Carrier oils, also known as base oils, are used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. They are called "carrier" oils because they "carry" the essential oil onto the skin.
Many different carrier oils are available, each with unique properties and benefits. Here we take a quick looksie at our TOP 5 selling carrier oils available on earthYARD.com.au:
Jojoba oil: Taking the top spot at number 1, Jojoba oil is a light waxy oil and very similar to the body’s natural sebum. This similarity means it is easily absorbed into human skin and rather non-greasy in feel. Often used to treat acne and improve the appearance of the skin, Jojoba oil is high in Eicosenoic acid a non-comedogenic which means it does not block pores. Jojoba oil is popular in skin care as a stand alone daily moisturiser with its’ anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties (hence acne treatment).
We recommend Jojoba in massage oils, inclusion in facial creams and serums.
Argan oil: The famous liquid gold that hails from Morocco comes in at number 2 on our most popular list. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and fatty acids such as Oleic acid, Linoleic acid and Palmitic acid. It is known for its’ nourishing and moisturising properties that help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll see Argan oil making its splash in hair care – especially those products designed to restore damaged hair back to bouncy, lush health. Argan oil has been used for centuries to help heal scar tissue and help to give just a beautiful overall glow.
We recommend substituting store bought chemical filled daily face moisturisers for argan oil, a couple of drops in your palm and massage onto the face in a circular motion every morning for a week. We bet you’ll love the improvement.
Coconut oil: There’s no surprise in position number 3 that Coconut would slide in here. High in fatty acids, including lauric acid, coconut oil is also known for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is also believed to have antimicrobial properties, making it useful for treating skin conditions such as acne as well as anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties helping to protect the skin from the environment and pollutants, soothing and calming irritated or inflamed skin. It is also believed to have hair-strengthening ad conditioning properties and used to treat damaged, dry or brittle hair.
We recommend switching out pH adjusting and yeast reducing creams for the nether regions in Summer, if you’re unlucky to be afflicted, to a simple application of coconut oil. Your body will thank you for it.
Rosehip oil: Rosehip oil is a nut free carrier oil that is derived from the hips of rose bushes. At number 4 on the hot list it’s pigment addressing, blemish reducing and acne fighting powers are all thanks to its complex fatty acid system including, linolenic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid and arachidic acid as well as vitamin C and other antioxidants. A power-house carrier oil. It is non-greasy and subtle scented. Nutrients give rosehip oil a variety of potential benefits when used as a carrier from skin moisturising, anti-aging, helping to improve skin elasticity, and reducing appearance of wrinkles, scars, and blemishes this carrier does it all.
We recommend adding a hint of Rosehip to body lotions and body butters for any age and skin type.
Sweet Almond oil: Finally at number 5, derived from almonds that are rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, magnesium and zinc, sweet almond oil is the number one go-to for massage therapists around the world. It is often used to treat dry and sensitive skin.
It is believed to heal superficial skin burns, boost collagen production, keep skin hydrated and supple, and protect it against UV radiation. Known for having anti-inflammatory properties making it useful to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. In addition, sweet almond oils is popular choice for improving the appearance and health of damaged hair.
It’s also by comparison one of the cheaper lots of oils out there – hence its popularity.
It is super important to choose a carrier oil that is suitable for your skin type and the specific essential oil you will be using. Some carrier oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions – especially those with nut allergies, so it is always a good idea to test a small patch of skin before using them. When using with essential oils the aroma of a carrier oil can bring out the best or the worst in the essential oil – for example, some carriers such as Tamanu, Hemp and Neem are potent in aroma – so may have a negative impact in cosmetics, though in saying that, some people find them rather pleasing. Preference is everything. Most of our carrier oils are fairly neutral in aroma, but never neutral in benefits.