Carrier Oils

Carrier oils help dilute an essential oil. They are great for spicy or hot oils or to use as a base for lotions and serums

There are dozens of Carriers and it is a good idea to try a few to find out which ones you like. Look for organic, cold pressed, pure, and unrefined Carrier oils.

Some of the most common ones to start out with are:
Sweet Almond
Rosehip Seed
Jojoba   -- not for use where ingestion may be possible

Carrier oils are base oils used when you want to dilute essential oils. Their properties should not be overlooked as their molecular makeup is as diverse as the essential oils used with them. People often make the mistake of using only fractionated coconut oil for its ease of use and long shelf life. The reality is, there are so many more benefits when you pair the correct carrier oils together with essential oils. When choosing a carrier oil, look for ones that are pure, raw, organic, cold pressed, and unrefined when possible.

A good online resource is Dr. Adorable.

Note: Carrier oils last for only 3-6 months unrefrigerated or 12-24 months when refrigerated. To check if a carrier has gone rancid, simply smell it. If it smells off it is most likely bad. Often dermal rashes happen from allergic reactions to carriers and not the essential oils themselves. Note any nut allergies. Almond oil and coconut oil can cause allergic reactions.

I also want you to consider here Animal Scents Ointment as a carrier -- we'll talk more about this amazing product soon.

These descriptions are primarily for you - because well oiled dogs have well oiled people -- but each of these oils can be used for your dog -- even Grapeseed


🍇Grapeseed: Balancing, toning, great for skin smoothing and blemish prone skin. Great everyday carrier oil for rollerballs but also amazing in face serums.

🌹Rosehip Seed: Nourishing, great for skin smoothing. Awesome in face serums for mature skin and wrinkle support.

🧡Sweet Almond: Nourishing and great for balancing skin tone and color.

🥕Carrot Seed Oil: not to be confused with Carrot Seed Essential Oil, the Carrier oil is amazing in skin serums. Soothing with antioxidants!

💙Jojoba: Technically a wax, this is great for dry skin and is very nourishing. May clog pores.  Not for ingestion.  (Avoid use with dogs in places they could lick)

🖤Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Excellent for troubled skin and excellent for skin smoothing. Known to help keep stretch marks from happening. May clog pores. Amazing for eye serums and hair serums. Not to be confused with regular clear castor oil.🥥Coconut Oil: Great to remove makeup. Good for extremely dry skin. May clog pores. It takes about 2 weeks for your face skin to acclimate to this carrier, but it has such beneficial antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties it is an excellent choice for inflamed or acne prone skin.

You'll also see a V6 product from Young Living. It contains: Fractionated Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum‡ (Sesame) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, and Olea Europaea‡ (Olive) Fruit Oil.

We also often recommend liquid Vitamin E sometimes in recipes. 

In our advanced wellness class well talk more about other carriers, ways to create application methods for specific uses and other carriers.

Dana Brigman