On the never-ending quest for the perfect essential oil recipes, you’ve probably come across the phrase “carrier oil” a time or two. Typically used to dilute essential oils, carrier oils are commonly employed in skincare, cleaning products, aromatherapy and diffuser recipes, and are good to have on hand if you want to apply oil to your skin directly or dial back a specific oil’s scent or intensity. All EOs should be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin.
Any good essential oil evangelist should have their favorite carrier oils on hand to get the most out of a well-stocked oil collection!
If you’re new to essential oils, let us give you a quick intro! Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids derived from the leaves, flowers, roots and other parts of aromatic or healing plants.
Historians believe that essential oils have been in use for thousands of years, and that they were developed in different corners of the world independently from one another. In those many centuries, people have harnessed the power of plant-based oils for a wide range of purposes—cooking, cleaning, medicine, skincare and much, much more.
Today, such oils are becoming even more popular. You’ll find them in many natural products and you can use them to make your own natural products at home.
The highest quality natural oils tend to be the purest, which also means they’re highly concentrated. This is desirable for many reasons, but primarily it ensures you get plenty of aroma (and plant power) with every single drop. By the way, this is also why the purest and highest quality essential oils may cost a bit more, which means more bang for your buck. With that being said, Plant Therapy is committed to providing affordable essential oils so that everyone can take advantage of their benefits. Remember, with essential oils, a little bit truly goes a long way and carrier oils help them go even further.
What Are Carrier Oils?
Now for the nitty-gritty.
What do carrier oils do, exactly, and how do they differ from essential oils? Well, at their core, carrier oils are cold-pressed plant oils—especially vegetable oils that are high in fat, like coconut oil and sweet almond oil—that are used to soften or dilute essential oils, among several other jobs. Otherwise known as base oils, this kind of oil gets the “carrier” name because it’s used to carry the essential oil to the skin. but there are also many other uses for carrier oils beyond making a certain kind of oil safe for direct skin contact. Here’s some important information about carrier oil properties:
- Carrier oils (usually) aren’t scented—While some carriers, like tamanu oil and rosehip oil, do have a scent, they generally won’t drastically alter the scent of your essential oils. Think of most of these oils as neutral-smelling, so they work well in many applications.
- Carrier oils make essential oils less irritating —Safety is a prime consideration when it comes to working with essential oils. Carrier oils can improve the safety of certain recipes by making them less volatile so they reduce any risk associated with directly applying them to the skin and other surfaces.
- Carrier oils don’t evaporate—Another thing to know about essential oils is that they may evaporate and may not fully absorb into the skin. On the other hand, carrier oils are known as “fixed oils” because they stay fixed on the skin and allow for more absorption.
- Carrier oils alter consistency—No matter if you’re making an essential oil face mask or an all-natural cleaning product, consistency matters. Carrier oils basically blend with essential oils and will help you make formulas thinner or thicker, depending on the type of carrier oil.
- Carrier oils have a shelf life—Because they’re high in essential fatty acids, carrier oils do have a shelf life. Depending on the type of oil, it may last between six months and two years, so proper storage is important. Many should be stored in the refrigerator rather than at room temperature. Some carrier oils, like meadowfoam carrier oil, last much longer than others.
- Carrier oils are amazingly varied—Just like aromatic essential oils, carrier oils vary in terms of qualities, benefits and sources. They may be produced from nuts, seeds, stems or kernels. Because they differ in consistency, color, smell and benefits, there’s usually one that’s perfect for your specific applications.
A quick caveat:
Although these dilution essentials are, in theory, the same as some of the oils you’d find in your local supermarket or health foods store, it’s important that you purchase your carrier oils from a reputable essential oil provider to ensure that you’re getting the purest and highest quality carriers made specifically for mixing with essential oils.
You may also notice carrier oils are usually marked as such—you’ll often see them labeled as “coconut carrier oil” instead of just “coconut oil.” This is because carrier oils are often specifically formulated so they’re better for mixing with essential oils than their grocery store counterparts.
