Best Carrier Oils For Skin

Thursday, October 18, 2012


How To Choose A Carrier Oil

Choosing the right carrier oil for your skin and skincare recipes may seem overwhelming. So to make things easier, here is a list of carrier oils organized by skin type. This may help you decide where to begin your exploration of carrier oils.

Some of the more exotic oils are not yet listed (Marula, Argan... I'm looking at you.) Also many oils share similar benefits, but have different scents and textures. So take your time experimenting and discovering which oils you enjoy and benefit from the most. Carrier oils can easily be blended together and customized for your personal skincare needs.


Oily, Acne Prone
  • Baobab
  • Grapeseed
  • Jojoba
  • Neem

  • Baobab
  • Grapeseed
  • Jojoba
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Sunflower

  • Apricot Kernel
  • Baobab
  • Jojoba
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Almond

  • Apricot Kernel 
  • Avocado 
  • Baobab
  • Grapeseed
  • Kukui Nut

Dry, Mature
  • Avocado
  • Baobab
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Olive
  • Rosehip Seed
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Sweet Almond
  • Tamanu

Scars, Damaged
  • Baobab
  • Jojoba
  • Kukui Nut
  • Rosehip Seed
  • Sea Buckthorn 
  • Tamanu


Carrier Oil Directory


Apricot Kernel Oil

  • Good for all skin types, including sensitive and aging skin.
  • High in Vitamin A.
  • Fatty Acids: Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Stearic.
  • Low viscosity, light texture, quick absorption.
  • Good shelf life, up to one year.
  • Storage: Stores well, avoid light and excessive heat.



  • Good for sensitive, irritated skin, eczema, psoriasis, severely dry skin, wrinkles and aged skin.
  • High in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin.
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Linoleic, Linolenic, Oleic, Palmitic, Palmitoleic.
  • High viscosity, thick texture.
  • Good shelf life, up to 1 year. 
  • Storage: Refrigeration after opening recommended but not required.

Baobab Oil

  • Good for dry rough skin, uneven skin, scars, skin regeneration, irritated skin, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, anti-aging, wrinkles, anti-inflammatory.
  • Rich in omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9. 
  • Contains vitamins A, D, E, and F.
  • Low viscosity oil, lightweight silky texture.
  • Highly emollient, absorbs easily, non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
  • Improves skin tone, elasticity, renews and regenerates cells.
  • Excellent shelf life, up to 2 years.
  • Storage: Stores well, avoid light and excessive heat. 

Coconut Oil

  • Good for dry, damaged hair, all over body moisturizer, nails, lashes.
  • Solid at room temperature; liquid when heated, melt point 76 degrees.
  • Fatty Acids:  Caprylic, Capric, Lauric, Linoleic, Myristic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic.
  • Buy only virgin, unrefined coconut oil, which retains the nutrients.
  • Virgin, unrefined coconut oil has a strong coconut aroma. 
  • Refined coconut oil has no scent and lacks nutrients.
  • Creates a smooth, protective barrier on the skin.
  • Good shelf life, up to 2 years. 
  • Storage: Stores well, avoid light and excessive heat.


Evening Primrose

  • Good for acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, dry or aged skin.
  • Rich in fatty acids: gamma linoleic acid, omega 6, Linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic.
  • Contains anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties.  
  • Low viscosity, medium to light texture.
  • Storage: Shelf life 3-6 months, prone to rancidity. Refrigerate after opening.


Grapeseed Oil

  • Good for oily, acne-prone skin, sensitive skin. 
  • Non-allergenic, astringent oil.
  • Low viscosity, thin, very light texture, easily absorbed.
  • Fatty Acids: Linoleic, Linolenic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic.
  • Excellent for blending with thicker oils to lower their viscosity, lighten texture and help increase absorption.
  • Good shelf life, up to 2 years.
  • Storage:  Stores well, avoid light and excessive heat.

