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"What a beautiful delicate apricot complexion she has"! In the 18th century, this was the most desired description of the beauty of every woman in the court. They believed that eating apricots would keep your skin flawless. Therefore, it was only natural that with the discovery of apricot kernel oil, beauty products took on a whole new meaning.
Originated from Armenia, the apricot tree belongs to the corneal family and can grow up to 8 meters in height, being recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, white or pink flowers, and stone fruit of yellow, orange, or slightly reddish color.
Apricot kernel oil, as the name suggests, is obtained from the kernel seed found inside the fruit. It is comparable to almond oil, as they have a similar taste and the purpose of use.
Apricot kernels contain a high percentage of oil, cherished since ancient times, produced with solvent extraction or cold pressing. The best products contain organic oils and are usually light yellow. Since the color depends on the type of apricot and the production process, the color may also be slightly darker.
Apricot kernel oil is proper for skin massage as it is very light and gentle, and makes the skin soft. It moisturizes the skin, reduces inflammation, has an anti-aging and anti-bacterial effect, reduces the risk of infection, and has an antioxidant effect. You can find it in our MIDNIGHT BEAUTY rich revitalising serum.
Due to its pleasant taste, it is a common ingredient in desserts and many other dishes.
Classy apricot pie to season your summer days
- 12 to 15 apricots
- 300 g of flour
- a teaspoon of baking powder
- 150 g of butter
- 120 g of brown sugar (and another tablespoon to sprinkle)
- one whole egg
- two tablespoons of sour cream
- A pinch of salt
- Three drops of apricot kernel oil
1. Wash the apricots, cut them in half, and remove the stones.
2. Weigh the flour into a bowl and mix in the baking powder and salt. Add the cold diced butter and grind it into flour between your fingers to get a sandy texture. Then add the egg and cream and knead the dough quickly.
3. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface and transfer to a round pie pan coated with a piece of butter. Arrange the apricot halves on top, then sprinkle the pie with a tablespoon of brown sugar.
4. Bake for about 45 minutes in the oven, preheated to 180 degrees Celsius.
5. The pie is best when it is still slightly lukewarm, but it is also delicious when it cools down.
Did you know? Recent findings:
Apricot kernel oil is in combination with almond oil used to prevent or reduce hair loss with both men and women. The content of vitamins E and K is good for nourishing and strengthening the hair follicles. Add a few drops of apricot kernel oil to the heated almond oil for this purpose and mix the mixture well. Apply it to the hair in a circular motion and leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash your hair with shampoo.
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