What Is A Carrier Oil

By | October 5, 2018

What is a Carrier Oil? Carrier oils are used to dilute the potency of essential oils and help spread the Essential oil on the body for maximum effectiveness

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What Is A Carrier Oil it benefits and uses with Pure Essential Oils

Due to the high potency Pure Essential oils have, regardless of the many benefits they possess only a few drops of essential oil is required yet for some there could be other issues if use directly which can create unwanted issues such as irritation, burning, redness and to some allergic reactions if used on its own.

As only a few drops are needed, the essential oil penetrates quickly into the skin.

Carrier Oils are used to help spread the Essential oil further on the body for maximum effectiveness.

To avoid overuse of the essential oils along with running out very quickly carrier oils are combined  are combined Carrier oils derived from various sources such as plants, seeds, nuts, fruits have their own benefits of its own as many contain essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants that can be found in the various forms of Oils used.

When combined with Essential oils this helps boost the benefits each oil can have for the body.

There are many types of carrier oils used and each can have their own pros and cons, which can depend on the body type of the skin as well.

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What Is A Carrier Oil and What is the Best Carrier Oil for Essential Oils 


Carrier oils in general, contain fatty acids and as a result, this creates a limited shelf life, which means they can go rancid or bad over a period.

True carrier oils do not have a strong aroma as essential oils do which help makes them a perfect pair to combine for dilution and the benefits each property has.

How long is the shelf life? This would depend on the type of carrier oil used as some may need to be refrigerated others may not need refrigeration.

As for storing carrier oils, it is a great idea to store them in a cool dark place, for example, the pantry to help extend its shelf life and also away from bright light such as the Sunlight

Although they do not need to be in a dark glass bottle, you will find that most proper and good quality carrier oils can come in a plastic bottle or container.

The main reason for this is that as they are used much more frequently and in larger quantities than essential oils, it is easier for suppliers to have them in plastic containers or bottles, which also makes them cheaper and more economical for production, use, and shipment.

What is an Essential Oil


As stated above true essential oils are the purest form derived from the various parts of the plants used as such is potent and most oils are too powerful to use on their own undiluted.

As they are the pure essence of the plant, the true aroma of the plant is present, along with all of its beneficial properties it has to offer.

Essential oils can evaporate quickly into the skin so if you require particular oil over a large area of the body carrier oils make the perfect companion to help spread further the benefits from both the essential oil and the particular carrier oil used.


Definitely a win-win situation.

Although there is, in general, no expiry date for essential oils, there are generally two preferred requirements if you wish to keep your essential oils at it true potency


  • Keep the oil in a dark glass bottle and not a plastic container as the potency of the oil can easily not only absorb any properties of the plastic but also can destroy parts of the plastic as well. This is why when you purchased any essential oil they should be in a dark or Amber colored glass bottle.

  • Store your essential oils in a dark place and away from the sunlight, as sunlight is not friendly to essential oils due to the oxidization that can take place when exposed to the sunlight.

Caution: Avoid Mineral Oils


Never use mineral oils as a carrier oil either on its own or with any essential oils.

Mineral oil is not a natural product and is a by-product of petroleum.

Mineral oils also can clog pores, therefore, stop essential oils from penetrating into the skin effectively.

Mineral oil is a commercial product that is used in baby oils and petroleum jelly mainly because it is cheap to process and manufacture in large quantities.

I still am surprised why this is allowed to be used in many baby oils as not only does it clog the pores it prevents the skin from breathing naturally and stops any toxins leaving the body in its natural way such as in sweating.

This can only lead to a build-up of unnecessary toxins in the body, which could create more problems long term.

This leads me to the next question:



Which carrier oil can I use


There are many types of carrier oils that can be used for therapeutic purposes but the best types are usually the organic cold pressed ones compared to the ones you would generally find in the grocery stores as that are mostly heated and in the process, much of the therapeutic benefits can be lost.

It is also best to obtain carrier oils from stockist that supply carrier oils for the therapeutic benefits rather than ones that are for say cooking purposes.

That is not to say some grocery store types are no good for example pure organic extra virgin olive oil can be an alternative if you cannot readily obtain a more beneficial organic one elsewhere.

