Carrier oils are made from vegetables, seeds, nuts and fruit. Many of the oils used as a base oil are better known in cooking however, be certain that you buy either unrefined, virgin or extra virgin when shopping for base oils in the grocery store. There is a large range of different base oils so below I have listed the most popular oils and their benefits.
Sweet Almond Oil A thick, sweet nutty oil that is highly moisturising and removes impurities from the skin. This oil does not penetrate the skin well and tends to sit on the surface making it ideal for the treatment of dry skin conditions
Light to medium density oil that has a nutty scent. This oil is quickly absorbs and very hydrating. It contains anti-aging and protective properties and can help with scars and stretch marks. Evening Primrose Oil A light and nutty scented oil with healing and astringent properties. Evening Primrose also has anti-inflammatory benefits.
A pale green oil with a light to medium density that has a mildly sweet scent. Beneficial properties include anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial
This is a lightly scented oil with moisturising properties. Its other benefits include Skin strengthening and circulation, regenerative, astringent and soothing.
Jojoba is very thick, waxy oil with very little scent. Nourishing and quickly absorbed into the skin. It contains anti-oxidant properties.
This is a heavy oil with a fruity scent, better known in the food industry. Olive oil penetrates the skin well and has anti-oxidant properties.
Rose Hip Oil
Rose hip is non greasy, amber coloured oil with an earthy scent. Rose hip oil is regenerative and contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Yellow/brown oil with a strong nutty scent. Sesame oil has anti-aging properties and is moisturising and soothing on the skin. It is also known to absorb and remove toxins.
Strong scented oil with a high level of moisturising properties. It has antioxidant properties and stimulated skin regeneration.
If you are willing to invest your time and energy into making your own perfumes and scents then it is worth investing a little time to source good quality essential oils. Low grade oils contain fewer of the beneficial properties of high grade oils and much less strength when it comes to their scent.
and much less strength when it comes to their scent. This is because the plants used to obtain the oils are not of the best quality. Always choose Grade A oils and ensure you are purchasing from a reputable seller. The majority of essential oils are made by extracting the oils from the plants using steam or water methods and these are perfectly suitable for use in your perfume making. All recipes are based on this type of essential oil.