Aromatherapy : Base Carrier Oils

I’ve put together a list, of some of the most popular carrier oils on the market. They vary in price so there is always an amazing oil for everyone’s budget.

By no means is this a complete list of oils, as there are many rare and very expensive oils out there plus infused oils so I thought I’d make a list of these separately.

Apricot Kernel Oil

  • Source – Kernel
  • Colour – Very Pale Yellow

Contains minerals and Vitamins – A, B1, B2, B5, B12 And C. It has a light, soothing texture that is easily absorbed. Nutritious for the skin, especially for ageing, rough or sun-damaged skin. It is also useful for healing scar tissue and helps to relieve inflamed skin.

Argan Oil

  • Source – Kernal
  • Colour – Light Golden Yellow

Argan Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E, which helps to keep the skin supple and toned. Its powerful healing and anti-ageing properties have made it one of the world’s leading natural health and beauty products.

Avocado Oil

  • Source – Fruit & Seeds
  • Colour – Green

Contains vitamins, especially A, C, D, B6 as well as protein, lecithin and fatty acids. This oil is fantastic for dry skin and skin irritations, It also works well to soften skin. This oil is to rich on its own, so use it as a 5-10% portion in a massage blend

Blackcurrant Seed Carrier Oil

  • Source – Seed
  • Colour – Golden
Blackcurrant Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which help to keep the skin hydrated, firmer and younger looking. Also good for nail, cuticle, hair and scalp treatments.
Camellia Oil
  • Source – Seed or Nut
  • Colour – Clear

The main component of this oil is oleic acid, an essential fatty acid with nutritive elements for the skin. This is a light and well lubricating oil, that is easily absorbed and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.

Castor Oil

  • Source – Seeds
  • Colour – Pale Yellow

Castor Oil has powerful emollient and antimicrobial properties. It is beneficial for dry skin conditions and infections, including acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it an excellent massage base for treating pain and inflammation.

Evening Primrose Oil

  • Source – Seeds
  • Colour – Pale Yellow

This oil contains high levels of gamma linoleic acid, Vitamins and minerals. This oil is excellent for treating psoriasis and eczema. It also helps Prevents premature ageing of the skin, by reducing water loss, increasing tolerance to UV rays and most importantly increases blood flow to the capillaries at the surface of the skin.

Grapeseed Oil

  • Source – Kernel
  • Colour – Almost colourless or Pale Green

This oil Contains vitamins, minerals and proteins. This is very light on the skin and easily absorbed. Leaving it feeling silky and moisturised. It also has a cleansing effect on the skin as it penetrates.

Hazelnut Oil

  • Source – Kernel
  • Colour – Yellow

This oil is very rich A, B and E and the essential fatty acids. It is good for restructuring the skin, and preventing dehydration. It is highly penetrative, which means it is useful for caring nutrition and essential oils through the skin and into the bloodstream. Glides lightly and smoothly across the skin absorbing easily and leaving it feeling soft and silky.

Hemp Oil

  • Source – Seeds
  • Colour – Dark to Light Green

Hemp Seed Oil, is one of the most nourishing oils available. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids which help to keep your skin soft, supple and youthful. It is particularly useful for dry and damaged skin

 Jojoba Oil
  • Source – Seeds and Beans
  • Colour – Yellow

This oil contains proteins, minerals, it must be noted this is not actually an oil but a wax and due to this it is very stable so wont go rancid. This oil has a balancing effect on the skin which makes it very beneficial for inflammation, acne etc. It is Highly penetrative, so nutrients and essential oil are easily carried through to the bloodstream. This oil leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.

Macadamia Oil

  • Source – Nut Meat
  • Colour – Very Pale Yellow to Clear

This oil contains high levels of oleic, palmitoleic and palmitic acids. Essential fatty acids help soften and restore the skin. It’s a very nutritious oil

Olive Oil

  • Source – Fruit
  • Colour – Yellow, Golden to Dark Green

Olive oil is a cheap oil, it contains many vitamins, including A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E. It is said to be excellent at combating dry skin by nourishing the skin and preventing dry skin from itching. It’s effect on wrinkles –  can actually help to prevent them with its antioxdant super powers. It is also great for removing make up too.

Rosehip Seed Oil

  • Source – Seeds
  • Colour – Colourless

This oil contains high levels of Linoleic and Linolenic fatty acid, which are particularly important for tissue regeneration. This oil helps maintain tissue texture and freshness because of its ability to hydrate the skin. This oil is said to slow the skins ageing process and improves scar tissue.

Sweet Almond Oil

  • Source – Kernel
  • Colour – Very Pale Yellow

This oil contains calcium, phosphorus and magnesium and is also rich in protein and polyunsaturates. This is a light and versatile oil that is readily absorbed through the skin. This oil promotes elasticity and slowing wrinkling. It can be used on any skin type, So it is great for facials. It is known to relieve itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation of the skin.

Wheatgerm Oil

  • Source – Seed
  • Colour – Yellow – Orange

This oil is rich in vitamin E and B6, Phosphorous, Zinc, Iron Sulphur and Essential Fatty Acids. It is good for the nervous system and is useful for skin irritations, aged skin, scar tissue and stretched skin. This is a heavy oil on its own and has a rather pungent smell. Due to its high levels of Vitamin E makes it more stable than other oils, due to this it is added to carrier blends as 5-10% in order in increase the shelf life.

Over time I will go into more details on each oil. Please remember to only use essential oils with a carrier/base oil unless specifically specified otherwise. 

Do you love using essential oils ?, which is your favourite oil to use ?

Lots Of Love Berry xx

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