There are a variety of oils to choose from when selecting a carrier oil. I personally like fractionated coconut oil the best, though I do use a variety of carrier oils. Some of the benefits of popular carrier oil are:
Whole coconut oil is solid at room temperature and has long unsaturated fatty acid triglycerides. This oil has a high percentage of completely saturated triglycerides (no double bonds). When the smaller fatty acids and long-chain triglycerides are separated from the whole coconut oil, it leaves only saturated fats or a fraction of the whole oil. This is then known as “Fractionated Coconut Oil.”
Advantages of Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is perfect for essential oil dilution. It never goes rancid because of the fact there is no oxidation. Therefore, has an indefinite shelf life and is in a perfectly clear liquid form. Other advantages:
- It is odorless and colorless. It won’t stain and easily washes out of clothing and sheets.
- It absorbs into the skin while reducing essential oil evaporation.
- It is excellent on skin; a natural and very safe moisturizer, softener and safe, non-irritant lubricator.
- It leaves skins smooth with no greasy feeling.
- Low production costs make it cost effective.
- It can be mixed with other, more expensive, carriers to increase shelf life. It can also be used it to create different cream textures.
- It does not aggravate skin problems or clog pores.
- It is fully digestible and considered an excellent and healthy cooking oil.
- It is one of the best multi-purpose carrier oil products on the market.
Advantages of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO – not fractionated)
Virgin Coconut Oil is excellent for skin care and has a list of additional benefits. Organic VCO can be obtained at the health food store or on line. It’s white, solid (below about 73 degrees) and has a slight coconut flavor. Avoid using a microwave when melting to use with essential oils. Instead, place a glass container with the VCO in a pan with hot water from the tap. This will be sufficient warmth to melt the VCO. Then add the oils and blend a salve which can be saved in a baby food jar or other small jar.