We offer a wide variety of Carrier Oils and pre-blended Massage Oils for use in aromatherapy. Essential
oils should always be diluted before applying to the skin, and the
carrier oil you choose will depend on what your purpose is, as well as
the skin type you're working with. While our most popular carrier oil is
definitely the Massage Base we mix ourselves, it's fun to experiment
with some of the other carriers, as each has its own benefits and
Some of the aromatherapy carrier oils we offer include: Sweet
Almond, Apricot Kernel, Arnica, Avocado, Borage Seed, Calendula,
Camellia, Carrot Tissue, Castor, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Flaxseed,
Grapeseed, Jojoba, Olive, Rose Hip, Safflower, Sesame, Soy, Sunflower, and St Johns Wort.
Our Carrier oils and base oils are of the highest quality and can be
used along with our Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, or alone. In
addition to our single oils, we offer custom blended massage oils made
with our Essential Oil blends.
Click Carrier Oils to browse through our on-line catalog or to place an order.
The following characteristics and properties have been reported for
specific carrier oils. This information is not intended as medical
advice. Persons with medical conditions should see an appropriate health
care provider for treatment and recommendations.
Almond, Sweet - Prunus amygdalus, P. dulcis
from the nut of the tree and native to Asia and the Mediterranean this
pale yellow carrier oil is a favorite carrier oil for essential oil
aromatherapy blends. It's excellent for the skin and can be used by
itself for moisturizing all skin types. Sweet Almond oil is a favorite
with aromatherapists, as it blends well with other oils and penetrates
the skin easily. Sweet Almond oil is high in fatty acids, making it an
ideal oil for damaged skin (mix with equal amount of Calendula), and for
mature skin (mix with 10% wheatgerm, borage and macadamia nut oils).
One of our favorite carrier oils, and part of our Massage Base Blend.
Apricot Kernel - Armeniaca vulgaris, Prunis armeniaca
nut oil is wonderful for the skin, especially for those with sensitive,
dry or mature skin. Apricot Kernel carrier oil helps calm the
inflammation and irritation of eczema and dermatitis. It combines well
with an equal amount of St. John's Wort Oil (Hypericum) for enhanced
anti-inflammatory and cooling effects. For mature skin, an addition of
5% Borage is recommended. Do be cautious when using all nut oils as some
people have allergies to them.
Arnica Oil - Arnica montana (infused)
in Sweet Almond Oil. Arnica oil is especially useful for the treatment
of bruising, sprains and other musculoskeletal injuries. If used
directly after a strenous workout, arnica oil can help reduce swelling,
muscle stiffness and pain. Do not apply to open wounds.
Avocado Carrier Oil - Persea americana, Persea gratissima
carry both refined and unrefined avocado oil. Avocado oil is added to
carrier oils, up to 20%, as an aid to skin moisturizing. Avocado oil
is excellent for treating dry skin, sun-damaged skin, and wrinkles, as
it delivers superior moisturizing and nourishing elements. Avocado oil
can also help with the itchiness and dryness of psoriasis and eczema.
Avocado oil is rich and penetrates the skin deeply, providing essential
fatty acids, vitamins A, D and E, and proteins. It should not be kept in
the refrigerator, as it becomes slightly cloudy when cold. The color is
a deep green (unrefined), and unlike many other carrier oils, has a
characteristic aroma. Note that avocado is not a nut oil.
Calendula Infused Oil - Calendula officinalis
infused oil has an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and vulnerary
(aiding healing of wounds) properties. Calendula oil is good for skin
infections, wounds, rashes, bites and inflammations. Also used for other
inflammations, e.g. hemorrhoids and rheumatism. Recommended for mixed
and oily skins, it is somewhat cooling and slightly drying. Calendula
oil is also excellent for use in the healing of scars and for eczema..
It is rich in carotene and saponins, and is excellent for damaged skin.
Calendula is so gentle and healing that it's appropriate for babies,
especially for helping to heal diaper rash.
Carrot Tissue Carrier Oil - Daucus carota L. ssp sativus, D. carota ssp carota L., D. communis
oil is orange in color and rich in minerals, vitamins, essential fatty
acids and beta-carotene. It is a superior oil for mature skin, helping
to rejuvenate and replenish. As it also relieves itching, carrot oil can
be used for psoriasis and eczema, and is said to be helpful with scar
healing and burns. Use in a 10% dilution with other base oils. (Note:
This is different from Carrot Seed oil, which is an essential oil.)
Castor Oil - Ricunus communis
oil has been used for centuries. The oil is extracted at a low
temperature to keep the Ricin (a toxic substance present in the plant)
from being present in the oil. Castor oil can be used as an analgesic,
to help clear blackheads and for dandruff.
