Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil



Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil at a glance

  • Non-volatile, non-fragrant plant oil
  • Composed of oleic and linoleic acids
  • Has moisturising + skin-restoring properties
  • Contains vitamins A, C, and E

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil description

_Prunus armeniaca_ (apricot) kernel oil is a non-volatile, non-fragrant plant oil pressed from the kernels of apricots. The oil is primarily composed of fatty acids oleic and linoleic acid, as well as vitamins A, C, and E. Linoleic acid helps improve skin’s ceramides, which play a vital role in maintaining skin’s barrier. Applied topically, apricot kernel oil has moisturising and skin-restoring properties, as well as anti-ageing properties thanks to its antioxidant content.

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil references

  • Journal of Oleo Science, August 2019, pages 729-738
  • Journal of the American Oil Chemist's Society, October 2018, pages 1,297-1,306
  • Energies, Volume 8, 2015, pages 9,640-9,654
  • Biological Research, September 2014, pages 1-6
  • Phytotherapy Research, January 2014, pages 1,867-1,872
  • The Journal of Nutrition, March 2002, pages 461-471

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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