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Carrier oils – The Other Part of the Equation

Plant Therapy Carrier Oils

Carrier oils have become so exciting to me!

I used to think of them as just oils used to dilute essential oils. But in reality, there is much more to them than that. Did you know that Argan Carrier Oil can help with scars and with the skin’s elasticity as well as to nourish the hair? Camellia Carrier Oil is great for mature skin, and to help when you’ve experienced sun damage…Rosehip Carrier Oil is rejuvenating to the skin; use it on minor burns and wounds, and it is also helpful for other skin issues.

Some carrier oils like Jojoba (which is really a wax) and Meadowfoam can actually extend the shelf life of other carrier oils. Jojoba is also most like our natural sebum and is well received by our skin and rich in Vitamin E. Tamanu is one of the newest carrier oils that we have and one we are very excited about. This shimmery, thicker carrier oil  is amazing at helping with skin issues, irritations, and minor wounds.  It is best used in a blend because of it’s viscosity and strong scent.

We must remember that these carriers come from plants as well and have their own constituents.

Although they are not concentrated like essential oils (which makes them very safe), they do have properties and characteristics of their own. They can determine how fast an essential oil will penetrate, depending on the viscosity of the carrier and how many Omega 9’s that they contain. Carrier oils can be blended as well, to create a synergy of their own and be helpful in adding to the benefits of an essential oil, when combined.

Plant Therapy Organic Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are made up of fats, which can go rancid, so correct storage is important.

With the exception of Jojoba, most carrier oils, should be stored in the refrigerator. The shelf life is much shorter than essential oils, so by all means use them up! Don’t save them for a special occasion or you’ll be missing out daily on the benefits of these great oils. If your oil is approaching a year in age, and you still have a full bottle then try using it as a cleanser or moisturizer. Then you can see which carrier oils agree with your skin type. Many have found the the Oil Cleanse Method to be beneficial for them.

It’s a personal decision whether to buy an expeller pressed, which is extracted by steam method, or a cold pressed carrier oil.  While cold pressed does retain more of the beneficial oils, there are benefits to steam distilling too. These beneficial properties can be acquired that didn’t exist without steam distillation, as in the case of fractionated coconut oil; fractionated coconut oil will gain more caprylic acid through steam distillation and in other carrier oils it will decrease the fatty acids.

We’ve created a chart that will be an easy reference for the single carrier oils that we currently carry.  It can help with the basic questions about carriers and will be helpful for a quick comparison regarding different common issues.

At Plant Therapy, we have an extensive, lovely selection of carrier oils.  Here is a list of the single carrier oils that we carry:

Download Carrier Oil Chart HERE:

Plant Therapy Carrier Oil Chart

Carrier oil preferences are an individual choice and everyone has different skin types. We hope that you will explore carrier oils and their benefits.

Which carrier oil is your favorite?


Price, Len and Shirley.  Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage. 

Worword, Valerie Ann.   The Complete Book of Essential oils and Aromatherapy.

29 thoughts on “Carrier oils – The Other Part of the Equation”

    1. Thanks for the question, Adrienne! The colors on the chart do not really have significance. We just wanted to make it a little easier to differentiate the oils. Some ask if the labels on the essential oils and carriers mean anything. Plant Therapy does try to match the color associated with the plant or flower. Thanks!

  1. Thank you for the excellent information and for the easy reference chart! I use Plant Therapy’s camellia and jojoba carrier oils. Castor and rosehip are a must. Hope they get added to the already fabulous product line
    Plant Therapy is amazing ❣️

  2. Excellent reference chart and write up! Love Plant Therapy. One of the reasons I shop with you us because you offer the GC/MS reports for your essential oils. Very important tool in blending for therapeutic and safety. I appreciate your selection as well. Will you be selling Trauma oil in the near future? Thanks so much!

    1. Deb, I’m so glad to hear that you found this article to be helpful and that you utilize our GC/MS reports. I don’t know that we plan to carry Trauma oil at this point but will certainly pass your feedback along! Have a great day.

    1. Susie, thank you for your question. We recommend storing these in the fridge as well. If you’d like to put some in a small bottle, to keep on your counter that you will use up within a couple of weeks then that is fine 🙂

  3. I am a 53yr farm girl in Wisconsin. I think it is time for me to start taking care of my face. I would like to make up a “serum” and after reading through all the carrier oils I find I like things about a few of them. I really like the descriptions and benefits of Argon, Apricot, Camellia and Rose Hip oils. Each one has something I feel would be good for me. Can I combine them all together or will I not get the effects of each doing that? I am thinking that I would also like to add Frankincense Carteri and Neroli to the oil blend. Does this sound crazy? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. Susan, I think you are definitely on the right track! When combining carrier oils you will receive the unique therapeutic properties of each. Some of the carrier oils, like Rosehip, only need to be in the blend at 5-10% to be effective. As for adding essential oils, I like your choices! I might also recommend Sandalwood, Helichrysum italicum, Frankincense frereana, and Lavender Fine as a few additional alternatives. When applying essential oils to the face we recommend a 1% dilution which is 3 drops of essential oil to 10 mls or two teaspoons of carrier oil. Be sure to let us know how things go!

  4. Hey PT, your carrier oil chart needs updating. I have a screenshot of a conversation from back in January with you amazing folk that there is a typo on the evening primrose and sunflower oils comedogenic ratings. Evening primrose should be a 2 and sunflower is 0-2 depending on the oleic acid content. Can you please update your chart so we have more accurate info when downloading it? Thanks so much!

  5. I am just learning about the carrier oil and just purchased the Camilla Seed, which I am loving by the way. Thank you for the reference chart. It will come in handy as I continue my journey.

  6. Wow…I didn’t know there were so many carrier oils. I have only heard of sweet almond, fractionated coconut, and jojoba. I just bought some of the coconut to use to refill my shield me roll on. This is an interesting resource.

  7. Thank you for this. The information and chart really help understand what I want in a combination of carrier oils.

  8. I have been using the oil cleanser from PT site but I think I will try making my own with this information. Thank you so much!

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