Prunus amygdalus amara
We use almond essential oil in our products for its conditioning effect on the skin, and for the nutty, fruity and cherry notes it gives to a perfume. Almonds are traditionally regarded as having some special healing and protecting properties, soothing the skin while also softening it.
There are two types of almond: sweet and bitter. Sweet almonds (Prunus dulcis) are used to make almond oil for Lush products, while almond essential oil is distilled from the kernels of bitter almonds (Prunus amygdalus amara) to make a perfume material.
The almond tree is part of the plum family (Prunus), and its fruits are very similar to those of the same family, such as apricot or peach. In the soft flesh hides a very hard pit, which reveals a tender almond when broken.
Almond crops thrive in sunny regions such as the Mediterranean, California, the Middle East and North Africa. Lush buy the essential oil from Morroco.