Whole Almond (Prunus dulcis)
There are two types of almond (sweet and bitter), we use the sweet one.
The almond is a fruit and a part of the plum family.
The almond tree is a medium-sized tree, native to the Middle East and North Africa. Its white blossom is captivating and beautiful, inspiring many legends.
Ancient Egyptians valued the almond for cosmetic purposes.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used to eat almonds to counter the effect of alcohol.
The almond tree was first cultivated in Britain in the 1500s when it was grown for its blossom. The herbalist Gerard said, 'Almonds were in our London gardens and orchards in great plenty.'
The almond nuts are coarsely ground to a give a soft, floury texture.
Ground Almonds are highly effective as they are gently exfoliating. They give a lovely polish to the skin, improving skin tone and colour. Ground almonds are in one of our best-selling products, Angels On Bare Skin. This product is very often the number one best seller in Japan.
For a similar purpose of polishing the skin, exfoliating and creating a wonderful effect, ground almonds also feature in our Buffy body butter.
We use a whole almond to decorate our Marzibain Bubble Bar, which smells like delicious marzipan.