We spend a lot of time talking about essential oils (and for good reason), but they have an important friend that often gets overlooked—carrier oils. In order for essential oils to be used topically, they must be diluted. While this dilution can be done with water, lotion, or other liquids, carrier oils offer a lot of added benefits to your application. These benefits vary with the carrier oil that you select, so it’s important to know about each of them so you can select the one best suited to your needs.
In this series we’ll discuss each of our carrier oils and their benefits. First off, Almond.
Almond Carrier Oil
The nuts of Prunus dulcis are cold pressed to produce a pale yellow oil that’s light, sweet, and nutty. The shelf life of Almond oil is approximately 12 months.
Almond Oil is a wonder when it comes to moisturizing skin. Packed with heaps of vitamins and minerals, this oil softens and conditions skin, so you can use it easily in massage blends. Almond oil is also an emollient, which means it smooths skin and fills in gaps to allow for better moisture retention. It’s widely used in face creams, body lotions and hand balms for this reason, and is especially helpful for those with skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. Since it contains glucosides (aka foaming and conditioning agents) and saponifies easily, Almond Oil is good to use in homemade herbal soap bars. This oil is most beneficial for those with dry or sensitive skin.