Organic Carrier Oils: The best carrier oils for skin

Organic Carrier Oils: The best carrier oils for skin

What are carrier oils? There are all kinds of oils on the market today but this article focuses on Organic carrier oils.

Oils obtained from the fatty portion of a plant is a carrier oil known as vegetable oil. Carrier Oils when applied to the body (topical application) are known as vegetable oils and should be in their purest form for added advantage.

They can be used to dilute essential oils prior to topical application. These vegetable oils are obtained from seeds, nuts and kernels. The nature of these oils are natural and differ from essential oils.

Essential oils should not be applied to the skin undiluted. It can cause severe irritations and burns. 

Not all fixed or base oil are vegetable oil but all vegetable oil could be fixed or based.

Organic carrier oils can go rancid and have different shelf lives so be mindful when purchasing. These oils are cold pressed and good enough to be applied directly on the skin although they have different natures and therapeutic nomenclature.

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Organic carrier oils

Carrier oils include

Sweet Almond Oil
Almond Oil, sweet – affordable all purpose oil. Uses: Food, Skincare, Massage, Hair care, Cosmetics. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Not Penetrating, Lubricating, Conditioning, Retains Moisture, Calms Skin, does not clog Pores, Removes Impurities & Dead Skin, Aphrodisiac, Prevents Wrinkles. Good For: Dry Skin, Itching, Inflammation, Eczema, Burns, Sunburn, Sore Muscles, Dandruff, Hair Loss, Split Ends.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil– quite oily; usually used as massage oils. Nomenclature is quite like sweet almond oil. Uses: Skincare, Massage, Hair Care. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Emollient, Nourishing, Prevents Wrinkles, Laxative, Antioxidant Properties, Anti-Inflammatory. It is good for: Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin, Inflammation, Aged Skin
Argan Oil
Argan Oil–  Contains: Vitamin E, Carotenes, Phenols, Squalene, Tocopherols, Fatty Acids: Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Stearic. Uses: Skincare, Hair care, Cosmetics, Nail Care. Benefits/ Properties: Very Hydrating, Quickly Absorbs, Emollient, Protective Properties, Reduces Wrinkles, Dissolves Excess Sebum, Prevents/ Reduces Stretch Marks. Good For: Acne, Scars, Strengthening Nails and Hair
Avocado Oil
Avocado Oil – rich and nourishing. Recommended for dilution and formulations. Contains vitamin A & ideal for hair and skin. Uses: Food, Skincare, Hair Care. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Very Penetrating, Improves Skin Elasticity, Increases Collagen, Removes Impurities from Skin. Blends well with other carrier oils. Good for: Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin, Aged Skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, Solar Keratosis, Age Spots, Scalp Care, Scars, Sun damage
Camellia seed Oil
Camellia Seed Oil– pressed from the seeds of Camellia sinesis or Camellia oleifera; the same tree its leaves are used in green, white and black tea.  It is known as Tea Oil (do not confuse this with Tea Tree Oil). Consider this a fast absorbing light oil. Camellia seed oil is rich in Vitamin E & antioxidants. Use it on your face, girl, if you’re not prone to acne. Uses: Food, Skincare, Hair care, Cosmetics. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Penetrating, Emollient, Conditioning, Cooling, Improves, Complexion, Promotes Hair Growth, Antioxidant Properties, Known as “Geisha’s beauty secret”. Good For: Dry Skin, Aged Skin, Allergy Prone Skin, Scalp Care, Scars, Can Reduce Cholesterol.
Castor Oil
Castor Oil– too heavy an oil. Barely used it. Uses: Skincare, Cosmetics. Benefits/ Properties: Known as “Geisha’s beauty secret”, heals damaged, inflamed skin and dry nipples.! GoodFor: Itching, Blackheads, Dandruff, Haemorrhoids, Cosmetics, Scalp Care
Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil (fractioned or virgin)– Virgin coconut oil- Fancy this sweet smelling oil, just like coconuts. I do not even bother mixing this oil because I enjoy the aroma so bad, I can’t share or shortchange it with another oil, sorry; not sorry. Therapeutically, Virgin Coconut Oil is highly emollient. It can be used for the skin and hair as it is very moisturising. In fact, I use it for everything. It is extremely lubricating for all skin type and it leaves a thin lipid layer on the skin, thereby protecting it. You can use this as a massage oil. – Fractioned coconut oil has not got the coconut aroma. I use this a lot when skin building so I mix it with different oils to build my skin and moisturise on days I exfoliate. You can invest in a good product to enjoy maximum benefits of this oil. Avoid using your hands to scoop this oil from the jar to avoid contamination. I enjoy mixing this oil with cocoa butter for my DIY body butter. It redefines the word divine!
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil– can be used in aromatherapy and natural skincare to many skin conditions like Eczema. This is a prized oil in skincare and deteriorates quickly. Uses: Food, Skincare, Dietary Supplement, Hair care, Massage. Benefits/ Properties: Healing, Astringent, Reduces Inflammation, Can Ease Premenstrual Stress, Used Medicinally in Europe and Licensed oil, for Breast Pain in United Kingdom. Good for: Sensitive Skin, Eczema, Baby Skin, Rashes, Dry Hair, Cosmetics, Hair Products, Arthritis, Breast Pain, Hot Flashes, Menstrual Problems &PMS
Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil– this bad boy is one of my faves. It has a short shelf life so I tend to mix mine in other carrier oils especially Vitamin E after I have enjoyed its light, fast absorbing benefits for anti-aging. It is pressed from specific varieties of grape such as Riesling and Chardonnay. Yeah.. Enjoy it’s all purpose goodness. Uses: Food, Skincare, Massage, Perfumes. Benefits/ Properties: Penetrating, slightly astringent, Reduces Skin Aging, does not aggravate acne, not greasy, Antioxidant Properties increased in blood, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. Good for: Oily Skin, Sensitive Skin, Skin that doesn’t absorb oil well. Cosmetics, High Heat Cooking
Hazelnut Oil
Hazelnut Oil– good for aromatherapy and massages. This is perfect for oily skin and it is all purpose. I would not use on my hair though. Uses: Food, Skincare, Massage, Hair care. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Emollient, Regenerative, Astringent, Soothing, Tones Skin, Stimulates Skin Circulation, Strengthens Skin Capillaries, Softens Hair. Good for: Dry Skin, Damaged Skin, Sunscreen & Wounds.
Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil– excellent for acne prone skin. This oil mimics the skin’s sebum and a perfect oil for anti-inflammation. Good for massages also.  Did you know that Jojoba Oil is said to be a wax? Benefits/ Properties: Quickly Aborbs, Nourishing, Protective Properties, Similar to Collagen, Can clog pores, yet allows skin to breath, Dissolves excess sebum, Can extend shelf life of other oils, Antioxidant Properties. Good for: Oily Skin, Inflammation, Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Cradle Cap, Stretch Marks, Suntanning oil for those who burn quickly.
Macadamia Nut Oil
Macadamia Oil– perfect for anti- inflammation, Macadamia Oil can be mixed with other vegetable / carrier oil although it might overpower the blend. Benefits/ Properties: Quickly Absorbs, Emollient, Highly Regenerative, Protective Properties, Helps Prevent Sunburn, Resembles Sebum, sometimes called Bouple nut or bopple nut oil. Good for: Dry Skin, Aged Skin, Baby Skin, sunburns, wounds.
Olive Oil
Olive Oil, Virgin– A must have! Not my fave oil or up my list of 10, however, it is a good mix for other oils. It is oily and tend to overpower a blend. Heavy oil.
Neem Oil
Neem Oil– not so big on this one. Great properties though. Uses: skincare, Hair care, Cosmetics, Medicinal, Dental, Gardening. Benefits/ Properties: Dilute with other carrier oils prior to use! DO NOT USE WHILE PREGNANT, OR NURSING, DO NOT USE ON CHILDREN OR PETS, Anti-bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Septic, Anti-Viral. Good for: Sensitive Skin, Skin Diseases/Disorders, Psoriasis Allergies, Sunburn
Rosehip Oil
Rose Hip Oil- an actual top 3 for me. This expensive oil is amazing when treating many skin conditions. It is mixed in small quantity with other carrier oil if need be -of about 20%. I prefer mine with Castor Oil for my feet or Sweet Almond Oil for the face. It is a natural source of vitamins C and E. It goes rancid rather quickly and colour changes to show oxidation. Benefits/ Properties: Regenerative, Non Greasy, Avoid with Acne and Oily Blemeshed skin, Anti-Inflammitory. Good for: Dry Skin, Aged Skin, Damaged Skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, Hyper-pigmentation, Scars, Wrinkles, Brittle Nails
SeaBuck Thorne Berry Oil
Seabuckthorn Berry Oil– highly nutritive and used in facial serums. This oil is high in beta carotene giving it, its vivid colour.
Sesame Oil
Sesame Oil– Another fave! Uses: Skincare, Massage, Hair care, Cosmetics. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Protective Properties, Soothing, Absorbs/ Removes Toxins, Works well with other Carrier Oils, Can Darken Hair color, Anti Aging Properties, called Benne oil, Gingle Oil, Teel Oil. Good for: Eczema, Psoriasis, Blemishes, Cuts, Dandruff, Scrapes, Wounds, Wrinkles, Cooking
Sunflower Oil
Sunflower Oil– gotten from Sunflower. This is one of the most available oil on the market. Ideal for massages too. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Quickly Aborbs, Regenerative, Great for Massage, Can Help Break Down Fat Cells, Can Reduce Bad Cholesterol. Good For: All Skin Types, Dry Skin, Skin Diseases, Aged Skin, Sensitive Skin, Bruises, Cradle Cap, Diaper Rash.
Tamanu Oil
Tamanu Oil– Heavy oil too. Use: Skincare, Hair care, Cosmetics, Nail Care, Foot care. Benefits/ Properties: Emollient, Regenerative, Healing, Pain Relieving, Antioxidant Properties, Anti-bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti- Microbial, Anti-neuralgic, Oil Can Separate (this is normal). Good for: Aged Skin, Damaged Skin, Acne, Psoriasis, Arthritis, Lesions, Burns, Bruises, Chemical Burns, Cuts, Rashes, Sores, Stretch Marks.
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germ Oil– I love this oil a lot. Contains: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, E, F, Protein, Fatty Acids: Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleum, Linolenic. Uses: Food, Skincare, Cosmetics. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Emollient, Regenerative, Stimulates SkinTissue, Do not Heat, Antioxidant Properties. Good for: Irritated Skin, Chaffing, Cracked Skin, Rough Skin, Wrinkles

