Choosing Carrier Oils Choosing Carrier Oils

Posted on by Carol Wu

Vegetable Oils Classification

Smooth Oils – Oils that feel smooth when applied to the skin. (sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, rosehip oil)

Rough Oils – Oils that feel rough when applied to the skin. (hemp seed oil)

Thick Oils – High in saturated fatty acids and have a high viscosity = slower for the skin to absorb. (castor oil, coconut oil)

Thin Oils – High in polyunsaturated fatty acids or have high GLA content, and a low viscosity = faster for the skin to absorb. (jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, kiwi seed oil, rosehip oil)

Long Oils – Provide good spread ability which is good for massaging. (jojoba oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil)

Short Oils – Less spread ability. (castor oil, shea butter)


Comeodogenic ingredients, means pore clogging ingredients, tends to cause build-ups which leads to acne.  Below is a list of some ingredients that may possibly be comeodogenic.

Mineral Oils, are definitely not natural, they are made through extensive chemical processing. They do not contain essential fatty acids, nor vitamins. They do not go rancid and can be kept for years.

Paraffin (Paraffinum Liquidum), made from distillation of rock oil and does not go rancid. It is widely used to make the surface of fruits (ex: orange, apple) to give a shinny surface. Also, used in sewing machine oil, floor wax...etc. It is believed to be comeodogenic and prevents the absorption of vitamins.

Vaseline® (Petrolatum), also believed to be pore blocking.


Antioxidants

Use antioxidants (Grape seed extract, rosemary oleoresin extract, vitamin E)  to delay oxidation and increase shelf life, this only works for oil. Note: antioxidants do not preserve product against bacteria and fungi, antioxidants are not preservatives. Water based products are required to use preservatives.


Choosing the right moisturizer

For dry skin: Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter.

For oily skin: Apricot Kernel Oil, Almond Sweet Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil.

For aging skin: Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil.

For sensitive skin or Skin problems: Calendula Macerated Oil, Comfry Macerated Oil, Neem Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, St. John's Wort Macerated Oil.


While most people can tolerate with most carrier oils. However, there are some who have sensitive skin may result allergic reactions.  If you are uncertain or have sensitive skin, we recommend try applying a small patch on the skin first if irritation occur discontinue use and try another oil. 

We have met customers who are allergic to coconut, nuts, avocado, cocoa, or other additives such as extracts.  It is important for you to know your own skin type and try a few different vegetable oils yourself until you find few (usually 1-3) that you like most.  Once you find a few oils that best suit you, then you may start blending.

There is no need of mixing many different oils, focus on the ones that work great for your.

Vegetable Oils Classification

Smooth Oils – Oils that feel smooth when applied to the skin. (sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, rosehip oil)

Rough Oils – Oils that feel rough when applied to the skin. (hemp seed oil)

Thick Oils – High in saturated fatty acids and have a high viscosity = slower for the skin to absorb. (castor oil, coconut oil)

Thin Oils – High in polyunsaturated fatty acids or have high GLA content, and a low viscosity = faster for the skin to absorb. (jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, kiwi seed oil, rosehip oil)

Long Oils – Provide good spread ability which is good for massaging. (jojoba oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil)

Short Oils – Less spread ability. (castor oil, shea butter)


Comeodogenic ingredients, means pore clogging ingredients, tends to cause build-ups which leads to acne.  Below is a list of some ingredients that may possibly be comeodogenic.

Mineral Oils, are definitely not natural, they are made through extensive chemical processing. They do not contain essential fatty acids, nor vitamins. They do not go rancid and can be kept for years.

Paraffin (Paraffinum Liquidum), made from distillation of rock oil and does not go rancid. It is widely used to make the surface of fruits (ex: orange, apple) to give a shinny surface. Also, used in sewing machine oil, floor wax...etc. It is believed to be comeodogenic and prevents the absorption of vitamins.

Vaseline® (Petrolatum), also believed to be pore blocking.


Antioxidants

Use antioxidants (Grape seed extract, rosemary oleoresin extract, vitamin E)  to delay oxidation and increase shelf life, this only works for oil. Note: antioxidants do not preserve product against bacteria and fungi, antioxidants are not preservatives. Water based products are required to use preservatives.


Choosing the right moisturizer

For dry skin: Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter.

For oily skin: Apricot Kernel Oil, Almond Sweet Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil.

For aging skin: Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil.

For sensitive skin or Skin problems: Calendula Macerated Oil, Comfry Macerated Oil, Neem Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, St. John's Wort Macerated Oil.


While most people can tolerate with most carrier oils. However, there are some who have sensitive skin may result allergic reactions.  If you are uncertain or have sensitive skin, we recommend try applying a small patch on the skin first if irritation occur discontinue use and try another oil. 

We have met customers who are allergic to coconut, nuts, avocado, cocoa, or other additives such as extracts.  It is important for you to know your own skin type and try a few different vegetable oils yourself until you find few (usually 1-3) that you like most.  Once you find a few oils that best suit you, then you may start blending.

There is no need of mixing many different oils, focus on the ones that work great for your.