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How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: February 18, 2021
How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily

Avocado oil contains a high level of essential fats which are very beneficial for nutrition and hydration of the skin. Its regenerative and protective properties make it an ideal vegetable oil for treating dry skin and chapped hands. Besides its aesthetic benefits, we can also highlight its antioxidant properties. It is high in vitamins E and A, fatty acids and proteins among others. While these can be great for your health, it might not be as helpful for your weekly budget as avocado oil is expensive. It's also not readily available everywhere, certainly not as much as regular avocados. This is why oneHOWTO shows you how to make your own avocado oil at home easily so that you can get these benefits and save at the same time.

You'll need:

  • Two avocados
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Steps to follow:


Avocado oil can be extracted by cold pressing avocado, which is why we classify it as a vegetable oil and not an essential oil. Essential oils are distilled (like whisky) which is a much more involved process than this easy method. Although we are classifying avocado oil as a vegetable oil, the avocado fruit is technically a berry.

The first thing we will do is cut the fruit in half, extract the pulp and throwing away the stone. This is unless you want to attempt to plant the stone for a potential avocado plant. With the help of a mortar, pulp two avocados in a bowl or container for approximately two or three minutes. If you hold on to the avocado skins, then we will show how to extract every last drop of avocado oil when you read on to the end of this article.

How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily - Step 1

If you have the aid of an electronic kitchen appliance such as a food processor or electric hand mixer, then we advise using these instead. The difference between beating manually or using a processor is that, with the processor, the final result will have a finer texture. This will make the oil extraction easier, but honestly not significantly. Two avocados get about 25 ml of oil so if you want more quantity, simply increase the amount of avocados. This is the only ingredient in the avocado oil making process, so the more the merrier.

How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily - Step 2

Now take a baking tray or any large flat surface suitable for the oven and spread out the mashed avocado. You must create a thin layer by stretching the pulped fruit as much possible. We do this to facilitate the drying of the avocado and then the extraction of its oil. The thinner the layer, the faster it will dry. You will probably need another tray because one will not be enough for all the mash (depending on how many avocados you have used).

How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily - Step 3

The next step for making homemade avocado oil is split into three options:

  • If you live in a warm enough country, you are able to put the mashed avocado oil out into the sun. This will slowly dry out the avocado, leaving you with an oily pulp from which you can extract the oil. However, you will need perfectly dry conditions and it can take one or two days depending on how hot it is. Chances of rain can make this process difficult.
  • The second option for extracting the oil is to dry it out in an oven. This accelerates the process and is much less hassle as you don't have to worry about the elements. Heat your oven to 122 ºF/50 ºC and place the tray in the top center so that air can circulate. The reason for the low temperature is so that the avocado dries out, but does not bake. A similar process is used for making homemade jerky. Leave it in the oven for about 5 hours.
  • The last way to make avocado oil from the pulp is to put it into a saucepan and place it on a very low heat. During this time, you want to evaporate the moisture away similar to how you would do in the sun or an oven. It might be the quickest way to do it, but it is also the most labor intensive as you need to keep stirring continuously to ensure it doesn't burn on the bottom. Even on the lowest heat, the avocado can burn. Once the avocado pulp has dried and turned dark brown, turn off the heat and let cool.

Whether drying in the sun or oven, you should be able to see the difference drastically in the mashed pulp. It should be a dark brown color, but not black. If the avocado is black, it is possible the oven was too high and you burned it. Make sure to keep and eye on it during the drying process. Remove it from the oven and with the help of a spatula scrape away the dried avocado.

How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily - Step 5

When you have all of the dried avocado, take it and put into a clean cloth for pressing. This cloth can be made of muslin, white gauze or something similar. Ideally you should hold it over a just which can hold the cloth over it without falling in. If not, you can use a bowl and just make sure you hold it well. Twist the cloth at the open end and squeeze so that the oil drips into your container. Making the most of what you have means wringing every last drop. Extracting the oil this way can be a little tedious, but it is effective.

How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily - Step 6

When you have thoroughly strained the dry avocado your homemade avocado oil will be ready. The result is a vegetable oil with a greenish yellow colour which is very nutritious and good for the skin. You shouldn't have any bits of avocado pulp if using the correct muslin or cheese cloth. Strain again if you do.

How to Make Your Own Avocado Oil at Home Easily - Step 7

The final way to extract every last drop of avocado oil is to use the skins you left aside from earlier. You will need some sort of a press, which can be difficult to find. This makes this the least feasible option for many, but it's great if you have something suitable. Simply put the skins (ideally with a little flesh still in them) into the press, turn and twist the press until the oil comes out. Put with the rest of the oil and use as you wish.

If you like natural cosmetics, we recommend you visit our articles on making your own orange essential oil, homemade lavender oil, coconut oil or lemon essential oil.

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Joycelyn Kairi
Thank you so much for sharing your brilliant ideas and methods on extracting oil from avocado. I really do appreciate your shared knowledge. From Papua New Guinea.
OneHowTo Editor
We're glad you found it useful Joycelyn!
Samuel Munene
This is an eye-opener.
Thanks alot.
hello Friend
have carefully read how to extract Avocado oil for home use, I need to take it to another level, commercial for export. but the process is slow and laborious. I there any other method with machine help for quicker results? thank you.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Michael,

There are industrial machines and presses for this purpose, but they are very expensive. If you are thinking of starting a business, you will need to make a plan. Perhaps ask the Better Business Bureau (or equivalent in your area) for some adive on loans, equipment, registration, etc.
50C is equal to 122F, not 155F as the article states. Lower temperatures are preferred if seeking an oil that is as unadulterated as possible.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jim,

Thank you for pointing out this mistake, we have corrected the problem.
I appreciate
Zandisile mqokolwana
Can i get informatio how to make avocado oil at home?
OneHowTo Editor
Yes, here. In this article. If you need any more help, please feel free to ask.
Is it safe for cooking?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Ferd,

Yes it is indeed safe for cooking. Not only that, but it has a high smoke point and is full of flavor (although not overpowering). It is a little expensive if you buy it, so you may want to use it as a special occasion oil. Enjoy ad let us know what you create with it in your kitchen!
Many thanks am going to try this at home.
OneHowTo Editor
Thank you for your comment Linda, we hope it goes well!
Hi! Thank you for the tutorial.
I am about to try to make my own avocado oil and I was wondering if you knew : is it better to use overriped or young avocados?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Liam,

It is definitely better if the avocados are ripe. Ripe avocados will release the oil more easily and be much better for mashing.
pls us it a ripe avacado or an
Indeed am excited. Will try and commercialize it
how do you get rid off avocado smell in oil ?
How to make my own avocado oil at home easily
Thank you this helped a lot
Persis Cabziel
Thanks very much the article was useful, but i find it very difficult to extract the oil by squeezing it. Is there no other way for that.
How to make avacado oil in commercial scale,as some one stated even rotten ones can be used to make oil. Please let me know a small type of machine that could make it at home in smaller scale.
thanks for your information. pls send me all the article on diy oil. soap, cream and what have you.
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kim oriyo
Thank you very much for the article.Where i am (Tanzania Kilimanjaro)vocados rote and have no market dogs feast on them.We need a small to medium machines for exctracting oil or preservation
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Kim, we're glad it was useful for you!
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