The Prunus armeniaca apricot tree is known for producing kernels that have a distinct and delightful aroma of sweet almond and cherry, which is highly valued in the fragrance industry. These kernels go through a meticulous distillation process to create Bitter Almond essential oil. However, this oil is unsafe for use in its pure form and must first undergo a rectification process to eliminate the toxic prussic acid.
Our Bitter Almond essential oil goes through an extensive process to remove the harmful prussic acid and is further diluted with Fractionated Coconut oil to make it safe for use in a range of applications, including bath and body products, candles, soap, and natural perfumes. This careful rectification and dilution process provide an affordable option for enjoying the unique aroma of Bitter Almond essential oil without the need to comply with DEA regulations required for the pure essential oil.
It's crucial to note that Bitter Almond is different from Sweet Almond, which is another popular type of almond essential oil. Although they are related botanically, Bitter Almond has an exceptional gourmand aroma that evokes the memories of marzipan, cookie and cake batter, maraschino cherries, and Amaretto liqueur. This unique aroma makes it a popular choice for adding a top note of natural cherry-almond goodness to a variety of fragrance blends.
However, due to the strength of the aroma, it's essential to use Bitter Almond essential oil sparingly in formulations to avoid overpowering the blend. We recommend adding it gradually and in small amounts to achieve the desired scent profile.