It’s All About the Oil

There are many oils used for the face and body that keep the skin supple and hydrated. They have therapeutic qualities, and are used for normal skin, combination skin, sensitive, oily, acne, mature and wrinkles.  In aromatherapy they are used as a carrier oil for the essential oils and added because of their therapeutic qualities.


* Make sure they are expeller or cold pressed unrefined and organic

Cold Pressed – A method of mechanical extraction where heat is reduced and minimized throughout the batching of the raw material.  This helps the oil maintain its original state, constituents, and depth.  Temperatures are rigorously controlled to ensure that it does not exceed 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Although not a practical method of extraction for all vegetable oils on the market it is highly regarded as the extraction method of choice.
Expeller Pressed – A method of natural, mechanical extraction and processing of oils where a small amount of heat is produced simply through the frictional heat created by hydraulic presses.  This is usually around 120-200 degrees Fahrenheit and makes the oil suitable and economical as a base for cosmetics because of its fairly undisturbed molecular state. It also makes fine food grade oil.

Here is a list of oils, butters & waxes and their actions.  Always test a small amount on your wrist to make sure there is no allergic reaction.  If you are allergic to any nut DO NOT use the oil!

Almond oil – Absorbs easily.  Dry skin, wrinkles, itchy, temporary relief from eczema and psoriasis.  Skin rejuvenation, nourishing, softens, smooths and is a sun protector.  Anti-inflammatory.  Rich in proteinessential fatty acids and rich in minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Apricot oil – Easily absorbed.  Dry, prematurely aging, mature, sensitive, inflamed, irritated and eczema. Toning, nourishing, clogged pores, scar tissue, helps retain elasticity and suppleness.  Anti-inflammatory.  High in oleic, linoleic acids, GLA, omega 6, minerals, vitamins A, & E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Argon oil – Absorbs quickly.  Dry, dull, preventing wrinkles and acne.  Great for preventing & reducing stretch marks, psoriasis and eczema.  Sun protector, tissue building, strengthens brittle damaged hair and dry scalp.  Very hydrating, restorative, revitalizing.  Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.  Rich in natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), Vitamin C, phenols, carotenes, squalene & fatty Acids.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Avocado oil – Easily absorbed. Dry, sensitive, dehydrated, mature, eczema, psoriasis, problem skin and other irritations.  Provides a protective barrier, boosts collagen production and helps fade age spots. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin D, E, minerals, protein, amino acids, carotene, sterols, lecithin, essential fatty acids and more.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Beeswax – Deep, penetrating and locks in moisture.  Cell regeneration, protects skin from the environmental toxins, softening and nourishing.  Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic and anti-oxidant.  Contains some vitamin A.  Use: with other oils

Borage seed oil – Moderate absorption.  Dry, maturing, acne, damaged, rough, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.  It is a cell regeneration, stimulating, soothing, nourishing and hydrating.  Anti-inflammatory.  Contains skin strengthening GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid), minerals and vitamins.  Use: 2 – 10% with other carrier oils

Cocoa Butter – Deeply penetrates skin layers.  Dry, reduce scars and stretch marks, increases hydration, protects against UV radiation and fights free radicals.  Super anti-oxidant.  Contains flavonoids, polyphenols, high in Vitamin A, C, E & minerals. Use as: 100% on rough skin or with other carrier oils

Coconut Butter – is the pureed coconut meat with about 60% oil, which has a thick, creamy and slightly gritty texture.  It has the same benefits for the skin as coconut oil but helps retain moister better and it promotes skin elasticity making it great for dry, aging or wrinkled skin. It removes dead skin cells. It has a small molecular structure so it  absorption easily through the skin and penetrates deep in to the layers of the skin and strengthens the tissues underneath. High in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. Use in: masks and exfolients

