Bitter Almond Essential Oil Blend (FFPA)
Rectified Bitter Almond (Prunus amygdalus), fractionated Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
Benzaldehyde ~ 45%
Children? Suitable when appropriately diluted in soaps and lotions.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable when appropriately diluted in soaps and lotions.
Powerful cherry aroma! This blend of Bitter Almond, Palm Kernel and fractionated Coconut oil is used by those who need bitter almond and want to avoid complication with DEA regulations. Blended with just enough palm oil and fractionated coconut oil to allow us to sell as a blend instead of Bitter Almond. This product is also much safer than regular bitter almond oil because the prussic acid has been removed. (Prussic acid is removed from the kernels by alkali washing and rectification.)
The amount of fractionated Coconut oil does not affect saponification in soap making. Also used successfully in lotions.
Blends well with Cocoa butter, Coffee, Jasmine, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanille, Ylang Ylang. Since it is highly volatile, the aroma fades very quickly. We've found that the addition of Vanilla Absolute or Vanilla CO2 typically helps improve the aroma stability.
Topical: Commonly used in soaps and lotions.
Internal: HEO has no suggestions for internal use, but Bitter Almond without Prussic acid is listed as suitable for human consumption (GRAS). Tisserand/Young notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 357mg, which is about 11 drops.
Potential skin irritation. Patch test on a small area first, especially for those with sensitive skin.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Arctander, Steffen, Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, page 51.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 191-192.