Let’s talk carrier oils. There are so many different carrier oils so I thought I’d quickly break down some of a few here.
Jojoba – My favorite!! Jojoba oil is made from the seeds of the jojoba plant. It contains vitamins E, A & D, minerals such as chromium, copper & zinc and fatty acids. It’s the closest oil to your natural skin oil. Therefore, it does not clog your pores but provides a protective layer. It’s calming and soothing for your skin and helps to slow the signs of aging. Best used for healing and love blends.
Coconut – Coconut oil is made from the meats of matured coconuts. It contains fatty acids & polyphenols which makes it react for your skin and air. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and serves as barrier for your skin and tames hair frizz. It’s a thick oil so you would have to use fractionated oil in rollers and save the virgin, unrefined for balms, etc. Best used for transformation, purification and protection blends.
Vitamin E– Vitamin E oil is derived from other oils that contain Vitamin E, which are too many to list. However, the most common is avocado oil, vegetable oil and olive oil. It has anit-inflammatory properties, helps support cell function, an antioxidant, increases blood flow and is overall beneficial for skin health. You’ll find it in many anti-aging products and can also help reduce UV skin damage and irritation. It’s a pretty thick oil so best to use at night or for very dry skin. Since it increases blood flow, it also encourages hair growth and is great to massage onto your scalp 1-2 times a week. All purpose oil that is great for all blends and is scent free.
Olive Oil– Choosing a carrier oil does not have to be difficult or expensive. I bet you even have some in your kitchen. I love it because it’s universal, handy and great for any blends. Olive oil is made from pressing olives to extract their oil. It has great benefits for you skin including being an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces signs of aging, moisturizing, and many more. However, it is pretty thick and can lead to clogged pores. I wouldn’t recommend using olive oil in something that you use daily. But it’s great in a pinch or to thicken up other carrier oils that may be too watery.
Almond Oil– This is another favorite of mine. Almond oil is extracted from the almond nut. It is loaded with vitamins A, D E & K, minerals and omega fatty acids and minerals and has been used for centuries for skin and hair health. It’s been used to help reduce the appearance of scars, sooth the skin, reduces UV damage and also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. it’s fairly light on the skin and soaks in quickly & easily. Note, this would not be a good oil to use if you have a nut allergy. It also has amazing benefits for your hair including taming frizz, promoting hair growth and aiding to combat dandruff. Best used for wisdom and prosperity blends.
Coconut – Coconut oil is made from the meats of matured coconuts. It contains fatty acids & polyphenols which makes it react for your skin and air. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and serves as barrier for your skin and tames hair frizz. It’s a thick oil so you would have to use fractionated oil in rollers and save the virgin, unrefined for balms, etc. Best used for purification and protection blends.
Avocado Oil– Avocado oil is made from the avocado and skin. It had been used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, reduces signs of aging, fights free radicals and overall moisturizing and soothing. Avocado oil is rich in beneficial nutrients and great for your skin. It’s benefits are very close to olive oil but not as thick. However, if you have an allergy to latex you may have a sensitivity to avocado oil so make sure to test it first. It’s also great for your hair to tame frizz, aid in combatting dandruff, promotes hair growth, and a great natural heat protectant. Best for love, aphrodisiac and fertility blends.