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Carrier Oils - Properties and Profiles

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Carrier oils, also known as vegetable oils, base oils or fixed oils, are used to dilute essential oils, CO2s and absolutes before applying to the skin.

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What are Carrier Oils? Fatty and Essential Fatty Acids
Carrier Oils

See the What are Carrier Oils? article for detailed information on what carrier oils are and how they are used.

Are Carrier Oils Gluten Free?
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Essential Fatty Acids

What are Essential Fatty Acids?
Carrier oils that are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are especially nourishing to the skin. See the Essential Fatty Acids article for an overview of these important nutrients.

List of Fatty and Essential Fatty Acids Typically Found in Carrier Oils
This page provides a categorized list of fatty and essential fatty acids.

What are Infused Oils? Vegetable Butter Profiles
Infused Oils

An infused oil consists of a carrier oil that has been permeated with one or more herbs. The benefit to using an infused oil as opposed to a plain carrier oil is that the infused oil will contain the therapeutic properties of both the carrier oil and the herbs that were infused into the oil. Learn more here.

Vegetable Butters

Vegetable butters are much firmer in texture than fluid carrier oils. See the What are Carrier Oils? article for general information about vegetable butters.

Cocoa Butter

Shea Butter

Virgin Coconut Oil
(Solid at Room Temperature)

Carrier Oil Profiles (Vegetable Oils)

Each carrier oil differs in its therapeutic properties and characteristics. Click on the links below to learn more about each oil.

Almond Oil, Sweet     Jojoba Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil   Kukui Nut Oil
Avocado Oil   Macadamia Nut Oil
Black Cumin Seed Oil   Meadowfoam Oil
Borage Seed Oil   Olive Oil, Virgin
Camellia Seed Oil   Peanut Oil
Cranberry Seed Oil   Pecan Oil
Coconut Oil, Fractionated   Pomegranate Seed Oil
Coconut Oil, Virgin   Rose Hip Oil
Evening Primrose Oil   Seabuckthorn Berry Oil
Grapeseed Oil   Sesame Oil
Hazelnut Oil   Sunflower Oil
Hemp Seed Oil   Watermelon Seed Oil

Essential Oil Profiles

View detailed Essential Oil Profiles on 110 essential oils, CO2s and absolutes.


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Guide to Carrier Oils Used in Aromatherapy and Skin Care


Important Note: The information provided on AromaWeb is for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

General Safety Information: Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand. 


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