Why it Matters
If you’re a regular essential oil user, you already know that properly diluting oils is an important safety step, one that should be taken seriously. While most essential oils are not particularly harmful, there are some that can cause irritation when applied topically. The right carrier oil can make it gentler so that it can be applied topically. Using essential oils “neat” (without a carrier oil) can cause allergic contact dermatitis, so proper dilution is important.
Understanding how much to dilute essential oils is an important part of the process. The dilutions of certain oil formulas will dictate whether or not they’re safe for kids, the elderly, expectant mothers, and people with sensitive skin. We’d definitely recommend getting acquainted with proper dilution ratios before making your own skincare products or oil blends. Another thing to consider is that pure essential oils are an investment, and carrier oils can make your investment go further, especially if you’re creating homemade goods to market.
So, what are the best carrier oils?
With all of this in mind, what are the best carrier oils to use for your specific application? It totally depends—one carrier oil may alter the consistency or aroma of your recipe in one way, while another might alter it in another way entirely. However, there are some primary carrier oils that you should have on hand if you want to try certain recipes.
Here are the ones we recommend for every new (or seasoned) oil-lover:
- Fractionated Coconut Oil—By far our most popular carrier oil, fractionated coconut oil is a “fraction” of virgin coconut oil produced through a heating process that allows it to retain its high moisturizing ability without the extra color, odor, and temperature considerations of typical coconut oil. Regardless of how it changes in temperature, this kind of unrefined coconut oil won’t solidify. Fatty acids in coconut oil create a thicker consistency, making this carrier oil ideal for skin care, especially creams.
- Jojoba Carrier Oil—One of the best things about jojoba oil is that it’s rich in nourishing vitamin E. This makes it a popular pick for healing and soothing cosmetics, including creams, lotions, and serums for healing wounds and revitalizing the skin. In fact, jojoba oil has a consistency that closely matches the natural sebum produced in human skin, so it’s an extremely popular choice in both commercial and homemade skincare.
- Almond Carrier Oil—Aromatherapists, massage therapists, and DIY apothecaries love almond oil as a carrier because it acts as a natural emollient which helps soften the skin and soothe dry, irritated areas. However, even though nut oils generally do not trigger allergic reactions when applied topically, almond oil may not be appropriate for people who have nut allergies.
- Grapeseed Carrier Oil—The primary benefit of grapeseed oil as a carrier is that it’s one of the lightest carrier oils available, which makes it ideal for massage therapy. What’s more, the oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores) which makes it a popular pick for cosmetics or any application where it might be directly applied to the skin. In general, grapeseed oil is odorless, so it’s great for many applications.
- Organic Argan Carrier Oil—You often see argan oil in all sorts of conditioners and softeners for the hair and skin. That’s not surprising since this nut carrier oil is rich in vitamin E, linoleic acid, and fatty acids, so it’s amazing for hydrating dry skin and hair. It’s great as a carrier oil because it features a typical consistency, which is easy to integrate with your essential oils, and acts as a non-greasy moisturizer in cosmetics. Because of the high content of vitamin E, argan oil is also one of the best carrier oils for softening scars.
- Avocado Carrier Oil—While grapeseed oil is one of the thinnest carrier oils, avocado oil is one of the thickest, making it appropriate for oil recipes where a thicker feel is desirable, such as in creams, serums, and lotions. Still, avocado is jam-packed with stuff that’s good for you and your skin, including vitamins A, B, D, E, and beta carotene, so it’s also great for massage oils and aromatherapy applications.
- Hempseed Carrier Oil—Made from the cannabis plant and rich with omega fatty acids and proteins, hempseed carrier oil offers a slightly nutty aroma. It’s wonderful for cosmetics and other applications where you don’t mind a slightly darker color. We recommend using our non-GMO, organic hempseed carrier oil for most applications.
- Meadowfoam Carrier Oil—Even though it’s one of the least common and most expensive carrier oils, we think that meadowfoam deserves a spot on this list because it’s one carrier oil with a long shelf life. Meadowfoam carrier oil is naturally resistant to oxidation and is one of the most stable lipids known, which helps to give it a long life.
Note that this list is by no means all-inclusive. We recommend taking a gander through our complete collection of high-quality carrier oils to learn all about the many unique options and their benefits. Other popular carrier oils include: apricot kernel, sesame, evening primrose, castor, and sunflower. Steer clear of mineral oil (baby oil), as it can clog pores, leading to blemishes, inflammation, and oily skin.
