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Organic Sweet Almond Oil

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Inci: Prunus amygdalus dulcis

The classic oil that is used globally for body massage as well as cosmetic manufacture. A very mild, organic oil that is excellent to use for smooth and supple skin.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A clear to pale yellow oil that is extracted by cold pressing the organically grown ripe seed kernels of the Sweet Almond Tree.
 
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng), the functions of Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Cold Pressed are: Skin Conditioning.
 
To view more information, visit the CosIng Database here.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
 
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 16%
C18:0 Stearic Acid less than 3%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 62% to 86%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 20% to 30%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) max 0.4%
 
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 185 - 195

HOW TO USE IT

Skin Care
It contains glucosides, minerals and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and Vitamin E in varying amounts.
 
This makes it a very nutritious and functional oil for all skin types and helps to reduce the visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Blend with drier oils like Rosehip and Chia Seed if using on oily skin.
 
Effective on dry and itchy skin to ease the itch and alleviate dryness and sore skin. Use in products designed for eczema prone and psoriasis prone skin.
 
Being rich in Omega 9, this oil goes some way to reducing joint inflammation, stiffness and pain which is why it is so commonly used for massage.
 
It gives good lubrication and does not sink in too fast. Ideal to use in body wraps and scrubs that need some slip and slide.
 
Very protective so use in dry skin products such as daily creams and lotions.
Also effective to use in balms and ointments. It softens the skin and any wound crusts keeping the skin more flexible.
 
Excellent to use in baby care as just a few drops will go a long way. Use in gels, creams and lotions.
 
It does absorb UV rays so has a natural Sun Protection Factor but it should not be used on its own for this purpose as the SPF is not high enough.
 
Hair Care
Promotes moisture retention in the hair and stimulates the growth of thicker, longer and stronger hair. Also eliminates dandruff.
 
Usage
Use 1% to 100%. Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products. It can be used in small amounts in water based gels that will hold it in suspension.
 
Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.

RECIPES & BLENDS

Blends well with all oils. Works well with Beeswax and Rice Bran Wax when making balms and ointments.
 
For itchy skin, combine with Chickweed Oil, Marshmallow Root Oil, Comfrey Oil or St. John’s Wort Oil.

Click on the links below to be directed to great recipes featuring Almond Oil, Sweet (Organic):

TRADITIONAL USE

Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists to soften someone with a hardened exterior persona and let the softer nature inside come to the surface.
Used as a good base oil for massage and all itchy skin conditions.

Used by the Ancient Romans to keep their skin soft and to condition the hair, It has been a mainstay of European life for centuries. Also used as a cooking oil because it has a high smoke point.

Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medical texts cite the use of Sweet Almond Oil even earlier than the Romans.