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When used in aromatherapy, vegetable oil serves to 'carry' the chosen essential oils through the skin into the bloodstream, hence the name. They make up the majority of the material used in an aromatherapy massage, and their purpose is to 'carry' or act as a vehicle for administering essential oils to the body; they also act as lubricants, allowing massage movements to occur. 

Continue reading to learn more about organic carrier oils and how to make the best purchase for your needs. 

Organic Carrier Oils

Carrier and essential oils are derived from plants. These are used to dilute and "carry" essential oils to the skin. This is because essential oils are potent and can irritate the skin when applied directly. Most oils are unscented or lightly scented, so they don't interfere with an essential oil's benefits. They can be used by themselves or in combination with other oils to nourish your skin. 

What is a Carrier Oil?

Essential oils are made by distilling aromatic plant leaves, flowers, bark, and roots. If they apply these oils directly to the skin, they may cause severe irritation, flushing, or burning. These oils dilute and help "carry" essential oils into the skin. People occasionally use aloe vera gels and unscented body lotions as carriers.

These are typically vegetable oils derived from a plant's seeds, kernels, or nuts. Examples include coconut oil and avocado oil. Many people obtain these oils by cold pressing. This process involves pressing or crushing a plant without heating it. This minimal processing can help to preserve trusted Source bioactive substances in oils. Although some are odourless, most have a faint sweet, and nutty aroma. Unlike essential oils, they do not evaporate.

Types of Carrier Oils: 

There are three broad categories:

1. Basic oils. These can be used with or without essential oils for body massage and are generally pale in color, not too viscous, and have a faint odor. They consist of apricot kernel, grapeseed, peach kernel, sunflower, and sweet almond.

2. Special oils. These are typically more viscous, heavier, and expensive. They include avocado, olive, rosehip, sesame, and wheat germ. Extra-rich oils like avocado, olive, and wheatgerm are rarely if ever, used alone. They are typically used in a 10% to 25% blend.

3. Macerated oils. Because of the way they are produced, these oils have different health properties. They can be used on their own, but adding one or two drops of appropriate essential oils can enhance the effect on health conditions.

Chopped plant material is added to a specific fixed oil, gently agitated for a while, and then left for a few weeks in direct sunlight before filtering. All of the plant's oil-soluble compounds are transferred to the carrier oil, giving them additional benefits. Macerated oils have additional properties to the vegetable oils listed above; plant parts are chopped up and mixed into sunflower oil. After a few hours of agitation, the mixture is exposed to direct sunlight for at least a week before being carefully filtered. The resulting oil contains additional properties from the plant, which are enhanced by adding a few drops of the essential oil appropriate to the condition being treated.

Chemistry of Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are classified as lipids, a broad class of compounds found naturally in plants and animals. Oils and fats have similar structures, but fats are solid at room temperature (15°C) while oils are liquid. Vegetable oils contain high levels of unsaturated fatty acids (>80%), making them beneficial to health. Double bonds are weaker than single bonds, adding weakness to a compound. Once opened, they can absorb other molecules and transport them elsewhere in the body, as well as aid in the natural digestion of triacylglycerols. Because of the weakness of the double bonds, oils with a high degree of unsaturation are less stable than those with a high degree of saturation; thus, they are susceptible to attack by oxygen and moisture, which can result in breakdown and rancidity.

Common Name

Scientific Name

General Properties

Almond Sweet

Prunus amygdalis var. dulcis

Antiinflammatory, Antipruritic, Arthritis, Laxative, Lowers blood cholesterol

Apricot Kernal

Prunus armeniaca

Antipruritic, Laxative, Lowers blood cholesterol

Avocado

Persea gratissima

Hemorrhoids

Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Antiinflammatory, Astringent

Carrot

Daucus carota

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Evening Primrose

Oenethera biennis

Arthritis, Lowers blood cholesterol, PMT

Hazelnut

Corylus avellana

Antipruritic, Astringent, Circulatory

Jojoba

Simmondsia chinensis

Antipruritic, Astringent, Circulatory

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

PMT

Lime Blossom

Tilia europoea

PMT

Sunflower

Helianthus annuus

Astringent, Lowers Blood Cholesterol

How to Use Carrier Oils?

Massage and body oils are made by combining essential oils with one or more oils. It is important to follow guidance on the appropriate ratio.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends using 2.5% to 10% essential oils when creating massage and body oils. A person should use it for the rest of the mixture.

The ratio of essential oil dilution is lower in facial treatments. People with sensitive skin should use 0.5% to 1% of essential oils in facial treatments, whereas those with less sensitive skin can use 1% to 2.5%.

How to select the Carrier Oil you need?

The US Food and Drug Administration does not regulate oils labeled as cosmetics. They do, however, regulate edible cooking oils, which can also be used as carriers. Look for cold-pressed oils that are 100% pure and free of additives and preservatives. If you want to use cooking oil as a carrier oil, opt for cold-pressed, organic varieties.

Consideration

Aspects to Think About

Examples

Odor

Some of them have distinct odors. Adding them to essential oils may alter the overall aroma.

