Your Guide to Carrier Oils
Carrier oils can be found just as easily as essential oils. They're nothing too fancy and can even be purchased at your local grocery or health store. Many essential oil companies sell their own versions. Amazon also sells a handful of brands in one location if you're wanting to price compare without having a ton of internet tabs open.
Healthline.com defines carrier oils as oils used to dilute essential oils and “carry” them to your skin. Carrier oils are part of any essential oil lovers' wheelhouse because it moisturizes your skin while absorbing your desired essential oil. When purchasing carrier oils, it's important to look for ones that are organic. You want to make sure you're only putting the most pure products on your or your family's skin. There are quite a few carrier oils to choose from.
Jojoba oil is a great selection for those with acne-prone skin. It won't clog your pores and closely mimics your skin's natural oils called sebum. Skin types that work well with jojoba oil: acne-prone, mature, normal, oily, and sensitive.
Coconut oil is a very common selection. When buying, check to make sure that you're getting an unrefined product. Refined coconut oil is bleached and deodorized, which isn't recommended as a carrier oil. Skin types that work well with coconut oil: normal.
Apricot kernel oil is made from the seeds of apricots. It can help soften and calm irritated skin. Skin types that work well with apricot kernel oil: dry, mature, normal, oily, and sensitive.
Sweet almond oil is made from almonds. You have to be careful using this as a carrier oil because it often masks the scent of the essential oils you are trying to use. Skin types that work well with sweet almond oil: dry, mature, normal, oily, and sensitive.
Argan oil comes from argan trees found in Morocco. A common place to see argan oil is in haircare products. Skin types that work well with argan oil: acne-prone and sensitive.
Olive oil is made from olives. If you're going to use this oil, make sure it is extra-virgin. Skin types that work well with olive oil: dry.
Black seed oil is a lesser known carrier oil. It comes from the Nigella sativa plant and is full of saturated and unsaturated fats. Skin types that work well with black seed oil: dry, sensitive, and acne-prone.
Rosehip oil does not come from roses. It comes from seeds produced by the Rosa rubiginosa or Rosa moschata bush. Skin types that work well with rosehip oil: dry, mature, and sensitive.
Avocado oil is made from avocados and is very heavy. It can clog your pores and cause breakouts if you have acne-prone skin. Skin types that work well with avocado oil: dry, mature, and sensitive.
Grape seed oil is a byproduct of the grape wine-making process. It's very lightweight on the skin. Skin types that work well with grape seed oil: acne-prone, normal, oily, and sensitive.
Tamanu oil comes from the nuts of the Tamanu tree found in Fiji. It's commonly used for scars. Skin types that work well with tamanu oil: mature.
Evening primrose oil comes from the Oenothera biennis plant. It can help with dandruff issues and soothe inflammation. Skin types that work well with evening primrose oil: acne-prone, mature, and sensitive.
Sunflower seed oil comes from sunflower seeds and is a great barrier layer for irritated skin. Skin types that work well with sunflower seed oil: dry, mature, normal, oily, and sensitive.
Hempseed oil comes from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is rich in minerals and vitamins to give your skin a more youthful look. Skin types that work well with hempseed oil: mature and normal.
If you know your skin type, this list will be easy for you to write down in your notes. You can reference this when you go to buy carrier oils. If you aren't sure what your skin type is, don't be afraid to ask your doctor or dermatologist. They will be able to help you out.
Until next time,