What About Carrier Oil Blends?
Naturally, there will be some instances where you want the benefits or features of multiple oils, which is where carrier oil blends come in.
These oils are formulated with two or more carrier oils to provide a myriad of unique benefits. While they can be used in your favorite oil recipes, some blends are actually great on their own and can be directly applied to the skin for beautifying and anti-aging benefits.
We offer some excellent carrier oil blends in our selection, including the popular Near Perfection Carrier Oil Blend, that contains a mixture of almond, jojoba, avocado, and tamanu oils. Together these oils create a formula that’s great for reducing the appearance of skin imperfections. Another popular blend from our store is the Younger Glo Carrier Oil Blend, which blends sunflower, sesame seed, camellia seed, rosehip, and argan oils, which can help soften fine lines and wrinkles.
Getting the Recipe Right
If you intend to use these carriers in your favorite essential oil recipes and mixes, we recommend looking at the process like you would look at baking a cake—making small adjustments to the amount and type of oils used can change the result drastically.
Whether you’re a small-batch apothecary or a savvy soap-maker, understanding the way that essential oils can be mixed and formulated will help you create products that are beautifying, therapeutic and beneficial to your physical and mental health. We want to be your go-to resource for all the purest, highest quality essential oils available. By following strict quality standards, we’re able to produce oils that are pure, natural, and great for integrating into your day-to-day routine. Happy oiling!
188 thoughts on “Carrier Oils: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know”
I have 6oz of coconut oil moisturizing cream with vitamin E. My question is, how many drops of essential oils can I add in? Do I do 18 drops per 1oz for 2% dillution rate? I wanted to make sure that I did not over dillute the cream!
Thanks for your help!
Do I need to mix with a carrier oil with the essential oils then add to the cream or do I add the essential oils directly into the cream?
Hi Jessie! It depends on which kind of cream you’re talking about. Please check out this post on what will properly emulsify your essential oils.
Hi Jessie! That’s an excellent question. The dilution rate will depend on which essential oils you decide to use as it varies from oil to oil. But you are correct, a 2% dilution for 1 ounce of carrier is 18 drops.
I appreciate this break down of the different carrier oils. Thank you for the explanations!
What is a good EO to use with younger glo?
Liz, there are tons of great EOs to use with Younger Glo! But what are you looking to accomplish?
Does hemp seed oil help with pain?
Aimee, the Hemp Seed Oil we carry is a cold-pressed carrier oil, and not an essential oil. It also is not a CBD product, which may be why Hemp Seed Oil is thought to help with pain. However, it is very moisturizing and great for damaged hair and nails. I’ll link an easy reference we have to carrier oils if you’re interested in learning more: https://www.planttherapy.com/pdfs/carrier_oil_chart.pdf
Thanks for this great explanation of the carrier oils
Thank you for this breakdown on carrier oils! Previously I diluted my essential oils in grocery store-bought virgin coconut oil but then realized I don’t exactly enjoy smelling the coconut ontop of essential oils. Right now my go-to is fractionated coconut oil for its lack of odor and economical price. Recently after reading the many excellent reviews on Younger Glow, I got some Anti Age in Younger Glow and am loving the texture of it on my face. I am now eyeing Near Perfection – I hope I get to make this purchase soon to use with my Skin Restore.
This was SO helpful! I changed which carrier oil I was going to start off with after researching on this blog. Thank you!
Great overview of carrier oils. Very helpful.
I’m so excited to try argan oil for my facial routine! Im hoping to replace some of my drugstore brand face washes with a more natural approach! 🙂
I’ve been researching for carrior oils, and this is wonderful! Thank you so much.
Hello, I just want to mix some carriers oils without essential oils, is it possible?
You certainly can
Good to know. I’d love a post that covers ALL the carrier oils that PT offers!!!! Meadowfoam is my current favorite…its like a nice secret!!!!
Great article helped a lot. I knew most of the information but this article filled in more holes.
Thanks, this was helpful!
Thank you for this info!! I recently learned that coconut oil really dries my skin out, so I’ve been looking for some alternatives. I think I’m going to try jojoba for my face and almond and apricot for general carrier oils in roller bottles and things like that! Thank you!!
