I often get asked “what is a carrier oil” or “why do you need to dilute”. Here is a basic explanation on carrier oils and the role they play with essential oils.
Essential oils are volatile, meaning they evaporate quickly. By diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil it can be can be better absorbed into the skin before it evaporates. It’s called a carrier oil as it “carries” the oil onto the skin.
Dilution is also necessary for certain “hot” essential oils, and always a good idea when using any oils with children or for those with sensitive skin. When in doubt, always dilute.
Here is a list of different carrier oils:
* Fractionated Coconut Oil
* Jojoba Oil
* Sweet Almond Oil
* Avocado Oil
* Grapeseed Oil
* Apricot Kernal Oil
* Rosehip Oil
* Olive Oil
I personally use Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) as it’s light, colourless, odourless and has a long shelf life. I also use Jojoba Oil in my facial regime as it is the closest to the natural oils of our skin so I find it works well with my hormonal acne.
Another oil I use is Olive Oil. I don’t tend to use this on my skin as its quite thick (and smelly), but I do however use it on my wood furniture.
Most carrier oils can be found at the supermarket or in health food shops, so they are easily accessible if you want to try out some different ones.