Today I will be talking more about carrier oils, essential oils and how to combine the two properly. I have also included a YouTube video a friend of mine made to help with this as well. I will be discussing three different carrier oils (that most people are not allergic to) in this post and how to shop for a good carrier oil.
Carrier oils are made from vegetable or other plant based ingredients (like grapes, nuts, etc.). It is then processed in many different ways, the one we are looking for when thinking of using as a carrier oil is you want one that says “cold pressed” on the label. This is because of the way it was made and it helps with length of shelf life the carrier oil has.
Another thing about carrier oils is that you can refrigerate or freeze them, this will help extend their shelf life and make them not go bad as quickly.
Olive Oil is one of the more well knows carrier oil that we know of and if also able to be consumed. It has a strong aroma and is thicker than a lot of the other carrier oils, so it will leave an oily residue behind if you use too much (sometimes even if you use a little). Be cautious of this if you do not want to have oil marks or stains on anything, if your worries about that then use one of the other carrier oils I will be talking about in a few minutes. Another thing about olive oil is that it has a short shelf life so it will go bad sooner than most, but since it’s an easier carrier oil to find and use its usually ok. This oil lasts for about 6-8 months without being refrigerated, if it is put in the refrigerator it can last up to 1 year.
Jojoba oil is made from the seeds of the Jojoba plant which grows in Arizona, southern California and in northwest Mexico. It has a bit of a smell that reminds me of nuts. It is a great carrier oils and one of my all-time favorite ones out there. It does really well with the essential oils and is really good for your skin and hair. The consistency is not really heave like Olive oil, it’s more of a medium base. Meaning that the body absorbs it easier and quicker than it would with Olive Oil, this means it does not leave an oily residue behind. Jojoba oil is the closest oil we have found that is so similar to the human skin natural oil, so it makes it one of the best carrier oils out there (or at least I think so anyways). It also has a longer shelf life them most oils out there. This oil lasts for about 9-12 months without being refrigerated, if it is put in the refrigerator it can last up to 16-18 months.
Grapeseed oil is made from seed of grapes, because of this I know at least two wine makers how make grapeseed oil. It is a great by product from wine making and helps my friends with addition income if the wine making that year has been low or not that great. It has a lighter consistency then either of the two oils I have already covered but unlike the Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil does leave behind a little bit of residue. This is still ok since Grapeseed oil is one of the main carrier oils used in Massage oils and does not ruin cloths (or at least it has not damages any of mine). It does how ever have a short shelf life (shorter then even Olive Oil) so keeping this in the refrigerator is probably the only way you will get it to last longer (maybe an extra month or two). This oil lasts for about 5 months without being refrigerated, if it is put in the refrigerator it can last up to 6-7 months.
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