WHAT IS A CARRIER OIL?
Carrier oils are named because they “carry” essential oil to the skin. Carrier oils refer to base oils that are used to dilute essential oils before applying them to the skin. Carrier oils are typically cold-pressed oils that are produced from fatty portions of specific plants.
Using a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil helps to:
• Increases the surface absorption
• Enhances absorption through dry skin
• Reduces the rate of evaporation
• Prevents skin sensitivities.
To dilute an essential oil you add it to a “carrier” or “base” oil. Determining when and how to dilute is a personal decision that should be based on user preferences, oil chemistry, and personal sensitivity.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARRIER OILS:
1. COCONUT OIL
~ the most versatile carrier oil
~ anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal
~ use it in its whole form for DIY recipes
~ use it in its liquid format (the proteins have been removed so it stays liquid) for roller bottle recipes.
2. JOJOBA OIL
~ best for using on your face as it mimics the skins natural oil properties ~ has a slightly nutty aroma
~ makes a lovely make-up remover and absorbs easily into the skin
3. ARGAN OIL
~ since it is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A + E, argan oil is helpful for healing and reducing inflammation
~ best for hair, nails, and skin support
4. GRAPE SEED OIL
~ high in proteins, minerals, vitamin E, and linoleic acid making it great for cosmetic applications
~ use in sunscreen, creams, and lotions
~ has anti-bacterial properties and a lightweight - good choice for acne-prone skin
5. HEMP SEED OIL
~ non-greasy making it a lovely massage oil
~ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it great to mix with oils for pain relief and skin regeneration
6. OLIVE OIL
~ has many benefits to the body making it a good choice to add into a veggie capsule for taking essential oils internally
~ non-greasy and will not clog pores - a good choice for dry skin, dry hair
7. SWEET ALMOND OIL
~ highly rich in vitamin E and antioxidants
~ supportive in skin rejuvenation, retaining moisture, and nourishing the skin ~ a good choice for massage, face, and nail serums
8. AVOCADO OIL
~ the thickest oil to use with essential oils
~ rich in nutrients, it is good to use for irritable conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
~ dries slowly making it good for massage