Carrier oils are vegetable oils extracted from various nuts, seeds and kernels. Such oils are used as key ingredients in the making of natural lotions, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body oils and aromatherapy. Although named for their purpose of carrying essential oils and absolutes to the body, carrier oils can actually be applied to the body as a solo ingredient. These oils are praised for their ability to drastically improve the health and integrity of the hair and skin by absorbing and delivering vital nourishments. Understanding the benefits and properties of each carrier oil will give you the knowledge you need to start making your own natural health and beauty products.
How to Shop for Carrier Oils:
When shopping for carrier oils, choose varieties that are clearly marked as being, cold pressed, organic and 100 percent. Cold pressed indicates that the nutritional properties contained. Organic varieties ensures that zero toxins have been influenced, and 100 percent means that no additives have been introduced to the oil. Check out our natural beauty ingredients page to shop for high quality carrier oils.
How to Use Carrier Oils:
Cold pressed carrier oils usually have a shelf life of 9 to 12 months (except for Jojoba oil which has an indefinite shelf life), however, when mixed with other ingredients such as essential oils, glycerin and butters, that lifespan drops. When formulating your beauty products, make them in small batches and date each one to avoid waste and spoilage. Store your oils in a cool/dry area, refrigerating can lengthen their lifespan. Check out our eBooks and the natural beauty page for recipes and inspiration.
List of Carrier Oils and their Properties:
- Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is actually a wax that is used as a carrier oil, it is one of the best bases to use for hair and skin care. Its antioxidant and antibacterial properties can help fight free radicals, acne, dandruff and skin infections. Jojoba oil is often used to remedy sunburn, split ends, diaper rash, eczema and psoriasis.
Sweet Almond Oil: Rich in vitamins A, B and E as well as linoleic acid and omega 3, 6 and 9. Sweet almond oil can relieve dry/chapped skin, sooth irritation and promote the shedding of dead skin cells. Its properties can help reflect UV rays and stimulate hair growth.
- Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is one of the more thicker carrier oils, it contains a surplus of omega 3 as well as vitamins A, D and E. It can help remedy sunburn, deter age spots and boost collagen production.
- Grapeseed Oil: Grapeseed oil is an excellent base for anti-wrinkle and antibacterial beauty products. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins C and E. Grapeseed oil can influence collagen production while sealing in moisture, conditioning the hair and deterring dandruff.
- Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp seed oil is excellent in conditioners, soaps and lotions. It can help moisturize dry/chapped skin, detox the skin of dead skin cells, promote resilient hair and shoo away dark spots. It is rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 as well as vitamins E and D.
- Hazelnut Oil: Rich in linoleic acid and vitamin E, hazelnut oil can help hydrate dull looking hair and skin. It also contains antibacterial and astringent properties which makes it wonderful in soaps, shampoos and hair oils.
- Apricot Kernel Oil: Another excellent moisturizer, apricot kernel oil contains vitamins A, C and E as well as fatty acids that can help rehydrate stressed skin and hair.
- Macadamia Nut Oil: One of the best remedies for damaged hair, macadamia nut oil is often used as a anti-breakage, anti-frizz and a moisture sealer in hair pomades, conditioners and shampoos. Its contains radical fighting properties as well as omega 3, 6 and 9.
Disclaimer: We make no claims that any of the suggestions above can cure any disorders, please use at your own risk.