Carrier oils have many different uses in today’s natural wellness world. They are used in everything from DIY soaps and scrubs to lotions and skincare and they’re a really great way to ditch the traditional big-name brands and nurture your skin with something natural and wholesome.
There are literally a ton of carrier oils out there with many different uses and benefits; the options are a bit overwhelming. I wanted to simplify the process by categorizing the popular carrier oils into groups so that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for, or learn about new oils you’d like to try.
First you’ll find oils categorized by skin type, then by absorption rates, and finally I go into a bit more detail on the top 10 carrier oils so that you can decide what oil best suits your needs. So let’s jump in.
Carrier Oils for Your Skin Type
If you are looking for an oil specifically for skincare, you can search these popular oils by skin type. You will notice some oils such as Sweet Almond oil is quite versatile and will work on all skin types.
Carrier Oils Absorption Rates
Absorption rates usually directly coincide with the consistency of the oils. Thicker oils are sometimes more nourishing to the skin, while thinner oils can be better for certain recipes and uses.
Top 10 Carrier Oils
These ten oils are the most popular for DIY recipes, skincare and for use with essential oils.
Coconut oil may be one of the most popular carrier oils used to dilute essential oils. It’s easy to come by and it’s reasonably priced. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E, protein, fatty acids and has antibacterial properties. Using coconut oil on the skin can lead to fewer breakouts, and the refined oil has no scent so it’s great to use in DIY personal care products.
Sweet Almond Oil
Another very versatile oil is Sweet Almond Oil. This oil is high in proteins and vitamin D which makes it extremely nourishing and moisturizing on the skin. This oil can be used as a way to clear dead skin cells, and to get an even skin tone and remedy dark spots. You can also combine it with thicker oils to help them penetrate the skin more deeply.
Argon oil is a great oil for those with sensitive or acne prone skin. It’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids and in its natural state, has a warm nutty scent. Argon oil is one of the rarer and expensive oils as its growing region is small in comparison.
Did you know, applying avocado oil to the skin will give the same omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants as eating the fruit (good to know if you don’t care for the taste!). These fatty acids make avocado oil a great moisturizer, and they help increase the collagen that keeps skin supple and healthy. This is great for dry, mature, sensitive, and problem prone skin because of the rich vitamin content. Avocado oil is also great to add to other carrier oils to enrich the protein and vitamin content.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is a great carrier oil for diluting essential oils because it has little scent, is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves no oily residue. This oil is nourishing on the skin with it high vitamin A and E content, making it a great oil for sensitive or aging skin.
Unlike other carrier oils, jojoba oil is actually a wax; when temperatures begin to fall, it becomes cloudy and solidifies. This is also the closest oil to the skins natural oils and is packed full of proteins and minerals that mimic collagen. Jojoba oil is a great choice for those with oily skin because it helps regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil and breaks down excess sebum which is great news for acne sufferers.
Emu oil is a great source of omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids and helps replenish the skins natural oils. Although it is one of the better, more expensive oils, it can help with other ailments too, like joint pain and swelling. And using Emu oil will leave your skin feeling silky soft!
Your likely familiar with olive oil’s strong smell and golden color as it is a popular oil to use for cooking, but did you know olive oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E, making it ideal for people with eczema, and dry or aging skin. Olive oil is cheaper than some oils, but unfortunately doesn’t absorb as deeply as other carrier oils.
Castor oil is a thick, dark brown oil known best for its hair growth abilities, and has been used medically for thousands of years for its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Because of the thick consistency, it’s not ideal for use with essential oils, and is best when diluted with another carrier oil.
Tamanu oil is known as a healing oil for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. This oil has a rich scent and is perfect for all skin types, especially acne prone and damaged skin. It can be a carrier oil for essential oils, but be sure to pair it with oils that will either work with its scent or conceal it.
This post was packed with a ton of information, but I hope it’s made things a little easier when choosing oils. If there’s an oil that you love that I’ve missed, let me know in the comments!
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