Carrier Oils: Introduction & Benefits
Carrier Oils are also known as Base Oil and Vegetable Oil. These oils are used to dilute Essential Oils and Absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are named as “Carrier” because they carry the essential oils onto the skin.
In the same way Carrier oils being called “fixed oils” just because of the fact that they remain fixed on the skin. These oils do not quickly evaporate from the skin’s surface or have the strong natural scent of plants. This quality makes them the best & ideal for controlling essential oil concentration. These oils reduce the strength of an essential oil’s aroma but not its therapeutic properties.
In short, we can say Carrier Oils are simply fatty oils usually derived from the seeds, kernels, or nuts of a plant. These oils are also called the Cold-Pressed oils because they are extracted through the Cold-Press extraction process.
Dilution with the Carrier oils does not dilute the effect of the Essential oil. It is a great way to prevent waste due to excessive application.
Similarly, these oils can also prevent potential irritation, sanitization, inflammation, redness, or burning that can be caused by the undiluted use of Essential oils, Absolutes, and CO2 Extracts.
Uses & Benefits of Carrier Oils:
Firstly, Carrier Oils are usually used to dilute Essential oils. The essential oil has a wide range of benefits and cannot be applied directly or neat on the skin because they are highly concentrated. These cold press oils are added to Essential oils because it will prevent the risk of skin allergies and irritations.
Secondly, Carrier oil is a plant-based oil that is used as a base in the blend, creams, or lotions. Mixing with Essential oil in order to dilute provides better consistency for massage and aromatherapy purposes.
If a Carrier oil is not mixed then essential oils can evaporate quickly and cannot spread across the surface of the skin on their own. Carrier oils allow the Essential oils to penetrate the skin and nourish it from within.
- Moreover, Carrier oils also have therapeutic properties of their own because these oils contain many essential fatty acids and can provide intense nourishment to skin and hair.
More About Carrier Oils:
So there are four different Carrier oils found and they are Nut oils, Seed oils, Fruit oils, and Essential fatty acid oils.
Benefits of the following oils are discussed and examples are also given so that you can buy the correct one to use.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Soothes dry, sensitive, and irritated skin.
- Has wound healing properties.
- Very emollient.
- Suitable for acne-prone skin.
- Boosts brightness and tightness of the skin.
Examples: Almond oil, Macadamia oil, Hazelnut oil and, Walnut oil
- Repairs damaged and dried skin.
- Soothes skin irritations and burns.
- Reduces marks and scars.
- Rejuvenates tired skin and complexion.
Examples: Black currant oil, Baobab oil, Broccoli oil, Carrot oil and, Borage oil
- Has antioxidant properties.
- Reduces skin anti-aging effects.
- Has strong moisturizing properties.
- Cleanses and smoothens skin.
- Very nourishing and gentle on soft and sensitive skin.
Examples: Avocado oil, Apricot oil, Grapeseed oil, Olive oil and, Peach oil
Essential Fatty Acid Oils:
- Has astringent properties.
- Good for inflamed and acne-prone skin.
- Take care of fatty acids deficiency in the skin.
- Soothes itching skin.
- Promotes wound healing.
- Contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal properties.
Examples: Argan oil, Babassu oil, Calendula oil
Types of Carrier Oils:
The various Carrier oils are categorized on the basis of their state of solidity. Thus, they are divided into Hard oils and Soft oils.
- Hard Oils: Hard oils solidify at room temperature. These oils can be used after heating, as they are hard oils. This type of oil is often used in making soaps. They are used to make soaps firms, as during formulation soaps are usually soft and sticky. Some of the most common hard oils are Coconut oil and Palm oil.
- Soft Oils: Soft oils do not solidify and stay liquid at room temperature. They have nourishing and moisturizing properties. This type of oil is added to the formulation of soaps. These oils bind the soap together and prevent it from becoming too dry. Some most common soft oils are Olive oil, Sweet Almond oil, Rice bran oil and, Canola oil.