Coconut oil (Virgin) – Easily absorbed.  All skin types, especially dry, sensitive skin, pre-mature aging, wrinkle, inflamed, irritated and itchy.  Does not clog pores, softening, soothing, nourishing, very moisturizing.  It helps retain moisture and gives the skin a protective layer.  Anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, antiseptic and antibiotic. Contains many fatty acids & multivitamins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Cucumber seed oil –  Absorbs quickly.  Dry, acne, helps prevent premature aging, revitalizing for maturing skin, irritated, eczema, psoriasis and sunburned skin.  Detoxifying, toning, reducing inflammation, accelerates skin regeneration, defends skin cells from free-radical damage, helps restore and retain skins moisture levels.  Contains oleic and linoleic acids, omega 6 fatty acid, B1, C & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Evening Primrose oil – Moderate absorption.  Dry, premature aging skin, wrinkles, acne, rosacea and eczema.  Hydrating, promotes healthy firm skin, elasticity, cell regeneration, rejuvenating, nourishing to the scalp, hair and nails.  Astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.  Contains several fatty acids rich in GLA. Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Flaxseed oil – Moderate absorption.  Dry, wrinkles, acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.  dull, smooths and firm the outer skin, reduces redness, itchy, irritated, locks in moisture and prevents water loss.  Anti-inflammatory.  Contains omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, vitamin B, potassium, magnesium and zinc.  Use: 100% or with other carrier oils

Grape seed oil – Absorbs quickly.  Dry, wrinkles, anti-aging benefits, evens skin tone, nourishing, toning, hydrating, improves elastin, protect and increases collagen.  High anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic.  Contains beta carotene, vitamin C, D, E, omega 6, GLA, minerals and proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Hazelnut oil – Penetrates top layer of skin.  All skin types, great for sensitive and acne prone.  Soothes, heals, irritated skin, cell regeneration, hydrating, reduces poresand can filter sunrays.  Slightly astringentand anti-bacterial.  High in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, mineralsand proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Hemp seed oil – Easily absorbed.  Dry, anti-aging, acne, psoriasis, eczema, inflammation and skin lesions.  Moisture balancing properties, hydrating, healing and regenerative.  Anti-oxidant.  Exceptionally high in essential omega fatty acids, proteins, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E and high level of chlorophyll.  Must be refrigerated. Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Jojoba oil – Penetrates deep into pores.  Dry, sensitive, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, dull, blackheads and seborrhea.  Reduces scars, dissolves old plugged sebum, (the skin’s natural oil that help’s protect it), reduces pore size, soothes inflammation, heat rashes, healing, protective, balances skin’s natural oil, mimics collagenand sebum,  reduces water loss, helps seal in moisture, does not clog poresand very stable.  Natural anti-oxidant properties.  Anti-microbialand anti-Inflammatory. Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

 Kukui nut oil – Absorbed easily into the deepest skin layers.  Dry, sensitive, mature and acne.  Soothes irritated, sunburned, burned skin, relieves itchy dry skin due to eczema, psoriasis, rosaceaand chapped skin.  Anti-Oxidant.  High in the essential fatty acids, linoleic acids, vitamins A, C,and E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Macadamia nut oil – Easily absorbed.  All skin types, great for dry and aging.  Scars, sunburns, minor wounds and other irritations. Protective, one of the best regenerative oils and closely resembles sebum (the skin’s natural oil that help’s protect it).  High in monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin A, E, B complex, calcium, phosphorus, iron and proteins.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Olive oil – Deeply penetrating.  Dry, sensitive, wrinkles, itchy and inflamed. Soothing, very mild, attracts external moisture, cell regenerator and plumps the skin.  Anti-aging, anti-Inflammatory and strong anti-oxidant qualities.  Contains vitamins A, E, K, minerals and proteins.  Use: 50% – 100% with other carrier oils

Pomegranate seed oil – Deeply penetrating.  Dry, oily, combination, wrinkles, age spots, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, cell regeneration, helps eliminate free radicals that damage and age the skin.  It helps improve elasticity, firms, balances, soothes, nourishes and develops healthy skin.  Powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.  High in favonoids and punicic acid, which is remarkable for the skin and deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer.  High in vitamin A, B, C, E, & minerals. Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Pumpkin seed oil – High absorption rate.  Reviving for dry and mature skin.  Lifting, firming, protects cell structure,  neutralizes free radicals, replenish and maintain moisture.  One of the most nutritious oils available.  Very high levels of anti-oxidants.  Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, beta-carotene, B2, B3, C, and Zinc.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils       

Rose Hip seed oil – Penetrates deep in to skin.  All skin types, wrinkles and premature aging.  Inflamed, weathered, dehydrated, scars, UV damage, sun spots, rejuvenating, increases cell turnover and speeds up cell regeneration.  Contains lycopene which is a powerful anti-oxidant. Extremely high in essential fatty acids, omega 3, 6, and 9, beta carotene, vitamin A, C & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils.

