Which carrier oil should I use?

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There are are a  lot of different oils you could use as a carrier and it can be overwhelming to choose one. We are in a world of details and oftentimes too much information is not good! So for once, let’s make a simple decision without feeling guilty about it. Use fractionated coconut oil, period. Let’s explore why.

The not too scientific explanation:

All carrier oils consist of a class of molecules called fatty acid triglycerides. Most all plant derived carrier oils consist entirely of what are called “unsaturated” fatty acid triglycerides. These, which consist of unsaturated fatty acid, can lead to oxidation over time and their reactions with oxygen are what produce the rancid odor that you may have noticed in your carrier oils when they get a few months old.

Coconut has some molecular composition differentiation which make it not rancid! The process is very simple.  A different type of fatty acid triglycerides in coconut oil is separated from the whole coconut oil to give us what is known as “Fractionated Coconut Oil.” The separation process is non-chemical and involves a simple physical separation process so there are no chemical residues to worry about.

Multiple uses:

Fractionated coconut oil has an indefinite shelf life and is a light, non-greasy, non-staining, liquid oil. It is great for use in massage, toiletries and soap. Fractionated coconut oil is a very good choice for use with essential oils, as it helps carry therapeutic oils under the skin. Fractionated coconut oil can be used in creams, lotions, bath oils, bath salts and soap. Fractionated coconut oil is especially useful in face creams where a light oil is desired. It is a good substitute for sweet almond oil if you are concerned about rancidity or a short shelf life.


As you can see one will gain a lot by using fractionated coconut oil as it has all these Characteristics, Advantages and Benefits:

Characteristics Advantages Benefits
Safe separation process No chemical residues Safe for all

No extra toxic load on your body

Coconut oil has a different molecular structure than other plant base carrier oils Does not go rancid Unlimited shelf life! Economical
Dry oil Absorb quickly Leave your skin without a  greasy film
Light, Easy to blend when using in DIY recipes.

Does not feel heavy on your skin, not leaving residues.

Save time and hassle

No greasy feeling

Vegetable based oil Non clogging Suitable for all skin type

Now you know you have found a great carrier that will be beneficial to your skin and will not go bad. It is a smart and wise choice to have it handy for you next essential oil use or to make your own skin pampering products!