The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Carrier Oils (and a FREE Cheat Sheet!)

One of the most confusing things for me when I was first learning about essential oils was finding out that there was also a thing called "carrier oils." Wait...what??? I had so many questions - what even is that, what is the difference between a carrier oil and an essential oil, are there different kinds of carriers? 


Luckily, its pretty easy to understand once you know the basics, so here are 5 things you need to know about carrier oils to help you get it down:

  1. How is a carrier oil different than an essential oil? The biggest difference between the two is what part of the plant they come from and their properties. Essential oils come from the aromatic parts of the plant, and evaporate fairly quickly. Carrier oils come from the "fatty" portions of the plant and do NOT evaporate as quickly. They can also go rancid, whereas essential oils do not.
  2. What are carrier oils used for? Carrier oils are used for both diluting and as a means of distribution for essential oils. Sometimes "hotter" essential oils may cause a burning sensation or reaction if used straight (also known as "neat") and diluting with a carrier oil will help prevent that. Its also important to always dilute with kids. Additionally, since carrier oils don't evaporate quickly, they are great to use when you are trying to spread your essential oils across a large area.
  3. Do carrier oils smell? Some do, and some don't. The ones that do have a very mild, sweet, faintly nutty smell to them. Most should not interfere with the smell of your essential oil, but some may.
  4. Are there any to avoid? Absolutely-do NOT use mineral-its actually a byproduct of petroleum production, is not a natural substance, and is not beneficial. Stay clear!
  5. What are the different types of carrier oils, and what do I use them for? Glad you asked! I made a handy cheat sheet for you to use when selecting a carrier oil! It goes through the 8 most common carriers you will come across.