How To Select a Carrier Oil

April 27, 2019

How To Select a Carrier Oil

What Exactly are carrier or base oils?

In order to safely use essential oils on the skin, they should be diluted with a carrier or base oil. Carrier oils are not essential oils and are very safe and easy to use. However, before you chose your carrier it's worth checking if you have any allergies.

Essential oils are highly active compounds which is why they need to be diluted before they are applied to the skin. Not only will this make the essence safe to apply, but it also prevents it from evaporating too quickly, and provides the right gliding texture for massage and skin treatments. Each carrier oil offers its own benefits for the skin, so it’s worth thinking about your skin type and the area of the body you’ll be treating before selecting the most suitable.

Choosing your carrier or base

Naturally Creative English Seed Oil Blend
This is a rich and highly antioxidant formulation, produced in the UK and designed to nourish the skin while leaving a lighter texture. The blend consists of a very  Rapeseed Oil called NorOmega Gold, Blackcurrant, Starflower, Echium and Crambe (Abyssinian) oils. Due to the high lipid content, it has an excellent slip and glide for massage and is easily absorbed. The anti-oxidant nature of this carrier blend contributes to cell renewal and is an effective skin nourishing moisturiser. Use for normal to dry skin types.

Sweet Almond
This is a classic choice for facial massage for all skin types. Almond is naturally rich in vitamin E, a compound known to help heal skin and promote a healthy complexion. Moisturising and soothing, Sweet Almond oil can help to reduce itching on sensitive areas.

Coconut Oil
Our Coconut is fractionated, meaning it’s liquid at room temperature and has virtually no fragrance. Coconut oil is a great emollient with a silky texture, so provides good slip and glide for body massage. Avoid using on blocked or acne-prone skin.

Grapeseed Oil

Choose grapeseed as a massage base for most skin types and especially those on the oiler side. This is because of its slightly astringent effect. Grapeseed is high in linoleic acid and vitamin E, helping to heal the skin and promote a healthy complexion. Consider blending with English Seed for drier skin types.


Jojoba is rich, luxurious and calming oil useful to soothe areas of eczema, sun damage and acne. The structure of Jojoba is like the skin’s natural sebum, so it’s absorbed readily and can help to carry essential oils deep into the epidermis. Blend 1:3 with Grapeseed for body massage. 

How to blend your essential oils with a carrier
Add your chosen carrier oil to a small dish. 

Full body massage – 20ml

Back or legs – 10ml

Face – 5ml

Add your essential oils straight from the dropper or use a pipette. Stir to blend with either a wooden or glass stem. 


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