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Carrier Oils: Why You Need Them and What to Make

Let’s talk about carrier oils — a wonderful companion to essential oils! We’ll go over a few great choices and add a fun DIY for you to try with each one.

Jojoba Carrier Oil

diy cuticle balmJojoba 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. It is rich in nourishing vitamin E, omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, making it a great choice for supporting wound healing and revitalizing the skin.

A nourishing cuticle balm is perfect this time of year to help combat the effects of cold weather. You’re going to love how the Jojoba makes your hands look and feel!

Meadowfoam Carrier Oil

caffeine eye serumMeadowfoam Carrier Oil contains 98% fatty acids long-chain carbon atoms. It’s resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring tocopherols, and is one of the most stable lipids! As a result, it has an extremely long shelf life. Meadowfoam Carrier Oil has wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and is highly recommended for use in cosmetics and skin care products especially for its UV protection properties.

Meadowfoam also absorbs easily into the skin leaving a silky smooth feel. If you haven’t given this carrier oil a chance, this would be the perfect DIY to enjoy its amazing benefits!

Try this amazing Caffeine Eye Serum using Meadowfoam to help get rid of those tired eyes and look refreshed and ready to take on the day!

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Candy cane sugar scrub DIY from Plant TherapyBy far our most popular carrier oil, fractionated coconut oil is amazingly versatile and is a common ingredient for many DIYs. It is a “fraction” of virgin coconut oil that is produced through a heating process. This process allows it to retain its high moisturizing ability without the extra color, odor, and temperature considerations of typical coconut oil.

Plus, this kind of unrefined coconut oil will not solidify! Perfect for roll-on bottles of your favorite essential oil or blend.

Try this polishing body scrub that smells just like delicious candy canes to feel refreshed and energized during your shower or bath.

Grapeseed Carrier Oil

DIY skin toner using grapeseed oil

Light with a silky, satiny sort of feeling, Grapeseed is ideal for massage therapy or any other kind of skin application. It is non-comedogenic, odorless, and great for oily skin. With vitamins E and omegas 6 and 9 fatty acids [1], you’re going to love how easy this carrier is to incorporate into all your favorite aromatherapy projects.

If the cold weather has been drying out your skin, you’re going to love this wonderful skin toner using Grapeseed!

Hemp Seed Carrier Oil

organic mandarin body wash diyHemp Seed Oil is a natural, non-GMO, whole food product that can be used in a variety of ways. It is one the most nutritious oils available due to its high content of omega fatty acids and proteins.

What also sets Hemp Seed apart is its dark color and nutty scent, so take that into considerations before using it.

Enjoy this uplifting Mandarin Body Wash using Hemp Seed!

Sunflower Carrier Oil

munhy stop hand lotion diyThis wonderful skin softener and conditioner have high amounts of vitamins A, B, D, and E, plus beneficial amounts of lecithin and omega 9 and 6 fatty acids. Sunflower Carrier Oil has a very faint sweet aroma but is nearly odorless.

Try this hand lotion using Sunflower for soft and healthy skin. Use Munchy Stop or any blend or essential oil of your choice!

For more information on carrier oils, check out these blogs:


[1] Worwood, V. (2016). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 25th Anniversary Ed. New World Library: California.


92 thoughts on “Carrier Oils: Why You Need Them and What to Make”

  • Thank you so much for this information. I am new to Plant Therapy. I’ve done tons of research but wasn’t sure about the carrier oils. I’ve started out with FCO. I think this will work for now. I want to try the hemp but unsure of the scent.

  • I’m new to essential oils and whilst i’m getting my head around the oils and their benefits I’m still a bit green regarding carrier oils and all the benefits of using the two together. This blog was extremely helpful.

  • Choosing the right carrier oil really makes all the difference! My oily, acne-prone skin has been loving my combo of hemp seed, grapeseed, and evening primrose oil for oil cleansing. I follow with plain grapeseed oil as a moisturizer. Even without adding EOs, it has made a real difference in my skin tone and texture.

