Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are fatty oils naturally derived from the seeds, kernels or nuts of a plant.

Unlike essential oils, carrier oils are stable and don’t evaporate. Their neutral scent and great moisturizing properties make them ideal for diluting essential oils, so you can safely apply them to your skin.

How are carrier oils used?

Some essential oils are considered hot oils because of the warming sensation they give when applied directly to your skin.

Diluting essential oil with a carrier oil reduces concentration without reducing effectiveness.

Carrier oils ensure that the essential oil applied to your skin is comfortable.

Dilution allows every drop of essential oil to last longer.

It’s important to dilute very strong oils like cinnamon, thyme, and peppermint with a carrier oil.

Carrier oils do a fantastic job of carrying essential oils when you use them during a massage.

Carrier oils have different characteristics: consistency, absorbency, and shelf life.

Use carrier oils within 6 months to 12 months of purchase. Store them in a cool dark place to maximize shelf life.

Examples of Carrier Oils

Carrier oils include coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, and sunflower oil.

Fractionated coconut oil has no noticeable aroma.

This type of coconut oil is easy for the skin to absorb and leaves a silky, moisturized, non-greasy feeling.

Unlike other coconut oils, fractionated coconut oil will always be a liquid even at room temperature.

If you like tropical coconut scent, go for coconut oil. It has a distinctive coconut aroma and leaves a good moisturizing feeling on your skin.

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but easily melted into a liquid. It also has a really long shelf life.

Cocoa butter has a sweet chocolate aroma and remains solid at room temperature. This can make it a little more difficult to use, so melt and blend it with other carrier oils.

Shea butter is another solid-at-room-temperature carrier oil. It is cream-colored and has a nutty aroma.

Shea butter is great when your skin and hair need extra hydration.

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