Jojoba oil (odorless), Coconut oil (distinct coconut scent).

Absorption

Absorption varies as some are absorbed more readily than others.

Jojoba oil (closely resembles skin's natural oils), Grapeseed oil (quick absorption).

Skin type

Different types may affect the skin differently. Consider your skin type to avoid irritation or exacerbating skin conditions.

Jojoba oil (suitable for most skin types) and coconut oil (maybe comedogenic for some with oily skin).

Shelf Life

The storage longevity differs as some can be stored for extended periods without going bad.

Jojoba oil (long shelf life), Flaxseed oil (prone to rancidity, shorter shelf life).

Benefits of Carrier Oils

Carrier Oil

Key Characteristics

Benefits

Jojoba oil

  • Composition similar to human sebum
  • Quick absorption
  • Delicate, nutty aroma

Facial applications, massage, and hair care, suitable for all skin types, may help regulate oil production in acne-prone skin.

Coconut Oil

  • Edible oil from mature coconuts
  • Solid at room temperature (some types)
  • Moisturizing with antibacterial properties

Massage oils, skincare, hair care, balms, salves, and addressing skin conditions, are available in various forms.

Apricot Kernal Oil

  • Emollient oil is high in fatty acids and vitamin E
  • Slightly sweet, nutty scent

Massage oils, bath oil, hair care preparations, softening and calming irritated, itchy skin.

Almond Carrier oil

  • Lightweight, nutty aroma
  • Rich in vitamins A, B, and E
  • Quick absorption

Skincare, massage, bath oils, and soaps, are popular for dry skin due to their moisturizing properties.

Olive Oil

  • Pressed from olives
  • Extra-virgin preferred
  • Fruity aroma

Aromatherapy, cleansing, moisturizing, massage, facial cleansers, hair care, soaps.

Argan Oil

  • Made from argan tree kernels
  • Nutty aroma<br>
  • Rich in vitamins A and E

General skin care, massage oils, treats dry skin, hair care, helps with wrinkles and inflammation.

Rosehip Oil

  • Pressed from rosehips
  • The nutty, earthy scent
  • High in vitamins A and C

Dry skin remedies, massage oils, moisturizers, fight aging, reverse sun damage.

Black seed oil

  • Made from Nigella sativa plant
  • Rich in fatty acids
  • Anti-inflammatory

Facial care, massage oils, general skin care, a folk remedy for conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.

Grape seed oil

  • Byproduct of winemaking
  • Lightweight, neutral scent
  • Easily absorbed

Body oils, and massage oils, blend well with essential oils for various applications.

Avocado Oil

  • Heavy, thick, edible oil
  • Nutty aroma
  • High in oleic acid

Dry skin remedies, and body creams (caution for acne-prone skin, as it may increase sebum production.)

Why choose The Bulk Cart to Buy Carrier Oils in Bulk?

When it comes to sourcing high-quality wholesale carrier oils, The Bulk Cart stands out as a leader in the market, offering not only exceptional purity and variety but also a commitment to ethical and sustainable practices. Here's why they should be your top choice:

1. Purity and Quality Assurance:

The Bulk Cart prioritizes your well-being by sourcing from reputable suppliers renowned for their commitment to organic farming and responsible harvesting. Each batch undergoes stringent quality control checks throughout the sourcing and packaging process, ensuring you receive genuine, unadulterated oil free from harmful contaminants. Many of their oils boast USDA Organic and Fair Trade certifications, providing additional assurance of purity, ethical sourcing, and environmental responsibility.

2. Sustainability Practices:

The Bulk Cart minimizes its environmental footprint by using recyclable and biodegradable packaging for its bulk carrier oils. They partner with suppliers who share their commitment to sustainable farming practices, ensuring minimal environmental impact. By purchasing in bulk, you minimize single-use packaging and transportation emissions, making a positive environmental impact. 

Buying in bulk offers significant savings compared to purchasing smaller quantities, making The Bulk Cart a cost-effective solution for personal and professional use.

FAQs

Are carrier oils edible?

Some of them are simply not edible. And a few edible oils that may be too heavy for topical application. Essentially, virgin plant oil contains the vital nutrient compounds that the body requires at the cell level.

Can carrier oils be used alone?

These are naturally occurring vegetable oils derived from the fatty portion of plant-based sources such as seeds, kernels, or nuts. Each oil has its distinct properties and advantages. They can be used on their own or in combination with other oils to nourish your skin, including essential oils.

What carrier oils are good for hair growth?

Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Castor oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, etc. are good for hair growth.

Where to buy Bulk Carrier Oils?

When it comes to purchasing oils in bulk, The Bulk Cart emerges as a trustworthy choice, prioritizing purity, quality, and sustainability. Their commitment to ethical and organic farming practices, along with rigorous quality control measures, ensures that customers receive genuine and uncontaminated products.

Which Carrier Oils can you mix?

You could combine castor oil, which is quite thick, with olive oil, which is more fluid, to make a carrier for your hair growth essential oils.

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