The BEST Carrier Oil to Use With Essential Oils

by Karen Hughes on September 21, 2020

Carrier Oils

Do you know what the best carrier oil to use in your DIY Projects? It depends! Creating your personal sprays, skin and personal care products can be fun and easy.

The benefit of creating your own products help you understand how to nourish and treat some of the imperfections that might arise. Did you know that Organic Soybean Oil was great for use in sunscreens?

Carrier oils are easily blended with essential oils. This blending supports absorption rate through the skin to produce the desired effect.

These 20 oils can be used as carrier oils in your DIY with essential oils. Learn which is best for your skin type and get started making your own sprays, skin and personal care products!

20 Carrier Oils to Use

  • Sweet Almond Oil: Is considered a light all purpose carrier and good for all skin types. It may be your go to If you have irritated or dry skin.
  • Apricot Kernel: Light, astringent. Use in eye and facial creams
  • Avocado: (Oil=heavy; butter=hard.) Leaves a barrier on the skin. Best use for massage and outdoor creams
  • Beeswax: Hard oil. Great for skin
  • Castor: Heavy. Use for lip gloss, rough elbows, eczema, psoriasis. Great for nails.
  • Cocoa Butter: Hard oil. Use for body and sunburn creams.
  • Fractionated Coconut: Very light. All-purpose.
  • Virgin Coconut: Hard oil. Penetrates and softens.
  • Vegetable Glycerine: Is a water-soluble additive that is clear and slippery. It is know to rehydrate the skin.
  • Grapeseed: Light. All-purpose.
  • Hazelnut: Identical to apricot.
  • Jojoba: Light. Stores well, nice all-purpose oil.
  • Macadamia Nut: Mature, damaged or scarred skin.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive: Heavy. blend with lighter oils.
  • Rose Hip Seed: Heavy. Mature, damaged, scarred, burned or weathered skin
  • Sesame Seed: Light, Low SPF, great for sunscreens.
  • Shea Butter: Hard oil. All-purpose, all skin types.
  • Organic Soybean: Light, smoothing (facial or massage cream). Natural insect repellent.
  • Sunflower Seed: Is light and good for all skin types except oily.
  • Vitamin E: Heavy. Preservative. Scar tissue, stretch marks, wounds, burns, surgical incisions.

Essential oils are natural preservatives and are capable of making soothing and supporting creams beneficial to your body and soul.

Favorite Essential Oil Combinations

Below are commons uses for essential oils. Always choose essential oils that are 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils. These Oils that do NOT have any additives, extenders or fillers. This will help ensure that your skin will react in a more positive way.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all oils are the same, they aren’t. Always choose CPTG, Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential oils.

  • Lavender-Lemongrass: Supports and calms stressed muscles and joints.
  • Deep Blue alone or with Lemongrass: Soothing to joints, muscles, tissues and nerves
  • Serenity: Relaxing; easing stress and anxious feelings
  • AromaTouch: (alone or with Lemongrass) Supportive of muscles and connective tissues
  • Balance: Soothes joints, calming and supportive to the nervous system
  • Geranium – Lavender – Cypress – YlangYlang – Helichrysum: Any combination of these essential oils are great for vascular support
  • Lavender – Melaleuca (TeaTree): Supports all skin issues such as diaper rash, cracked skin, eczema, etc.
  • OnGuard: Known as the “protective blend” is supports the body’s fight with common illness.
  • Peppermint: Cooling and invigorating the to the body.
  • Balance – Lemon – Vetiver: Grounding and uplifting. Supportive in educational environments.
  • Lavender – White Fir – Peppermint – Roman Chamomile: Soothes and supports skin healing that may have been overexposed to the sun or burns.

Dry Foot Lotion

Dry Foot Cream

This Peppermint Foot Lotion is just what your dry feet need. It is light and moisturizing and can be used anywhere on your body. 


  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 4 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint oil
  • 5 drops Melaleuca oil (tea tree)


  1. In small glass container, combine all ingredients, except essential oils.
  2. Place in saucepan with 1–1 ½ inches of boiling water.
  3. Stir ingredients until combined (around 5–10 minutes). 
  4. Once melted, remove from heat and let rest 3 minutes.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Let mixture come to a solid. To quicken process, place in refrigerator.
  7. Once solid, use an electric mixer to whip lotion.
  8. Gradually come to high speed and whip for 3–4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  9. Place in container. To use, rub on heels to help soften and soothe them.

I hope you enjoy creating your own DIY! Let me know what you think!

Be Well and Thrive!

Karen C Hughes

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