Howood & Lemon
December 29, 2019
January 5, 2020

Almond Bitter



Bitter Almond Oil – Prussic Acid-Free

Nutty-sweet with notes of cherry, our Bitter Almond essential oil is a delightful addition to any perfumer’s aromatic palette. Unlike its cousin the Sweet Almond and the extract of almonds, Bitter Almonds naturally contain traces of prussic acid (also known as hydrogen cyanide) making them ultimately lethal to ingest and a good thing to avoid. Our Bitter Almond essential oil is steam distilled from the crushed and pressed kernels of the apricot fruit1 (it can also be extracted from the kernels of cherries, plums and peaches2), then rectified to remove the toxic prussic acid. However, this oil is still NOT SUITABLE FOR INGESTION in any way, and must be used with caution as it can cause severe skin irritation in sensitive individuals.

Benzaldehyde, the primary constituent in Bitter Almond essential oil, has a long history of commercial use in flavors and fragrances. In 1832, the early days of aroma chemistry, enterprising chemical companies sought cheaper imitations of plant-derived molecules. Soon after, benzaldehyde was synthesized in a series of fairly sophisticated and creative ways in repeated attempts to avoid detection, leading one chemist to observe, “…the crooks are encouraging the advancement of science.”!3 True Bitter Almond essential oil oxidizes very rapidly upon exposure to air and will form crystals of benzoic acid right before your eyes, therefore we recommend keeping this oil refrigerated and tightly capped.

  • Botanical Name: Prunus armeniaca L.
  • Origin: Morocco
  • Process: Hydrodistilled Essential Oil, FFPA (Free from Prussic Acid)
  • Plant Part: Nut/Kernel
  • Cultivation: Conventional
  • Use: Natural Perfumery. Always dilute.
  • Note: Top to Middle Note
  • Aroma: Sweet, nutty, intense aroma of almonds reminiscent of marzipan and almond extract, with strong notes of cherry.
  • Contraindications: NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION; please see Safety Considerations
Additional information
Weight30 g
Dimensions2.5 × 2.5 × 9 cm

100mL, 10mL, 30mL, 5mL