Essential oils are most effective when applied with a carrier oil. They are used to “dilute” the essential oil before applying to help “carry” the oils into the skin for maximum benefit. Let's dive into more about carrier oils...
Carrier oils are also beneficial when applying essential oils to a larger part of the body. Like essential oils, different carrier oils have their own unique properties and benefits. It should be noted that carrier oils do not lessen the efficacy of essential oils but rather assist with slowing down the absorption rate, in turn assisting to prolong the need to reapply. Because essential oils are volatile substances (they evaporate quickly), the use of a carrier oil will lessen this effect as they bind the essential oil molecules to theirs.
here are our 5 favourites...
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines
- Protects against environmental factors
- Minimize UV damage
- Easily absorbed by the skin
- Promotes cell turnover and regeneration
- Uses: moisturizers, serums, lip balms, cuticle balms, salves, sunscreen
- Readily absorbed into the skin
- Contains the perfect amount of fatty acids that the hair and body need
- Contains natural anti-inflammatory properties
- The perfect anti-aging oil (delays the appearance of wrinkles and saggy skin)
- Uses: creams and lotions (and many other cosmetic preparations for skin and hair)
- Comes from the seeds of the jojoba plant
- Actually not an oil but a liquid wax which closely mimics the sebum in human skin, helping to control its production and doesn't clog pores
- Extremely rich in vitamin e
- It is hypoallergenic, antibacterial and high in antioxidants
- Soothes dry, chapped skin
- Can be added to other carrier oils to extend shelf life
- Uses: Good carrier oil for massage oils, skin moisturizers, and bath oils
- Made from the kernels found inside the fruit of argan trees
- Protects against sun damage and skin inflammation
- Treats a number of skin conditions including atopic dermatitis
- Improves wound healing because of its high levels of antioxidants and vitamin E
- Has anti-aging effects and nourishes the body inside and out
- Uses: Great for general skin care and massage oil
- Thicker oil made from avocado fruit
- Calms itchy, irritated skin
- Heals chapped, cracked skin
- Hydrates and moisturizes skin
- Known to shield skin from ultraviolet radiation
- Uses: Good carrier oil for dry skin remedies and body creams
recipes using carrier oils...
- beach waves in a bottle: diy sea salt hair spray
- keep your hands germ-free: diy hand sanitizer
- how to make your own essential oil perfume
Stock up on your favourite carrier oils and tell us which one you love to use in the comments! 💚 💬
DISCLAIMER: Make sure you are using the safest essential oils available to you. We use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. All information mentioned in this blog post has not been evaluated by Health Canada or the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.