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How to classify essential oils using categories.

How to choose your first essential oils.

Critical safety information you need to know about the essential oils you'll be blending.

How to use the Rule of Three.

How to create essential oil blends for body, bath and home

How to mix essential oils for health. Includes 12 pages of health problems and the correct oils to care for them.

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Buying Carrier Oils

Mountain Rose Herbs is one of my favorite suppliers.

Here's some quick links for buying aromatherapy carrier oils.

Apricot kernel oil

Arnica oil

Avocado oil

Borage oil

Calendula oil

Coconut oil

Comfrey oil

Evening primrose oil

Grapeseed oil

Jojoba oil

Neem oil

Olive oil

Rice bran oil

Rosehip oil

Rosemary oil

Sea buckthorn oil

St. John's Wort oil

Sunflower oil

Sweet almond oil

Aromatherapy Carrier Oils

How to choose the best carrier oil for your skin type

Aromatherapy carrier oils are widely used in bath and body products because most essential oils are thought to be too potent to use undiluted.

A little basic knowledge can really help you choose the best carrier oil for your aromatherapy recipes. Each carrier oil has its own distinct qualities, so each oil is best suited for certain skin types or conditions such as acne, dryness or eczema.

Don't be afraid to experiment. Choosing the best carrier oil for your skin is often a matter of trial and error. They won't hurt you, so it's okay to play!

Aromatherapy Carrier Oils Cheat Sheet

Here's a quick guide to choosing the best carrier oils for your skin type or for any skin problems you might have. It also shows best carrier oils for hair types and problems, followed by detailed information on each oil listed.

Best Aromatherapy Carrier Oils for Skin

Oily, Acne-prone

Grapeseed, Jojoba, Neem

Dry, Aging, Damaged

Sweet Almond, Avocado, Borage, Calendula, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Olive, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, St. John's Wort

Normal

Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Jojoba, Sunflower

Sensitive

Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Calendula, Grapeseed, Kukui Nut, Rice Bran

Eczema, Psoriasis

Calendula, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Evening Primrose, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Neem, Olive, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn

Scars, Stretch Marks

Calendula, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn

Burns, Bruises, Cuts, Scrapes & Stings

Arnica, Comfrey, Rosemary, St. John's Wort

Best Aromatherapy Carrier Oils for Hair

Dry, Damaged

Coconut, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Rosemary

Dandruff

Jojoba, Neem, Rosemary

Hair Loss

Jojoba, Neem, Rosemary

Learn More About Aroamtherapy Carrier Oils

Below are a few notes on some aromatherapy carrier oils frequently used in making bath and body products. It's perfectly safe (and often a good idea) to use a mix of carrier oils to take advantage of their particular properties.

Click on the links to jump to each of the oils, or scroll down the page to browse through them.

Almond Oil

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Especially good for dry, irritated and aging skin, but suitable for all skin types.

Soothing, nourishing and reconditioning for skin.

High in protein, Vitamin D and GLA acids.

Not the best absorption into skin, leaves a slight film on skin.

Popular all-purpose aromatherapy carrier oil.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

May stain sheets if used for massage.

Buy almond oil from Mountain Rose Herbs
(I recommend them for quality and price)

Apricot Kernel Oil

Good for all skin types, including sensitive and aging skin, babies and children.

Nourishing, soothing.

High in fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E.

Light texture, quick absorption.

Golden color, slight nutty scent.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Buy apricot kernel oil from Mountain Rose Herbs (excellent quality and price)

Avocado Oil

Good for sensitive, irritated skin, as well as skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and severely dry or aged skin.

Deeply nourishing and soothing.

High in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids.

Green color, slightly thick consistency. Leaves a sticky, waxy feel on skin.

Dilute to a maximum of 10% of a recipe due to its oily residue.

Good shelf life (six months to a year.) Refrigerate after opening.

Buy avocado oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Borage Oil

Good for dry, damaged, aging and sunburned skin.

One of the richest known sources of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Supports mobility of joints and tissues - good for pain relief.

Stronger color and odor than many aromatherapy carrier oils.

Usually diluted to a maximum of 10% of a recipe due to its high price and oily residue.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Buy borage oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Coconut Oil

Good for dry, damaged hair. Good for use in lip balms. Creates a moisture barrier.

