Our Guide to Carrier Oils
Essential oils seem to be every where at the moment, but there are some other natural oils out there that could be just as important for your skin. They’re called carrier oils, and they’re probably oils that you’ve already heard of - but do you know what they do?
A carrier oils essentially allow for the safe and healthy application of essential oils, and are generally best used together, but they have some great health benefits of their own. Most are jam-packed with heaps of natural healing properties from fatty acids, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory capabilities and healing vitamins, and can be used on all different skin types - so if you’re not already using one, you might want to consider it.
So, what is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil is used in combination with an essential oil to help dilute them to alter their absorption rate. Contrary to ingredients like water, carrier oils dilute essential oils without altering the effects of the essential oil and helps to prevent waste due to excessive application, while also increasing the success of the essential oils effects on your skin.
Most carrier oils are produced from plant-based ingredients, and are a great natural way to give your essential oils a boost to your skin without the worry of irritation.
What carrier oils are there?
There are a wide range of carrier oils available and many that you might already have available at home, but below is some more info on a few of our faves!
Who doesn’t love coconuts? Coconut oil is probably the most effective carrier oil out there, as it has a low molecular make up which allows it to penetrate the skin on a deeper level. The best coconut oil comes freshly pressed from the meat of the coconut, is not processed with chemicals and retains it’s natural aroma and flavour (yum). For best us on the skin, combine a small amount of any essential oil to coconut oil and rub into the skin.
Now we know you’e heard of this one! Argon oil is one of the best carrier oils for the skin as it contains a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, anti-oxidants and Vitamins A & E. It’s become a popular ingredient in cosmetics over recent years for good reason, as it absorbs quickly and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Argon oil is even a great moisturiser to use on your skin all on its own.
You’ve heard about the health benefits of eating avocados, but they’re also a fantastic ingredient to use on the outside of the body. It’s incredibly moisturising for dry and rough skin, and even has some anti-inflammatory capabilities. You can use it alone on the skin, or you can use it as a carrier oil by combining a small amount of essential oil with about 1/3 as much avocado oil and rubbing the mix onto your skin.
Almond oil is one of the most commonly used carrier oils. The oil originally found it’s roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a great healing oil for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as it is very light and easily absorbed into the skin. When combined with anti-microbial essential oils such as tea tree or lavender, it can help to clear pores and follicles making skin smooth and balanced in complexion.
Jojoba oil is a highly effective carrier oil, and is one of our favourite ingredients to use in our products. Used as a carrier oil, it has great healing properties in moisturising, protecting and cleansing your skin whilst also helping to unclog pores. Plus, it contains Vitamins E & B which help to fight fungal and bacterials skin conditions.
This is a carrier oil you are bound to have in the house already, and while it’s a staple in the kitchen - it is also a very effective carrier oil for many reasons. It is high in healthy fatty acids, anti-inflammatory compounds and anti-oxidants. We recommend looking for a pure real extra virgin olive oil if you’re wanting to use it as a carrier oil, as this will have the best effects on your skin. It also helps with a wide range of skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and atopic dermatitis.
As with anything you apply to your skin, we recommend doing a small patch test before full application to ensure it will not cause irritation or react to your individual skin type.
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