Apricot Kernel Oil

INCI name: Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil

Cosmetic uses: emollient, masking, skin conditioning

Official CosIng Description: prunus armeniaca kernel oil is the fixed oil expressed from the kernels of the apricot, prunus armeniaca l., rosaceae

Apricot Kernel Oil Overview

Apricot kernel oil is a lightweight, velvety oil derived from the kernels (seeds) of apricots. The apricot tree, belonging to the Rosaceae family, is widely cultivated in the Northern Hemisphere and is thought to have originated in China. The oil is obtained by cold-pressing the pits of apricots, releasing the oil from the kernels inside. Apricot kernel oil has a faint yellow colour.

Benefits for Your Beard

Apricot kernel oil is an excellent choice for beard care due to its nourishing and moisturising properties. As a high oleic oil, it is ideal for dry skin types and can help keep your beard soft and supple. The oil is rich in vitamin A and unsaturated fats, including oleic acid (54-74%) and linoleic acid (12-35%), which provide numerous benefits for beard health. These fatty acids help maintain the suppleness and radiance of your beard, while also providing essential moisture.

Skin Benefits

In addition to its benefits for your beard, apricot kernel oil also has positive effects on the skin beneath. The oil is easily absorbed into the skin, providing nourishment and moisture. The oleic acid in apricot kernel oil helps maintain skin suppleness, while linoleic acid provides moisture to keep the skin hydrated. By keeping the skin beneath your beard healthy and moisturised, apricot kernel oil can help prevent common issues such as itching, flaking, and irritation.


Apricot kernel oil is a valuable ingredient used in many beard care products. Its lightweight texture, nourishing properties, and skin benefits make it an excellent choice for maintaining a healthy, well-groomed beard.