A Guide to Carrier Oils

the nature of things carrier oils in glass bottles.

Carrier oils are essential in your diy beauty routine as they play an important role in applying essential oils topically to your skin.

What are Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are naturally derived vegetable oils from the fatty portion of plant based sources such as seeds, kernels or nuts. Each carrier oil has their own unique properties and benefits. They may be used alone or with other oils to nourish your skin and with essential oils.

Carrier oils are essential in your diy beauty routine as they play an important role in applying essential oils topically to your skin. Essential oils applied to the skin undiluted can cause severe irritation, sensitisation, redness, during and other reaction.

The term carrier oils is derived from their purpose in carrying the essential oil onto your skin. Most carrier oils are unscented or lightly scented and don’t interfere with an essential oil’s therapeutic properties. Carrier oils are also known as beauty oils, vegetable oils or base oils.

If you’re allergic to tree nuts, you shouldn’t use oils derived from tree nuts. This includes sweet almond oil, argan oil, and apricot kernel oil.

Carrier Oils vs Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated volatile plant extracts, obtained from a natural raw material of plant origin by distillation. 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. Carrier oils can be applied directly to the skin, whereas essential oils should not be.

See our Guide to Sustainable Essential Oils here.

Organic Oils

We only stock organic carrier oils. This is because organic oils often go through less processing than non-organic high street oils. This can be they are thicker, last longer, richer in omega, mineral and vitamins.

 

Comedogenic Ratings

Every oil & butter has a comedogenic rating. Simply put, a comedogenic (koh-med-o-gen-ic) rating is how likely an ingredient is to clog your pores.

Now there's a lot of science behind these ratings and it takes in to consideration the fatty acids and how they react / effect your skin. 

Some oils are therefore more suitable to use on your face as a cleansing oil (ie. hemp or rosehip) than others (coconut oil).

See our other blog post, The 7 Best Carrier Oils For Your Skin and Haircare Routine & How To Use Them.

How to choose your carrier oil

  • Odour - Some carrier oils are odourless, but generally speaking, most have a faintly sweet, nutty aroma.
  • Absorption - Your skin can absorb some carrier oils better than others.
  • Comedogenic Rating - A comedogenic rating is how likely an ingredient is to clog your pores resulting in certain oils being more suited to your body than face.
  • Skin Type - Depending on your skin type, some oils will be more suited.
  • Benefits - You may be looking to target specific issues such as fine lines or acne.
  • Application - Some oils are more suited to you face instead of your body for example.

 

How to use carrier oils

You can use carrier oils on their own to your skin directly. See below to choose which oils are best for your skin type, what benefits you want to achieve and where to apply.
  • Face - After cleansing the face, apply a few drops of carrier oil and massage into your face and neck. Use a non-greasy oil so it will absorb into the skin quickly. 
  • Body - For the skin, you can apply a few drops to any part of the body and massage to moisturise. You can also add a small amount of oil in the bath to slowly soak into the skin. Certain oils are great for massage too.
  • Hair - Whilst your hair is dry, apply a few drops of oil in to your hair by massaging it in. This will create shine and damping frizz for a smooth and silky texture. For a longer treatment including your scalp, you can massage your chosen oil into the hair and leave it overnight. Once complete, simply wash your hair and see the results!

DIY Beauty

Blending Carrier Oils Together

Blending carrier oils allows you to make an oil that best meets your skin's needs. You’ll be aiming for your blend to contain a balanced mix of highly moisturising, drying and non-drying oils, with the additional healing properties you seek.

  • Non-drying oils: jojoba, avocado, shea butter, wheat germ, cocoa butter, coconut oil, flaxseed, olive, almond and peanut. These work well for damaged, dry and mature skin.
  • Drying oils: grapeseed, apricot, soybean, tung and the nut-based oils. While these liquids work well for oily skins, they often need to be used in combination with a nondrying or semi-drying oil to avoid a parched-skin effect.

blending carrier oils with essential oils

Essential Oils

Blending Carrier Oils with Essential Oils

Carrier oils make it possible to use essential oils safely. They also help nourish and moisturise your skin. Whatever oil you choose, avoid using it on your lips, eyes, or other sensitive areas after it’s been mixed with an essential oil. However, you can safely apply carrier oil alone to these areas.

The general rule of thumb is to aim for a 1-5% dilution. Ideally 1-3% for skincare and 3-5% for home and air care. A 1% dilution is 6 drops per 30ml.

Use essential oils more sparingly on young children since they don’t need as much wellness support and are more delicate in constitution.

Children: Newborn to 6 months
Use essential oils sparingly and use a .25% solution: dilute 1 drop of essential oil per 1 1/2 TB of carrier oil

Herbal Carrier Oils

Carrier oils can be infused with fresh or dried herbs and plants either individually or after they have been blended. Herbal-infused oils contain the healing characteristics of both the carrier oils and the herbs.

Store your blends in a cool, dry place or even in the refrigerator.

Why The Nature of Things is eco-friendly and why we stock them

  • They are a member of the main organic certification body in Ireland, Irish Organic Association.
  • They are a member of 1% for the planet and so 1% of their total profits every year is donated to environmental causes.
  • Sustainability is their top priority in everything they do.
  • They only source their oils from producers who are passionate about ensuring their distilling is top quality and use sustainable practices.
  • Their producers work with local communities to look after the environment and support the local people.
  • They are conscious about reducing their energy and water usage.
  • They use eco-friendly packaging that can be recycled: such as glass, aluminium and paper​.

Why we love The Nature of Things carrier oils

  • Quality and sustainability always comes first with The Nature of Things and so this ensures that the carrier oils that we stock, you can trust are the best on the market for people, planet and animals. 
  • With The Nature of Things being a member of the Irish Organic Association this means that their products do not contain synthetic pesticides and fungicides and other chemicals that can be damaging to the local ecosystems.
  • They have over 20 years of experience working with oils and so their carrier oils have been made with so much care and knowledge about what works best and most effectively.
  • Overall, we think their carrier oils are one of the best, most eco-friendly and sustainable carrier oils you will find on the market

 

The Kind Store team try and test all products that we stock, so you can be certain that what you are buying is high quality, works well and loved by us. We source all products using our ethos via our sustainable principles, so you can trust that what you are buying is kind to animals, people and planet. We stock items from UK independent makers and suppliers to ensure our products are eco-friendly. Discover hundreds of vegan, natural, sustainable and cruelty-free products.

feefo gold trusted service awards 2022.          living wage employer logo.

489 comments

  • My name is Hailey Garcia and I am from New Jersey. My herpes virus turned to war after 2 years of living with it. I have tried different medical procedures to cure my herpes but to no avail. Most people think herpes is only a minor skin irritation of which herpes has long term effects on health and passes through the bloodstream and can be easily contracted through sexual intercourse. I knew I had herpes from the first day I started feeling itchy in my pubic area and the pain was very unbearable. I couldn’t stand it anymore. After 2 years of trying other means to get rid of it, I had to contact Doctor Odunga to help me with a permanent cure. I saw his email and whats-app number from a testimony I read online from a lady who was also helped by him in curing infertility problems, I had faith and contacted him. He assured me of his work and I ordered his herbal medicine. Within 5 days, I didn’t feel any pain anymore and within 2 weeks, my skin was all cleared and smooth. I am very grateful to you sir and I write this testimony as others have done to bring those having faith to you sir. If you have herpes or other similar disease and you want it cured, kindly contact Doctor Odunga, Whats-App (wa.me/+2348167159012) OR Email odungaspelltemple@gmail.com

    🛑 PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR TREATMENT, CURE & PREVENTION OF THE FOLLOWING :❗❗

    🛑Kidney Failures
    🛑 Osteoporosis
    🛑 TB
    🛑Sexual Dysfunction
    🛑Period Pain
    🛑 Dementia
    🛑 Parkinson’s
    🛑Infertility
    🛑ProstateEnlargement
    🛑 Libido
    🛑Fibroids/Cysts
    🛑 Epilepsy
    🛑Stroke
    🛑Cancer
    🛑 Burns
    🛑HIV

    Hailey Garcia
  • My name is Amelia Jonathan from the United States, Using this opportunity to thank Dr. Ughulu is a grateful thing to me, for over years I have been sick with Hepatitis B disease, I have done a lot of things to get cured of my diseases and nothing has worked out. I have taken different types of medication for it , but it still doesn’t work for me. I still keep going for a check up so that the doctor will tell me my disease has gone, because i’m taking my medicine with no result nothing has been cured, I have spent a lot of money just to get cure of Hepatitis B. until my old time friend came to my place and saw what am going through, and then direct me to contact Dr. Ughulu who is a very powerful man, which I did explain my problem to Dr. Ughulu and send me a herbal remedy bottle and explain to me how I should drink it. So I started to drink the herbal tea in one week that I drink the herbal tea. I went for a check up to check if I’m cured from Hepatitis B disease, then the nurse told me nothing is wrong with me anymore and said I’m fine. I am the happiest person right now. I promise Dr Ughulu I will testify about his good work on the internet. Reach out to Dr. Ughulu Via: drughulupowerfulspelltemple@gmail.com Thank you so much sir for what you did for me you’re the best of all. TEXT OR CALL: +1(252) 409-1841 or website: https://drughulupowerfulsp.wixsite.com/my-site-ughulu

    Amelia Jonathan
  • My name is Amelia Jonathan from the United States, Using this opportunity to thank Dr. Ughulu is a grateful thing to me, for over years I have been sick with Hepatitis B disease, I have done a lot of things to get cured of my diseases and nothing has worked out. I have taken different types of medication for it , but it still doesn’t work for me. I still keep going for a check up so that the doctor will tell me my disease has gone, because i’m taking my medicine with no result nothing has been cured, I have spent a lot of money just to get cure of Hepatitis B. until my old time friend came to my place and saw what am going through, and then direct me to contact Dr. Ughulu who is a very powerful man, which I did explain my problem to Dr. Ughulu and send me a herbal remedy bottle and explain to me how I should drink it. So I started to drink the herbal tea in one week that I drink the herbal tea. I went for a check up to check if I’m cured from Hepatitis B disease, then the nurse told me nothing is wrong with me anymore and said I’m fine. I am the happiest person right now. I promise Dr Ughulu I will testify about his good work on the internet. Reach out to Dr. Ughulu Via: drughulupowerfulspelltemple@gmail.com Thank you so much sir for what you did for me you’re the best of all. TEXT OR CALL: +1(252) 409-1841 or website: https://drughulupowerfulsp.wixsite.com/my-site-ughulu

    Amelia Jonathan
  • Discover the power of carrier oils for your DIY beauty regimen, unlocking the synergy of natural botanicals for radiant skin. For more info, visit my site:- https://hbno.com/

    HBNO OIL
  • I have been suffering from Herpes for the past 1 years and 8 months, and ever since then i have been taking series of treatment but there was no improvement until i came across testimonies of Dr. UMA on how he has been curing different people from different diseases all over the world, then i contacted him as well. After our conversation he sent me the medicine which i  took according .to his instructions. When i was done taking the herbal medicine i went for a medical checkup and to my greatest surprise i was cured from Herpes. My heart is so filled with joy. If you are suffering from Herpes or any other disease you can contact Dr. UMA today on this Email address: dr.umaherbalcenter@gmail.com or whatsapp +2347035619585.,

    nels kate

Leave a comment