10 Best Carrier Oils and Their Amazing Uses


Carrier oils are vegetable oils made from the seed, nuts, or kernels of plants. They carry essential oils and other absolutes so you can apply them to your skin.  You can’t apply most essential oils directly to your skin, so you have to dilute them with a carrier oil.  These oils are also used in sugar scrub recipes, lotions, balms, lip balms, and salves.

Carrier oils shouldn’t have a strong smell, except for unrefined coconut oil.  They will have a slight nutty aroma that doesn’t affect your final product.  If your oil has a strong odor, it could be rancid.  Discard it and do not use it.

When you’re shopping for an oil, make sure you buy cold pressed oil.  Heat can damage the good qualities of the oil, so it’s very important to get cold pressed oils.

List of Carrier Oils and Their Benefits:

Almond Oil:

Almond oil (sweet almond oil) is moisturizing for your skin.  It is very versatile, so it works in many types of recipes.  It’s high in vitamins A and E to nourish your skin.  Do not use this oil if you have a nut allergy.

Jojoba Oil:

Jojoba oil is a popular carrier oil because it’s very close to the oils your body naturally produces.  It absorbs in to your skin easily without being greasy.  It can clog pores though, so it’s best used with other oils.

Castor Oil:

Castor oil is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal.  It’s often used on irritated skin.  It’s usually combined with other oils and not used alone.

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