A List of Carrier Oils (also known as vegetable or base oils) and their Uses (in alphabetical order):
I began putting this post together many months ago & although it is still a work in progress, I’ve decided to press publish today with a view to consistently updating it. If there any base oils you are particularly interested in do let me know in the comments and I’ll make them my next additions…
Carrier oils, also known as base oils or vegetable oils, are a great medium to use to blend essential oils with since they have their own nourishing properties. They can be used on their own for massage and in the bath, and are essential ingredients in skin care products. Essential oils should always be diluted before use on skin*.
To help you choose which base oils to use, here is a list with some of their most useful properties.
Almond ~ a great general use oil, not too rich or light, and full of nutrients. Caution – avoid with nut allergies.
Apricot ~ A very gentle light oil that I like to use with children, and people with sensitive skin.
Avocado ~ Very rich and nourishing but still absorbs well into skin, great for dry & mature skin.
Borage / Star flower ~ a lovely light oil that is particularly good for eczema and those with delicate skin.
Calendula / Marigold oil (marigold flowers macerated in olive oil) ~ if I could only use one base oil then this would be it, the olive oil is rich and full of nutrients and further enhanced with the healing properties of calendula flowers, great for all skin types, especially useful for problem or damaged skin. Watch out for my new blog on how to make your own ~ coming soon!
Coconut ~ I love this oil as it is so versatile, it is great for skin, hair, and even in food. It is solid at room temperature, but very easily melts in warm hands, if it’s a hot day, or you live in a tropical country, it is likely to melt and be in a liquid state. It has a very greasy feel to it, which makes it perfect for use as a cleanser as it easily removes dirt, grime, and makeup. It’s particularly good for removing eye makeup as it’s so greasy, so there is no pull on the delicate skin around the eyes. If you don’t like the strong smell of coconut, you can choose a deodorised version.
Macadamia ~ Very rich and nourishing but still absorbs well into skin, great for dry skin. If you buy the un-refined version the smell is incredibly delicious. Caution – avoid with nut allergies.
Rosehip ~ this is the best oil I know for helping to heal scars and improving their appearance, a great oil to enrich any blend for skin care.
Sea buckthorn ~ I’ve been experimenting with this oil recently on my face, on its own as a night oil and as an ingredient in my creams. It really makes the skin glow and feels lovely.
For more help choosing base oils, see my blog on ‘What quality of base oils to choose‘. This list will continue to expand, if there are any oils that do not yet appear or that you would like more details on, please contact me or make a ‘comment’ and I will add them. *It is generally accepted that lavender and tea tree essential oils are safe to use neat on skin.