07 November 2008

Sweet Almond is an excellent emollient and is known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin D, and is considered extremely nourishing Sweet Almond Oil is a fine, light, soothing and healing oil, affordable all purpose carrier oil to keep on hand. It has excellent penetrating properties and is beneficial to the skin regardless of skin type or age, it is particularly good for dry sensitive skins and can help relieve itchiness and swelling. Almond oil is completely odorless, and so is good for a base massage oil. Can be used on its own or blended with grape seed, jojoba or sunflower oils. Can be used 100% strength. Goes rancid quickly, use blend made with it quickly, some authorities says it keeps well because of Vitamin E content.

Aroma
Nutty, Light, and Sweet

Contains
Glucosides
Minerals
Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E
Rich in Protein.
Rich in Vitamin D
Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid (essential fatty acids)

Viscosity
Medium

Color
Clear With a Yellow Tinge

Absorption and Feel
Leaves a Slight Hint of Oil on the Skin. absorbs quickly

Shelf Life
Sweet Almond is slow to become rancid; users can expect 6 Months to 1 Year with proper Storage (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended

Extraction Method
Cold Pressed

Uses and Health Benefits
  • Helpful to all skin types, especially for eczema. itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation
  • Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid can be expected to sooth dry skin and irritated areas
  • Useful against burns and thread veins
  • Useful for removable make up
  • Very lubricating, but not penetrating
  • Good choice for massage oil, and protectant
    it is a good massage medium to use to help spread the oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin
  • Can be used 100% strength. Although mostly used on its own as a massage carrier oil, it also works well by diluting with 10% wheatgerm oil to help give it a longer shelf life
  • Do not confuse this oil with Bitter Almond Essential Oil: That particular oil is never used in aromatherapy as it may cause prussic acid poisoning
Sweet Almond Oil Chemical Analysis
Fatty acidsRangeTypical
PalmiticC16:03.0-9.0 %5.5 %
PalmitoleicC16:12.0 % max0.2 %
StearicC18:00.5 - 3.0%2.8 %
OleicC18:160.0 -75.0 %70.0 %
LinoleicC18:220.0 - 30.0 %21.0 %
Alpha LinoleicC:18:30.4 % max0.1 %
ArachidicC20:00.2 % max0.1 %
EicosenoicC20:10.2 % max0.1 %
BehenicC22:00.2 % max0.1 %
ErucicC22:10.1 % maxn. d.

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