Jojoba Oil

  • Good for all skin types, oily, acne-prone, combination, sensitive, dry or aged skin.
  • Deeply moisturizing. Rich in Vitamin E.
  • Fatty Acids:  Erucic, Gadoleic, Oleic.
  • Reduces appearance of pores over time.
  • Reduces superficial wrinkles and stretch marks.
  • Very similar to skin's natural oils.
  • Balances sebaceous glands and natural oil (sebum) production.
  • Technically a wax, not an oil.
  • Low viscosity, thin, light texture, easily absorbed, non-greasy, non-tacky. 
  • Does not clog pores.
  • Storage: Stores well, stable shelf life. Not prone to rancidity. Used to extend shelf life of other oils.

Kukui Nut Oil

  • Good for all skin types. Excellent for nourishing for dry, mature or damaged skin.
  • Rich in Vitamins A, C and E and fatty acids.
  • Fatty Acids: Oleic, Palmitic, Alpha Linolenic, Linoleic.
  • Penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture.
  • Protects against sun, wind, salt and other skin damage.
  • Used to help heal burns including sunburn, windburn, radiation burns and heat induced burns.
  • Used to help treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, chapped skin, dry skin, dry scalp, scars.
  • Low viscosity, thin, light texture, easily absorbed, non-greasy.
  • Good shelf life, up to 1 year if refrigerated after opening.

Macadamia Nut Oil

  • Good for all skin types. Excellent for nourishing dry, mature or damaged skin.
  • Rich in fatty acids; Oleic, Palmitoleic, Linoleic, Palmitic.
  • Very similar to skin's natural oils.
  • One of the best regenerative oils.
  • Penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture.
  • Used to help heal scars, sunburns, minor wounds and skin irritations.
  • Low viscosity, thin, light texture, easily absorbed.
  • Storage: Avoid excessive light and heat.

Neem Oil

  • Good for all skin types, especially beneficial for problem skin.
  • Used in India's Ayurvedic tradition for  5000 years.
  • Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic properties.
  • Used to help treat a wide range of ailments including: acne, eczema, psoriasis, athletes foot, warts, wrinkles, fungal infections, skin irritations.
  • Contains moisturizing, regenerative properties.
  • Contains Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
  • High viscosity, thick, heavy texture, (similar to olive oil).
  • Sometimes blended with olive oil to keep from solidifying at room temperature.
  • Exceptionally rich and contains a heavy odor, dilute accordingly.
  • Excellent shelf life, up to 2 years.
  • Storage: Avoid excessive light and heat.

 Olive Oil

  • Good for dry and mature skin.
  • Fatty Acids: Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Stearic.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Extra Virgin is most beneficial.
  • Medium viscosity, thick, heavy texture, may leave oily or tacky residue.
  • Excellent shelf life, stable, up to 2 years. 
  • Storage: Stores well, avoid excessive light.

Rosehip Seed Oil

  • Good for dry, weathered, dehydrated skin, aged, damaged skin.
  • Extremely high in essential fatty acids; Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic.
  • Contains Trans-Retinoic Acid, similar to the active ingredient of Retin-A
  • Ability to regenerate skin cells.
  • Reduces scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, UV damage, sun spots, premature aging.
  • Contains Vitamin A and E.
  • Considered a "dry oil", low viscosity, light texture, easily absorbed, non-greasy.
  • Penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture.
  • Can be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer.
  • Good shelf life, up to 1 year, if refrigerated after opening.
  • Storage: Should be kept refrigerated. Avoid light, heat, temperature changes.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

  • Good for all skin types. Especially dry, weathered, acne-prone, problem skin.
  • Used for treating wounds, burns and sunburn, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles.
  • Rich in essential fatty acids, carotene, tocopherols, phytosterols.
  • Good shelf life, up to 1 year.
  • Storage: Store at room temperature.
  • Will stain skin if used undiluted. Use caution, spread evenly and dilute.

