Carrier Oils

Carrier oils play an important part in the beauty and skincare industry. It would be very difficult to make some of the amazing skincare products that are currently on the market without them.

What’s a Carrier oil?

Carrier oils are base oils which are derived from vegetables, nuts or seeds. Here are some of them Evening Primrose, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Avocado (my favourite), Calendula (my go-to when I have irritated skin), Rosehip, Sunflower, Jojoba (I love this oil as it close to the oils in our skin) and Baobab. Carrier oils are used to dilute essentials and carry them to the skin. Carriers oils can also be used in massage and aromatherapy.

Why use carrier oils with essential oils?

Essentials oils are highly concentrated, they have a strong scent as they come directly from the plant.  These oils are also great and have amazing healing properties so they should always be used with care. You wouldn’t think a small bottle can pack a punch but it does!

This can make it too strong to apply directly onto the skin and may cause skin irritation, for example, burning to the skin or a rash. When an essential oil is diluted with carrier oils it changes the concentration of it making it safe when applied directly onto the skin.

You may already know some essential oils that can be applied neat but it’s advisable to do some research first before applying to the skin. 

Examples of Carrier Oils:

Why are Vegetable Oils good carrier oils?

  • Cold-pressed
  • They’re slowly absorbed into the skin
  • They “carry” essential oils into the body
  • Moisturising to the skin
  • Beneficial to your health

Why is Evening Primrose a good carrier oil?

Evening Primrose is a cold-pressed, golden carrier oil which contains: Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6 Vitamin E, Salicylic Acid and Omega 6.

Benefits: It is a light oil that’s easily absorbed into the skin, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce irritation to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dry skin.

Evening Primrose is soothing oil, which penetrates the skin which helps the skin to retain moisturiser for longer periods. This oil can also be used during pregnancy.

Evening Primrose Oil is heat sensitive so if you’re making your beauty products, Evening Primrose Oil should be added in the cool-down phase below 40c.

Why is Sunflower Oil a good carrier oil?

It is a pale yellow to clear oil which contains Vitamin A, B, D, E, Omega 6.

Benefits: This can be used in massage, aromatherapy and skincare products. This oil is versatile as it blends well with other carrier oils. If you are looking for an affordable oil that is an all-rounder this may be suitable for you.

Sunflower oil can help to retain moisture within the skin by forming a barrier, this can help people with skin conditions such as; eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin. 

It can help to smoothen the skin, reduce the appearance of scarring and increase the elasticity in the skin.

Why is Jojoba Oil a good carrier oil?

It is a golden yellow colour which contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and E.

Benefits: This is a  liquid wax, not oil, it’s similar to the sebum in our skin.  For this reason, it’s excellent in moisturising all skin types including dry, oily, combination skin, eczema, dermatitis and acne. Jojoba can be used to soften the skin and bring relief to eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.

I like using Jojoba as it locks moisture into my skin leaving it soft and supple. I will be using this more during the cold weather as a top-up in my skincare routine and to prevent chapped lips.

It has a longer shelf life than some of the other carrier oils which mean it will not go rancid quickly.  Providing you follow all the instructions, by keeping it in a dark place this oil could last up to 3 years.

Why is Vitamin E a good carrier oil?

When you’re making beauty products that contain carrier oils it’s advisable to use Vitamin E because it prevents your product from being rancid thereby extending the shelf-life. This is not a preservative and should never be used as one. 

It annoys me when I read articles by people saying that Vitamin E is a preservative which it isn’t.

If you make a product using water there’s a possibility that it will come in contact with water, because of this a preservative should be used. 

At Icylda Skincare we pride ourselves in using carrier oils that can benefit all skin types.

Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the CEO of Icylda Skincare on 8th September 2020.