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What Is A Carrier Oil & Which Carrier Oil Is Best?

What Is A Carrier Oil

Hello crafters and creatives out there! If you are wondering what a carrier oil is, you have come to the right place.

What Is A Carrier Oil

Carrier oils are called a "carrier" oil, as they carry the essential oil you are planning to mix with it. A carrier oil will blend with the essential oil fragrance and deliver it to the skin, hair or whatever you are intending on using it for. Carrier oils are the base oil in a recipe or formula. Different carrier oils can be blended together and used as a carrier for essential oil, and they can also diffuse the essential oil if your scent is too strong.

Essential oils on their own are often too strong if applied directly on the skin. They can possibly even cause irritation, so diluting them with a carrier oil is considered safe practice. Carrier oils also help retain the scent of the essential oils, which would dissipate quite quickly on their own.

There are mainly two types of carrier oils: those that are liquid at room temperature, such as olive oil, and those that are solid at room temperature, such as coconut oil. Depending on what you are making, you can create your own custom blend of carrier oils, so long as they are all liquid at the time of blending. Carrier oils can be brought to a liquid state by gently heating them. Carrier oils can also be whipped too.

A true carrier oil is an oil that is created by cold-pressing or by macerating.

Here is a list of the most popular carrier oils if you are wondering which oils are considered carrier oils.

  • Sweet almond oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Apricot oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Canola oil
  • Camellia seed oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Pecan oil
  • Marula oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Emu oil
  • Castor oil
  • Argan oil

What is carrier oil

Which Carrier Oil Is Best

The best carrier oils for essential oils are jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil. Read on to see why we chose these oils as the best carrier oils for essential oil:

  • Jojoba Oil: This carrier oil is produced from the seed of the jojoba plant. It is popular in cosmetics and is often used to make moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners, and other products for skin, hair, and nails. You may find it has a very mild, nutty odor.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: This carrier oils comes from the nuts produced by the sweet almond tree and also has a soft, sweet nutty odor, which is very mild. It is also used in many moisturizers as it absorbs quickly into the skin. We love using sweet almond oil as a carrier oil but it is recommended as an addition to another carrier oil as it can spoil easily on its own, especially if it is kept in a non-tinted bottle to prevent UV rays breaking it down.
  • Argan Oil: Popular carrier oil for hair care and is produced from the seed of the fruit on the argan tree in Morocco. It is used in hair products because of the high amount of fatty acids which is very good for hair, but the people of Morocco use the seed oil for bread dipping!
  • Avocado Oil: One of the few carrier oils not derived from the seed, but from the green flesh of the fruit. It is used often in the cosmetic industry due to its quick absorption rate. It is often referred to as hair food!
  • Coconut Oil: Extracted from the meat of matured coconuts, this carrier oil has really become popular over the past 5 years. Due to its extremely high level of saturated fatty acids (82.5% of it is saturated fatty acid by weight of total fat), it has been used in the beauty industry as skin moisturizer, lip balms, hair masks and moisturizer, as toothpaste in oil pulling, as massage oil and as the base for many soap formulas! It is solid at room temperature though, so a few seconds in the microwave before you add to any other oils is advised.

What is carrier oil

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Just some advice, when custom blending for someone else, make sure that they do not have a nut allergy when choosing your oils, such as almond oil or peanut oil. Just something to keep in mind.

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