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Carrier Oils

Dilute your favourite essential oils and nourish your skin with our selection of pure and natural carrier oils.


What are carrier oils?

Carrier oils, like essential oils, are all natural substances derived and extracted from part of plant material - including nuts, seeds, and kernels. They are often extracted via cold pressing.

Often unscented or lightly scented, carrier oils are designed to "carry" more potent oils into the skin without causing any unwanted irritations or reactions. They can also be used on their own to help nourish and renew your skin, hair, and face.

Use of carrier oils is always recommended when applying essential oils topically, as failing to do so could lead to several, sometimes long-lasting, skin complications.

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Why use carrier oils with essential oils?

If nothing else, carrier oils are a must if you are wanting to apply essential oils to your skin.

Essential oils should never be applied undiluted, and carrier oils can provide a great shield between your sensitive skin and the potent benefits of your chosen oil.

Applied on their own or mixed with essential oils, carrier oils can have a number of restorative benefits for the skin, hair, and face - among other regions.

Commonly, carrier oils are used as a nourishing, moisturising base for massages, and can help combine the numerous advantages of the essential oils and their scents with their own soothing, vitamin-rich properties.

Carrier oils can also be used with essential oils to create effective hair masks and can make for beneficial facial cleaners as well as nail and cuticle treatments.

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How to use carrier oils

The moisturising properties and gentle consistencies of carrier oils make them easy to use and ideal for creating your own all-natural remedies at home.

Not all carrier oils are built equal, so trying out the best ones for you based on scent, durability, and absorption is a great place to start.

A good rule of thumb to adopt when using carrier oils is to dilute 2 drops of your chosen essential oils with one teaspoon of carrier oil. This will then make the essential oil safe to apply all over your skin (but remember to perform a patch test first!)

You can learn more about how to dilute your essential oils with carrier oils here.

Where are carrier oils sourced from?

In general, carrier oils are usually extracted from a vegetable, such as avocado or coconut, however they can also be derived from nuts, seeds, and kernels of common plants or fruits.

Most carrier oils are obtained via cold pressing, whereby the source of the oil is crushed without the use of heat, in order to extract the oil from within it.

A lot of carrier oils are also associated with cooking, however ensuring the oil is food grade is an important step if you wish to use carrier oils in this way.

What makes an ideal carrier oil?

Any vegetable-based, seed-based or nut-based oil with a lightweight consistency makes for a great carrier oil.

Carrier oils like jojoba, sweet almond, and sea buckthorn, among others, as so popular due to their easy-to-use consistencies that make them ideal for application to the skin, hair, and body.

The best carrier oils for essential oils will ideally have little to no fragrance, allowing the aromas of the essential oils to come through with sufficient potency. This same rule applies for fragrance oils, if you choose to use them instead for application to the face and body.

What can be used as a carrier oil?

It is not recommended to use any other oil not derived from the same common sources as a standard carrier oil. Baby oil and petroleum jelly, as well as butter or margarine, despite being labeled as possible "alternatives", will not function in the same way as these plant or vegetable-based carrier oil.

Some oils that can be used as a carrier oil include:

  • Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Argan oil
  • Rosehip oil

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