Carrier oils are used in combination with essential oils in order to dilute them and alter their absorption rate. Essential oils are extremely potent, so you only need a very small amount to take advantage of their many benefits. Carrier oils allow you to cover a larger surface area of your body with essential oils, without needing to use too much. So when you use a carrier oil, you are reducing the chances of causing any adverse skin reactions and following the guidelines of essential oil safety.
What is a Carrier Oil
Carrier oil is a base oil (also known as fixed oil) with little or no scent (unscented). Other than using it to dilute essential oils, they are also applied to skin during aromatherapy massage and other aromatherapy applications. Carrier oils are also mixed with essential oils in soap making, skin lotions, creams, body oils, bath oils, hair oils, and lip balm. Not all fixed oils / base oils are vegetable oils. Emu oil (from the emu bird) and fish (marine) oils are also classified as fixed/base oils, but these animal-based oils are generally not used for aromatherapy work.
Differences between Carrier Oil and Essential Oil
Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of a botanical. Essential oils evaporate 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.
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.
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.
For an aromatherapy massage, the massage oil should have some staying power to allow the massage therapist's hands to glide over the skin. Popular massage oils include almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, or apricot kernel oil.
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.
Storing Carrier Oils
If you will be using up an oil well before its lifespan, it really doesn't need to be transferred to dark glass. When you purchase carrier oils, most supplier, like us, have packaged it in a plastic (PET/HDPE) bottle. This doesn't mean that the oil is inferior. Often suppliers use plastic bottles to save packaging and shipping costs and because many customers use up the oils shortly after purchase. Unlike with essential oils which should always be stored in glass (essential oils can dissolve the plastic), carrier oils can be stored in plastic.
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