about the same. The only way to know for sure is to stop using the oil for a while and see if your skin clears, then try it again. If the response is the same, you will know that the sesame oil is indeed the culprit and another oil must be used.

      If the sesame seed oil is causing the problems, hemp seed oil might be a good alternative. As to staining, the grape seed oil doesn’t stain any worse than any other oil. We add a couple of tablespoons of dry dishwasher soap to the laundry and have had no problems.

      Good luck and be sure and get back to us. Let us know how your doing.


  12. I am looking for a natural organic essential oil spray/mist for dogs. This is a fundraiser and I need to make 200 bottles! How do I make a large amount and be able to ship it out and maintain it’s freshness for approx. a year?

    1. Hello wonderful guest,

      You haven’t told me what the purpose is of the spray. Is it for the skin such as hot spots? Is it a flea spray? Tell me that an I can offer suggestions.

      If packaged correctly, there are numerous formulations that will last a year.

      I might want to mention that by providing a product for dogs, regardless of your good intentions, you open yourself up to lawsuits. If you still want to move forward with this project, I suggest you talk to an insurance company and get yourself covered. That’s what I would do anyway.

      As an alternative, you might consider swinging a deal with a dog toy manufacturer and sending the toys or accessories such as dog collars to your charity. This is a much safer alternative for you.

      Good luck and thank you for being so generous and kind.

      Your friend,


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