Just started using Tamanu oil as part of my skincare routine but I’m not a fan of scent at all. Need to find a good EO recipe or maybe try your blend to see if the scent is a little more muted.
Mariko, adding some EOs to Tamanu should definitely help with the scent of that carrier oil.
Great informative article!
Thank you, this was so helpful and informative.
I’m still trying out different carrier oils. Getting ready to try Hemp Seeds. So far I’ve tried almond, grape seed, and avocado. Almond is my favorite so far!
That’s great you are trying the different carriers out! They are each so unique and we can all respond to them in different ways 🙂
I’m glad I found this blog. I just ordered my first carrier oil yesterday and I chose jojoba oil. I think I made a good choice after reading this.
Thank you for the simple break down. Just starting to explore different carrier oils, and making my own EO ‘recipes’. Looking forward to it, and trying some of your carrier blends!
Thank you for this information. My stash of carriers keeps growing, and now I really want jojoba- sounds like it would be wonderful for my face!
Thank you for answering my question about why to use co’s specifically made for essential oils. I couldn’t figure out why you would spend more money. But now I know! Thank you!
Glad it was helpful!
I’m new to the essential oils world and this post was really helpful, very informative. I feel confident now to choose the right carrier oil. Thanks PT.
I’m so glad to hear that Denise! If you need any other assistance feel free to email our Certified Aromatherapists at [email protected]. Have a great day!
Well written easy read informative article.
Thanks Carolyn! We’re glad it was informative for you. 🙂
I’ve noticed that my synergies with FCO don’t linger for very long, but ones made with jojoba stay for hours. I wonder if it’s bc jojoba is actually a wax, and it acts kind of like a solid perfume? I don’t have experience with any other carrier oils.
This is so informative! I need to print this! LOVE this blog post!
So happy you found this helpful, Alyssa!
Great info! I’ve tried a few of these – now I can try out some more! Thanks!
Glad this was helpful! Let us know what ends up working out for you!
This is a great blog post! I have a good foundation for oils, but carrier oils have been hard for me. Thank you
Glad you found this blog post helpful!
I’ve never used it before but I hear others talk about using olive oil. I see it didn’t make the list, why is that?
We do not currently carry olive oil so it is not covered in our area of expertise. I can tell you that it does act as an effective carrier oil.
Thank you for the well written, insightful, easy read article on carrier oils. This article, as well as the customer comments, was invaluable when choosing which carrier oils I wanted to add to my collection during the Beach Bound special. Thank you to everyone who took the time to post not only on this blog, but also write reviews on the carrier oils.
On a side note, would Plant Therapy consider putting together a set of carrier oils similar to the essential oil sets?
Glad this was helpful! I can definitely pass this recommendation along. It’s a great idea!
I have only used the common coconut oil for years and I felt like it was drying me out instead of benefiting me. I’ve been reading up on different carrier oils and decided to try a few more. Just used Jojoba and am really impressed with how it feels on my face, I have the large size in my cart and love that the shelf life is almost infinite. And I have hemp seed in my cart too. Thanks for the good information so I knew which to choose!! Excited to try the new carriers and see the improvement in my skin!!
We hope you love your new carrier oils Richelle! Jojoba is one of my personal favorites and one that I use regularly for skin and hair care.
I have been using almond oil, but I am finding it to be heavy where I feel like it doesn’t absorb very well. On the hunt for a new carrier oil. I hear good things about grapeseed, hemp, and jojoba. Now trying to decided which one to try first.
I really love our new Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil. It feels GREAT on the skin. 🙂
Great information on all the different carrier oils!!! Thank you so much! I feel better informed now to make the right choices for my skin type and blends!!
You are so very welcome Cindi! I’m glad you found it to be helpful. Have a great day!
Great info…i have only been using almond..but now open to others
Almond is a great choice Barb but there are so many others that I can’t live without! Let us know which one you choose next.
I’m always trying to decide the best carrier oil, generally use FCO for rollers, but am wanting to broaden my knowledge base. This is perfect, thank you!!
