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Apricot Oil in Massage: What are its Virtues?

With its light texture and fruity scent, apricot oil is a vegetable oil often used in body care rituals. Its biochemical composition, rich in beneficial active ingredients, also allows it to provide numerous benefits to the skin during massage sessions. Discover all the advantages of apricot oil in massage here.

Published April 5, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 5 min read

Massage, a method recognized for its benefits.

Massage is a practice widespread across the globe, manifesting in a multitude of techniques: Ayurvedic, Balinese, Swedish... While the effects on the body subtly differ from one method to another, certain benefits are universal. Studies have shown that massage can enhance certain essential bodily functions such as immunity. Moreover, the circular movements and gentle pressures performed during massage sessions stimulate blood and lymph flow to the muscles and improve venous return. This proves particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from heavy legs.

Furthermore, massage is a common technique in the sports world. Indeed, when performed regularly after exertion, it helps to prevent injuries and facilitates muscle recovery. Paired with active stretching, massage can also enhance muscle and skin flexibility while releasing accumulated tension. Finally, massage or even self-massage promotes a general state of well-being while boosting self-confidence.

Apricot Oil: An ideal sensory experience for massage.

It is common to perform a massage using one or more vegetable oils. The apricot oil, with its interesting biochemical composition and sensory characteristics, is a relevant choice for this. Moreover, its light texture and fruity fragrance make it a pleasant and relaxing ingredient when applied to the skin, thus providing well-being and relaxation. A recent study conducted with 23 participants evaluated the sensory characteristics of apricot vegetable oil and how it is perceived as a cosmetic agent. The results obtained are grouped in the table below.

Evaluation of various characteristics of apricot oil by 23 individualsVery goodWellSatisfactoryPoor
Skin Absorption0%84%8%8%
Spreadability Capacity47%53%0%0%

Recognized for its gentleness and safety, there are no contraindications regarding the use of pure apricot vegetable oil on the body. Indeed, it is well tolerated by all skin types, including the most sensitive ones. The only caution when applied to the face is its slightly comedogenic nature, which may not be ideal for those with oily skin. It's also worth noting that apricot oil can be combined with other vegetable oils such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or even avocado oil. This not only allows for a blend tailored to the specific needs of each individual, but also provides a customized massage experience.

The effects of apricot oil in massage?

In addition to its pleasant sensoriality, the apricot oil provides several benefits to the skin when used in massage. Rich in mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, it strengthens the skin's water balance and improves the skin's texture. Ideal for dehydrated or dry skin, it reduces feelings of tightness and the phenomena of flaking characteristic of dry skin. The oily nature of apricot oil allows it to form an invisible yet protective film on the skin's surface and defend it against external aggressions.

It can also be hypothesized that massaging with apricot oil contributes to muscle recovery and comfort. Beyond the massage movements that help reduce muscle stiffness and promote blood circulation, the anti-inflammatory properties of apricot oil may help reduce inflammation associated with exercise-induced micro-muscle injuries, thus promoting faster recovery and a decrease in post-exercise muscle pain. However, it should be noted that, while the anti-inflammatory effects of apricot oil have been documented in several studies, its benefits in case of muscle soreness have not been the subject of research.


  • REICH A. & al. Natural cold pressed oils as cosmetic products. Family Medicine & Primary Care Review (2016).

  • SUWEHLI W. & al. Determining the benefits of massage mechanisms: a review of literature. Science Publishing Group. (2017).

  • KAUSHAL M. & al. Formulation and evaluation of wild apricot kernel oil based massage cream. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry (2019).


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