Some anecdotal evidence that it increases acne breakouts over time.

Check for possible allergic reaction before applying directly to the face.

Solid at room temperature; liquid when heated.

Rich in minerals, vitamins and GLA acids.

Buy virgin, unrefined to get the most benefits.

Virgin, unrefined coconut oil has a strong coconut aroma; dilute if concerned about altering the scent of your recipe. Refined coconut oil has very little scent.

Creates a smooth, protective barrier on the skin.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Buy coconut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Evening Primrose Oil

Good for eczema and psoriasis. Soothes inflammation.

Rich in gamma linoleic acid, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

Dilute to a maximum of 10% of a recipe due to its oily residue.

Quick to go rancid; shelf life is three to six months. Refrigerate after opening.

Buy evening primrose oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Grapeseed Oil

Good for oily, acne-prone skin. Non-allergenic: good for sensitive skin types.

Astringent.

One of the lightest, most easily absorbed aromatherapy carrier oils available.

Very popular for use as a base oil for lotions and body, bath and massage oils.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Buy grapeseed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Jojoba Oil

Good for all skin types, including dry or mature skin, as well as oily, acne-prone skin.

Deeply moisturizing. Rich in Vitamin E.

Reduces appearance of pores over time.

Reduces superficial wrinkles and stretch marks.

Closest in properties to skin's own natural oils; helps balance skin's oil production.

Readily absorbed without making the skin feel greasy or tacky. Does not clog pores.

Very popular for use in facial products, cosmetics and lotions.

Good for dandruff, athlete's foot.

Highly stable, excellent shelf life. Often used to extend the shelf life of other oils.

Buy jojoba oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Kukui Nut Oil

Especially good for dry, mature and damaged skin but suitable for all skin types.

Deeply moisturizing, soothing and nourishing. Rich in Vitamins A, C & E.

Penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture.

Protects against sun, wind, salt and other skin damage.

Used to help heal burns including sunburn, windburn, radiation burns and heat induced burns.

Quickly absorbed with no oily film.

Good shelf life (about a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Buy kukui nut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Olive Oil

Good for dry, irritated skin.

Affordable, readily available (check your grocery store.)

Not appropriate for bath oils because it can change the scent of the blend.

Makes lotions feel slightly 'tacky'. (I don't like it in lotion recipes.)

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Buy olive oil

Rice Bran Oil

Particularly good aromatherapy carrrier oil for delicate, sensitive, dry and aging skin (including babies.)

Believed to protect against UV rays.

Non-allergenic.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Buy rice bran oil

Rosehip Oil

Particularly good for dry, weathered, sunburned skin, as well as eczema.

Extremely high in essential fatty acids.

Contains Trans-Retinoic Acid, a similar to the active ingredient of Retin-A (a popular wrinkle cream)

Good for treating burns and sunburn, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and premature aging.

Usually diluted to a maximum of 10% of a recipe.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

May aggravate acne at high concentrations.

Buy rosehip oil

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Good for dry, weathered, sunburned skin, as well as eczema.

Reputed to be one of the best aromatherapy carrier oils for natural antioxidants.

Used for treating wounds, burns and sunburn, scars, stretch marks and wrinkles.

Believed to protect against UV rays.

Usually diluted to a maximum of 10% of a recipe.

Good shelf life (six months to a year.) Store at room temperature.

If undiluted it will stain skin, surfaces and clothing. Use caution, spread evenly and dilute.

Buy sea buckthorn oil

Sunflower Oil

Good aromatherapy carrier oil for normal to dry skin types.

Rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

A good all-purpose oil for bath and body recipes.

Easily absorbed, leaves very little oily residue.

Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.

Buy sunflower oil


Learn how to mix essential oils!

So now that you know which aromatherapy carrier oils you want to try, what next?

Which essential oils do you mix them with? How do you know what to choose or how much to use?

What about safety?

Luckily, I have the answers for you! I wrote an eBook called 6 Secrets for Mixing Essential Oils, which teaches you how to classify essential oils into categories so you know what to blend together to create delicious, healing scents. It also gives you safety information for 34 of the most popular essential oils. And lots more!

Click the link to learn how to mix essential oils.

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