Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) - Clear to pale yellow in color, sweet almond oil is pressed from the seeds of the sweet almond tree.
It spreads easily, absorbs fast, and is a great ingredient for body care and soap, and is considered one of the most popular of all carrier oils. It is very light in aroma and has a great slip and glide, making it a wonderful ingredient for massage and skin care products.
In a soap formula, sweet almond oil helps to produce long lasting lather and soothes the skin. It is also great to "super-fat" a soap base after saponification.
Commonly used for skin protection, nourishment, and to relieve itching and dryness, sweet almond oil is excellent for all skin types.
It is high in mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, proteins, minerals and glycosides, and contains naturally occurring vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. It also contains up to 28% of linoleic acid, an omega 6 essential fatty acid. Aromaland adds additional plant-derived vitamin E oil to increase shelf life and provide additional nourishment for the skin.
Note: sweet almond oil is a fatty plant oil, and not to be confused with bitter almond essential oil, which is derived from a different plant and is potentially toxic.
Composition of Almond Oil:
- Oleic Acid: 64-82%
- Linoleic Acid: 8-28%
- Palmitic Acid: 6-8%
- Unsaponifiables: <1.5%
Quoted from S. Parker, A study of lipids. Proportions may vary due to the plant-based nature of the product.