Safflower oil – Easily absorbed.  All skin types, extremely balances normal to dry skin and even acne.  Reduces blackheads, moisturizing, nourishing, maintains elasticity, restructures the skin, provides a protective barrier preventing water from escaping, softens dryness, smooth roughness and some skin problems.  Anti-oxidant and anti-aging.  Extremely high in oleic acids and linoleic acid.  Linoleic acid is powerful at removing dirt and oil.  High in vitamin A, C, D, E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Sesame oil – Easily absorbed.  All skin types, eczema and psoriasis. Helps reduce blackheads, damaged, hydrating, nourishing, natural sunscreen and helps reduce dark spots. Rich in vitamins, minerals, lecithin and amino acids.  Anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.  Contains vitamin B complex, A & E.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils.

Shea Butter – Easily absorbed  Dry, sensitive, wrinkles, moderate eczema, dermatitis and reduces irritation of psoriasis.  Burns, stretch marks, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, fades scars, rashes, enhances cell regeneration, capillary circulation, stimulate collagen, balancing, restores elasticity, toning, protects against sun, wind and weather.  Anti-Inflammatory.  Lower percentage of linoleic acids than the oil, fatty acids, oleic, stearic, palmitic vitamin A, E, D, F, provitamin A & allantoin. Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils                                    

Shea nut oil –  Penetrates deep into the skin.  All skin types, sensitive skin, moderate eczema, dermatitis, lessens irritation of psoriasis, rashes, burns, penetrates stretch marks and scars better than shea butter, fades scars, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, cutaneous dryness, collagen boosting, restores elasticity, rejuvenating to damaged cells, restores tone, protects against sun, wind and weather.  Anti-inflammatory.  High in linoleic acids, extremely high in vitamins A, E  and F.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils  (Make sure it is manually expressed not chemically) 

Sunflower oil – Easily absorbed.  All skin types, eczema.  Helps retain moisture, nourishing, protective, cell regenerating, inflammation, damaged, redness, irritated, hair strengthener, anti-aging and anti-oxidant.  High in omega 9, essential fatty acids, beta carotene and vitamin A, B, D, high in vitamin E.  Use as: 100% or with other carrier oils

Vitamin E oil – Easily absorbed.  All skin types and psoriasis.  Reduces scar tissue, cell regeneration, protects skin cells, holds in water, strengths the skin, protects against UV radiation, natural preservative with anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger.  Anti-aging and anti-inflammatory.  Contains vitamins E, minerals and protein. Use: 10% with other carrier oils

Walnut oil – Absorbs quickly.  Normal, dry, mature, oily, acne, eczema and psoriasis.  Soothes sunburns, damaged, regenerating, toning, firming, very nourishing, healing and stimulates circulation.  Mild astringent, anti-aging and anti-oxidants.  Helps condition smooth hair, high in linoleic Acid, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B1, B2, B3, E and Niacin.  Use: 10% with other carrier oils

 Wheat germ oil (Virgin) – Dilute with other oils for absorption.   Dry, dehydrated, dull complexion, prematurely aged skin, mature and damaged skin, helps reverse wrinkles and promotes skin cell formation, eczema and psoriasis.  reduces stretch marks, scaring, sunburns, relieve roughness, cracking, chaffing, nourishing and rejuvenating.  Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.  With its high vitamin E content, lt is a natural preservative, helps to prevent rancidity and prolongs shelf life of cosmetic products.  Contains natural sources of vitamin E, A, D, proteins, lecithin and ssqualene.    Use: 5 – 10% with other carrier oils

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