Sunflower Seed Oil

  • Good for all skin types, especially dry, weathered, aged or damaged skin.
  • Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin.
  • Light texture, easily absorbed.
  • Rich in Oleic Acids.
  • Contains essential fatty acids; Linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic.
  • High in vitamins A, D, and E.
  • Good shelf life, up to 2 years.
  • Storage: Stores well under most conditions, extreme heat and light will lessen shelf life.


Tamanu Oil

  • Good for all skin types, especially dry, aged, damaged or scarred skin.
  • A therapeutic, healing oil for the skin.
  • Contains essential fatty acids; Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Linolenic, Stearic.
  • Used to treat several skin ailments including; acne, scars, stretch marks, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, chapped skin.
  • Used successfully to fade both new and old acne scars and stretch marks.
  • Contains significant antimicrobial, anti-fungal, bactericide, anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Promotes new tissue formation, accelerates healing and healthy skin cell regeneration.
  • Medium viscosity, slightly tacky texture, but absorbs surprisingly fast, leaving little to no residue.
  • Good shelf life, up to 2 years.
  • Storage: Stores well under most conditions, avoid excess heat and light.

I hope you find this helpful, I'll be sure to keep this page updated as I explore more oils.


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  1. I have a dry and mature skin, I think that your choice oils is right and I have a question: is this for massage on face and then washed off, or for to stay and be absorbed by the skin?
    I love your job for our skin wellness, very thanks.

  2. Hi Agnese, Thank you! You can do oil cleansing, jojoba is good for that task, but typically most of these oils are excellent for using as a serum/moisturizer/astringent. I will be posting several DIY skincare recipes in the next few weeks. xoxo

  3. I have oily, acne-prone skin and a tight budget! I have tried lots of drugstore and a few high end moisturisers but I've found them all heavy and too much for my skin. It seems that grape-seed oil is inexpensive and good for my skin type? Is it possible for you to include a 'price guide' on the oils? because it's often very hard for us to know how much is a sensible amount to pay for them - especially fashionable ones like argan oil. Could you also add natural haircare (if you use them for you hair!) Thank you so much, your videos and blog posts are so helpful!

    1. Grapeseed oil is an inexpensive oil. Anything for $5 can keep you stocked for months. You can even use the one used for cooking. Even then, try for the cold pressed oil. Take care

  4. I just love all your videos about natural skincare and DIY and, following your advice, I am getting really into oil skincare.
    I just would like to know if it is enough to use a carrier oil (as moisturizer) or if I should mix it with some essential oils.
    And I saw that you apply the oils with a cotton pad! is it better for absortion or is it possible to apply it just with your hands?
    Thank you very much!:)

  5. Christine, I am so excited to have followed you here, from your YouTube channel. I am trying to be cautious, as you suggested, by studying as much as I can. I too have have been trying to live a "Cleaner life", so much to learn!! Will you be using EO's in other areas of you life? Like home cleaning products, room fresheners, and thing like that? Anxiously waiting for more good tips from you.

  6. Oh and could you explain the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? I thought they would be the same, but in one of your videos, it sounded like there was a difference. Thanks so much for all you do.

  7. Excellent post, I always prefer natural products rather than cosmetics..hey if you are looking for best quality beauty oils in Newzealand visit

  8. Excellent post, I always prefer natural products rather than cosmetics..hey if you are looking for best quality beauty oils in Newzealand visit

  9. Thank you so much for all the information provided, Christine! I have been interested in aromatherapy for a while, but never really got into it. Now thanks to you, I'm back researching, I just purchased a bunch of books and hopefully soon enough I'll be knowledgeable enough to start using oils for my skin care. I already use a natural skin care, but not as pure as oil are. Thanks again!

  10. I just wanted to tell you that you really inspire me as a person. You make me want to embrace my femininity yet still be laid back. I too have social anxiety maybe in someway I feel a connection. I dont know how you can make a living in Hawaii selling jewelry when you and Michael seems so easy going and comfortable. I would love to move there. My husband is a doc and I'm a nurse. I just want a small apartment to rent and make things like you do. How did you learn to make jewelry?

