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Carrier oils for essential oils

What carrier are you using for your essential oils?

For years I used jojoba–which is a wax.

Until I started studying about essential oils, I never knew there were so many carrier oils!

And–they have therapeutic benefits that help the properties of the essential oils you are using, plus there are fatty acids, and all that chemistry stuff! For instance, jojoba is not an oil, like I said earlier, but a wax; most like your own skin. There is coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed, almond, apricot, olive and castor oils.

How do I pick the right one?

There are so many carrier oils, what is the difference?

Let’s talk about the easy ones to find…

Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)

Shelf life: 5 years

Viscosity: Medium

Feel: Absorbs well.

Aroma: Slight aroma

Characteristics: Acts as a second skin. Helpful for acne, oily skin, scalp issues.

Therapeutic properties: Has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antioxidant and wound healing properties.

Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

Shelf life: 2-4 years

Viscosity: Solid, melts at 76.

Feel: Oily

Aroma: Coconut

Characteristics: Comedogenic index of 4-fairly high to clog pores.

Therapeutic properties: Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Grapeseed (Vitus vinifera)

Shelf life: 6 mo- 1 year

Viscosity: Thin

Feel: Lightest oil

Aroma: Light

Characteristics: Comedogenic index of 2.

Therapeutic properties: Antibacterial, antioxidant and wound healing.

Castor (Ricinus Communis)

Shelf life: 5 years


Feel: Greasy

Aroma: Neutral

Characteristics: Comedogenic index low; Ricinoleic acid.

Therapeutic properties: Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.

Olive (Olea europaea)

Shelf life: 2 years

Viscosity: Thick


Aroma: Fruity

Characteristics: Moderately low index, softening, and cleansing.

Therapeutic properties: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, soothing and healing.

Almond (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus)

Shelf life: 1 year

Viscosity: Thick

Feel: Absorbs quickly

Aroma: Sweet and light.

Characteristics: Moderately low index, good for all skin types. Soothes irritated skin.

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

Shelf life: 1 year

Viscosity: Light

Aroma: Mild

Characteristics: Moderately low index, good for mature, sensitive and inflamed skin.

Experiment with the oils–buy jojoba, coconut, olive and avocado…..

I started out making 5 and 10 ml roller ball blends with jojoba oil. The ease of portability is what got me started. So…..


Happy Blending