We’re so glad to hear that this article has been helpful Alicia! If you need any other assistance please feel free to email our Aromatherapist team at [email protected].
Can you please tell me the shelf life of younger glo and near perfection? Thank you
6-9 months for the Younger Glo and about 1 year for the Near Perfection 🙂
I’ve been using grapeseed and hemp seed oil on my skin for months and it’s never looked better!!
What a great mix, Josephine! So glad it’s working nicely for you!
I am loving this company already. I am a novice and I have research 3 or 4 companies. I am sold! I love the teaching. Blog is wonderful! Carrier oil choice I am making Organic Argan Oil for me!
Glad you’re happy with us! We won’t let you down!
This is such a great resource for people just getting started on their oily journey. I like jojoba oil as well. Its shelf life is hard to beat and it’s so gentle and soothing.
We are glad you enjoyed this and that you find it helpful. 🙂
Great post. I think I’m going to have to give Jojoba oil a try 🙂
Jojoba is a fantastic carrier, Elizabeth! We hope you enjoy it!
Jojoba is one of my favorites! It’s SO great for the skin. 🙂
This is a great primer on carrier oils. Thanks so much for giving us a place to start!
You are very welcome, Sarah; we are glad you found it helpful!
So glad I found this blog post!! Doing research before I spend anymore money Just got FCO and jojoba on recommendations May have to try meadowfoam when the hubs goes back to work and I have spending $$
We are glad this post helped you make a decision, Michelle! It is fun to try out different carriers!
I’m really happy to have read this post because I’m a newbie when it comes to EOs and I’m still looking for the best carrier oil for me and my family. We have already tried grapeseed, jojoba and argan oil and all of them have great effect on our skin. I am planning to try the other carrier oils enumerated in this post if I can find them locally here in our country.
Thank you for sharing, Maria! We are so glad that you found this post informative!
PT’s Hemp Seed Oil is awesome! This is the carrier oil I blended with Tea Tree and Clary Sage for the big pimples that pop up during my PMS, they absolutely shrink after 2 days of applying! Thanks for all your blog posts, it helps customers choose what is perfect for us.
Thank you for sharing, Kriz! We are so glad we can help our customers make educated decisions when it comes to oils and carriers!
I’m a beginner so no matter how many times I read something about carrier oils I learn something new and retain more of the information. Thanks for the lesson.
There is so much to learn about essential oils, it can definitely feel overwhelming at times! We are so glad you enjoyed this post and so happy you love to keep learning!
Great list – I’ve always used FCO, but your explanation of the benefits of all the different carriers and carrier blends will definitely get me to experiment a little bit more.
That’s so great to hear, Emily! It’s awesome to see how many people have read this post and decided to branch out from FCO — FCO is GREAT (of course) but there are so many other carrier oils that are GREAT in their own unique way. We hope you have fun experimenting and getting to know the other carriers a little more 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
i cannot decide between these carrier oils – apricot, almond, olive, camellia – there are so many of them and each of their own list of awesome benefits. which do you think is best or most preferred in your opinion?
It really depends on what it’s for. I’d say my most used is Almond Oil. 🙂
Lots of good information, thank you!
Thanks for this blog post. Very informative!
You’re welcome, Nora! Thank you for your comment!
Thank you for this blog post. I really appreciate how detailed it was, and how you gave examples of different carrier oils. I like using FCO for rollerball recipes.
This is a great list – easy to read and very helpful! Love it!
Glad you enjoy it, Carolyn! That’s exactly what we were going for — easy and helpful! Thank you for your comment!
This is very helpful. I usually use FCO, but may branch out in the future.
You should definitely branch out, Whitney! There are some really amazing carrier oils; it’s fun to try out new ones and see what kind of a difference they make for you!
I binged on a variety of carrier oils when I first started out but then realized they have shelf lives and I ended up throwing away a few of my more pricey carrier oils because they expired. I now mainly use FCO for roller bottles with the exception of ones for the face which gets Jojoba. I do have some argan and tamanu which I am using sparingly. I love the small bottles of carrier oil blends because I can try out a blended carrier oil without buying multiple bottles.
This is a very informative blog on carrier oils. I love love love younger glo. I have just recently started to experiment with making soaps so it’s helpful to understand the benefits of carrier oils. Thanks so much for spreading your knowledge with all of us.
