Saturday, 24 April 2010

Carrier Oil Comparison

The following information was taken from a post on the Long Hair Community

Almond Oil, Sweet (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus)

medium-light; slightly oily, leaves a slight oily feeling on the skin; absorbs semi-quickly
emollient for conditioning/softening skin; great for dry, itchy skin rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E used in massage oils, lotions, balms and soaps
in hair care, sweet almond oil helps condition, nourish, and soften hair moderately priced

NOTE: can stain sheets and clothing


shelf life 1 year

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

available in powder, gel or oil traditionally used for healing burns and injuries soothes dry damaged skin


oil has a shelf life of 6 mo-1 yr

Aloe Vera Butter

extraction of aloe gel into a solid fraction of coconut oil so that it can be used like a butter melts on contact with the skin good for treating dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sunburn and chapping

Amla Oil (Emblica officinalis)

good for all skin types used in hair products to strength and condition

shelf life 1-2 yrs

Andiroba Oil (Carapa guianensis)

has similar properties to that of Neem oil but *without* the characteristic un-friendly scent very light but rich contains a group of natural alpha hydroxy acids (a collagen booster and skin conditioner) currently being used as a natural oil base for many anti-wrinkle creams like Aveda & Oil of Olay great source of Essential Fatty Acids such as:
linoleic; required for the development of healthy skin and cell membranes, reducing puffiness and swelling. *vitamin F; helps to hydrate dry, parched skin palmitoleic; natural conditioner that imparts incredible softness to skin & hair myristic acid; regulates the skin cell regeneration, which prevents over active scaling accelerates the healing of unsightly skin damage balances the uncontrolled growth of skin cells balances the uncontrolled growth of the pigment producing cells treats insect bites, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and age spots imparts a natural, non greasy, conditioning effect on both wavy, curly, and Afro hair types for sore, achy and tired muscles; used as a heat treatment the benefits are instantly noticeable used by professional athletes as a muscle rub and to treat sports injuries used by those suffering from arthritis and rheumatism used in salons as a hot oil treatment for their clients with thick naturally curly hair increases blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn promotes healthy hair growth will congeal, like butter, in cooler climates; simply place the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water to liquefy

Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca)

very light, non-greasy, rich oil; easily absorbed into the skin emollient for conditioning/softening skin good for dry, tired, mature or sensitive skin great for removing makeup and softening delicate skin around the eye rich in vitamins A, D & E and in both oleic acid and linoleic acid. frequently used in massage great moisturizing and conditioning oil for mature and sensitive skin and skin that is inflamed and dry
said to aid in the repair of the skins elasticity in prematurely aged skin


shelf life of cold pressed and expeller 6 mo-1 yr

Argan Oil (Argania spinosa)

has anti-aging and restructuring properties wonderful skin and haircare product contains many antioxidants and is rich in vitamin E

shelf life 2 yrs

Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) (also available in butter form)

medium weight; leaves no greasy residue rich in vitamins A, D and E said to have healing and regenerating properties heals scaly skin and scalp very penetrating; imparts valuable nutrients to the skin softens, increases elasticity, moisturizes dry or mature skins, heals eczema used to treat sun damaged skin that is dehydrated and under nourished said to help with the regenerating of skin cells believed to be a good hair stimulant and an excellent protein conditioner for the hair & scalp helps restore luster and hydrate dry and damaged ends may overpower a blend if not diluted with another carrier


shelf life of refined or unrefined 1 yr

Babassu Oil (Orbignya oleifera)

fast penetrating oil one of nature’s richest emollients, beneficial for either dry or oily complexions used for generations by indigenous cultures of South America as a natural moisturizer gently moisturizes, conditions and adds luster to the skin with no greasy after-feel especially good for eczema, itchy, dry and inflamed skin nourish, moisturize, and restore hair strength, giving shiny, healthy-looking hairnon-comedogenic

shelf life 1-2 yrs

Baobab Oil (Adansonia digitata)

quick to absorb, exceptional moisturizing properties, does not clog pores, very rich and stable

shelf life 2 yrs

Blackcurrant Seed Oil (Ribes Nigrum)

rich source of GLA, superb moisturizer, can be used in place of evening primrose or borage seed oils, helps to improve acne and rosacea, great for dry, devitalized, damaged, and aging skin

shelf life 6 mo-1 yr

Black Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus occidentalis)

ultra rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids [30% of these are Omega-3s], contains Vitamin E

shelf life 1 yr

Black Seed Oil (Nigella sativa)

very concentrated with essential fatty acids, great healing properties, good for eczema, psoriasis and dry skin. Use caution with this oil if pregnant!

shelf life 6 mo-1 yr

Blueberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium corymbosum)

potent anti-oxidant, conditioning, non greasy, gentle blueberry aroma

shelf life 1 yr

Borage Oil (Borago officinalis) (aka Starflower Oil)

thin to medium, leaves a somewhat oily feel to the skin, excellent moisturizer in skin care nourishes and reinforces cell tissues and membranes, retains moisture and slows ageing, rich plant source of GLA, said to be excellent in treating many skin conditions, expensive and is usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils

shelf life 6 mo refrigerated; goes rancid rather quickly—must refrigerate

Brahmi Oil (Bacopa monniera)

used for its diuretic properties in India, relieves itchy scalp, helps with hair loss, purifies and tightens skin

shelf life 1 yr (infused in sweet almond oil)

Brazil Nut Oil (Bertholletia excelsa)

rich in proteins and vitamins E and A, rich emollient/moisturizer similar to sesame oil, high in essential fatty acids, amino acids, zinc, vitamin A and E, and selenium, an important antioxidant, oil lubricates and moisturizes skin, helps prevent dryness, promotes a clear complexion, very stable

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