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What are Carrier Oils? | Benefits & Uses

We’ve discussed essential oils and their endless benefits and learned about best practices for topical application for skin care, most importantly, pairing them with great carrier oils. 

Carrier oils are natural oils which are used as a base in skincare and aromatherapy to dilute essential oils to mitigate their concentration and avoid potential irritation. Versatile carrier oils are not only good vehicles for essential oils, but bring their own unique benefits as well. 

Here are some of our favorites:

Coconut oil

  • Locks in moisturize
  • Antibacterial and anti-fungal, beneficial for skin issues such as acne
  • Contains lauric acid which has antimicrobial properties and may help with bacterial skin issues
  • Great for dry skin

Macadamia oil

  • Light weight 
  • Non-greasy
  • Rich in fatty acids especially omega-9 essential for moisture rich skin
  • Contains palmitoleic acid naturally found in youthful skin but diminishes with age
  • Highly absorbent
  • Calming properties for sensitive or irritated skin

Marula oil

  • Lightweight
  • Non-greasy
  • Highly absorbent
  • Rich in fatty acids especially omegas-6 and 9 as well as vitamin E protecting skin from environmental damage
  • Great for dry skin, moisturizing
  • Anti-inflammatory properties can soothe sensitive or irritated skin
  • Antioxidant properties may improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Jojoba oil

  • High compatibility for a variety of skin types, most versatile
  • Similar to skin’s own natural oil (sebum) so is least likely to result in allergy
  • Enhances the effectiveness of essential oils with high absorption
  • Lightweight moisturizer
  • Contains vitamin E and B-complex vitamins which protect skin from damage, lock in moisture, reducing appearance of scars and acne, and so much more
  • Unlikely to cause acne or pore blockage, perfect for sensitive skin or acne prone skin
  • Soothes irritated or inflamed skin

Carrier oils are key players in products that elevate how we care for our skin. As we enter the coming colder months, our skin will crave the enriching properties of nature’s healing oils. Sourced transparently and paired in thoughtful ways, essential oils and carrier oils together create a gentle and effective way to deliver the benefits of natural healing to skin. 


At Ellovi we believe skin health is deeply connected to overall health and well-being. Our mission is to offer wellness using pure ingredients with safe and transparent methods. Self care is not just a luxury and it cannot wait. We’re here to remind you to invest in your health from head to toe, inside and out. 

Team Ellovi 🌺

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