When used in soap making, Sweet Almond oil produces a rich conditioning lather. High in Vitamins E, A and D as well as Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids, this oil is perfect for soothing dry, flaky and irritated skin. It is said to be beneficial for skin ailments like rashes, psoriasis and eczema.
Suitable for all skin types, this oil is often used as a base for massage oils when the need to dilute stronger essential oils is required.
With it's emollient properties, it effectively softens the skin leaving it soft and supple. It also acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin and preventing it from drying out.
Common Name(s): Sweet Almond Oil
Botanical Name(s): Prunus Dulcis
INCI Name: Sweet Almond (Prunus Dulcis) Oil
Common Extraction Method: Cold pressed from the fruit kernel inside the seed shell.
Plant Origin: Mediterranean, Southern Europe and USA.
Physical Description: The colour ranges from a clear, pale yellow to a light golden yellow. It is quite easily absorbed with a fairly non-greasy feel. Must be refrigerated once opened to prevent spoilage.
Aromatic Description: Very mild odour.
Approximate SAP Value: KOH = 195; NaOH = 139
Soap Making Characteristics: Saponifies easily and makes a good addition to other base oils. Will produce a very conditioning lather. Best used in quantities of around 5% - 20% of the base oil total.
Cautions: Can stain fabrics if it comes in direct contact.
Recipe Suggestions: The Sweet Almond Oil Soap Recipe uses this oil. You can also replace a portion of olive oil in any of the recipes on either the Homemade Soap Recipes page or the Basic Soap Recipes page.(Don't forget that any time you change a soap making recipe, you need to run the recipe through a lye calculator in order to get the new correct lye amount.)
Fatty Acid Content: The chart below shows the approximate percentages of fatty acids present in this oil.
This information is provided for reference use only and is not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed health care professional.