Thank you for sharing, Kim! Education is key to getting the most out of your carrier oils, especially if you are unfamiliar with some of them. We are so happy this blog was able to help you with your soap making!
Wow this is super helpful. I have purchased lots of different carrier oils without really knowing how they differed or which ones would be most beneficial for what I’m looking to achieve!
We are so glad you found this helpful, Laura! Thank you for sharing!
I have to be so careful about carrier oils as I’m highly allergic to sunflower and sesame seeds (so I have to avoid those), but I’m also extremely acne-prone. I personally love hemp seed oil as it won’t break me out. I use it as a moisturizer, make-up remover and it can be a great base for pain essential oil blends too.
Krista, like you, my skin is very sensitive and breaks out easily. Hemp Seed Oil is the only oil I will put on my face just because of this! Also, every evening I spray some Tea Tree Hydrosol on a cosmetic pad and wipe my face and neck with it, which I’ve also found to really help with blemishes. We hope this post gave you some great information and thank you for your comment!
This is so helpful! I have only used FCO until now. Can’t wait to try some others!
So glad you love it!
Thank you so much for this information. As someone new to essential oils, I will be sure to continue to revisit this post so that I can have the most accurate information and choose the correct carrier oil for the purpose at that time.
We’re so glad this was helpful for you!!
I mostly use FCO but I have several other carrier oils. I was never sure exactly which one to use with what. This blog was very helpful. Thanks!
Brenda, so glad you found this blog helpful!
This Blog comes at the perfect time for me. I have been studying different carrier oils ; using MANY different sources. This makes for “one stop Shopping” . I have this blog bookmarked!!! thank u
So far my fav is Jobaba! I use coconut the most though. And Recently got Meadowfoam to try with an eye serum and in a roller with skin restore!
Very informative article, thanks! I use almond oil a lot as well as fractionated coconut.
Heather, we are so glad you enjoyed this article! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for this info!! I LOVE my “Near Perfection” carrier oil blend!
Kate, I love Near Perfection also! I use it almost everyday. We are so glad you enjoyed this information! Thank you for sharing!
This is a great informative post! I havent tried any carrier oil other than coconut but im excited to try these!
We are so excited you’re inspired to branch out and try new carrier oils! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised about how unique each one is and what a difference they make to your DIY projects and blending. Thank you for sharing!
Great info! My go to carrier oils are fractionated coconut oil and grapeseed oil.
I adore grapeseed oil! It’s always great to learn about other carrier oils, because they are all so unique and really change up the kind of DIYs you make!
Just what I was looking for, the perfect carrier oil for a skin issue. Thank you for the info!
You are very welcome, Sheri! Have a great day!
Thanks so much for all this info. I’m brand new to all this and was getting overwhelmed. Not quite so scary.
Kelly, we are glad this information helped you out! The amount of carrier oils, essential oils, hydrosols, butters — I mean, wow. It’s easy to get overwhelmed at first for sure. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact our aromatherapists directly at [email protected] and they’ll be happy to help you out!
Need to try the younger glow oil! Thanks
Hello, Jill! We hope you love Younger Glo!
I have tried argan, almond and jojoba carrier and loved them. I am looking for more information about tamanu oil as I want to make a blend which are good for removing scars. It would be great if the PT team can talk about tamanu oil in the near future.Thank you.
Thank you for your input! And you are absolutely right — we need a post about Tamanu Oil! I looked through our blogs and saw that really haven’t given it the attention it deserves. So hopefully we can get something together for Tamanu, but until then, don’t hesitate to contact our aromatherapists directly at [email protected] if you need some more information!
Thanks for this! I have never really experimented with carriers other than fco. Excited to broaden my horizons!
Amber, we are so glad you want to branch out with carrier oils; their are so many and each of them are so unique! Have fun and thank you for sharing!
A very educational blog post! Thank you so much Plant Therapy team. I have used FCO and sweet almond. Love them both. Jojoba is next on my list to try.
