Apricot Kernel Oil

What is it? The oil pressed from the kernels of the apricot.
Appearance Pale to golden yellow liquid.
Texture Thin and smooth.
Scent Almost none
Absorbency Speed Fast
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? It’s a relatively inexpensive, fast-absorbing carrier oil.
Do you need it? No.
Refined or unrefined? I’ve only ever used refined, and I like it.
Strengths It easily absorbs into the skin and is rich in vitamin A.
Weaknesses Nothing in particular; this oils is easily swapped for others.
Alternatives & Substitutions Any other low scent, fast-absorbing carrier oil will work.
How to Work with It I like it in lotions, balms, and body butters.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, apricot kernel oil should last at least two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks It’s primarily made up of Oleic Acid (58 to 72%) and Linoleic Acid (22 to 32.5%).
Recommended starter amount 100mL (3.3fl oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Apricot Kernel Oil


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September 3, 2016