Carriers For Essential Oils
When it comes to using essential oils in a burner or for massaging, the carrier oil makes hardly any difference at all. If you are using them in order to combat acne though, you need to be a little more circumspect.
What I have done is compiled a list of the most popular base oils to help you to decide which are right for you. You can mix these any two of these oils or use them on their own – the choice is yours.
Sweet Almond Oil – This oil is extensively used in the beauty industry. There is a good chance that, if you have had a massage, this is what they used. It is a good all round oil – nourishing but not too heavy. Good for all skin types.
Grapeseed Oil – Many brands of beauty products include this as a way of providing nourishment without increasing the grease too much. This oil is noncomedegenic and works best for greasy skins.
Avocado Oil – this is not used as much because it is really best suited to really dry skins and it can go rancid quckly. It is not suitable for daily use – it is too rich.
Olive Oil – this has been used since ancient times to keep skin soft and supple. It can block pores so is not a popular option in facial products. Use extra virgin oil to reduce the odor. Best for use on arms or body.
Apricot Kernel oil – this is not as common bt is pretty nice if you can get it. It has a large proportion of Vitamin E in it and it is ultra-nourishing. A good alternative to grapeseed oil if you want something light and nourishing.
Calendual Oil -this does tend to be on the more expensive side but it is a great investment to make, especially if you have acne. It helps the skin to balance itself and to heal and will reduce the appeareance of scars and prevent new ones forming.
Sunflower Oil – I have included this here although it is not really one that you should look at if you have acne. It can work once in a while if you have no other oil to use but should not generally be used for skin care – it is not refined enough and is not noncomedegenic.
Pretty much the only way you will be able to tell which option is right for you is to try them out. Always get the best quality option you can afford and discard if it changes smell or color. Oils can go off over time.