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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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Carrier Oil Information

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...Detailed information on what carrier oils are and how they are used.

Find out by reading this article...

Carrier oils that are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are especially nourishing to the skin.

This page provides a categorized list of fatty and essential fatty acids.

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...

Learn why mineral oil is not a suitable carrier oil for holistic aromatherapy and the topical application of essential oils.

Carrier Oil Profiles

Carrier Oils

Carrier Oils are also known as vegetable oils, base oils and fixed oils.

Vegetable Butter Profiles

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.

Profiles of Other Types of Carriers to Dilute Essential Oils

Other Types of Carriers for Essential Oils

Essential Oil Profiles

Visit AromaWeb's Essential Oil Profile area to view detailed Essential Oil Profiles for over 120 essential oils, CO2s and absolutes.

Important Information

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.

Carrier Oil Book Suggestions

Click on a book's title to view details and read a full review for the book. Visit AromaWeb's Books area to find details about many other essential oil and aromatherapy books.


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Liquid Sunshine: Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy
Level: Beginning • Intermediate • Advanced
Author: Jan Kusmirek


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Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage
Level: Beginning • Intermediate • Advanced
Authors: Len Price with Ian Smith & Shirley Price

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