Tammy, we are so glad you enjoyed reading this post! Jojoba oil is a wonderful choice and you’ll find it is very unique. Since it is a liquid wax, it has a much different feel from FCO. I love using Jojoba in blends, especially those for my face and neck. I hope you love it, too and thank you for sharing!
I am always grateful for reminders about which carrier oils to use. I can get pretty single minded at times, when I lock in on a favorite carrier oil, but it doesn’t mean that oil is best (or the only solution) in all cases. Argan is by far my favorite for my face and hair, but the rest of my skin responds well to others, too.
Jen, we are so glad you found this blog helpful. It can be very easy to stick with your favorite go-to carrier oil — it happens to the best of us! But it’s important to remember about those other gems, too. Thank you for sharing!
My favorites are coconut and jojoba oils, but I need to try some of these others. Thanks for the information!
My favorite carrier oil is fractionated coconut. I love how it absorbs into my skin and is gentle on my hands when I have eczema symptoms. I’d like to try hempseed next. Thanks for this info! Very helpful!
Jenn, Hempseed is a great oil — so nourishing and versatile! Keep in mind it does have a very distinct, slightly nutty aroma. We hope you give it a try and love it!
My favorite Carrier OIl is the Apricot Kernel. I like it’s little to no aroma and it soaks in the skin well.
Marquerite, that’s a great one! It’s perfect for all skin types and so nourishing. Thanks for sharing your favorite!
I’m addicted to your Younger Glo carrier oil blend! It’s fabulous!!
You and me both sister 😉 This is one product I won’t EVER allow myself to run out of!
I love coconut oil and jojoba oil, both are used a ton in my house!
Sara, we are happy to hear you get plenty of use with those two Carriers. Sometimes it’s hard to branch out and try new ones when you already know what you love! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂
Thank you for this information. Need to try Meadowfoam soon!
You’re very welcome! Meadowfoam has so many benefits. We hope you get the chance to try it out!
Love my coconut oil! I need to look into others. When I look up info about some carrier oils it mentions to only use a % of it. What do you then do? Use another carrier oil to offset it?
Great question Stacey! Some carrier oils, like Rosehip, are incredibly effective when used in low dilutions. In this case you would just mix the product with other carrier oils which will enhance the benefits of all the oils in the blend.
Thank you so much for this post! Navigating through all the options is difficult this helps a lot!
We’re so glad that it helps Amber! Be sure to email us at [email protected] if you have any other questions.
You’re welcome, Amber! We know it can be hard sometimes to pick the best Carrier Oil. We hope this Blog post helps you with future blends
I love jojoba oil! It blends really well and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy.
Great choice Gabby! We love jojoba too!
What about avocado oil?
Hey Susan, you can find info on Avocado oil under the “what are the best carrier oils?” section but if you have any specific questions feel free to email us at [email protected].
My favorite is hempseed carrier oil but I need to add argan and jojoba to my stock. I’m also very interested in the Near Perfection and Younger Glo blends. Can you offer any tips for choosing the right one, or rather what the main differences are between the two? I love all the information Plant Therapy provides, it’s truly helpful and exciting to learn about all the different options that area available!
Hey Kaley, if you can email us with some information in regards to your skin type and the specific benefits you are looking for we would be happy to help narrow down your choices and point you in the right direction. You can contact us at [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you!
I have only been involved in the use of essential oils for about 2 & 1/2 years. But during this time I have learned so much! Plant Therapy is such a great resource for the actual essential oils, carrier oils & all things related including providing a great amount of education. I used almost all the carrier oils PT sells and find them to be of an excellent quality as well as reasonably priced. I particularly love apricot kernel oil for any pain blends I make since it also has some analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. I have recently begun using maracuja oil for some ant-aging facial blends with rose, frankincense, elemi, geranium and whatever I have at the time that is skin loving, like perhaps helichrysum. Thanks for being an awesome source of high quality oils at a price I can afford!
Diane, thank you so much for your wonderful comment — we are so grateful to have such a wonderful customer! It sounds like you are really enjoying making your own blends, which is awesome! Don’t ever hesitate to contact our Certified Aromatherapists directly if you have any questions about our oils, how to use them, or ways to blend them!
This post is perfectly timed! I just received Sweet Almond oil! I had no idea there were so many choices!
