Almond oil is such a light and gentle oil that it is even suitable for baby's skin. It is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E and magnesium. Almond oil has a unique consistency and a light and non-greasy feel, yet it is not immediately absorbed by the skin, which means that a little oil goes a long way. Its softening, nourishing and revitalising properties make it an ideal base for soothing massage blends and home-made soaps.
In Greek mythology almond trees embody the princess Phyllis and are a symbol of eternal hope and undying love.
Vegetable oils and butters are derived from seeds and nuts or very oily vegetables like olives or avocadoes. Just as such nuts and vegetables are healthy and nutritious for the body when included in the diet they also nourish and help to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair when used in cosmetic preparations. Each type of oil has its own specific characteristics, feel and consistency. Some are quite drying, while others are rich and thick. Some have a chemical structure that is very similar to the skin's sebum and are thus particularly healing. Some oils are particularly rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids (also known as EFAs, such as oleic or linoleic fatty acids) and vitamin E and other fat soluble vitamins, which are essential to our health and well-being. Such oils are considered vitalizing and rejuvenating and are thus particularly suitable for tired and worn skin.