When I started my journey of making my own beauty products, I got confused with the different types of oil and why you should use one over the other. So I decided to compile a condensed version of the benefits and uses of each of the oils that I have discovered in my research.
First of all, what exactly is a carrier oil?
Carrier oils are base oils that dilute or “carry” essential oils that are applied directly to the skin. If essential oil is applied directly to the skin they can cause a burning or irritation of the skin to some people. However, carrier oils them selves have beneficial properties, therefore it’s important to choose the carrier oil that best suits your skin’s needs.
When purchasing carrier oils for your skin, make sure you buy oils that are cold pressed. Cold pressed oil is oil produced through a combination of grinding and low heat. Cold pressed oils retain all of their flavor, aroma, and nutritional value.
Avoid the use of mineral oil or petroleum jelly on your skin. They are byproducts of petroleum production and do not penetrate the skin, and therefore prevents essential oil absorption. They are also known to clog pores, prevent the skin from breathing naturally, prevent the essential oils from absorbing into your skin and prevent toxins from leaving your body.
Skin: Rejuvenates Dry Skin, moisturizer, anti-aging, reduce age spots
Hair: Dry scalp treatment
Skin: Anti-aging, removes make-up, deep cleans, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, soothes eczema and psoriasis
Hair: Penetrates, thickens, protects, boosts shine, prevents dandruff and hair fall-out, promotes hair and scalp health
Skin: Moisturizer, skin nourishing treatment, diminish age spots and wrinkles, treat stretch marks and scars
Hair: Deep moisturizing properties along with added botanical oils like rosemary oil stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth
Skin: Acne prone skin, moisturizer, skin tightening, minimize under eye circles, anti-aging
Hair: stimulate the growth of hair cell.
Skin: Anit-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizer, acne treatment
Hair: Hydrates, encourages hair growth, adds volume, repairs damaged hair
Skin: Acne prone skin, smoothens wrinkles and fine lines, relieve eczema symptoms, fungal infections of the skin like ring worms, nail fungus and atheletes foot are quite common
Hair: Relieves dry and itchy scalp, dandruff, the symptoms of scalp psoriasis, silky, shiny, stronger hair, encourage growth, hair loss , premeture graying, and remove hair lice.
Skin: Moisturizer, good for oily skin
Hair: Tame and moisturize
Sweet Almond Oil
Skin: Softens & hydrates, relieves dry, flaking and itchy skin due to eczema, psoriasis and rashes
Hair: May be applied to the scalp to relieve dryness and to condition hair roots.