Have you ever wondered about Essential Oils and the best Carrier Oils? I know I have! It’s a beautiful feeling when you crack open a brand new bottle of pure essential oil. The emotion, the vigor, and the vibe it provides make me want to rush and apply it right away!
Not so fast, though. There’s a carrier oil that makes a great match with whatever essential oil you plan to use on your skin. Diluting pure essential oils using a carrier oil is a crucial step in practicing safe aromatherapy. Since essential oils are so potent, not applying a base oil before applying these concentrated oils to your skin may cause skin irritations that you should avoid.
Whether you’re new to the realm of essential oils or a tried-and-true pro, this list will provide the insight you need to unify the perfect combination for the scent, effect, and overall mood you’re looking to achieve on a day-to-day basis. In this article, we are reviewing 5 of the most popular essential oils on the market, paired with the recommended and hand-picked carrier oils. Let’s get started!
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Warning – before putting any essential oil or carrier oil on your skin, make sure to do a skin patch test as well as read the safety instructing and usage instructions for each essential oil and carrier oil. Learn more about Essential Oil Safety!
Lavender Essential Oil
Recommended carrier oil: Flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil has a reputation for being one of the most versatile and safe carrier oils to use in conjunction with essential oils. This paring is recommended precisely due to the benefits flaxseed oil has for hair and skin, one being its higher concentrations in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. When applied topically, flaxseed oil can provide substantial skincare benefits, perhaps even better than when taken as a supplement.
The potential benefits of using flaxseed oil topically include but aren’t limited to: elasticity, increased hydration, and a decrease of overall skin sensitivity. When combined with a pure lavender essential oil, the two make a great duo to fight skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
This combination also makes a soothing ointment right after a shower to promote a great night’s sleep. If your skin tends to be acne-prone and oily, it’s recommended to avoid applying flaxseed oil topically.
Tea Tree Essential OIl
Recommended carrier oil: Grapeseed Oil
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The popularity of tea tree oil has taken up a storm due to it’s excellent antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Ideal for acne-prone skin, tea tree oil can drastically improve the skin’s appearance and help keep acne at bay when adequately diluted and applied in safe doses.
The recommended carrier oil for tea tree oil is 100% pure grapeseed oil. This carrier oil has one of the lowest comedogenic ratings on the market, making it ideal to use as a light face moisturizer. One secret about using grapeseed and tea tree oil is using them as an acne-fighting makeup primer (safetly and after skin test, of course)!
It is always good to check with a dermatologist before applying to your face, especially if your skin is sensitive, as it could cause skin irritation with prolonged use.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Recommended carrier oil: Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
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Out of the 55+ species of lemongrass that exist, only two are commonly used to create pure essential lemongrass oils. When used in small amounts, lemongrass oil is an attractive scent reminiscent of a cleaner, brighter earth. The sweet aroma of lemongrass can ease the nerves and provide a pleasant sense of calm, even bringing relief to gruesome headaches.
One of the most sensical carrier oils to use with lemongrass is unrefined organic coconut oil. While it may seem like a mouthful, it’s important only to apply oils produced and manufactured safely for topical use. Purchasing an organic and unrefined coconut oil means it has gone through the least amount of processing than its refined cousin, making it much safer to use as a carrier oil.
Organic coconut oil used with lemongrass oils makes a lovely body lotion to use after a physically and emotionally exhausting day. The combination alone is enough to make anyone swoon over its scent, but also provides a calming effect that’s ideal for relieving stress.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Recommended carrier oil: Jojoba Oil
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With the cold winter months creeping around the corner, it’s time to break out the eucalyptus oil to fight those nasty seasonal colds! 100% pure eucalyptus oil is extremely potent and should only be used sparingly. However, when used properly, it can create an incredibly refreshing and tingly aroma that is may be able to ease runny nostrils.
To create an all-natural decongestant ointment, mix eucalyptus oil with cold-pressed jojoba oil. This all-time-favorite oil is one of the most trusted carrier oils on the market for its lengthy list of beneficial properties and its extensive shelf life. Jojoba oil makes an excellent oil for most of the body, as it hones a moderately low rating for comedogenicity (2), making it less likely for it to clog pores.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Recommended Carrier Oil: Argan Oil
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If an essential oil and a carrier oil were best friends, then the Sandalwood and Argan Oil duo would take the cake. These oils are perfect for each other in many ways as they both promote smooth, younger-looking skin and a feeling of radiance and mental clarity when used in aromatherapy. When shopping for your ideal carrier oil to blend with sandalwood, then a 100% organic, cold-pressed argan oil would be the best choice. You know you’ve purchased a great bottle of this oil if it’s pungent and nutty, but don’t worry; this scent only lasts a few minutes when applied to the skin. Regardless, jojoba oil sinks into the skin with ease and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. When mixed with sandalwood, it creates one of the most pleasant aromas that will tempt you to adopt it in your every-day beauty routine.
When it comes to the incredibly vast world of essential oils, there’s no doubt you’ll be met with endless amounts of product options, testimonials, and advice. Every person’s journey with essential oils is different, making your own story even more fun to explore as you find your all-time favorite blends. I hope this list gave you a head-start in finding the perfect combination for your newly-found love of essential oils.
As always, be safe and do your research before using ANY Essential Oil products or combinations.
There’s more to come, so stay tuned!
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