Carrier Oils & Butters

Ready to start using your essential oils? One of our favorite ways to practice aromatherapy is topically! But here’s the thing with topical use for essential oils — you HAVE to dilute with a carrier oil for essential oils first! 

What are carrier oils? And why do you need to use them? Carrier oils are any ordinary body oils and butters, such as jojoba, coconut, almond, shea, and more. These oils are used to dilute potent essential oils so that you can safely use them on your skin!

  • Essential oils are highly concentrated! Almost all essential oils require dilution before topical use. If you apply an essential oil directly to your skin without a carrier oil, it will cause irritation. 
  • Essential oils evaporate quickly. That means that your essential oil will quickly evaporate off your skin before it has a chance to be absorbed. Using a carrier oil helps your body soak up that essential oil so that you can enjoy more of the benefits! 
  • Carrier oils are also beneficial! These oils transport essential oils, but they also offer their own therapeutic benefits too! Almond oil moisturizes and reduces stretch marks, while jojoba oil is the perfect choice for soothing irritated skin, acne, and rashes. Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties!

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How do you know what’s a good carrier oil for essential oils? Can you use just any kind of oil? Here are our expert recommendations for the best carrier oils for essential oils:

  • Apricot Kernel Oil. The best carrier oils for essential oils is one that is lightweight and nutrient-dense, like apricot kernel oil. We recommend this one for dry, mature skin because it’s ultra-moisturizing and rapidly absorbed.
  • Rosehip Oil. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? Using a good carrier oil for essential oils, such as rosehip, ensures that your skin remains healthy, elastic, and moisturized. Gain the most extensive benefits from essential oils by applying them directly to your skin — while protecting your skin in the process! Bonus: rosehip oil contains fatty acids which are known to reduce acne and blemishes!
  • Cocoa butter. The best carrier oils for essential oils must nourish your skin and be absorbed well. Cocoa butter is soft, gentle, and full of vitamin E. Plus it blends smoothly with essential oils to create luxurious homemade creams, balms, and lotions!

Once you pick your carrier oil, how do you use it with essential oils? 

  • Dilute. The easiest way to use a carrier oil with an essential oil is to dilute it. For example, a ratio of 2% is approximately 12 drops of essential oil mixed with 1 ounce of a carrier oil. Try combining Rosehip Oil with Lavender for a relaxing massage.
  • Apply. Don’t want to make a large batch? Place a ¼ teaspoon of a carrier oil and 1 drop of an essential oil into the palm of your hand. Gently combine with your fingers, then apply where desired. If you want to brighten your complexion, try this method using Apricot Kernel Oil and Sandalwood Essential Oil.
  • Creams. For a more luxurious experience, mix your desired essential oil into a cream or lotion. Next time you can’t fall asleep, combine a sleep-enhancing essential oil blend with Cocoa Butter for a relaxing bedtime lotion that will calm your body and mind.

It can be tough to find a store that carries high-quality carrier oils. That’s why we’re here! Browse our pages of aromatherapy carrier oils, or contact our team via LiveChat for more assistance!