The term ‘carrier oil’ is used often when you read about essential oils and how to use them. So what is a carrier oil exactly? Well, it is an oil of your choice used to dilute (carry) your essential oils. This way you are avoiding applying the essential oils directly on your skin.
A carrier oil can be ANYTHING you have, and yes, even the vegetable oil you use for cooking. MY choice though, is coconut oil. It’s greasy at first, but it certainly hydrates the skin beautifully!
I’ve been using coconut oil as a moisturizer for years. My skin is just too darn sensitive for most shelf items, and this includes organic one. The Young Living skin care products I have tried are good so far. But when you’re needing something because you’ve run out, head on over to the coconut side of life! Sometimes I experiment and throw a little honey in there… not too much or you’ll get sticky skin (Hahahaha)! Everland Organic Coconut oil is my favorite go to coconut oil…
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I have used liquid coconut oil and vegetable oils too, but I stick to the solid coconut oil from Everland. it sets and blends beautiful and is much less greasy and messy to use as a moisturizer. The liquid oils are runny and difficult to work with, but they are great for other applications though!
You can make a batch moisturizer or use it as you need it. I prepare my own ahead of time with a bit of oil a bit of honey and my essential oils of choice! For a day routine I need to keep things simple, this is why I prepare it ahead of time. At night time I blend as I go 😉
The best day time blend I’ve created is very simple….
- about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (Everland Organic Coconut oil as mentioned above)
- 1 teaspoon of honey (I’m lucky to have a bee farmer near by where I get mine).
- the essential oils I use: about 2 drops lavender, 3 drops frankincense and 2 drops peppermint…
I didn’t get this recipe anywhere, seriously, it’s my own experiment but it works for me!
So that above combo is a great day moisturizer but at night, I like to use citrus essential oils! Grapefruit has great acne fighting benefits and is a wonderful ‘pick me up’ smell! Be careful using any citrus blends through the day as citrus essential oils will make your skin vulnerable to UV rays. Try onyl to use those citrus essential oils when you’re not headed outdoors for the day. THEREFORE my night time recipe is REALLY simple… I put a bit of coconut oil into the palm of my hand and add a drop of grapefruit essential oil, blend it in my hand and apply to the face! That’s it, simple and effective.. and inexpensive too.
If I mix to much moisturizer at any time , my hands and arms get a bath of the moisturizer… It’s a perfect way to smell great!
When preparing batches ahead of time, use a glass container to keep it in. The 50ml is nice, but if you’d like to make small batches of different kinds like I do, go with the 30ml containers.
Now when the term ‘carrier oil’ comes up, now you’ll know what the heck it means! Exactly that, the oil carries your essential oils. And as mentioned, this can be any oil at all. From vegetable cooking oil to massage oil, you can even add essential oils to unscented lotions if you’d like. Experiment a little, have some fun with it.
The biggest thing to remember is apply it well before you head out for the day or well before you put your head on the pillow at the end of the day, give it time to dry or you’ll have shiny skin at work for a while and have a grease stain on your pillow LOL!!!
I’d LOVE to hear from you… Let me know about your favorite skin care recipes, leave a comment or just say hello… Take care 🙂