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HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A CARRIER OIL? PART I: Conditions & Skin Types

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HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A CARRIER OIL? 

PART I: Quick Reference Guide of Carrier Oils based on Conditions & Skin Types

Essential Oils are extremely concentrated and should always be diluted prior to use on the skin. This is commonly done by diluting them in a  carrier oil (base oil). These oils are usually created from cold-pressing vegetable matter, seeds or nuts. Cold-pressing involves temperatures of 60°C and below, so the desired chemical compounds are largely unaffected. There are three main categories of carrier oils:

  • BASIC FIXED OILS - These oils are light, pale and have little aroma. These properties make them great for use on the face and body neat. Examples: Sweet Almond & Grapeseed
  • MACERATED OILS – These oils are best described as plant extracts as they are created by adding chopped up parts of the plant to a large vat of carrier oil. This mixture is agitated and then exposed to sunlight, allowing the fat-soluble nutrients to transfer to the oil. The mixture is then filter of all the organic matter. Examples: Carrot & Calendula
  • SPECIALIST FIXED OILS – These oils are darker, thicker and heavier. You would generally mix these with lighter carrier oils. Examples: Avocado & Jojoba

Below is a quick reference guide of  carrier oils based on conditions and skin types. For Part II: Properties, Uses & Shelf Life click here.

Click button below to download RDA's Complete Carrier Oil Guide (Part I & II combined).

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Anti-inflammatory

  • Arnica
  • Jojoba
  • St Johns Wort

Athlete’s Foot

  • Balm of Gilead
  • Neem

Body Massage

  • Apricot Kernel
  • Baobab
  • Camellia Seed (with Apricot or Sweet Almond)
  • Coconut fractionated
  • Cherry Kernel
  • Grapeseed
  • Jojoba
  • Macadamia
  • Rice Bran
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Almond

Babies and Children

  • Apricot Kernel (massage and body oil)
  • Avocado (diaper rash)
  • Calendula
  • Calophyllum inophyllum (diaper rash)
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Shea Butter

Bruising

  • Arnica
  • Calendula
  • St John’s Wort

Burns

    Calendula
  • Kukui Nut
  • Mango Butter
  • Neem
  • Rosehip Seed

Dry Skin

  • Argan
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Avocado
  • Babassu
  • Baobab
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Camellia Seed
  • Infused Carrot
  • Cocoa butter
  • Evening Primrose
  • Grapeseed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Marula
  • Rice Bran
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Almond

Eczema/Psoraisis

  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Balm of Gilead
  • Calendula
  • Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Castor
  • Evening Primrose
  • Grapeseed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Mango Butter
  • Neem
  • Red Raspberry Seed
  • Shea Butter

Eye Area

  • Rice Bran
  • Rosehip

Facial Massage

  • Apricot Kernel
  • Camellia Seed
  • Hazelnut
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Rice Bran
  • Sunflower

GLA Rich Oils

  • Black Currant Seed
  • Borage
  • Evening Primrose

Hair and Scalp

  • Argan
  • Babassu
  • Baobab
  • Borage
  • Camellia Seed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Shea Butter

Infection

  • Balm of Gilead
  • Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Neem

Mature Skin

  • Argan
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Avocado
  • Baobab
  • Black Currant Seed
  • Borage
  • Camellia Seed
  • Infused Carrot
  • Evening Primrose
  • Macadamia
  • Mango Butter
  • Rice Bran
  • Rosehip Seed
  • Shea Butter
  • Sunflower

Nails

  • Avocado
  • Hemp Seed

Oily Skin/Acne

  • Babassu
  • Baobab
  • Calyphyllum inophyllum
  • Hazelnut
  • Red Raspberry Seed

Pain

  • Aloe vera (rheumatism)
  • Argan (muscular aches and pains)
  • Arnica (muscular aches and pains)
  • Avocado (arthritis)
  • Balm of Gilead (analgesic)
  • Calophyllum inophyllum (sciatica, rheumatism, neuralgia, shingles)
  • Castor
  • Jojoba (inflammation)
  • St John’s Wort

Sensitive Skin

  • Apricot Kernel
  • Baobab
  • Borage
  • Jojoba
  • Rice Bran

Scarring

  • Aloe Vera
  • Argan
  • Baobab (prevention)
  • Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Rosehip Seed

Skin Cracks

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Mango Butter
  • Shea Butter

Skin Tags

  • Castor

Skin Redness/Irritation

  • Baobab
  • Hemp Seed
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Marula

Stretch Marks

  • Baobab
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Mango Butter
  • Rosehip Seed
  • Shea Butter

Sun Damaged Skin

  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Baobab
  • Calendula
  • Camellia Seed
  • Infused Carrot
  • Hazelnut
  • Jojoba
  • St John’s Wort

Sun Protection (limited)

  • Argan
  • Cherry Kernel
  • Hazelnut
  • Red Raspberry Seed
  • Rice Bran
  • Sesame
  • Shea Butter

Warts

  • Castor

Wound Healing

  • Aloe Vera
  • Balm of Gilead
  • Calendula
  • Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Neem
  • St John’s Wort

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