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.
|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 |
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.