Sweet Almond Oil

by Jane Wangersky | June 29th, 2012 | Women's Beauty, Women's Fashion

Sweet almond oil is another one of those all-natural products that doesn’t get much attention and that isn’t sold in fancy packaging, but works very well as a moisturizer for  dry skin. I picked up a small bottle from the bottom shelf of a nearby drugstore recently, and looked into the pros and cons.

Pro: It’s unscented. I’d been expecting a slight almond smell, but there was none at all. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, this might be the oil for you.

Con: It’s unscented. Yes, this is also a strike against it. I’d been planning to mix the sweet almond oil with lanolin, another great all-natural moisturizer which,unfortunately, smells terrible. I could see right away that this oil wasn’t going to do a thing about that. Later, I may try mixing them both with something strongly (and nicely) scented.

Pro: The oil is absorbed fairly quickly by the skin — no lingering sticky feeling as you get with lanolin. Just rub it in and wipe off the excess, if you want, with a paper towel.

Con: If you have nut allergies, this may set them off. Of course, some allergy sufferers are able to tolerate the oil of a nut even if the whole nut itself causes a bad reaction.  Ask your doctor about the risks.

Pro: A tiny bit of sweet almond oil, mixed with about twice as much sugar, makes a great exfoliator to smooth your lips before putting on lipstick. Just rub it in and wipe off thoroughly — there’s no taste to deal with.

Con: Air and light can make it go rancid. That’s why it comes in dark bottles –and small quantities. Keep it in the original bottle, closed, and it should be okay.

Pro: It can also be used as a massage oil, aromatherapy carrier oil, hair oil — even cooking oil, though at $5 for a small bottle (at least where I live) it’s too expensive for that.

Con: See above — the price. Maybe it’s cheaper if you live in California, which is the center of the almond growing industry in the U.S.

Pro: Considering how overpriced skin care products can be, maybe $5 is not too much for three ounces of effective all-natural moisturizer.

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