Peach oil aka peach kernel oil is legendary for its multifaceted uses in hair, beauty, and aromatherapy. It’s a light and highly penetrating oil that’s easily absorbed into hair and skin.
When people think of peaches, summer, cobblers, and grilling are what usually come to mind but nestled within this fruit is an amazing oil.
In this article, I explore the benefits of peach oil for hair, how to use peach oil, and the best brands of peach oil.
What is Peach Oil?
Peach oil (prunus persica) is extracted from the pit of the peach stone via a cold pressing method.
Peach oil is pale orange in color and has a pleasant, neutral aroma. Peach oil is similar to apricot kernel oil and sweet almond oil.
All these oils can be used interchangeably in DIY treatments depending on your preference.
What Does Peach Oil Smell Like?
Peach oil has a subtle, neutral smell that isn’t peach-like. Peach oil doesn’t smell like peaches exactly but it has a nice tropical hint that isn’t overpowering.
Is Peach Oil Good for Hair?
Peach oil is very good for the hair and scalp and has similar benefits to sweet almond oil and apricot kernel oil.
All three carrier oils are emollients, nourish the scalp, and soften hair. Indeed, sweet almond oil is one of the key ingredients in Iyanu Premium Hair Growth Oil.
7 Peach Oil Benefits
1. Peach Oil is Lightweight
Peach oil is a lightweight formulation that won’t weigh down the hair or clog pores.
2. Non-Greasy and Easily Absorbed
Peach oil is non-greasy oil. When you apply it to your hair, it absorbs easily and won’t leave behind any residue.
Block – Peach oil is also great as a body massage oil. Try it in these DIY body massage oil recipes.
3. Peach Oil is Emollient
Peach oil is a wonderful emollient oil that’s highly moisturizing and seals moisture into the hair shaft for days thanks to oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids.
4. Ideal for Sensitive Skin
Peach oil is a mild enough oil that it’s suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
5. Enhances Shine
Peach oil coats the hair shaft and enhances the shine of dry and dull hair. It also smoothens out frizz and flyaways.
6. Improves Scalp Health
Peach oil is rich in antioxidants vitamins A and E which can help soothe scalp issues such as dandruff, dryness, psoriasis, and eczema.
And because it’s so light, it’s absorbed quickly into the scalp and won’t leave an oily feeling behind.
7. Excellent Base for DIY Formulations
Because of its delicate smell and light texture, peach oil makes for an excellent base for DIY shampoos, conditioners, balms, serums, face oil, and body oil.
Peach Oil vs Apricot Kernel Oil
Peach oil and apricot kernel oil have similar structures. However, peach oil has more calcium, proteins, iron, and magnesium.
When it comes to hair and skin care, whichever one you choose depends on your preferences but they can both be swapped for each other easily.
Another complementary oil to peach oil and apricot kernel oil is sweet almond oil.
Peach Oil Scalp Treatment
This scalp treatment oil is easy to throw together and can be used the night before your full regimen.
- 6 tablespoons of peach oil
- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- 7 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 7 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
- 4 oz bottle like this one
- Open the bottle and measure in the peach oil, jojoba oil and essential oils. Close and shake.
- To use, section your hair and apply generously to your scalp. Massage until absorbed.
- Twist and pin up your hair and cover it with a disposable cap overnight.
- Shampoo and deep condition the next morning.
Peach Oil Shampoo
This shampoo is mild and gentle enough for all hair types
- 1/4 cup of Castile soap
- 2 tablespoons of peach oil
- 0.5 tablespoon of jojoba oil
- 1/4 cup of distilled water
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 8 oz pump bottle like this one
- Add the water, Castile soap, peach oil, and jojoba oil into the pump bottle.
- Add in the essential oils. Close and shake the bottle thoroughly.
- Use like you would a regular shampoo and follow up with a deep conditioning session.
Though the consistency of the peach oil shampoo is thin, it foams up quite nicely.
However, you can add a 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot powder or cornstarch to thicken it up slightly if you like.
Where To Buy Peach Oil?
My favorite brands of peach oil include Plant Guru Peach Kernel Oil and Aromatika Peach Oil.
You can find them or similar brands of peach oil at the following online locations:-
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How To Make Peach Oil
If you’re feeling up to it, you can DIY peach kernel oil with this electric cold press or this manual oil press.
The device grinds the peach kernel pits as you crank the device and expel the oil. It’s a simple process but it can be a bit labor-intensive.
DIY peach oil should only be used topically and never ingested.
Peach Oil Side Effects
If you’re allergic to nuts, you should probably avoid peach oil. Pregnant and nursing women should also consult with their physician before adding peach oil to their regimen.
Excessive use of peach oil can cause headaches so keep your use to no more than once or twice a week.
Peach Oil Shelf Life
The presence of tocopherols (vitamin E) in peach oil makes it a stable oil with longer shelf life. Properly preserved, peach oil has a shelf life of up to 2 years.
For more on the shelf life of oils, head over to Do You Know What the Shelf Life of Your Oil Stash is?
Is Peach Oil Comedogenic?
Peach Oil has a comedogenic rating of 2. That means it’s unlikely to clog pores.
Abi is a curly hair expert who delved into the world of natural oils after severe hair loss issues. Through her research, study, and testing, she was able to regrow her bald spots & a healthy head of hair. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Ade Ori Hair Care, and the author of the successful Healthy Hair Care Series. She continues to study hair science, Ayurveda, and natural solutions for healthy hair and skin. Learn more HERE…
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