Apricot kernel oil offers softening, regenerating, and moisturizing properties, as well as some anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the oleic acid. The linoleic acid offers support to barrier repair and can help with dry, itchy skin.
This oil does contain nice levels of B-sitosterol (about 2730 mg per kilogram of oil), a phytosterol that behaves like cortisone to reduce itchiness, redness, and dry skin. And it does contain between 220 and 475 mg per kilogram of oil of Vitamin E, which is higher than sweet almond oil.
You can use apricot kernel oil wherever you might use sweet almond oil, and it's a nice way to get oleic acid into a product without the heaviness of olive oil.
Like sweet almond oil, I don't use this very much. Again, I'm not sure why, but it's probably due to availability and cost. So I'm going to refer you to the post on sweet almond oil for ways to formulate with this oil!
Join me tomorrow for what's in that box???