Cocoa Butter - Theobroma cacao
solid butter is pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree
(Theobroma nucifera) and yields a cream colored solid with a delightful
odor. Softens at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy consistency to
lotions, soaps and creams. Cocoa butter is a superb moisturizer,
helping to reduce skin dryness and improve skin elasticity.
Coconut, Fractionated - Cocos nucifera L
Fractionated Coconut Oil is a highly stable, odorless and colorless oil
that is light, very penetrating, and with a long (some say indefinite)
Evening Primrose Oil - Centhera biennis
yellow in color, Evening Primrose carrier oil is rich in GLA, vitamins
and minerals. Evening Primrose oil is excellent for face and body
massage blends, especially to combat dry, devitalised skin and eczema.
Keep this carrier oil refrigerated.
Grapeseed Oil - Vitis vinifera
carrier oil is an excellent second choice as a carrier oil, especially
for those whose skin does not to absorb other oils quickly. This oil is
thinner than Sweet Almond oil and absorbs more quickly into the skin
without feeling greasy. Grape seeds are washed, dried, ground, and
pressed with the aid of heat and sometimes refined. Heat is used because
the seed has only a small percentage of oil. Grapeseend carrier oil
varies in color from almost clear to a beautiful pale green.
Hazelnut Oil - Corylus avellana
oil is particularly good to use for oily skin as it helps to regulate
sebum (the natural oily secretion of the skin). It is rich in oleic and
linoleic acid. Very good for treatment of acne, dermatitis and
seborrheic eczema. Hazelnut oil can be used 100% as a base oil.
Jojoba - Simmondsia sinensis
is actually not an oil at all, but a liquid wax, and can be used as a
10% addition to other oils. It’s wonderfully conditioning for the skin,
scalp, hair and cuticles. This excellent oil is lightly expeller pressed
from seeds and has a lovely golden color. Jojoba is high in proteins,
minerals and is unique in its long (indefinite) shelf life. A very
useful oil for inflamed skin, psoriasis, excema, and acne. Excellent for
all skin types, extremely well-absorbed and does not clog pores.
Jojoba is one of our favorites!
Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic – Macadamia integrifolia
oil closely resembles sebum, the natural oil your skin produces. It is
very rich, absorbs well, and helps protect and heal the skin. Macadamia
nut oil is useful for sunburns, dry skin, mature skin, scar healing.
This lovely oil has a light nutty aroma.
Neem Oil – Azadica indica
is a rather amazing oil, not as well known as it should be considering
its usefulness. With excellent moisturizing qualities, it is becoming
increasingly popular in many body and hair care and pet products. Neem
oil contains compounds that have both insecticidal, antiseptic and
medicinal properties. It is a dark, rather sludgy green in color and has
a strong, (not terribly pleasant) odor. Being both high in Vitamin E
and fatty acids, Neem oil is said to be useful for treating a variety of
skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin.
addition, Neem oil has a long history of use as an insect repellent and
is increasingly being used to control plant pests and diseases. Neem oil
has been studied and shown to be effective against mosquitos, flies,
sand fleas, ticks and more. As a garden spray, Neem (which is very
bitter in taste) makes the leaves sprayed with it distasteful for the
bugs to eat, thus acting as a natural repellent.
For external use
only. Note that Neem oil is thick, and can solidify at low temperatures.
If that happens, place container of oil in warm (not hot) water and
Olive Oil, Extra Virgin - Olea europaea - Extra Virgin
Oil is high in protein, minerals and vitamin, and is useful for hair
care, cosmetic use, and for inflamed skin. Use in a 10% dilution with
other base oils. Beautiful light green/golden color with a rich, warm
Rosehip Seed Oil - Organic - Rosa canina, R. acicularis, R. cinncmomea, R. rugosa, R. villosa, R. rubiginosa
A must-have for all mature skin remedies, Rose Hip seed oil is extremely high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, gamma
linoleic acid (GLA) and vitamin C. Research done in Chile bears out
its tissue regenerating properties and its usefulness in treating scars,
burns, and dry and aging skin. Rosehip seed oil has superior moisturizing qualities and is said to be helpful with dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. We use this fabulous Rosehip oil in our Facial Massage Blend.
Safflower Oil - Organic (Oleic) - Carthamus tinctorius
oil is particularly good for sensitive skin. A great carrier oil - in
fact, it's one of our favorites. Safflower oil is nearly clear, has a
great 'glide' that massage therapists really like, is not greasy
feeling, absorbs well and washes out of sheets easily. This is the
perfect oil for babies' sensitive skin and much better for them than
that so called `Baby Oil' a.k.a. mineral oil. We use an organic oleic
(the good stuff) Safflower oil for all of our baby products.
Soybean Oil - Organic - Flycine max, G. soja, G. hispida
Can be used undiluted on all skin types. Rich in lecithin and has all 22 health-giving amino acids and vitamin A and B complex.