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Also known as sweet almond oil, this is a non-volatile, non-fragrant oil extracted from the seeds of almonds and used as an emollient. Almond oil is a rich source of skin-replenishing ingredients including triglycerides and several fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and myristic among them). It is not known to cause sensitivity.
Almonds (Prunus amygdalus) can be sweet or bitter. Sweet almond is listed in Latin as Prunus amygdalus or Prunus dulcis and does not contain harmful constituents. Bitter almond comes from another species, Prunus amara, and does contain harmful constituents that shouldn’t be applied to skin.
See natural moisturizing factor (NMF)
References for this information:
ISRN Toxicology, September 2013, ePublication
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, February 2010, pages 10-12
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, June 2008, pages 4,096-4,10
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