Properties and Profiles
Carrier oils, also known as vegetable oils, base oils or fixed oils, are used to dilute essential oils, CO2s and absolutes before applying to the skin.
Carrier Oil Information
Introduction to Carrier Oils
...Detailed information on what carrier oils are and how they are used.
Are Carrier Oils Gluten Free?
Find out by reading this article...
What are Essential Fatty Acids?
Carrier oils that are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are especially nourishing to the skin.
List of Fatty and Essential Fatty Acids Typically Found in Carrier Oils
This page provides a categorized list of fatty and essential fatty acids.
What are Infused Oils?
An infused oil consists of a carrier oil that has been permeated with one or more herbs. The benefit to using an infused oil as opposed to a plain carrier oil is that the infused oil will contain the therapeutic properties of both the carrier oil and the herbs that were infused into the oil. Learn more...
Mineral Oil is Not a Suitable Carrier Oil for Essential Oils
Learn why mineral oil is not a suitable carrier oil for holistic aromatherapy and the topical application of essential oils.
Carrier Oil Profiles
Carrier Oils are also known as vegetable oils, base oils and fixed oils.
- Almond Oil, Sweet
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Black Cumin Seed Oil
- Borage Seed Oil
- Calendula Infused Oil
- Camellia Seed Oil
- Cranberry Seed Oil
- Coconut Oil, Fractionated
- Coconut Oil, Virgin
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Hazelnut Oil
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Kukui Nut Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Meadowfoam Oil
- Olive Oil, Virgin
- Peanut Oil
- Pecan Oil
- Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Rose Hip Oil
- Seabuckthorn Berry Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Tamanu Oil
- Watermelon Seed Oil
Vegetable Butter Profiles
Vegetable butters are much firmer in texture than fluid carrier oils. See the What are Carrier Oils? article for general information about vegetable butters.
Profiles of Other Types of Carriers to Dilute Essential Oils
Essential Oil Profiles
Visit AromaWeb's Essential Oil Profile area to view detailed Essential Oil Profiles for over 130 essential oils, CO2s and absolutes.
The information provided on AromaWeb is for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
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
Click on a book's title to view details and read a full review for the book. Visit AromaWeb's Books area to find details about many other essential oil and aromatherapy books.
The Carrier Oil Palette: Fixed Oils, Butters, Herbal Oils, and CO2 Extracts of the Carrier Oil Palette
Authors: Jade Shutes & Sherilyn Siegmund-Roach
Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty
Author: Susan M. Parker
Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage
Authors: Len Price with Ian Smith & Shirley Price