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UPDATED REVIEW: As experienced by another user, this oil caused some hair loss. Once I stopped using it in my shampoo/conditioner, my fallout was greatly reduced after just one day of removing it from my routine. I have used it on my body and found it's not as moisturizing as I'd like. Reduced my rating from a 5 to a 3 for the hair loss and it not being hydrating enough on my body, as well as breaking me out (face and body).
About the Product:
Sweet almond oil is a lightweight oil, often used in aromatherapy massage due to its texture and consistency, good absorption rate and non-greasy residue on the skin. While light, it is supposed to be a great oil for moisture loss, making it a great choice for dry skin as well as dehydrated skin. To be noted: It does not absorb quickly, so it is more suitable to nightly use on the body. Filled with many vitamins and good fats. Definitely one of the more versatile vegetable oils out there!
Hair - Not for me. While it did leave my hair feeling soft, it also caused hair loss! I'd recommend using it as a pre-shampoo oil treatment or combined with shampoo to help prevent dryness.
Moisturizer - Not hydrating enough on my body unless used with other products. I've used it (generously) on my feet and was left with dry skin. On my face, it broke me out quite a bit, not just in pustules but in various forms of breakouts. Recommend it to be used on wet skin.
Makeup remover - Not for me. Oils leave my eyes too blurry, and this one did cause some irritation. Use as a normal remover.
All that I have seen have come in plain plastic bottles. Some come in clear plastic, others, like NOW Foods brand, come in dark bottles. I recommend looking for a brand that sells theirs in a dark bottle, otherwise switch it out into a different dark (preferably glass) bottle. Has a cap that is pretty ineffective for cosmetic use, as it's difficult to really ensure you are dispensing the amount that you want.
Honestly, I don't really notice that much of a smell with this oil. I guess it is on the nutty side, but it's not all that strong. I adore this fact, as it does not leave my hair smelling odd, nor does it change the scent of my conditioner. When I do notice the scent, it is quite pleasant.
While it is pretty light, and not overly greasy, it does look quite oily on the skin and does take a while to absorb. Has a clear colour, somewhat runny. In my hair, it leaves a slight residue on the hair shaft, but it seems as though most gets absorbed. Does not weigh my hair down, either.
Ease of Use:
Because of the poor packaging, it can be a pain to use, especially because you can get oil on the cap itself. I found that shaking the bottle around before use made it run out much faster, so unless you want to use a large amount, simply gently squeeze it. I'd recommend switching to a dropper bottle if you can! Because it is clear, it may be difficult to work with in terms of visually, but I don't really have many issues with this. It is quite smooth, so if used on the face, it's very easy to gently massage it onto the skin with large amounts without feeling any tugging or pulling.
Bang for your Buck:
While prices may vary, I paid about $5.00CAD for 4oz. The 16oz bottle from the same brand costs about $15.00CAD, which is just slightly cheaper than the 4oz bottle of jojoba oil. Great price for a very versatile oil, and definitely one that should be checked out simply due to being so wonderfully priced! It does expire within a year after purchase, so invest in the smallest bottles first.
A trickier oil due to its possible negative effects. Recommended for hair and body use as it is quite cheap, and seems to work well for many people. If used for hair care, I'd recommend avoiding it on the scalp area.
- Pros: Very cheap, smooth, leaves hair feeling very soft and hydrated, feels nice on the skin without looking overly oily or greasy, no scent.
- Cons: Breaks me out, caused hair fallout, not hydrating enough on my body, poor packaging, irritating to the eyes.
Overall Rating: 3/5
Packaging Quality: 2/5
Would you buy this product again: No.
It cost me 9 dollars for a big, 16 oz. bottle. It makes my skin look beautiful! Buy this stuff!
wow! this worked very well in removing my eye makeup...didnt sting...didnt feel greasy & washed off easily with water...just soak a cotton ball and swipe...i took off my contacts prior to using this tho....very cheap and effective!!! im also using this as a moisturizer right after a shower. Soaks in well & does not feel oily on my skin at all
Have put this in baths, and used as a moisturizer for body. Great for massages, leaves skin so smooth, not greasy, and takes only a few minutes to soak in. Very pleased. :)
I hadn't even heard of Almond Oil until a couple of years ago. I began using it to take off my eye makeup and was beyond wowed. I figured it would work as an eye moisturizer as well as any other cream because of the inherent properties of oil. Almost initially, I noticed the dark circles under my eyes and the natural "eye shadow" I have just faded. I looked more awake and refreshed every morning. A MIRACLE! I began using it over my entire face considering what it had done to my eyes and I'm so glad I did.
