Using organic carrier oils are an important part of moving towards a healthier lifestyle and making your own beauty products. An organic carrier oil may be the most prevalent ingredient in any natural beauty recipe, so you want to make sure that you are choosing a high-quality cost-effective oil to blend with your other ingredients. I’d like to make you discover my top 5 rare and organic carrier oils, acai oil, chia seed oil, moringa oil, rosehip oil and tamanu oil.
How to choose organic carrier oils
There are a number of things to consider when choosing organic carrier oils.
First, look for quality and purity above anything else. Your carrier oil should contain only one ingredient – the oil itself!
Some may contain Vitamin E or something similar as a preservative, but for the most part, you only want to see only one ingredient. Be especially wary of oils that prominently display one ingredient, like argan oil, on the front of the container, but contain a number of chemicals in the ingredients list, such as this product.
Choose oils that are organic to eliminate contamination by other toxins, such as those in pesticides that may be used on non-organic plants. Many oils are also harvested from plants in developing countries, so look for Fair Trade labels to ensure that the farmers who harvest the crops are compensated fairly.
When you buy organic carrier oils, ensure they are certified with either the organic USDA seal or the ECOCERT seal, this guarantee a thorough process and verification that the oil is actually organic.
You also want to make sure that whichever oil you choose is not extremely expensive, unless you use it sparingly on your face.
Finally, if you are preparing beauty products for people other than yourself, make sure that the carrier oil you choose has a low rate of allergic reaction and that it does not carry a high risk of sensitivity.
You may need to think outside the box and try some rare carrier oils to find the perfect fit for you and your skincare needs!
I am personally always on the lookout for “new” and rare organic carrier oil I can use for their unique skin benefits.
Best rare organic carrier oils to try in 2018
Here is the list of organic carrier oils that you should try in 2018!
Acai oil is a vitamin-rich oil that is derived from acai berry kernels. It is also naturally high in fatty acids making it a hydrating and nourishing choice for both hair and skin. It is high in B vitamins, vitamin E and vitamin C, as well as Omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids.
How to use Acai oil?
You can use Acai oil on its own to rejuvenate the skin, or you can add it to your own homemade moisturizing blend. You can also add a few drops to your conditioner for an extra hydrating boost to hair.
Rosehip oil is pressed from the fruit of a certain variety of rosebush. It is high in antioxidants and fatty acids making it an ideal anti-aging and moisturizing oil for skin and hair.
How to use rosehip oil?
I use it every day on my face as a moisturizer! I massage just a few drops every morning and this is it. Vitamin A and the essential fatty acids make it an ideal oil for skin tone and texture. You can check my anti-wrinkle face serum recipe here.
Moringa oil is made from the moringa tree, a leafy tree found in the Himalayas. Moringa oil is high in anti-inflammatory vitamin E, collagen-boosting vitamin A, and other important vitamins for skin health and elasticity. It’s also high in fatty acids and linoleic acids, giving the skin a moisture boost. Moringa oil is especially beneficial to skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
How to use Moringa oil?
You can use it neat on your face but also as a massage oil for your scalp to fight dandruff.
Chia Seed Oil
Chia seed oil is made from chia seeds and is high in omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin E and zinc. It is especially beneficial for healing scars and minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and other skin imperfections. Its high moisture content also makes it ideal for treating dry, brittle hair or split ends. Since chia seed is a superfood, it is also inflammatory and has anti-aging properties.
The great thing is that it has a light texture and is not greasy, plus it has a long shelf life (about 2 years).
How to use chia oil?
Apply neat on your face at for an anti-aging effect or simply add a few drops to your favorite hair mask recipe.
Tamanu oil is made from the nuts of the tamanu tree. I first discovered it in Hawaii, on a local market and was quite impressed with the effect it had on my acne overnight. if you can do abstraction of the pungent smell, then definitely try tamanu oil!
My better half is always pestering about the smell but I do my best to hide it with a blend of essential oils. For example, I add geranium, palmarosa, frankincense, and ho wood essential oils.
This oil is naturally antibacterial and antiseptic, making it a great fit for treating acne. It also encourages cell regeneration and turnover, so it can help reduce the appearance of scars, dark spots, and stretch marks. It also has anti-aging characteristics and is a good fit for oily skin.
You can read more on Tamanu oil here.
How to use tamanu oil?
You can use it neat on your face before going to bed to fight acne or as a 10% dilution in a homemade cream. Be aware that it can stain a bit your pillows if applied neat on your face.
Now, I’d love to know what is your favorite organic carrier oils and how do you use it?