Pecan oil is cold-pressed from nutritious pecan nuts. It is high in oleic acid (up to 73%) and contains a useful amount of linoleic acid (up to 17%) and is similar in composition to olive oil. It can be used in the same way as similar oils e.g. sweet almond and canola.
It is used in skin care products for its moisturising qualities and is good for dry, chapped skin and mature skin. Pecan oil has a relatively short shelf life of six months to one year - adding some vitamin E oil and keeping it stored in a cool, dark place will help it to keep for longer.
Pecan oil can be used as a substitute for olive oil in soaps. Add up to 20% pecan oil to skin creams, lotions, balms and carrier oils.