  • Thank you so much for this article. I have been trying to figure out what the different carrier oils actually do and how i can use them. This recipes in this article are are what i was lookin

  • Thank you for this blog. I have 3 carrier oils and was trying to figure out what works best with what. Now I know! 🙂

  • Thank you for all the wonderful information! I’m new to using essential oils – just received my order today! Forgot to order carrier oil so now trying to decide which!! 🙂

  • I bought FCO because of its more lasting shelf life. I am very happy with the way it works with my rollers. It soaks into my skin easily and doesn’t leave an oily residue which would drive me crazy. The next carrier oil on my list to buy is evening primrose so i can make some women health oils with it. I love reading these blogs- so helpful!

  • Thank you for this, it is so helpful to have all the different options broken down. I just placed an order for grapesee and the perfect combo blend. Can’t wair to try them.

  • Thank you for this article. I’ve used all of the carrier oils mentioned and this article is a good reference to help for deciding which one to use. I am looking forward to trying some of the DIYs listed. I am interested in olive oil as a carrier oil and will go to the links provided for more information on carrier oils to see if there is any info on olive oil.

  • Thank you so so much for the helpful information! I have been looking for this type of comparison for some time and your blog was to the point with the perfect amount of detail!

  • Are the versions you get at the supermarket okay to use? Im in Australia and the postage adds up, looking for something i can get quicker and in larger volumes. i have the PT almond oil and love it!!

    1. Mel, we cannot guarantee any carrier oils other than the ones we carry, so we encourage you to research those brands and make your own personal choice for what you think is best 🙂

  • Great overview of carrier oils! Soon, I will be a first-time essential oils user, but I intend to use then via diffusion/inhalation. It’s helpful to know the bses I can use in case I experiment with topical use. I recently put fractionated coconut oil in my Amazon cart lol.

  • This is a great blog! It’s nice to know the qualities/uses of oils. Such great blogs PT that are very informative and answer questions or concerns a person has.

  • Thank you for the wonderful blog posts! I have been wanting to look into the different carriers and y’all just made it so much easier!!

  • I’m curious what other oils you would recommend using with hemp oil since it does have such a strong scent. Is there a recipe you would recommend for a pain roller ball using this oil? Or is there another oil you would recommend for that

    1. Leah, try blending Hemp Seed with coniferous smelling oils, like pines and firs. It’s a very nourishing carrier oil and can work well if you’re making a roller ball for discomfort 🙂

      1. I did not know that pines and firs blended well hemp seed. I’m trying to put together a Synergy for my daughter’s rheumatoid arthritis. Her and I have Lupus and it’s hard to find the proper oil’s for the medications we’re on.

  • I love my carrier oils!! I have Coconut ( my personal favorite) , I have Argan, that I use just for my skin, I have Jojoba, and I have Evening Primrose , and planning on getting more… I gave so Coconut fractioned oil to my sister, to get her started!! Oh, I almost forgot I have sweet Almond, and I had Pure Vitamin E oil, which I just found out I’m allergic to?? Weird, but Mayo Clinic says it does happen to very few people, and I’m one of them.

  • I’m new to diluting EO with carrier oils so this is rather useful for me. bought the grapeseed oil and waiting for it to arrive. I do have some camelia and argan oil though. Are those also suitable as carrier oils?

  • I love your essential oils, and have used sweet almond and jojoba as carriers. Had never heard of meadowfoam, but will order today. I use Frankincense in jojoba for my face, and at 65, I feel that my skin looks great! I’ve used other oils in commercial products for a long time, and wish I’d started earlier! Love your company and your blog!

    1. A lot of us are in the same boat, Pam! We started off using all sorts of store-bought creams and lotions before experiencing how amazing all natural carrier oils are for skin 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind comment and we are so glad you’ve been enjoying the blog!

