Apricot kernel oil
Apricot kernel oil is a highly moisturising oil, pressed from the stones of fruit of the apricot tree, which has been cultivated since antiquity. It is similar to almond oil but much cheaper, and is renowned for its light and non-greasy formula which is quickly absorbed by the skin.
As a nourishing agent, it is suited to all skin types but particularly beneficial to dry, sensitive and mature skin. It contains vitamin E, linoleic acid and oleic acid, which help to restore elasticity and suppleness.
Apricot oil can be used to condition the scalp and to add moisture and shine to hair. It is probably native to China and central Asia, but was cultivated by several ancient nations and traded along the Silk Road.
Shakespeare drew upon apricot’s European reputation as an aphrodisiac in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.