What is a Carrier Oil?

Carrier oils are vegetable oils used to dilute essential oils so they are safe to apply to the skin (or ingest, in some cases). The best carrier oil is cold-pressed and made from plants. Cold-pressed oils hold onto more of their beneficial properties since they are not subjected to heat. It’s also best to choose unrefined oils that have no additives.

Most Popular Carrier Oils:


Carrier Oil Benefits: Apricot Kernel

Obtained from the kernels or seeds of apricots, apricot kernel oil is a gentle, light oil with a slight nutty aroma, and has properties and applications similar to sweet almond oil. Usually used as a massage oil, it makes the skin soft and supple and does not leave any greasy residue behind.

The high content of both oleic and linoleic acid make this oil an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. The high antioxidant content in apricot kernel oil make it great for protecting the skin from free radicals. The non-greasy properties of the oil make it a good carrier oil to use for oily facial skin and whole-body massage, as well as dry, irritated or sensitive skin.

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  • Non-Greasy
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Firms and Tones
  • Reduces Wrinkles
  • Lessens Dark Eye Circles
  • Protects from sun damage

Carrier Oil Benefits: Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. There are countless health benefits to using coconut oil topically to your skin. Coconut oil comes in both refined and unrefined versions. For use in aromatherapy, you actually cannot use unrefined coconut oil since it sets like butter in the jar and can only be scooped out in chunks rather than a liquid version. It is made available in the form of a “fractionated” oil that is smooth, clear as water, with a light oily texture and very useful for aromatherapy applications.

  • UV Protection
  • Long Shelf Life
  • Does not clog pores
  • Lightweight Moisturizer
  • Fights Acne
  • Disinfects Skin
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Carrier Oil Benefits: Avocado Oil

The fruit of the avocado tree is almost one-third oil and is one of the thickest, most luxurious oils on this list! Avocado oil is also a good oil to use for anti-aging as it contains palmitoleic acid, a type of fatty acid that is found naturally in human fatty tissues just under the skin. Since avocado oil mimics this fat, the skin absorbs it in, especially providing excellent nourishment for older, mature skin that has thinned with age.

  • Relieves Inflammation
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Prevents and treats acne
  • Reduces signs of aging

Carrier Oil Benefits: Rosehip Oil

This one is my favorite! I make my own using Apricot Kernel and Grapeseed oil as well as organic rosehips!!!  It is rich in Vitamin C and essential fatty acids, and protects the skin by increasing cell turnover. This aids the cells in your skin to re-generate, which is why it is said to have anti-aging benefits. It is excellent for facial wrinkles, tissue regeneration, UV damage, burns or scars.

  • Hydrates
  • Exfoliates and Brightens Skin
  • Non Greasy Moisturizer
  • Boosts Collagen
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Reduces Fine Lines

Carrier Oil Benefits: Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes. Grape seeds are loaded with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients, making grapeseed oil high in proteins, minerals, vitamin E and linoleic acid (a natural anti-inflammatory). It also has antiseptic properties and is a mild astringent, making it a good carrier oil for acne-prone skin or oily skin. 

  • Prevents premature aging
  • Protects against free radicals
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Tones and Tightens Skin
  • Has Deep Cleansing Properties

Carrier Oil Benefits: Jojoba Oil

Derived from the jojoba beans, jojoba oil can be stored for a longer period of time compared to other carrier oils. It possesses an almost indefinite shelf life. It is easily absorbed by the skin as jojoba oil mimics collagen (the main structural protein of the various connective tissues in our skin), making it relaxing to the skin, especially for those who have hypersensitivity, eczema, psoriasis, acne or blackheads. It’s a great carrier oil choice for irritated skin of any kind.

  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Boosts Collagen
  • Hydrating
  • Anti-Aging
  • Non Greasy Moisturizer
  • Gentle and non allergenic
  • Anti- Microbial (fights acne)

Carrier Oil Benefits: Almond Oil

Sweet Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin E and an excellent natural antioxidant! It is extracted from the dried fruit of the almond tree.  It’s high vitamin E content makes it an optimal choice for nourishing the skin, regenerating new skin cells and keeping in moisture, making it a great choice for  those who have dry skin. It’s natural antioxidant properties help protect from the damaging effects of the sun, and it’s high concentrations of both oleic and linoleic acids help to relieve inflammation and soothe irritated skin. 

  • Relieves Inflammation
  • Promotes skin cell regeneration
  • Protects from sun damage
  • Reduce and fight acne
  • Reduces fine lines

Carrier Oil Benefits: Castor Oil

Obtained from the seeds of the castor bean plant. Castor oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which makes it great for healing skin infections, and treating topical fungal infections and sunburns. Ricinoleic acid is excellent for fighting acne as it kills bacteria that clogs pores while also moisturizing the skin at the same time.  Omega-6 fatty acids in castor oil give hair a natural glow, improve circulation in the scalp and accelerate hair growth.

  • Restores natural moisture
  • Fights and kills acne
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Non Greasy Moisturizer


I have loved doing the research on these carrier oils and plan on adding more of them to my homemade products! I recently made a facial cleansing oil, for use in the oil cleansing method, using Apricot Kernel and Grapeseed Oil as well as Organic Rosehips which I’m in love with! You can get yours here! I’m excited to experiment with some of the other oils and see the amazing results! To follow my journey and get first dibs on purchasing products please head over (and like) my Facebook Page! If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to connect with me there or contact me here.

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