I always have a large bottle of sweet almond oil in my cabinet because it is so versatile as far as skin care goes. It’s also very budget-friendly because once you have the one bottle (and it’s not expensive,) you can use it for so many things. The oil is made from the dried kernels of a relative of the peach tree. Sweet almond oil is very rich in fatty acids, which are great for your skin. It also contains a high concentration of vitamin E. It’s both an emollient and a humectant because it softens skin, and then prevents moisture loss. Here’s what you can use it for:
1. A general face and body moisturizer (you can add a few drops of your favorite pure essential oil to scent it.)
2. Eye makeup remover: Just add a little to a cotton pad or ball, and it will effectively remove all eye makeup, while protecting the delicate eye area.
3. It’s great for eczema and psoriasis. If you have either of these skin conditions, just gently rub a little of the oil into the cracked areas of your skin.
4. Dandruff: If you suffer from dandruff, massage a generous amount of the oil into your scalp before going to bed, and shampoo in the morning.
5.Shaving Oil: Sweet Almond Oil is a perfect shaving oil for your legs and bikini line.
One more! If you have a baby – it’s the PERFECT baby massage oil.
Finally, if you have nut allergies, Apricot Kernel Oil is a great alternative.
I recommend that you buy organic oils where possible, and my favorite place to find them is Mountain Rose Herbs. They carry both an organic and a non-organic version, so make sure you pick the organic!