  11. Fantastic, thanks for the discount link for Vitacost - I just ordered a bundle of moisturizing goodies :) GReat informative post!

  12. Christine,
    I recently stumbled across your YouTube channel while researching the oil cleansing method. As you may guess I have a couple of questions for you.
    To start off I am a 20 year old male with combination/dry, sensitive, acne prone skin. What oils may you suggest I use? There are so many it's a little overwhelming. Secondly, I have noticed that most people use castor oil as their base along with a secondary carrier oil. Why have you decided not to use castor oil? I also noticed that most people do not use as many essential oils as you do, or just not at all. And lastly, it's warming up outside. Do you think it would be a bad idea to start this regimen during the summer?
    Thank you so much for your time!
    P.s. I think you are AMAZING :)

  13. Hi Christine!

    I'm going to visit my college roommate in Oahu in a week and to get prepared (since i've never been to Hawaii) I started looking up youtube videos about Oahu and things to do and where to shop and one of your videos popped up! Long story short I have become addicted to your haul and day in the life vlogs! This is the first time i've been on your actual blog, and I find it very helpful!

    I really like this particular blog because it seems soso helpful, but the problem is, is that I don't know which of these might work best for me!

    I am 19 years old with fair/porcelain skin. I do tan a little, but not much. My skin gets very dry throughout the day and it is so irritating! Please help with your recommendation!

    Also, I tend to break out right before my period, plus every once in awhile a get a zit here and there

    --Katie :)

  14. Hi Christine,
    Thank you for sharing your research work. I stumbled across you youtube channel while looking for tips on how to organize small closets.
    It seems that we have the same kind of problems (lot of thing that we don't really need plus a will to improve our quality of life/skin).

    I'm 35, still some acne and now some wrinkles (jackpot!)
    I lost a lot a weight during the past year, and my skim seemed to improve then (less pimples) but recently it took a bad turn. I'm presently trying (last week) a new anti-aging set of cream (day, night, eyes, serum) but it makes my skin breaks out.
    I'll try you recipe for my skin.
    My question is: I'm leaving in Canada and if our summer are hot and humid, our winter are very cold and dry. Do you think that the moisturizing step with just oil on a pad will be enough to protect my skin during winter? Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you again for your work and help

  15. Thank you so much for this post it is so informative! I linked to it on my blog on a post about caring or the skin. I hope that's ok! Let me know if you prefer I don't.

    Thanks for your lovely blog! I'll be following along from now on :)


  16. Thank you so much for posting this! I found it very helpful. I started using Rosehip seed oil and I love it. Do you have a brand you recommend? I see Plant Therapy all the time on Amazon. Just not familiar with them.


  17. Hi Girl I loveeee your videos!!! You are such a humble person and so cute! You inspire me!!!
    Now, I want to share with you a website that is really good, and what I learn from it in my little research according to this website is, ESSENTIAL OILS are not good for the skin, so as such other ingredients who are found in some naturals products like papaya extract etc. I know you like to research like me, so PLEASE do so,and maybe you I can learn some more with you :) here is the actually site: and here is the page which she talks about ESSENTIAL OILS and some ingredients that is actually do harm to your skin over time
    She Does not only promote her products, but cheaper drugstore as well, and she has a page research about many lines/brands, you can ck it out.
    love you girl, you are the best ! bdw: bought most of my hair and body care just like you hihihi.....

  18. Yes, that will surely be helpful for a lot of your readers. In finding the key to beautiful skin, one of the most important parts is considering the sort of skin you have and what your end goals are. It seems that you've practically categorized all the type out there, and the kind of oils that would suit each of them. Thanks for sharing them with us!

    Hugh Barber @ Laser-Clinique

  19. Which oil is the best for nails and cuticles?

  20. Which oil is the best for nails and cuticles?

  21. Hi Christine, love love your videos...I am trying to get away from any chemicals and I'm currently using the oils you listed in your video. I have a more mature skintone with some sun spots from the past. Can you recommend a natural or a diy natural sunscreen for my face? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much. Rhonda