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Carrier Oils: Everything You Need to Know

Carrier Oils: Everything You Need to Know
We use the words “carrier oil” a lot around here, but not everyone knows what a carrier oil is!
Carrier oils are VERY important when using essential oils because essential oils are never supposed to be applied undiluted to the skin. Today we’re talking about what a carrier oil is by doing a deeper dive into each one and teaching when to use it
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What are carrier oils?

First things first, what is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually the seed, nut, or kernels. Carrier oils also have their own different therapeutic properties, and your choice of the carrier oil should depend on what therapeutic benefit you’re looking for. A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils before they’re applied to the skin.

Why do you need carrier oils?

If you dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to your skin, the carrier oil helps prevent the essential oil from evaporating, enhancing their usefulness. That means you’re getting more of the essential oil absorbed into your skin. And the therapeutic properties of the essential oil are strengthened and enhanced by the carrier oil you choose.
So now you know what they are, and why you need them… let’s dive into each carrier oil’s unique benefits!
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Each carrier oil brings its own benefits to the table.

The answer to “which carrier oil is best for me?” is somewhat dependent upon your skin type. For example:
Sweet Almond (all skin types, especially oily)
Avocado (mature and very dry skin)

Avocado Oil

Avocado Carrier Oil contains Vitamins A, B, D, E, and beta carotene. It’s a deeply penetrating monounsaturated oil, slightly thicker and with a heavier feel than most carrier oils.
A small amount of Avocado Oil (5-10%) is typically added to other carrier oils to enrich vitamin content and help nourish the skin. This oil is used mostly by product makers (particularly so in soaps, lotions, and creams).
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Great for these skin types:
    ⦿ Very dry skin
    ⦿ Mature skin
    ⦿ Sun-damaged skin
    ⦿ Dry hair
    ⦿ Add to other carrier oils to improve skin-nourishing properties.
    ⦿ Use when making homemade lotions, creams, or balms.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond Carrier Oil is an excellent emollient that helps to soften and recondition the skin. It penetrates easily and can soothe dry, irritated areas. Also, it’s excellent for all skin types.
This is a great carrier oil for roll-on topical essential oil blends. Also useful as a bath or massage oil; Sweet Almond is a great addition to lotion bars, sugar or salt scrubs, and balms.
*Made from almonds (a tree nut). Although our expert states skin reactions to nut oils are rare, those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with Sweet Almond Oil. Massage therapists: note that this oil may stain linens.
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Great for these skin types:
    ⦿ All skin types
    ⦿ Irritated skin
    ⦿ Dry skin
    ⦿ Add to lotions, bars, sugar or salt scrubs, and balms.
    ⦿ Add to massage oil blends.

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