Where to Buy Carrier Oils in Singapore
Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils prior to topical application (it’s important to dilute essential oils adequately). If you are looking for pure carrier oils to buy in Singapore, congrats! Singapore Soap is one of Singapore’s leading wholesaler of 100% pure carrier oil for use on skin, hair, body, massage and for diluting essential oils.
Check out our range of carrier oils here.
What is a carrier oil
Carrier oil, also known as a base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. Base oils are named as carrier oil because they carry the essential oil onto the skin.
While pure carrier oils, by themselves, even without essential oils are already a powerful therapy. The effect increases with the combination of pure essential oils diluted with pure carrier oils but applying pure undiluted essential oils (aka neat) on the skin can be harmful and potentially cause severe irritation or sensitization.
If applied to the skin undiluted, essential oils may cause severe irritation, sensitization, redness or burning or other reactions.
While aloe vera gel and unscented body lotion are also commonly used as “carriers”, for the scope of this article, we will be focusing upon the use of natural vegetable oils as carrier oils.
Why you should dilute pure essential oils
Have you ever wondered why should you dilute pure essential oils? Or doesn’t pure essential oil means it can be used by itself since it’s pure? If I dilute the essential oil with carrier oil, would it reduce the efficacy of the essential oil after dilution?
For essential oils, there are plenty of mistruths floating around when it comes to dilution. One of the most common myth you’ll see is “if the essential oils are truly ‘pure’ they are safe to use undiluted”.
Yes, essential oils (like those sold at Singapore Soap) are 100% pure (i.e. not adulterated with mineral oil or pre-diluted with carrier oil) and therapeutic grade, diluting your essential oils is still a critical safety practice when using essential oils.
Essential oils by itself are volatile; they begin to dissipate as soon as they are applied. The rate of dispersion will also vary based on how light or heavy is the carrier oil used for diluting.
For essential oils, less is more.
Using more drops will not necessarily be better, or quicker, in achieving your objective and using a carrier oil does not dilute the effectiveness of the essential oil.
Diluting your essential oils with carrier oils makes the blend easier to apply over a larger area of skin, helping to increase absorption and lowers the risk of skin irritation and/or sensitization.
Just remember that the carrier oils used should be pure, natural and unadulterated.
Essential oil dilution guide
Now that we understand why you should dilute pure essential oils, so what is the recommended dilution strength or ratio for diluting essential oil?
Using a 2% essential oil dilution is generally considered a safe guideline for topical application of essential oils on adults. For children or elderly, use only a 1% dilution. With children, use only essential oils regarded as safe for children.
How to dilute essential oils
If you are working with small quantities of essential oils for your own personal use, the easiest way to measure is by the drop.
Unfortunately, one drop of one essential oil may be bigger or smaller than another because of the viscosity and temperature of the oil and the size of the dropper or orifice reducer.
As such, measuring by the drop is not the most accurate method of measuring essential or carrier oils, but it is generally considered okay for creating small topical blends and recipes for your own, personal use.
The most accurate way of measuring is by weight, not by-the-drop or by volume. Measuring by weight is recommended for more precise blending and accuracy.
Since most of those referring to this article are new to working with essential oils and don’t have familiarity with measuring out tiny amounts of essential oils by weight, this article focuses upon measurement by the drop.
A good rule of thumb when seeking to make a 2% dilution using the by-the-drop method is to add 12 drops of essential oil to each fl. ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil, lotion, vegetable butter or other natural lipid/moisturizer.
Should I dilute essential oils for use in diffuser?
When using essential oils in your diffuser, please follow the directions that come with your particular type or model diffuser.
There are a limitless number of diffusers on the market these days, so you need to be sure to check the directions that accompany the brand and model that you have.
Differences between Carrier Oil and Essential Oil
Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of a botanical. It evaporates and have a concentrated aroma.
Carrier oils, on the other hand, are pressed from the fatty portions (seeds, nuts, kernels) and do not evaporate or impart their aroma as strongly as essential oils.
Types of Carrier Oils
(Pictured above is a variety of carrier oils ranging in color from clear fractionated coconut oil to dark avocado oil)
Carrier oils are typically sourced from the nut, seed, or kernel of a plant. From a simple essential oil/carrier oil blend to a more complex natural lotion, your choice of carrier oil can make a difference in the properties, color, overall aroma and shelf life of your final product.
Some of the more popular oils include: Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Hemp Oil, Neem Oil, Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil (technically not an oil but a liquid wax)
Best Carrier Oils for You
Each carrier oil offers a different combination of properties and characteristics.
The best type of carrier oil for you depends on individual’s skin type and whether you have any allergies or how and where you’ll be applying the oil.
To find the best suitable oil for you, you may need to experiment with a few oils using a small patch test and see how your skin responds.
If you’re applying a carrier oil to the skin of your face, look for thinner oils like grapeseed oil, especially if you have acne prone skin.
For an aromatherapy massage, the massage oil should have some staying power to allow the massage therapist’s hands to glide over the skin.
Carrier Oils for Hair
Our hair are the one of the most important feature to both women and men. Increasingly, more and more people (even teenagers) have hair loss problems.
Many hair and skin treatments call for a carrier oil to enhance your hair and skin, by providing nourishing benefits. Consider trying our quality carrier oil for hair and you could be on your way to shiner smoother head of hair. Most importantly, without breaking a hole in your pocket.
Applying oils to your hair can help with dry, dull, or damaged hair. A thinner oil such as grapeseed or argan oil may be better suited to those with fine hair, while thicker oils are better suited to those with coarse or dry or damaged hair.
Where to buy carrier oils in Singapore
Implementing aromatherapy into your lifestyle shouldn’t cause paranoia or undue worry, but it is important to learn about and heed essential oil safety.
At Singapore Soap, we are one of Singapore’s leading wholesaler of pure carrier oils for skin, hair and body massage or for diluting your essential oils. If you need 100% pure unadulterated carrier oils, check out our range of pure carrier oils below.
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