What Is The Best Carrier Oil? The Top 5 To Improve Your Life

We love carrier oils! Use them to dilute essential oils or use in combination with other carrier oils. They give you the freedom to experiment, mix-and-match, and find the perfect combination for your body. Completely natural and rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, proteins and other nutrients, the best carrier oil will really improve your life! 

What Is A Carrier Oil?​

A carrier oil usually derives from vegetables or seeds and is used as a base oil to carry another more potent oil such as an essential oil. Each carrier oil is full of its own rich ingredients and therapeutic qualities. Suitable for all types of skin, they are either used on their own or in combination with different essential oils for a range of amazing effects. Essential oils are on their own too strong, and so need a carrier oil to carry them onto the skin and into the body.  Carrier oils can also be mixed together and used in all kinds of DIY recipes such as shampoos and body scrubs.

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What Is The Best Way To Use A Carrier Oil?

​The uses of carrier oils are limitless. Use in combination with other carrier oils, mix and match, create recipes and use to dilute essential oils. Be creative and create the perfect natural solution for you! 

When using carrier oils to dilute essential oils, always make sure you use a low concentration of essential oils. If you are using essential oils for the first time, its a good idea to start with 1 per cent and work your way up to 5 per cent as needed. ​

Keep in mind that carrier oils are vegetable products and so much be stored accordingly. Keep​ out of direct sunlight, preferably in a dark cool place. Some carrier oils require refrigeration once opened.

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The 5 Best Carrier Oils For Your Skin & Hair

Avocado Oil

Great for:

  • ​moisturizing your skin
  • anti-aging
  • treating acne and blackheads
  • stimulating hair growth
  • improving hair shine
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Avocado oil is an amazing carrier oil and fast becoming a favorite among those looking to use natural oils as skin products. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and proteins avocado oil makes a great moisturizer. If you have dry, irritated skin you will love avocado oil. Able to penetrate deep into the skin, it effectively hydrates and smooths skin.  

Avocado oil can also be used to treat skin conditions such as acne and blackheads. It is also said to work against the signs of ageing such as wrinkles and age spots. ​Not only great on your skin, avocado oil is also applied to hair to increase thickness and shine.

​Whenever purchasing avocado oil, make sure it is cold pressed as opposed to refined. The cold press process allows the avocado oil to keep most of its nutrients which makes it a much more effective product. 

Other great uses:

  • Avocado is often mixed with other carrier oils (we love it mixed with sweet almond oil) to increase the vitamin and protein content.
  • Works really well as a massage oil

Avocado Oil Shelf Life: Approximately 2 years (store in refrigerator once opened)

Jojoba Oil

Great for:

  • ​moisturizing your skin
  • ​face cleansing
  • treating acne and blackheads
  • anti-aging
  • treating damaged or dry hair
  • stimulating hair growth
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Jojoba is one of the most popular carrier oils and our pick because of its amazing effect on skin and hair. Jojoba oil is on a molecular level almost the same as sebum  which is the natural oil on skin. This means that it is able to effectively penetrate the skin to deliver all its goodness. 

One of the best qualities of jojoba oil is its ability to normalize the bodies oil production if you have particularly oily skin. As it is so similar to sebum, it essentially tricks the body into producing less of its own oil. This makes it a great carrier oil for fighting against acne breakouts.

Jojoba oil works well as a moisturizer however the hydration tends to absorb into the skin fairly quickly especially if you have dry skin, For best results apply it to the skin after showering and then apply a barrier cream such as shea butter to lock in the moisture. 

Other great uses:

  • Makes a great lip balm (especially when added to beeswax)
  • Works really well as a massage oil
  • Works really nicely as a makeup remover

Jojoba Oil Shelf Life: Approximately 5 years 

Sweet Almond Oil

Great for:

  • body moisturizing
  • ​face cleansing
  • reducing dark circles under the eyes
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Sweet almond oil is a great multi-purpose carrier oil. Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids it rejuvenates the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and soft.

With a light and pleasant aroma, and a non greasy light texture sweet almond oil makes a great all round moisturizer or massage oil. It absorbs easily into the skin, but not so fast that your skin is left feeling dry soon afterwards. 

Other great uses:

  • Can be uses to treat sunburn or lighten an unwanted tan
  • Works really nicely as a makeup remover
  • Sweet almost is great for mixing with other oils due to its rich vitamin content

Sweet Almond Oil Shelf Life: Approximately 1-2 years (store in refrigerator once opened)

Argan Oil

Great for:

  • fighting acne
  • moisturizing the skin
  • anti-aging
  • softening scar tissue
  • dry or damaged hair
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Argan oil is a relatively new carrier oil originating from Morocco. It is a great multi purpose carrier oil and can be applied to the skin and hair in many ways. One of its best features is its ability to stop the skin overproducing oil. This makes it an effective acne treatment product. 

Full of fatty acids, argan oil works well as a moisturizer on dry skin. It penetrates deep into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated and fresh. A further benefit is its ability to promote cell regeneration. This together with its moisturizing capability makes it a nice anti-aging remedy. It helps to fine lines and wrinkles and can also be used to reduce the footprint of scarring and stretch marks.

Argan oil is  quite potent, so only a few drops at a time are necessary to enjoy the effects. Using too much can cause sensitivity and can leave the skin feeling oily. ​

Other great uses:

  • Use as a leave-in conditioner to reduce frizz and leave your hair feeling hydrated and shining

Argan Oil Shelf Life: Approximately 1-2 years (store in refrigerator once opened)

Emu Oil

Great for:

  • fighting acne
  • reducing skin irritation such as redness and sunburn
  • promoting hair growth
  • moisturizing skin
  • anti-aging

Emu oil is rich in fatty acids and other nutrients making it great for skin application. It is able to penetrate deep into the skin and restore the skin's nutrient levels. It also effectively fights the signs of aging by rejuvenating the skin and leaving it with a revitalized appearance. 

Emu oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which make it very useful at treating any kind of skin irritation such as general dryness, redness or sunburn. ​It can also be used to treat acne.

Emu Oil Shelf Life: Approximately 1 year (store in refrigerator once opened)

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