Almond, Bitter EO

Prunus Amygdalus Amara Seed Extract


Bitter Almond essential oil has the sweet, nutty, intense aroma of almonds reminiscent of marzipan and almond extract, with strong notes of cherry. The oil has been rectified to remove the naturally occurring, toxic prussic acid.


Selected size SKU:59-016 - Almond, Bitter 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

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59.14 ml (2 oz)
118.29 ml (4 oz)
236.58 ml (8 oz)
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Product Overview

Bitter Almond essential oil has the sweet, nutty, intense aroma of almonds reminiscent of marzipan and almond extract, with strong notes of cherry. The oil has been rectified to remove the naturally occurring, toxic prussic acid.

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 (it can also be extracted from the kernels of cherries, plums and peaches[1]), 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 fragrances. One of the classic gourmand aromas, Bitter Almond oil smells like marzipan (almond paste) heaven – rich, intense and very food-like. It lends a sweet, nutty, cherry-like top note to natural perfumes, and a seductive and alluring nuance to men’s colognes.[2] 

1 Arctander, Steffen.  Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 51.


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11 Reviews


Customer Reviews

mascarino cherry!


Out of the bottle, i get hit with mascarino cherry! super sweet, super nutty, super volatile, almond goodness!

Review by blake 1/27/2024

True Almond smell


One of the most volatile oils I have ever experienced....The smell seems to be gone in 10 minutes if applied neat to the skin....But those 10 minutes are pure almond love....I love mixing this with cacao, labdanum and nutmeg to create a delectable chocolate amber accord.....its a great tippy top note to play with...but beware...It does not take much to be potent in a blend...

Review by Aroma Alchemist 3/31/2018



I added some (a little too much, possibly: the entire sample vial) to a batch of coffee eye creme (12 oz organic ground coffee infused for a month in 20 oz sunflower oil, then strained & coffee oil whipped with 8 oz shea butter). I was striving for a scent evocative of coffee & rich pastry. I don't know if that's what I achieved, but it sure smells yummy.

Review by Rosalie Stafford 2/3/2018

Cherry goodness


If you like the smell of marischino cherries in a super concentrated form, this is the oil for you. Works wonders for gourmand blends, but use with caution. Very strong stuff and one or two drops too many will easily overpower your blend.

Review by Justin 10/18/2017

Delicious Scent


I love this scent. It has a wonderful warm sweet note, a cherry almond scent that smells like a pastry shop. I recently added this to a long list aroma ingredients to make a custom blend for myself. I am looking forward to being able to wear this. My only compliant is that I wish it stayed a little longer on the skin. I have to be sure I add glucam(Perfume Fixative (Glucam™ P-20 humectant) This fixative is what most perfumers use to help the perfume top notes last longer. Average use is 5 to 20 drops per one ounce of perfume. Glucam™ P-20 humectant. Using too much can flatten or dampen a perfume).

Review by Felicia 3/15/2017

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