I have incredibly dry skin. I live in Miami, so our climate is relatively mild and humid enough so normal skin won't really flake and whatnot. When I wear makeup my flaky patches were accentuated before using Almond Oil.
Am happy to report that after years of use, my eyes are still bright (though when I don't use this, they begin darkening up again and I have to resume) and my skin is hydrated. I would advise EVERYONE buy this at the very least to remove your eye makeup. You won't break out on your eye skin. It reduces crow's feet or the beginnings of crow's feet and makes you look YEARS younger.
If you have dry skin, this is amazing for the face, it makes you GLOW. I literally wake up every morning looking like I have makeup on: my skin is pale yet luminescent, my cheeks are rosy, and the moisture promotes your lashes not to break so they appear fuller as well. It's not genetics, it's this oil, I'm telling you. If you have reservations, DO IT. It works, you have nothing to lose but a few bucks. Cheaper and BETTER than any of the La Mer creams. I stand by that statement. It's a millennia old beauty staple for a reason, kids...
I cannot rave about this oil enough! I have been experimenting with natural plant based oils for over a year starting with evoo (smells) then avocado oil, better but still smells! Finally I have found sweet almond oil which is a lighter, extraordinarily moisturising oil with da da da da da da dummmmm...no smell!
I have used it in both my daughter's frizzy dry hair and my own as a de frizzing serum and after experimentation it works best after you have washed your hair and it is almost dry and all the frizzies are on end, then you take miniscule amounts in your palm and sweep them gently over the surface of the hair - voila, NO frizzies and even better if you don't wash your hair every day - I sure don't, your hair doesn't smell like a fish and chip shop!
I have been putting it into my daughters bath and I love how beautiful and soft their skin is afterwards. I use it on my face as a night treatment after cleansing - this is not a great oil to remove sunscreen and mascara as it is just not heavy weight enough - evoo or avocado oil work much better in this one only department! However if I put it on my face and neck almost instantly you can see how clear your skin becomes and the wrinkles on your decollete start to vanish! Miracle!
I have added a generous amount to my vaselline cocoa butter lotion and that has turned it into a perfect lotion for not only summer but now winter as it didn't really have enough ompf to it but now - love it!
I do want to try out Trilogy's q10 serum to see if that works better than just straight sweet almond oil as a day and night serum - I already know it absobs a lot faster - SAO does take a long time to sink in but so far - loving the results if you have the time!
i have been struggling with dry hands (esp knuckles) all winter. it's horrible, theyre as rough as sandpaper and they bleed too. i have tried soo many hand lotions the best one i found (til now) was vaseline clinical therapy. worked like a charm so i was suprised to find something that worked even better. Sweet almond oil softened my skin after a day of frequent application. highlyy recommended for dry skin.
unfortunately it didnt work fr my face or hair. my skin is combination and acne prone. a pimple formed on my cheek minutes after i applied it and then i woke up to 2 new pimples.. its a shame cause after reading all the reviews i was so excited to try it out and i thought id have amazing results in my complexion, softness of hair and undereye darkness.
this made my hair fall out :(
i dipped my fingers in the oil and massaged my scalp and kept it in over night. I normally lose some hair when i shower but i never experienced anything like this. i lost A LOT of hair.
although it didnt reach my expectations for face and hair this product still gets 5 stars for being an insanely good moisturizer.
I love sweet almond oil as a MU remover and also as a body moisturizer. I have combination/dry skin, very clog prone and I have hormonal acne controlled by BCP. Sweet almond oil removes my MU and SS like no other product does, I have been using it for quite a few time now. It's also great to use it before my face cleanser, in order to prevent my skin from becoming itchy and thight/dry, especially during winter. As a body moisturizer it works well, although if I use it alone for a long period of time, it starts to be less effective, I feel I have to switch to another product.
I never thought it was possible, but this actually lightens my natural dark 'brown eyeshadow' circles. No other eye product or remedy has delivered, and I've tried many; my 'raccoon' eyes are prominent on my pale olive skin. Although I haven't tried any of the very expensive(I've seen $100+) eye treatments because I know it's not worth the $$ and won't banish the hollows underneath my deep set eyes, almond oil knocked all the others I've tried out of the park. This has made my dark circles at least 60% lighter. I apply a drop or two around my eyes at night(I put it in a small contact lens rewetting dropper bottle I found at a dollar store). My eyes are less puffy in the morning and this also helps lash and brow growth; I've had longer lashes since using this, not dramatic because I have stubby lashes but still a noticeable improvement, especially for my sparse eyebrows.
