CAR­RIER OILS

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Car­rier oils are de­rived from the fatty por­tion of a plant, usu­ally the seeds, the ker­nels or the nuts. They are used to di­lute es­sen­tial oils, ab­so­lutes, CO and other

2 con­cen­trated aro­mat­ics be­fore ap­ply­ing them to the skin.

The car­rier oils them­selves have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics and ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties, so they are usu­ally cho­sen for a for­mula with the end re­sult in mind. For ex­am­ple, for oily skin you might choose grape­seed oil as your car­rier oil be­cause it mois­turises but does not leave an oily film on the sur­face of the skin (which can lead to acne). It also con­tains anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, which soothe acne-in­flamed skin. How­ever, grape­seed oil has a rel­a­tively short shelf life so it might be bet­ter to choose an­other oil if you want your prod­uct to last longer.

Car­rier oils with a shelf life of at least a year: Oily skin: Jo­joba, hazel­nut, macadamia. Nor­mal skin: Apri­cot ker­nel, frac­tion­ated co­conut oil, rice bran. Dry skin: Apri­cot ker­nel, av­o­cado, olive, mead­ow­foam, rice bran.

Other great car­rier oils in­clude hemp, sun­flower, cas­tor, rose­hip, sweet al­mond and wheat­germ.

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