9 Carrier Oils to Use with Essential Oils
What exactly is a carrier oil and why do I need it? Great question!
Carrier oils, such as fractionated coconut oil, are used for diluting essential oils. They increase absorption, are good for safety reasons, and save you money. There are many carrier oil options available and it can be super overwhelming. Let’s take a look at nine of the best carrier oils to use with essential oils.
Each carrier oil has a different feel on the skin and each has its own therapeutic properties. Each oil is a little different, so you can choose the one that suits your needs the best.
- Fractionated Coconut Oil. This oil is a great go-to due to its long shelf life and non-oily feel on the skin. It has a low molecular weight and penetrates deeply. FCO is very easy to spread and is light, so it won’t leave you feeling greasy. Fractionated coconut oil has been processed so it stays liquid. If you need larger amounts, this pump container comes in very handy.
- Almond Oil. Another light oil is sweet almond oil, a fave among massage therapists. It’s nutty, delicious smell makes it one of my personal favorites. It’s easily absorbed and emollient. Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamin E and great for the skin.
- Avocado Oil. This carrier oil has a medium weight to it, feeling almost waxy on the skin. But it is super-beneficial as it contains nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins A, D, & E. This oil promotes collagen and is wonderful for mature skin as well as dry skin issues. Research has shown that it can help to lower blood pressure, ease arthritis symptoms, and heal psoriasis issues. So cool!
- Jojoba Oil. Very light and nearly odorless, jojoba oil absorbs well and is a great conditioner for the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help to treat acne. Because it moisturizes so heavily, many use it for it’s anti-aging benefits. Jojoba oil has a long shelf life and is easily absorbed.
- Oilve Oil. Olive oil has a slightly thick weight to it, making it feel more oily on the skin. Because it’s rich in fatty acids, it is nourisning for the skin. Olive oil is also full of antioxidants which means it’s great for healing and repair. Bonus, you probably have this in your kitchen already. It’s not my favorite carrier oil because it is heavy. But I’ve used it in a pinch.
- Wheatgerm Oil. Although this oil goes on the skin feeling thick and sticky, It’s loaded with Vitamin E and is a natural anti-inflammatory. It has anti-aging properties due to its vitamin content, supports collagen production, and can help prevent scarring.
- Argan Oil. This oil is light in weight and goes on the skin with nearly no oily feel. It’s filled with fatty acids and is great for all skin types. It’s beneficial for mature skin as it promotes skin elasticity. It’s also good for stretch marks, nail cuticles, and split ends. I like to use argan oil as a facial moisturizer (add a drop of frankincense and and a drop of geranium if you struggle with oily skin).
- Rosehip Oil. Light and only slightly oily on the skin with an earthy aroma, rosehip oil is rich in beneficial fatty acids and has anti-aging properties. It is a good choice for dry skin and helps prevent scarring and eases psoriasis symptoms. Rosehip oil can go rancid quickly, so proper storage and timely use is recommended. Add a drop of Immortelle essential oil blend to rosehip oil and use for sun-damaged skin.
- Magnesium Oil. Technically, this isn’t an oil. It’s magnesium chloride flakes mixed with water. Since it has an oily texture, it’s called magnesium oil. In our house, we do use this as a carrier oil. Magnesium oil has it’s own amazing health benefits. It’s a great choice if you are dealing with stress, inflammation, or sleep issues because magnesium helps all of those.
To quickly sum up:
- Fractionated coconut oil is our family’s most commonly used carrier oil. I use it to make roller bottles and as a body moisturizer. It has a long shelf life.
- Argan and jojoba are my favorite oils to use as a facial moisturizer.
- When using a thicker oil, combine it with another carrier oil to lighten it up. For instance, if you are making a blend to use for scarring, try adding a bit of wheat germ to almond oil. You’ll get the benefits of both.
- Consider keeping magnesium oil on hand. It’s a powerhouse in it’s own right.
So there you have it. Nine great carrier oils to match your particular tastes and health needs. There are many other options but I’ve chosen to hit on the carriers that you we most commonly use. Have other carrier oil options not mentioned here that work for you? Share them in the comments below.