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Fatty Acids Typically Found in Carrier Oils

Fatty Acids Typically Found in Carrier Oils

This is not necessarily a complete list...

Short Chain Fatty Acids

  • C3:0 Propionic Acid
  • C4:0 Butyric Acid
  • C5:0 Valeric Acid

Medium Chain Fatty Acids

  • C6:0 Caproic Acid
  • C7:0 Enanthic Acid
  • C8:0 Caprylic Acid
  • C9:0 Pelargonic Acid
  • C10:0 Capric Acid
  • C11:0 Undecylic Acid
  • C12:0 Lauric Acid

Long Chain Fatty Acids

  • C13:0 Tridecylic Acid
  • C14:0 Myristic Acid
  • C15:0 Pentadecylic Acid
  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid
  • C16:1 Omega-7 Palmitoleic Acid
  • C17:0 Margaric Acid
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid
  • C18:1 Omega-9 Oleic Acid
  • C18:1 Omega-7 Vaccenic Acid (Trans)
  • C18:1 Omega-9 Elaidic Acid (Trans)
  • C18:2 Omega-6 Linoleic Acid
  • C18:2 Ximenynic Acid (Trans)
  • C18:3 Omega-3 a-Linolenic Acid
  • C18:3 Omega-6 gamma-Linolenic Acid
  • C18:4 Omega-3 Stearidonic Acid
  • C19:0 Nonadecylic Acid
  • C20:0 Arachidic Acid
  • C20:1 Omega-7 Paullinic Acid
  • C20:1 Omega-9 Gondoic Acid
  • C20:3 Omega-6 Dihomo-Omega-linolenic Acid
  • C20:3 Omega-9 Mead Acid
  • C20:4 Omega-6 Arachidonic Acid
  • C20:5 Omega-3 Eicosapentaenoic Acid
  • C21:0 Heneicosylic Acid

Very Long Chain Fatty Acids

  • C22:0 Behenic Acid
  • C22:1 Omega-9 Erucic Acid
  • C22:4 Omega-6 Docosatetraenoic Acid
  • C22:6 Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic Acid
  • C23:0 Tricosylic Acid
  • C24:0 Lignoceric Acid
  • C24:1 Omega-9 Nervonic Acid


For introductory information regarding essential fatty acids and their role within the diet and skin/hair care, see AromaWeb's article entitled What Are Essential Fatty Acids?

Important Information

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General Safety Information

Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.

Carrier Oil Book Suggestions

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Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty
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