Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil is a wonderful, affordable all-purpose carrier oil to keep on hand for use in properly diluting essential oils and for incorporating into aromatherapy and personal care recipes. It makes a lovely oil to use for topical bath and body formulations.
Generally speaking, Sweet Almond Oil is easy to find as a certified organic or conventional vegetable oil through reputable aromatherapy suppliers. It is a primarily monounsaturated vegetable oil with medium viscosity and mild aroma. Sweet Almond Oil has a nice texture. It doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy when used judiciously.
Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price mentions that Sweet Almond Oil contains approximately 8% saturated fat, 65% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid) and 27% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid). [Len Price with Ian Smith and Shirley Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage (United Kingdom: Riverhead, 1999), 33.]
Botanical Name of Sweet Almond Oil
Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus
Typical Method of Production
Light, Sweet, Nutty.
Relatively fast absorption.
Virtually Clear With a Yellow Tinge
Typical Shelf Life
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General Safety Information
Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.
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Author: Susan M. Parker
Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage
Authors: Len Price with Ian Smith & Shirley Price