Essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate rapidly and contain the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. This can make them too strong to apply undiluted. Carrier oils do not evaporate or have a strong aroma, making them the perfect pair for diluting especially strong essential oils—reducing the concentration of the essential oil without altering its therapeutic qualities. When you dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, you can also control its concentration before applying.
Carrier oils can vary widely in their consistency, absorption, aroma, shelf life, and other characteristics. Carrier oils can be blended to change or combine their properties, so you can mix and match until you find the blend that’s just right for you!
What types of Carrier Oil?
Carrier oils are naturally derived from vegetarian sources and have a neutral smell. They aren’t volatile like essential oils, which makes them an excellent medium for dilution and application.
Vegetable shortening, butter, and margarine are best left in the kitchen—they’re not intended for topical use. Mineral oil and other petroleum derivatives like petroleum jelly should also not be used as carrier oils.
Types of Carrier Oils
Tips : When you choose your carrier oils, you must remember to choose only the cold pressed carrier oil. Cold pressed carrier oils hold onto more of their beneficial properties since they are not subjected to heat.
Coconut oil is one of the most common carrier oil in the world. It usually comes in solid white colour form when in room temperature. Coconut oil is a super-oil full of naturally present antioxidants and is an excellent antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
It is exceptional for nourishing the hair, nails and skin. It can retain a long shelf life and great for dry skin as well as treating skin conditions as it has natural deep moisturizing properties.
Olive oil is a light oil with a fruity aroma and it is not overpowering the other element, hence it makes a perfect balance to blend most of the essential oils. It is non-greasy, and you can use it for almost any skin or hair type. It is excellent for dandruff, frizzy hair and dry skin. However, olive oils have a strong scent which is possible not to everyone’s liking.
Jojoba oil is the most closely resembles human sebum. As such, it is an excellent moisturizer to use on area like the face and neck. It is commonly use oil in most skin care due to its high absorption. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba tree and has a light nutty aroma. Jojoba oil is a natural anti-fungal and works well when combined with essential oils that also have anti-fungal properties and are used for topical fungal infections. Jojoba oils
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin E and excellent natural antioxidant, It’s high vitamin E content makes it an optimal choice for nourishing the skin, regenerating new skin cells and keeping in moisture, making it a great choice for those who have dry skin, plus it is non greasy finished. It is also helps in repairing damage in the collagen layer of the skin, making facial skin smooth and supple and reducing wrinkles.
However, it may cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.
Grapeseed oil is commonly use in making cosmetics as it does not make skin greasy so it It also has antiseptic properties and is a mild astringent, making it a good carrier oil for acne-prone skin or oily skin. Being lighter than coconut oil for example, grapeseed oil moisturizes and nourishes hair without making it greasy and works well to combat dandruff. However, grapeseed oil have relatively shorter shelf life as compare to other carrier oils.
Introducing V-6, Carrier Oil by Young Living
This V-6 carrier oil combines various other oils such as fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil (contains a lot of vitamin E and acts as a natural preservative), sunflower oil, and olive oil, making it all good to moisturises and nourishes the skin. V-6 can be used to create custom massage oils or to dilute essential oils for sensitive skin. However, it may cause cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.
This V-6 carrier oil (236ml) retails at MYR 126 (price as at June 2018, and are excluding shipping charges).