Let's talk about Carrier Oils!

If you are new to oils, you probably have noticed the term "carrier oil" used frequently and might be wondering what in the world we are talking about! So let's take a look at what they are, why we use them and what our favorites carrier oils are.

A carrier oil is a naturally derived vegetable oil (usually made from seeds, nuts or kernels from the plant) with a neutral smell that can be used to dilute essential oils. Carrier oils help to make sure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the theraputic quality of the essential oil. In fact, it can help you avoid waste during frequent applications. 

So how do you know what ratio to dilute your essential oil? Just check your label! Young Living EOs have a specific dilution ratio for each oil listed on the bottle. You can learn a lot from the back of those little bottles - not every oil can be used in all 3 ways (topically, aromaticly & internally) so always be sure to check! 

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When choosing a carrier oil, our recommendation is to find oils that are organic, cold-pressed and unrefined. Here is a list of some of our favorites:

Grapeseed Oil

  • Light consistency (non-greasy feel on the skin after application)
  • High in linoleic acid which can help to support your skin
  • Use as a carrier with essential oils in roller bottles for quick application
  • Great for massages
  • Great addition to whipped body butters

Sweet Almond Oil*

  • Medium consistency (may leave a slight oily residue on the skin)
  • Contains vitamin E
  • Use as a carrier with essential oils in roller bottles for quick application
  • Great addition to whipped body butters

*Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex*

This is a blend created by Young Living that combines fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil
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  • An excellent choice for all essential oils and applications
  • Use as a carrier with essential oils in a roller bottle for quick application  
  • Great for massages
  • Contains vitamin E
  • Long shelf life

*Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

Olive Oil

  • Thicker consistency (skin may feel oily after applying)
  • Popular, easy-to-find oil that most people keep have on hand for cooking
  • Good source of oleic acid (omega fatty acid)
  • Use as a carrier with essential oils in a roller bottle for quick application
  • Shorter shelf life

Fractionated Coconut Oil

  • Unlike coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature
  • Light consistency (non-greasy feel on the skin after application)
  • High in essential fatty acids
  • Use as a carrier with essential oils in a roller bottle for quick application
  • Long shelf life

Coconut Oil

  • Solid at room temperature
  • Has a light coconut smell to it
  • Perfect for making essential oil creams
  • Thick consistency (may leave a slight oily feel to the skin after application)
  • Long shelf life

Cocoa Butter

  • Solid and hard to work with at room temperature
  • Best used when melted and blended with other carrier oils
  • Sweet, chocolate smell (smells so good you might want to take a bite!)
  • Combing cocoa butter with shea butter or coconut oil and either peppermint or orange essential oil makes the BEST smelling body butter! Yum!  

Shea Butter

  • Solid at room temperature
  • Thick consistency (may leave a slight oily feel on the skin after application)
  • Nutty smell 
  • Great for body butters and creams - a 50/50 mixture of shea and coconut oil makes an incredibly fluffy body butter

When in doubt, ask your enroller! Whether it's where we like to purchase our supplies, what carrier oils we prefer for specific applications or even our favorite recipes, we are here to help. And believe me, when you get us talking about oils, it's hard to get us to stop!