It’s 2019 and I am so stoked to start the year with new blogs, new products, new formulas, and new ingredients!
I was doing inventory of raw materials when I noticed that I still have unused carrier oils - luxurious ones IMO. New ingredients mean new formula or products, right? 😊 I have been quite busy the past holiday season restocking our current product line up. And I figured, the first quarter of the new year is the best time to launch new products with new ingredients. Okay, I digress. Let’s go back to carrier oils 😂.
The most common carrier oils that I use in my handmade soaps are coconut and olive. These are the staple oils in my kitchen, too. However, I prefer other oils in my handmade lotions and creams. Here are 10 carrier oils that I love to use in my handmade bath essentials (in alphabetical order):
1. Almond Oil - This is the "star" oil in a few of our products. It is a light oil, and has fast absorption quality. It is rich with Vitamin E and the go-to oil for sensitive, irritated skin. You can find it in our emulsified body scrubs, Pamper Me! Sugar Scrub and Rose Clay Body Scrub; Almond & Oatmeal Hand & Body Lotion; some of our handmade soaps; and balm collection.
2. Avocado Oil - I love this carrier oil because I love eating avocados. This is a good skin food, really. It is packed full of fatty acids and nutrients that effectively moisturize dry, mature and ageing skin. It is a medium oil, and can feel quite heavy especially if you have oily skin. I use this in our Nourishing Body Butter, which is the perfect daily moisturizer for normal to dry skin.
3. Calendula Oil - My absolute botanical favorite is calendula or pot marigold. It's brimming with healing properties, and is said to help and soothe skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. I use dried, organic calendula flowers and infuse it with organic oils such as extra virgin olive oil, sunflower, almond oil and jojoba oil. Get our You're the Balm! Calendula Salve and Gentle Cleansing Oil.
4. Coconut Oil - I live in a tropical country where coconut oil is aplenty. So, I naturally love using this heavy oil in our handmade soaps and body scrub. Although greasier and heavier than other oils, coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and moisturizing properties. In handmade soaps, it adds lather and lends uber cleansing properties.
5. Castor Oil - The reason why our handmade soaps have excellent lather is because of this wonderful oil. Castor oil is enriched with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
6. Grapeseed Oil - Also enriched with Vitamin E, this medium-heavy oil is perfect for aging, mature skin. I use this sparingly because it has a short shelf-life.
7. Jojoba Oil - Although pricier than the other oils here, I love using this oil on my skin because it is a "dry" oil. It moisturizes dry skin, and perfect for acne-prone and mature skin.
8. Rice Bran Oil - Another good oil for problem skin, I love using rice bran oil in our balms, lotion bars, body scrubs and handmade soap.
9. Soybean Oil - I switched to this oil when I noticed that coconut oil makes our emulsified body scrubs "sweat and spill". It is full of vitamins and nutrients that protect and nourish any skin type.
10. Sunflower Oil - I recently purchased high-oleic sunflower oil in one of my trusted suppliers in the United States and I loved it! This oil gets absorbed fast and mimics human sebum. So, if you have oily skin, this is a go-to carrier oil for you. I recently used this oil in my Gentle Calendula Face Cleansing Oil.
These are just some of my go-to carrier oils. I will soon blog about my fave "exotic" and luxe oils so stay tuned, loves!