Is Black Sesame Oil the same as black seed oil?
No, it is not. To purchase Black Seed Oil, click here.
Why is the Black Sesame Oil clear when pouring from the bottle?
We have it stated on the bottle to "shake well before using as natural settling may occur." If the black sesame oil is not shaken before pouring, it will indeed be clear due to the black particulate separating and sinking to the bottom of the bottle. However, if shaken for 10 - 20 seconds, the oil will then become black in color again.
In the photo below, the cup on the right is the Black Sesame Oil before the bottle was shaken (clear oil) and the cup on the left is the Black Sesame Oil after the bottle was shaken for 20-seconds (black oil).
Are the plastic bottles BPA-free?
Yes, we use BPA-free bottles made of Polyethylene and the main difference is that our bottle is black to protect it from light which can degrade the oil. If you're looking to ditch plastic completely, we do offer this oil in a 32 oz glass bottle up above.
Do your artisan cold-pressed oils need to be shipped refrigerated? Does the shipping time affect the oils?
Very high heat (over 300 degrees) or prolonged heat over a very long time can degrade the omega-rich oils. However, the relatively short shipment times and variable seasonal temperatures encountered during shipment have been found to be irrelevant when tested. Even shipments arriving during the summer heatwaves can be guaranteed as being potent and unharmed.
Can I cook with your artisan cold-pressed oils?
Cooking with our artisan cold-pressed oils is not recommended and really defeats the purpose of Foods Alive taking such great care in pressing the oil at a low temperature. The omega essential fatty acids are very delicate and really high heat will destroy them. But you can use it after cooking on a number of dishes by adding it to your dish once it's on your plate and ready to consume.