Apricot Kernel Oil


What does this mean?

Inci: Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil

A gentle oil suitable for everyday use, for sensitive skin, dry, mature skin and babies. A great all rounder for all skin types.


A clear, pale yellow liquid that is virtually odourless. It is obtained by expeller pressing of the seed (stone) of the ripe apricot fruit. It has very similar properties and profile to Peach Kernel Oil.
Cosmetic Functions
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Apricot Kernel Oil are:
Masking, Skin Conditioning
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SAP value mgKOH/g 185 - 195.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 3% to 8%
C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid 1%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 2% to 5%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 58% to 72%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 22% to 33%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) 1%


Skin Care
Apricot Kernel Oil is excellent to use for body massage as it is absorbed slowly by the skin over 20 minutes to an hour without leaving a greasy residue. It is a good moisturiser, keeping the skin hydrated and enhances skin elasticity and makes the skin very soft and smooth. Use in creams and lotions and oil blends.
Suitable for all skin types.
  • It's a “long” oil meaning that it works well for long strokes on the body such as with massage or working into the arms or legs.
  • A mild oil that is tolerated very well by people with sensitive skin due to its Omega 6 content which is anti inflammatory.
  • Safe enough to use on babies as it is protective and gentle.
  • Used under the eyes, it can help to reduce dark circles and reduce puffiness and fine lines.
  • Great to use in anti ageing and skin rejuvenation products like eye creams as it smooths out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Very good to add to gels as a small amount leaves a very soft feeling on the skin.
  • Very useful in products for dry and mature skin as it softens the skin.
  • Use in treatment serums and face masks.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil is a good ingredient to add to cleansers for sensitive skin.
Hair Care
It can help to nourish the hair shaft and detangle the hair. It has a slight astringency which will firm the scalp and hair follicles. This is stimulating and can help to reduce hair loss.
  • Massaging the oil in can restore comfort and flexibility to an irritated scalp.
  • The Omega 9 content of Apricot Kernel Oil is useful to help keep your hair dandruff free and also strengthens the hair shaft.
  • Use at 1% to 100%.
  • Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products.
  • Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.


Blends very well with drier feeling oils like Chia Seed, Kiwi Seed and Rosehip as it makes them feel more elegant on the skin.

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Historical Information
The apricot tree got its name because it was believed to have originated in Armenia and the name means “Armenian Plum”. However, other ancient texts cite Confucius schooling his students under a plum tree and it does have a long history of therapeutic use in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists to improve digestion. Blended with some peppermint essential oil, it was gently rubbed into the abdomen in a clockwise direction.