The first time I tried almond oil I used it to remove my makeup and put a generous amount(probably 3 drops)on each eye before bed. This combination lightened my dark circles 40-50% overnight! I saw optimal results after a week or two; now I just use this at night because I find EVOO is better at removing waterproof makeup, but for some reason using almond oil as both a mu remover and night treatment provided quick dramatic results. When I need a little pick-me-up I switch back to almond oil and I just wash twice to remove my eyeliner and mascara
Now that I've been using this for 3-4 months I figure my dark circles are as light as they're gonna get, and I feel pretty comfortable not wearing concealer in public, which is a first(I didn't wear undereye concealer on lazy or rushed days, but I wasn't too happy about it). My dark circles and esp. eyelids always had a tinge of purple to them as well, but now they've faded to a natural brown(genetic) Almond oil has made my life so much easier and I'm no longer a skeptic of anything that people claim will lighten dark circles(I read about this on many natural remedies sites). Try this! I never thought something I bought in the cooking isle(labeled sweet almond oil) would beat any other eye cream I've ever tried.
I've recently started using natural products for my face, namely oils and cold water, with a little Nivea (i use the cream on my hands, so if some of it will transfer on my face then that's 'a little') and that's about it.
I've been using this for two days only so i can't exactly deliberate on future happenings right now, buuut so far it has been exactly what my skin seemed to need. It drank it all up and asked for more.
I did the hot cloth thing in the shower and my skin turned softer and plumper than when i do it with castor oil mixed with olive oil (evoo); then i added a little more, especially around the eyes, and 'washed it off' with cold water to seal the pores. Lovely. I had two small zits on the forehead because of the period and i woke up with two spots instead, it healed them, woo hoo, and another zit, haha, a fresh one, that i attribute to the monthly period and not to the almond oil.
it gets absorbed very fast and not only this, i feel like it gets absorbed in a healthy way, it doesn't feel 'dry' on my skin, that sensation i sometimes get when using extra virgin coconut oil, that i have an oil slick on my face but my skin is still dry underneath (i get along pretty well with the coconut oil), well this doesn't happen with the almond oil.
I have the cold pressed version that is refined (unfortunately) because that's the only thing i could get here in Sweden at the moment. I got 100 ml for 40 crowns, which is 100 ml or 3.38 oz for 4 euros or 5.5 us dollars; it's not expensive but i can't say it's dirt cheap either. i am ok with the price, i just wish the bottle came with a pump or a drop dispenser, mine has it but it's on top of a plastic grate, so the oil pretty much flows freely. not a big deal but i wish it was different.
so it works well, i woke up with healed blemishes and hydrated skin, plump and nourished; i am going to use it on the eye area (dark circles and fine lines) and see what happens, so far it's been great and i'm very happy. It also shrunk my pores if you can believe it, they are still visible but significantly reduced, which i can't believe because NOTHING helped in this department, high-end or not, natural or not. wow. i am truly amazed.
my satisfaction also comes from knowing i am not applying anything fake, industrial or non-natural on my face, just simple raw almond oil that cannot harm me. if i am going to get oilier skin or pimples, well i will use it once or twice a week and that's that. i will keep it in my beauty routine no matter what, including applying it on damp body skin after showering, elbows, cuticles, even hair ends.
the hair story is amazing- after i purchased it, i opened the bottle to sniff it and see if it was scented and i wanted to apply a little on my hand. unaware of the grater under the drop dispenser, i made a little mess inside the pharmacy, and basically found myself with a lot of oil in my palm. i just slathered it on my ends and wooo hoo! shine, softness, my hair has never felt smoother at the ends, without feeling greasy at all. amazeballs! seriously, i am never going to purchase hair serum again, why bother? this is cheaper and more effective even applied on dry hair.
so this is my story with the almond oil so far. i will update this review in a couple of days- a week if significant changes appear.
Update 02/24: haha i think my skin is going to 'regulate itself' at some point! i no longer wake up with either dry or oily face, my forehead pimples have healed and i feel great. yesterday i used only foundation and creamy concealer after using 2 drops of AO on wet face, washed it off with cold water after massaging it into the skin and woo hoo. i didn't need to wear powder at all, my skin was glowing, no oiliness, no nothing, i was very impressed- suck on it, Laura Mercier primer! no more primer needed!. i'm still doing the hot cloth and oil cleansing thing three or four times a week and feeling great.