From the Ingredient Vault: Base Oils

Posted by Diana Zapata on

Hope you're having a lovely Monday!! We are starting off the week with just a quick ingredients lesson.

Also called Carrier Oils, Base Oils are used for the most part to dilute essential oils. But why do we need to dilute EO's? Essential Oils are highly potent and sometimes too strong for our skin if applied directly. 

Base or Carrier oils are vegetable, nut or seed oils. These oils also carry their own therapeutic properties and contain nutrients that are needed for proper functioning of the body. There are different ways to get carrier oils, but the best quality will be when the oil is cold pressed, as other techniques include the use of chemicals that lower the quality and purity of the base oil. 

In the following list you'll see some of the most common carrier oils and a few of their properties:

SWEET ALMOND

Contains Glucosides, Minerals, Vitamins, Rich in Protein
Good for All skin types

APRICOT KERNEL

Contains Minerals and Vitamins
Good for All skin types, especially sensitive, dry, inflamed or prematurely aged

GRAPESEED

Contains Vitamins, Minerals, and Protein
Good for All skin types

HAZELNUT

Contains Vitamins, Minerals, and Protein
Good for All skin types, has a slight astringent action

JOJOBA

Contains Protein, Minerals and a waxy substance that mimics Collagen
Good for All skin types

SUNFLOWER

Contains Vitamins and Minerals
Good for All skin types

You can find some of these base/carrier oils in our blends, so make sure to check out the shop to learn more. 

See you next time.

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SOURCES:
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY, VALERIE ANN WORWOOD
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