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Carrier Oils 101: Everything To Know About
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Overview of Carrier Oils

Curious about carrier oils? Read on about these skin-loving oils, how they’re made, how to use them, and how they can elevate your skincare routine.

What Are Carrier Oils?

Carrier oils are cold-pressed oils extracted from nutrient-rich plants. They’re often used to dilute essential oils to keep them from skin-safe; however, they can also be used on their own.

Carrier oils have a range of skincare benefits. Some are highly moisturizing while other oils keep sensitive skin from breaking out, and there are also carrier oils which nourish the hair and scalp for gorgeous waves.

How Are Carrier Oils Extracted

Carrier oils are sourced from nuts, seeds or whole fruits. They are carefully cold-pressed to yield fatty acids, trace vitamins and acids that benefit you. For instance, jojoba carrier oil is rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, making it a luxuriously hydrating oil that also protects your skin.

Gya Labs Carrier Oils

Our carrier oils are extracted from super-nourishing plants for any routine. Use them to dilute your essential oils, elevate your skincare and get naturally healthy hair!

Single Essential Oils

Skin-nourishing & gentle oils to carry the super properties of Essential Oils into your skin, for a lovely everyday experience

Best Carrier Oils For Dry Skin

Time to give dry skin some love! Our carrier oils are packed with dewy goodness that keeps your skin glowing, hydrated and calm all day long.

Best Natural Oils For Hair

Trust Mother Nature for all your hair care needs! Crafted from all-natural ingredients, our carrier oils fight dandruff; strengthen roots and volumize locks for the healthy head of hair you deserve.

How To Use Carrier Oils?

Whether blended into other products or used alone, these carrier oils are versatile and packed with benefits to do the most for your skin and hair.

How To Mix Carrier Oils With Essential Oils

Getting the perfect blend of carrier oils and essential oils is a fine art with varying dilution rates, but a simple rule of thumb is to mix one tablespoon of carrier oil with every drop of essential oil. For more sensitive skin, increase the carrier oil amount to further dilute the essential oils.

Keep Your Essential Oils Safe For Skin

Carrier oils are gentle oils used to carry the super properties of Essential Oils into your skin, hair and person. For every drop of essential oil, dilute it with one tablespoon of carrier oil.

Make Them A Hair Care Essential

Nourish your hair by massaging 2–3 tablespoons of carrot seed oil into your scalp. You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to enjoy bonus hair care benefits.

Blend Them Into DIY Body Care Products

Renew your skin by adding 2–3 tablespoons of carrier oils into scrubs and body lotions to elevate your body care ritual.

Carrier Oils For Daily Concerns

Argan Oil For Hair

Known as “liquid gold”, this Moroccan carrier oil (native to Morocco) revives brittle hair. The cold-pressed argan oil delivers deep and lasting hydration to dry roots for good hair days.

Jojoba oil for Dry Skin

Frustrated with chapped skin? Super-hydrating for dry skin, jojoba carrier oil absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling calm and happy all day.

Jojoba oil is high in fatty acids and Vitamin E which when applied to the skin, absorbs into the skin quickly and moisturize your skin. It protect the skin and gives back your natural skin.

Castor Oil For Eyelashes

For a bold look that captures attention, root-nourishing castor oil volumizes eyelashes and brows for an alluring gaze.

Research and studies on Carrier Oils

Some of the research listed here follows strict sourcing guidelines and depends on academic research institutions.

Coconut oil is an edible oil and one of the popular and easily available carrier oils. Coconut oil is a mainstream oil and comes in two types – copra oil and virgin coconut oil. Both oils have the same properties but the virgin oil has more nutrients and bioactive compounds. Coconut oil has hair growth and repair properties (hair damaged from ultraviolet rays and cosmetic products). There is little evidence of coconut oil strengthening the bones and Alzheimer’s disease; however, more human based clinical research must be conducted to ascertain these properties of coconut oil. These properties were established in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2018. (1)

Almond oil is another popular carrier oil used in skincare and hair care (amongst other uses). Complementary Therapies in clinical practice in 2010 published a study by Zeeshan Ahmad that looks into the properties of almond oil. (2)

A wide spread research was conducted by Tzu-Kai Lin, Lily Zhong and Juan Luis Santiago to determine the skin barrier repair effects when carrier oils were applied topically. Some of the oils studied were jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and safflower seed oil. All the positive aspects of carrier oils were highlighted in this research which was published in the International Journal of Molecular sciences. (3)

An observational clinical trial was conducted in April 2019 to find if facial mask with jojoba oil lessened skin lesions and improved skin health. The study which had 194 participants reported that clay mask with jojoba oil had a healing effect on skin lesions and mild cases of acne vulgaris. (4

Rosehip oil is a popular choice for carrier oils for skin. It is popular because it contains essential fatty acids, phenolics and sterols. It is also believed to have anti-cancer effects (again, this claim needs further research for substantiation). The oil is used in the manufacture of cosmetic products for the skin health. Fruit Oils: Chemistry and Functionality in its 2019 edition published the benefits of rosehip oil. (5)

Yet another carrier oil that has umpteen benefits is the evening primrose oil. Evening primrose is used for skincare and hair care. Industrial Crops and Products published the report in 1999.(6)

Carrier oils are used in topical application, but most of these oils play a supplementary support role in aromatherapy as well. The oils are made from the seed and kernel of plants and its flowers and have many health benefits including skin care. These carrier oils can be stored in the refrigerator in a dark glass away from sunlight. This oil(s) is also referred to as mineral oils, body oils or vegetable oils. These oils are unscented and odorless and do not evaporate as fast as essential oils. Many carrier oils that have high content of fatty acids get rancid quite quickly.

Best carrier oils for essential oil to your skin are coconut and jojoba oil because of affordability and accessibility, and sweet almond and olive oil because of high nutritional value. Avocado oil may also replenish the skin. The right carrier oils make it possible for the essential oil to get fully absorbed when applied on skin.

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