Wheat Germ Oil: I love this oil a lot. Contains: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, E, F, Protein, Fatty Acids: Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleum, Linolenic. Uses: Food, Skincare, Cosmetics. Benefits/ Properties: Moisturising, Emollient, Regenerative, Stimulates SkinTissue, Do not Heat, Antioxidant Properties. Good for: Irritated Skin, Chaffing, Cracked Skin, Rough Skin, Wrinkles

Organic carrier oils are used for cooking and topical application (both hair and skin). These oils should be stored in bottles and kept in a cool dark place. Vitamin E (tocopherol acetate) can extend the shelf life of a carrier oil when mixed. Power house, aye?

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There are also emu oil (from birds) and fishes (marine oils) which are fixed oils but not vegetable oil/ Organic carrier oils,therefore, they should not be used in aromatherapy with essential oil. 

Factors should be considered when choosing these oils to cook or for topical application. I recommend extensive research to be made but these oils are amazing for a healthy glow as they nourish the skin.

I do not purchase lotions anymore. Not with my knowledge on Organic carrier oils (Rice bran oil is up my list of faves). At least not in forever and I am not tempted.

These oils leave my skin nice and supple and plump. One thing I’m sure is what exactly goes onto my skin. Not a bunch of chemicals drying and aging my skin. Do not sleep on Organic carrier oils.

Since we are talking Organic carrier oils, what is your favourite?

These Organic carrier oils are great for DIY body scrubs, cleaning, teeth whitening, cooking, healing etc. I will share a few recipes for you dolls.

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