Those who are new to essential oils often wander which carrier oils are best. It is first important to know which oils are optimal for certain skin types, as well as the products which are most compatible with it. Below are the most popular carrier oil choices.
Evening Primrose Oil
This nourishing oil is cold pressed using the seeds of a flower that is colored yellow and blooms in the evening. When used standalone it will have your skin feeling oily and as such should always be combined with Camellia to make it less greasy. Evening Primrose is an excellent base for body creams and the best versions are heat refined with no solvents or bleach used to process it. It is excellent for reducing the cramps that women experience during their menstrual cycles.
Sunflower Seed Oil
This oil has a pale, yellow appearance and is cold pressed using sunflower seeds. This incredibly nourishing substance is perfect for skin which is dry and or damaged. Human skin absorbs it readily which means it is the perfect base for a variety of blends, especially body butters and lotions.
Apricot Kernel Oil
This oil is perfect for skin which is mature and is frequently used as a key ingredient in massage blends. It is cold pressed by using apricot kernels and produces oil which is light yellow in color with a slight nutty fragrance. The skin absorbs it easily leaving behind a surface that is moisturized and smooth. Apricot kernel oil works best when combined with Camellia or Avocado oil.
Camellia Seed Oil
This carrier oil is derived from a flower which can be found naturally in East Asia. It has a light yellow color and offers substantial protection to skin that is mature while enhancing its appearance. When applied to the skin Camellia oil is rapidly absorbed and leaves behind a surface which is silky and non-greasy. This oil works best when used in conjunction with Evening Primrose or Avocado.
Sesame Seed Oil
This carrier oil is cold pressed using sesame seeds and is quickly and completely absorbed by the skin. It has a distinct fragrance which can overpower others which is something to keep in mind when combining it with other products. Its color ranges from brown to yellow and it is very popular with massage therapists since it doesn’t leave behind stains. It works well when combined with lavender, orange, marjoram or frankincense.
This oil is a supreme choice for skin which is dry. It has a texture which is rich and thick and its scent is almost miniscule. It is green in color and works best when combined with carrier oil like meadow foam or camellia. When combined with avocado it can be placed on the hair.
Jojoba is a type of liquid wax with an extensive shelf life. It is similar to the natural sebum produced by the skin, which makes it perfect for cosmetic applications. It has a scent which is very pleasant and will provide the skin with a solid barrier. It is used to create perfumes.