I was having a conversation the other day with a friend, and they were telling me how they love to add almond oil to their bath. When I asked whether they used an almond essential oil or a carrier oil they were confused. It hit me that a lot of us are probably confused about the difference, but it’s actually pretty simple….
Carrier Oils or base oils are derived from the fatty portion of plants, nuts and seeds. They are primarily used for cooking as well as as a solution to dilute other stronger, more potent oils (like essential oils) in. Characteristically, carrier oils are
rather bland and viscous (thick in consistency), with little to no aroma. That’s another reason why they mix well with more pungent, fragrant oils. Carrier oils can be stored at room temperature and in clear or dark bottles.
Commonly used carrier oils are:
- Sweet almond
- Aloe Vera
Commonly used essential oils are:
- Sweet Orange
IMPORTANT: Undiluted essential oils should NEVER be applied directly onto the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating to skin if applied directly.
For examples of uses of both essential and carrier oils, check out the following body care recipes*:
What are your favorite essential and carrier oils?