Sweet Almond Oil Refined (BP73)


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Inci:Prunus amygdalus dulcis Oil

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


A clear to pale yellow oil that is extracted by cold pressing the ripe seed kernels of the sweet almond tree. The oil has then been refined to remove the very slight odour and improve its keeping qualities.

According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the funtions of Sweet Almond Oil, Refined are: Skin Conditioning

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Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 3% to 9%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 1% to 4%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 60% to 75%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 20% to 30%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) max 0.5%
Saponification Value: mgKOH / g 190 - 195


Use in formulations at 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. It is heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 when making creams and lotions.
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.
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.
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.
It does absorb UV rays so has a natural sun protection factor (SPF) 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. It also helps to eliminate dandruff.
As it is a nut oil, do not use if you have a nut allergy.


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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 har, sweet almond oil 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 the the Romans.