  • I just ordered the Hemp Seed Oil. I have used this in other skin care products and it is a wonder oil…for me anyway. Not only can it be used alone or as a carrier oil, it can be used internally in food. For those wondering, no it does not have anything in it to cause any illegal issues. Please don’t be confused and do your research, this is an exceptional product. I am so glad that Plant Therapy is carrying this oil so I can purchase from a place I can trust!

  • I have used most of these with the exception of Hemp and Meadowfoam but plan on trying them soon. I had no idea that Meadowfoam had UV properties – how awesome. I love using carrier oils for both the oil cleanse method and for general moisturizing. Who knew putting oil on your face was actually a good thing 🙂

  • Very helpful! I have always used sweet almond oil, but got sunflower oil and FCO for Christmas and am excited to try them out.

  • I use another company for skincare products, but his article reaffirms my plans to adventure into making my own Roll ons.

  • I use another company for skin care, but this article reaffirms my idea that I need to look into making my own roll on blends.

  • I DEFINITELY need to make the cuticle balm. Being a nurse and washing my hands ALL THE TIME, my hands and cuticles get so dry! This is really something I’m looking forward to making and giving to all of my co workers.

  • I just got the coconut oil to use as a recipe base for my little girls. It was the most familiar one to me.. I may have to get the jojoba oil to try out too!

  • Oils, oils, oils! I’ve been oil cleansing and using facial oil serums for about a month now, experimenting with different oils including hempseed, sunflower, argan, grapeseed and castor oils in particular. My acne-prone skin seems to like hempseed the best. And now I’m making gifts including beard oil, body butter, lipbalms, oh my!

  • Jojoba and grapeseed oil are my go to for skincare, but I may need to add some Meadowfoam to the rotation! Do you know if Hemp Seed Oil will cause any sort of false positive for drug testing? I have family members who have to avoid poppy and hemp seeds for this reason, but didn’t know if the oil would have the same effect.

  • great info it was really helpful to know which carriers work best for what (I had no idea what meadowfoam was!) And of course thanks for the recipes!

  • love using carrier oils not only does it make your oils last for a long time i feel you absorb better when its diluted thanks for all the info

  • I love this post! Thanks so much for the info! I’m
    Always wondering what the best carrier oil is for my projects! I can’t wait to try grapeseed and the toner!

  • I love that you are promoting the carrier oils! I got into essential oils first and carrier oils were secondary to my interest. Now, they are front and center pretty much, because there is so much that they can do on their own! I love learning more and playing with the different carrier oils that I can then use essential oils to enhance whatever I’m trying to achieve in my own concoctions!

  • I am just curious: if a person were to use non-fractionated coconut oil in conjunction with other oils (jojoba and sunflower, for example), would the resultant mixture solidity, or stay liquid?

    1. Angie, it would really depend all on the ratios you used. You may have to do some experimenting and let us know what you find out 🙂

  • I’ve always been a big fan of coconut oil, but just made the leap to try out the jojoba oil. Thanks for the useful information on what sort of things to use it for!

    1. Megan, once you try Jojoba, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! It’s wonderful and obviously a personal favorite of mine 🙂

  • FCO is the only one I have tried and I like it as it is odorless. I missed the holiday deal for Jojoba oil but I want to try it next time.

  • jojoba oil is great for my skin. I tried it with lavendar. I am wondering why I have never tried it earlier. Great information here. Thanks!

  • Camellia oil is not included. I am using it for face oil, blended with carrot seed oil. My understanding Camellia is good for aging skin.

    1. You’re right about Camellia Carrier Oil! It is excellent for skin, especially with carrot seed! Very good for aging skin, for sure. 🙂

  • This is a great reference guide! I’ve had a bottle of Jojoba for a few months and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I’m absolutely making the cuticle balm now! It is super dry and cold where I live and my cuticles are taking a beating. This sounds like exactly what I need.

  • I have so many different carrier oils and have really started to tune in to how each one has individual and amazing properties. I always used a hemp oil mixture for my face, but I didn’t realize it would work so well for minor abrasions as well! Sometimes I think people tend to forget that a lot of times, a carrier oil with no EOs mixed in can be highly effective for some issues!

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