Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil is a primarily monounsaturated carrier oil. It is a great all-purpose carrier that resembles Sweet Almond Oil in its properties and consistency. However, it is lighter in texture and viscosity.
The texture of Apricot Kernel Oil also makes it a good choice for use in massage and massage oil blends.
Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price mentions that Apricot Kernel Oil is low in saturated fats, contains approximately 65% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 28% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), and less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid). [Len Price with Ian Smith and Shirley Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage (United Kingdom: Riverhead, 1999), 37.]
Typical Method of Production
Light - Medium
Relatively fast absorption.
Virtually Clear With a Yellow Tinge
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General Safety Information
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