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Apricot Oil



Apricot Oil is obtained from the seed kernels of Prunus armeniaca. It is a hard tree, bearing stone fruit, closely related to the peach. Apricot oil is pressed from the kernels of the Prunus armeniaca (apricot). The kernels have an oil content of 40-50%. The oil is similar to almond oil and peach oil, both of which are also extracted from the kernels of the respective fruit. Apricot oil and almond oil, are used similarly in cosmetics to soften skin. Apricot oil can be used on the scalp to improve its condition. The seed cake is also used separately to extract an essential oil, which contains Amygdalin - a colorless crystalline glucose. The oil is chiefly composed of unsaturated fatty acids,  oleic acid and linoleic acid. Apricot oil is used as a substitute for Oil of Almonds, which it very closely resembles. It is less expensive and is  considerably used in cosmetics, for its softening action on the skin.

Technical Details
Botanical Name Prunus americana
Common Name Apricot
Family  Rosaceae
Origin China
Mode of Extraction Cold Pressed
Main Constituents Mixed fatty Acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
Description Clear Transparent Liquid
Appearance Colourless to Pale Yellow liquid
Organoleptic Properties Bland Taste
Refractive Index at 20ºC 1.4593 - 1.4646
Specific Gravity at 20ºC 0.910 - 0.915
Solubility Insoluble in Water, soluble in organic solvents

Storage Well closed in air tight containers away from sunlight and heat preferably in amber color glass containers.
Use : As a fragrance and flavor ingredient, Aromatherapy oils, spa's oils, as a herbal Ingredient in cosmetic and medicinal Products.

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