Carrier Oils

Essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, and other concentrated aromatics can cause severe irritation or reactions if applied to the skin undiluted. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils before applying to the skin. They are also referred to as vegetable oils or base oils. Carrier oils are in soaps, cosmetics, and massage oils. 
 Common Carrier Oils:
  • Almond (Sweet)
  • Andiroba
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Argan
  • Avocado Babassu
  • Black Cumin Seed
  • Black Currant Seed
  • Borage
  • Broccoli Seed
  • Camellia Seed
  • Carrot Seed (SPF 38-40)
  • Chaulmogra
  • Cherry Kernel
  • Coconut
  • Cucumber Seed
  • Evening Primrose
  • Flax Seed Organic
  • Grapeseed
  • Hazelnut
  • Hemp Seed
  • Jojoba (SPF 4)
  • Karanj Seed
  • Kukuinut
  • Macadamia (SPF 6)
  • Marula
  • Meadowfoam
  • Neem
  • Oat
  • Olive
  • Palm
  • Palm Kernel
  • Peach Kernel
  • Perilla Seed
  • Pomegranate
  • Pracaxi
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Raspberry Seed (SPF 28-50) 
  • Ricebran
  • Rosehip
  • Safflower
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Sesame Seed
  • Soya Bean
  • Sunflower
  • Tamanu
  • Walnut
  • Wheatgerm (SPF 20)


Shop for carrier oils that are cold pressed or cold expelled pressed. This indicates that the oils are pressed without the use of added heat. High temperature processing methods can harm the fragile nutrients in the oil.

Vegetable butters are not carrier oils; however, butters like cocoa butter and shea butter are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Again, shop for butters that are cold pressed.

Avoid mineral oil and petroleum jelly! They are the byproducts of petroleum. They can clog pores, prevent the skin from breathing naturally, prevent essential oil absorption, and prevent toxins from leaving the body through the natural process of sweating.

You should protect your skin all year round. If you want alternatives to sunscreens full of chemicals, try natural oils!  Many carrier oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamin E to protect and heal skin exposed to UV light. Red raspberry seed, carrot seed, wheatgerm, macadamia, and jojoba oils have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) to maintain the well-being of your skin.  
Mystic Paths carrier oils are 

Cosmos approved, Kosher certified, QAI, USDA organic, Vegan certified, IFEAT, Fair Trade, and/or Global Shea Alliance.

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