Carrier oils or else base oils are natural oils that are used as a base for the dilution of essential oils but also in a variety of skin care and hair care products that we either make at home or we buy in the market.
Carrier oils are stable natural oils that do not evaporate like essential oils and are generally cheaper than them.
They also have multiple benefits for the skin and hair and make wonderful recipes either if used on their own or mixed with other natural ingredients.
Carrier oils have different properties and can be used both for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes, so it is important to know each carrier oil’s benefits to determine which one is good for the skin condition or beauty purpose you want to use it for.
Also, some carrier oils are better than other ones for specific skin types and conditions. So, if you want to learn a bit more about carrier oils and their benefits, here’s a chance to get some quick information about these very useful and beneficial natural oils in your skin and hair care routine.
Let’s have a look at the most popular carrier oils to use.
Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus var. Dulcis)
Sweet almond oil is the first natural oil I used and I instantly loved it since it treated a dry skin issue I had at the time.
It derives from the seeds of the almond tree and contains vitamin A, B vitamins as well as fatty acids. It also contains a small percentage of vitamin E which is the reason for almond oil staying at a good condition and not turning rancid for a long period of time.
Sweet Almond Oil is a very moisturizing and nourishing natural oil but it should be avoided by people who have a nut allergy. It can be used both for skin and hair.
Avocado Oil (Persea Americana)
Avocado Oil is very popular for its benefits regarding dry, dehydrated and mature skin since it is very nourishing. It is rich in vitamin E as well as unsaturated fats and also contains a lot of protein.
It is produced by the dried skin of avocados and due to the antioxidants it contains, it has a long shelf life.
Due to its thick consistency, you only need to use a few drops and even mix it with a lighter carrier oil. It is beneficial both for skin and hair.
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
Coconut Oil is a very popular carrier oil due to its many uses and benefits for the skin and hair.
You can find coconut oil in an unrefined pure form which can turn solid if the temperatures are low and in a fractionated form which is odorless, stays liquid and lasts longer.
Coconut oil offers some sun protection and is very moisturizing which makes it ideal for hair care and that is the reason why so many people use it in DIY skin and hair care recipes.
You can safely use it if you don’t have an allergy to coconut.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis)
Jojoba Oil has been the first natural oil I tried on my face and suited my prone to blemishes skin perfectly. I used it as a makeup remover and it was great at balancing skin oiliness and preventing breakouts.
With time, I converted to rosehip oil which is equally if not better than jojoba oil for prone to blemishes skin but also has anti-aging properties. Jojoba oil can also be used for skin anti-aging purposes.
Jojoba Oil’s consistency is very close to our skin’s sebum consistency and therefore this natural oil absorbs very fast into the skin without making it feel oily. It has a long shelf life and in Europe you can buy it a lot more expensive than in the USA.
It is also widely used in acne treatments due to its anti-inflammatory properties and is deeply moisturizing. People love using it both on their face and hair with excellent results.
Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera)
Grape seed oil is a popular lightweight carrier oil that can also be used in cases of oily skin. It is rich in linoleic acid and works fine in DIY skin and hair care recipes.
It easily absorbs so that makes it good for use on the skin but it does not have a very long shelf life (approximately six months.)
Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina/R. Mollis)
Rosehip oil is my favorite natural oil for the moment and I don’t think that this preference will easily subside due to this oil’s wonderful benefits for the skin. Let me tell you some of them.
It conditions the skin nicely, it fights blemishes and is great for fine lines. It is also skin repairing and regenerating, boosting collagen and protecting the skin from premature aging and dryness.
Its healing anti-inflammatory properties make it also great for skin burns such as sun burns. It does not have a long shelf life and it is really worth finding the best rosehip seed oil you can get in the market to enjoy really great benefits for your skin.
Pai rosehip oil is one of my favorites. You can use it directly to your skin or mix it with your cream or moisturizer. You will only need a few drops.
Argan Oil (Argania spinosa)
Now, just let me tell you that this oil is rich in vitamin E, carotenes and fatty acids, which makes it ideal for the skin in order to fight aging. In addition, it deeply moisturizes, increases elasticity, reduces acne scars and has a lot of others benefits for the skin.
When it comes to hair care benefits, Argan Oil works against split ends and frizzy hair as well as makes hair silky soft and healthy looking.
Argan Oil does not turn rancid easily due to the big percentage of vitamin E it contains.
Calendula Oil (Calendula Officinalis)
Calendula Oil is well known for dealing with skin irritations which makes people use it even on their babies’ skin to relieve diaper rash or soothe skin irritations.
It has healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and is used in face creams to deeply moisturize the skin or in treatments for eczema, dry skin and even hemorrhoids.
You can also find it in hand as well as nail care products and is beneficial for both the hair and the skin.
Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis)
Castor Oil has been a real surprise to me and my skin. It is great for moisturizing deeply and rejuvenating the skin while it also works great for smoothing out wrinkles and getting rid of fine lines.
Its only disadvantage is its thick texture, so especially if you use it on its own applying it all over the face, it may not be so easily absorbed and give you an unpleasant sensation, but if you have a little patience, you will get rewarded.
Otherwise, you can mix a few drops of castor oil in your cream or mix it with another lightweight carrier oil.
People also use castor oil in cases of acne, dry skin and stretch marks. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is especially beneficial and popular for hair care.
Apricot Kernel Seed Oil (Prunus Armeniaca)
Apricot Kernel Oil is a light oil that contains vitamins A and E. It is equally nourishing as Almond Oil and can be used to moisturize, nourish and lubricate the skin.
It has emollient, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-septic properties and, according to companies which sell this natural oil, it is good for softening fine lines as well as treating dry hair.
Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Integrifolia/M. Ternifolia)
Macadamia Oil is a very emollient, nourishing and moisturizing carrier oil which makes it good for dry and mature skin.
It is also great for hair care and very popular in hair mask treatments which you either make on your own or buy in shops or online.
You can also find it as ingredient in sun protection products. It is safe for use except for cases that somebody is allergic to nuts.
Carrot Seed Oil (Dacus Carota)
Carrot Seed Oil is rich in B Carotene and also contains pro-vitamin A, carotenoids, vitamin E as well as fatty acids.
It is anti-inflammatory as well as skin rejuvenating and is also used in products fighting cellulitis. It balances skin, adds elasticity to it and creates an even skin tone.
When it comes to hair care benefits, it promotes hair growth and is good for massaging the scalp.
Hazelnut Oil (Corylus avellana)
Hazelnut Oil is a nice lightweight base oil that easily penetrates the skin. It is rich in omega-9 fatty acids and is good for general use including skin massaging.
Its shelf life is almost one year after opening the bottle and you can safely use it apart from cases when people are allergic to hazelnuts.
In conclusion, these were some of the most popular carrier or base oils and their benefits for the skin and hair.
Remember that carrier oils can be used directly on the skin unlike essential oils and you can use them on their own or mixed with other natural ingredients or creams, lotions and other cosmetic products.