Hello, everyone! Lina here. 🙂
I know it’s been a while and now I intend to come back and bring you nice organic beauty tips. First, I need to give you a guide for what’s about to come in my next DIY Beauty Secret’s posts. So, today I will explain to you what is an Essential Oil, and a Carrier Oil as well as how to use them to make your skin look flawless and naturally beautiful.
Here we go:
Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years, enhancing and bringing benefits into people’s lives. They offer a variety of usage from beauty and dietary purposes to physical and emotional wellness. These natural oils are found in stems, bark, roots, flowers, leaves and other parts of plants. They are obtained by careful distillation. After extracted, the purest Essential Oils carry the characteristic odor of their source and are far more powerful than the botanicals which they come from.
A Carrier Oil, also known as Vegetable Oil or Base Oil, has the purpose of diluting an Essential Oil since often they might be “too strong” to apply directly on your skin. The term carrier oil derives exactly from carrying the Essential Oil onto the skin. These kinds of oils are found in the fatty portions of a botanical, like the seeds, kernels or nuts. It’s obtained by cold pressing and generally speaking, most have a very faintly, sweet, nutty aroma. Making a blend of Essential and Carrier Oils impact the therapeutic and beauty properties you’re looking for.
Below I’ve listed some of the most popular Essential and Carrier Oils:
Processing Method: Essential and Carrier Oils need a careful process of distillation and cold pressing. Cold is the key word here. They must be extracted in cool conditions, always keeping low heat levels. The high-temperature degrees will harm the nutrients of the oil and consequently, it will have a poor quality. So, always read the labels.
Price: That can vary based on many factors, such as the botanical it’s made from, the processing method, if it’s organic, the quantity you’re purchasing and the source where it’s purchased from. Normally, a pure oil with a great quality isn’t all that cheap. If it is, you can be sure that it has an inferior quality and/or has been adulterated.
Viscosity, Aroma, and Shelf Life: Essential Oils and Carrier Oils can be classified as thin, medium and thick. The aroma and shelf life depends on the oil, Essential Oils might oxidize and lose their therapeutic benefits, while Carrier Oils might go rancid. For example, if your Carrier Oil smells really strong and bitter, it probably went rancid. That doesn’t happen with Essential Oils. I will write about each oil’s specific aspects in individual posts.
Vegetable Oils aren’t Mineral Oils!
Mineral Oils and Petroleum Jelly are byproducts of petroleum production. They are not of natural and botanical origin and they should never be used as Carrier Oils! Mineral Oil is used in Baby Oils and in many available moisturizers, for the simple fact of being an inexpensive oil to manufacture. However, it can clog pores keeping the skin from breathing naturally and preventing the toxins from leaving the body through the natural process of sweating.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this little guide. It was quite hard writing about such a rich subject, which moves my heart so much, on a limited amount. I just wanted to explain what is what. In future posts, I’ll be writing deeply about every oil I love as well as giving tips about how to blend them to achieve their highest potential according to your skin type and concerns.
Many kisses and see you soon! 🙂
Photo: June Meymand