It is always good to read the label to see if it has been heated or pressed.

There are many essential oils that blend well with carrier oils some more than others but the same goes with carrier oils as depending on the skin type some are more beneficial than others as well.

Some carrier oils are more easily absorbed into the skin where you can have light oils, which absorb quickly into the skin while other heavier oils absorb into the skin a bit longer.

Yet regardless of the time to absorb, both types are very beneficial to use again depending on the purpose of its use.

There can also be an endless combination you can use when combining essential oils.






Before applying any carrier oil for the first time, it is highly recommended to do a small patch test just in case.

Remember everyone’s skin can react in different ways for many reasons.

For example, nut allergies but in this case even better to see a qualified Aromatherapist or registered medical practitioner particularly one with skills and knowledge with essential and carrier oils.

Therefore, it is also great to try some combinations that may work better for you according to your needs as you know best your skin type and the reason for its use.



List of Carrier Oils


This is by no means a full list just some of the most popular ones that have been known to be of maximum benefit.

I will add more as time progresses so here is just a starter list for you.


Jojoba oil

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil is pronoucned as Ho-ho-ba Oil

Botanical Name: Simmondsia Chinensis

Benefits: Non-greasy, a natural moisturizer to help replenish moisture to hair and skin especially after sun exposure, mimics body’s natural oil on the skin. Ideal to use in lip balm and body butter.

Plant Parts Used: Seeds

Extraction method: Cold pressing

Location: Mostly Southern California, Arizona, and Northern Mexico



Argan Oil

Argan Oil

Botanical Name: Argania Spinosa

Benefits: A non-greasy, hydrating and anti-aging benefit very high in Vitamin E helps digestion and strengthens the body’s immune system.

Plant Parts Used: Seeds

Extraction method: Cold pressing

Location: Morocco




Avocado Oil

Melrose Avocado Carrier Oil

Botanical Name: Persea Americana

Benefits: Rich in Vitamins C, B-6 and Magnesium, helps dry and dehydrated skin, wonderful absorption rate.

Plant Parts Used: Flesh of the Avocado

Extraction method: Cold pressed

Location: Worldwide, however, Mexico is the largest producer



Coconut oil

Viva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil


Liquid Coconut Carrier Oil

Botanical Name: Cocos Nucifera

Benefits: Has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties’ due to the richness of Lauric acid.  Helps boost metabolism to burn fatty tissue. Helps fight against yeast infections such as Candida. Helps balance blood sugar levels.

Plant Parts Used:  Meat from the Coconut tree

Extraction Method: Cold pressed

Location: Thailand




Hempseed Oil


Plant Therapy Hemp Seed Carrier Oil

Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa


Benefits: Moisturising, non-greasy, high in omega-3 helps soothes inflamed skin, effective for acne, psoriasis, and eczema

Plant Parts Used: Seeds

Extraction Method: Cold pressed

Location: Canada



Sweet Almond Oil



Plant Therapy Sweet Almond Oil

Botanical Name: Prunus dulcis



Plant Parts Used: Kernels or sweet almonds

Extraction Method: Cold pressed

Location: Spain




Organic Sunflower Oil

Organic Sunflower Oil Plant Therapy

Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus


Benefits: Aromatic scent high in vitamins A and E, regenerating to the skin great for nail/cuticle, used in Aromatherapy and massage.

Plant Parts Used: Sunflower seed

Extraction Method: Cold pressed

Location: Spain




Tamanu Carrier Oil

Plant Therapy Tamanu Carrier Oil

Botanical Name: Calophyllum inophylum


Benefits: Revitalizes and improves skin texture. Helps protect the skin’s moisture barrier, Soothing for topical use

Plant Parts Used: Fruit

Extraction Method: Cold pressed

Location: Madagascar




Carrier Oils derived from nuts so those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before use or contact with sweet almonds oil.

Your comments

So now you know What Is A Carrier Oil perhaps you already use some at home, in the office or at work in your business.

Which carrier oil is your favorite?

I would love to hear why and what benefits you gained in using carrier oils.


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Namaste The Journey begins with you. Andre



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