On carrier oils

Someone asked me a few days ago if I could make a post with a list of carrier oils, so I promised I’d do so. 

What are carrier oils?

Carrier oils, also called base oils or cold-pressed vegetable oils, are derived from the fatty portion of plants.

How to use them?

Their use is implied in the name. These base oils ( or vegetable oils) are called as “carrier”, because they help to dilute an essential oil by then *carrying* it for use on skin, use on hair, etc—since essential oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating if used alone. Carrier oils can also be used alone. 

The eight oils pictured above are what I use in my skincare regimen (sweet almond oil & grapeseed oil only) and hair care regimen. Note: Yes, I use both types of castor oils. I initially used the Home Health brand, but then experimented with JBCO to see any differences. However, they work the same. So now, the clear variety is really just used for deep conditioning purposes, and the JBCO is used for my hot oil treatments (since it’s a lot more expensive for a such a small bottle). Trying to be economical here, and not wasteful! lol.

Below is not a complete, exhaustive list—but it’s pretty extensive! Maybe some of us can try experimenting, too! I’m thinking of giving a few new oils a try in the future. 

Click for the list of carrier oils under the jump! 

Common carrier oils:

  • apricot oil
  • avocado oil
  • coconut oil
  • evening primrose oil 
  • grapeseed oil
  • hazelnut oil
  • hempseed oil
  • jojoba oil
  • macadamia nut oil (comparable to olive oil)
  • olive oil
  • peanut oil
  • pecan oil 
  • safflower oil 
  • sunflower seed oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • walnut oil
  • wheatgerm oil 

"Rare" carrier oils* (I thought I’d search up):

*Called rare because although they have have great benefits, they are quite expensive to get and/or find.

  • Argan oil (very rare/expensive, but people rave about it)
  • Baobab oil 
  • Black cumin seed oil
  • Borage seed oil (good for treating skin conditions, like eczema) 
  • Camelia seed oil (great benefits—soooo expensive)
  • cranberry seed oil
  • kukui nut oil
  • meadowfoam seed oil
  • pumpkin seed oil (I’ve been wanting to try for the longest!)
  • watermelon seed oil

I hope this helps! 

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