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January 22, 2009

Sweet Almond Oil


Sweet Almond oil (SAO) is produced from sweet almonds or Prunus amygdalus. SAO, used as a carrier oil for blending essential oils, is beneficial for the skin, hair, and has overall health advantages as well. It can be used as an effective massage oil, and many use it to treat under eye bags, and eczema. For hair, moisten your fingertips with several drops of almond oil and gently massage the scalp. A comforting regimen, treating the scalp and hair to sweet almond oil, benefits follicles, prevents hair loss, provides shine and strengthens hair. It can also be used as a hot oil treatment. Eating raw almonds also has many benefits- it aids in digestion, keeps the brain healthy, reduces cholestrol and provides a healthy source of fat and protein.

SAO does not penetrate as deeply as other oils (i.e. EVOO, Coconut Oil), and shouldn't be used to 'moisturize' the hair. I use SAO the same way I use Shea Butter- as a sealant. I apply my water based leave-in or moisturizer and seal the wet, moisturized hair, with a very thin layer of the oil.

I have yet to try it on my scalp, but I'm very interested. I'm thinking of incorporating SAO into my weekly Deep Treatment, applying Jessicurl WDT+Aubrey ORganics Honey Suckle Rose, and finally SAO on top. I'll let you know what I think!

Benefits:

  • Nourishes hair and smoothes hair cuticles

  • Makes hair long, strong and thick

  • Massaging with almond oil adds shine to the hair

  • Controls hair fall
http://www.indiaparenting.com/health/data/health37.shtml

I'd be curious to know if any of you have used SAO as a natural remedy to lighten under-eye circles. I have a family member that is interested in trying this, and reading your reviews may encourage her!

12 Chime in!:

Marcia B said...

I have been using SAO for about 2 months and I have made a mixture with my EVCO, EVOO and castor oil. I use it to seal my hair and I like it, I think that it is a bit too light to use in this cold winter (I am in NYC) but mixed with the others it is good. It does well with softening my hair and sealing in my moiturizer. I think during the summer I will try it by itself.

Anonymous said...

where would one find this oil?

Delectiscent said...

I've been using this for about a year. It seems to work better in the summer/fall then the winter. Its great on your scalp and I've mixed a blend of this (castor oil, jojoba, and fractioned coconut oil) to put on my scalp and hair after I put in my leave-in (DevaCare One Condition) and before I put on my shea butter sealant.

Its good stuff you can get at most natural stores.

labelfreementality said...

I believe you can get it at Whole Foods. I want to try this but I have so many products and oils I'm overwhelmed lol I've turned into a product junkie

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CN,
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Maria said...

I bought sweet almond oil at Whole Foods last week. It was on sale and so I picked it up and other oils.
Its too soon to say if its a keeper, but since I mix it with other oils it'll be hard to tell. I have dark circles under my eyes right now and I am going to apply it every night and get back to you Nikki. Thx for the post!

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Anonymous said...

I love using Almond oil in my hand made soaps, I found a great deal online at http://www.soapgoods.com/Almond-Oil-Sweet-p-218.html

Anonymous said...

my hair was falling out I was going bold on the front of my head..i started using sweet almond oil every day for eight months now n it made wounder's at least 2 or 3 times a day rub it in ur scalp n all over the hair.my hair now looks healthy,full n thick i love it its the best I even use it on my skin n dark circle's..

Anonymous said...

I have adopted an African American daughter. I have spent a year trying every natural product on the market as well as every natural oil available. I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I even have spent numerous hours making and blending products trying to come up with that magical solution. She has maybe 4a/4b grade of hair. Very dry...coarse and a very tight curl. Anyway...almond oil out of all the oils is the only one that actually tames the hair and gives it a very moisturized look as well as feel. It softens it like none other!!!

Anonymous said...

www.butterbyjolez.com has a great sweet almond & olive oil mist thats great on your hair and does not way it down. It revives and gives your hair a daily boast w/p the hassle of mixing yourself, plus it has jojoba oil and castor oil in the mixture...ITS GREAT...TRY IT!

Hope said...

Hello for those of you that used SAO for your dark circles what were your results? Also, did you use it in the morning or at night? I just purchased some SAO to try on my hair but I had no idea that it could be used for dark circle.

I am looking forward to a great shine to my twistout tomorrow!

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