Lindsay, we are so happy this found you at the right time! There are so many choices and it’s nice to know the different benefits so you can make a blend that works best for your specific needs. We hope you enjoy that Sweet Almond and have a great weekend!
Great choice Lindsay! Almond is a must have in my household. I hope you love it too.
All my carrier oils have been purchased from Plant Therapy. I have Almond, Coconut, Near Perfection, Younger Glo, and Jojoba. My Grapeseed is being shipped to me now, cannot wait to try it! I see Rosehip in my near future also.
Wow Sarah! It looks like you already have a great collection started! We look forward to you getting to try the Grapeseed oil soon and Rosehip down the road.
I love the Younger Glo carrier blend! It’s fantastic! Thanks for the blog : )
Younger Glo is one of my favorite carrier oil blends too! We’re glad you love it 🙂
Oops! None of my comments were posting so I kept trying, and today they all posted! Hee hee, sorry!
I’m fascinated by the carrier oils. FCO is great from a scentless, stainless perspective, but i enjoy having the carrier oil add to the healing profile of my concoction. So I like the hemp and tamanu and rosehip,…I often use them without the essential oils. You have a great selection! Thanks!
Thanks for the article! I love the Younger Glo carrier blend, I use it everyday.
I absolutely love the Younger Glo carrier blend! I want to try Near Perfection too, it’s next on my list to buy. Nice article!
I really enjoy the Younger Glo blend, I use it everyday! I’ve been wanting to try Near Perfection, that’s next on my list to try. Thanks for the article!
I have almond oil and fractionated coconut oil! I am looking to purchase jojoba in the future. Thank you for briefly describing which carrier oils work best for different senerios!
You’re welcome, Jackie! There are so many Carrier Oils and they all have their perks! We are happy to share more information about these Carriers so you can find what works best for your needs. Excited for you to try Jojoba in the future
Very informative post. I love that you provide education about the oils – even the carrier oils – for those of us who may be relatively new to the oil world. Thanks!
Randi, we’re happy to see this has been helpful for you! We love educating our customers so that they can use our products safely and efficiently!
We hope you have a lovely weekend
I absolutely love your Near Perfection carrier oil blend. It’s amazing.
I love the variety of carrier oils that you carry. So fun to blend different carriers Toto get just the right blend.
I’ve always used fractionated coconut oil. Thanks for the info on others!
This is super helpful! Thank you for the simple break down for us EO newbies!
We’re so glad you found it to be helpful! Have a great weekend.
Thank you for this! I’ve always just stuck with coconut oil but now I’ll give more carriers a try.
You are so welcome Laurie!
Great info! Choosing the right carrier oil can make a big difference in your DIY projects 🙂
That is very true, Bridget! We are so glad you found this blog helpful, thank you for sharing!
I will have to try some of these other oils. I mainly like to use coconut oil.
Amanda, thank you for your comment! Coconut Oil is very popular – and for good reason! It’s a fantastic carrier oil with so many uses, but I bet you will be pleasantly surprised when you start branching out and trying other carrier oils. Grapeseed Oil is a great one to start with; you’ll notice immediately that it is very light and has a wonderful slick feeling to it. My personal favorite is Apricot Kernel Oil because it works wonders on my very sensitive skin. If you try out a new carrier, let us know how it works for you!
I use extra virgin cold press coconut oil because it helps in anti-aging 🙂
Thank you for posting this. It’s helpful to have a brief breakdown of the oils and what is a good way to use them all in one post.
I love argan oil! And FCO is great in a pinch, when you don’t want to stain clothing, or for a roller.
Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.
Trying to learn more about these, thank you for the blog! I also am a big Almond fan!
Jennifer, we are so glad you enjoyed this blog! Thank you for sharing!
My favorite general carrier is almond oil, but others are great for specific purposes!
Need guidance – Middle age woman and live in Asia @ humid country and looking for the lightest carrier oil with fast absorption for face/neck. Between Younger Glo and Near Perfection which will be better? Tia.
Cathy, Fractionated Coconut Oil absorbs wonderfully quick and is the thinnest and lightest choice. Between Younger Glo and Near Perfection, I would recommend Younger Glo because it is not quite as heavy as Near Perfection 🙂