Apricot kernel oil is very like sweet almond oil with a similar fatty profile – 4 to 7% palmitic acid (C16), 1% stearic acid (C18), 58 to 74% oleic acid (C18:1), and 20 to 34% linoleic acid (C18:2), and the two tend to be interchangeably used in bath and body care products. It has little to no scent, and is a fairly light oil that is well absorbed by the skin.
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.
(INCI: Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil