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Learn How To Use Carrier Oils

We offer carrier oils for every occasion. Check the chart below to find your best fit. You can blend carrier oils with essential oils -- and with each other -- to create a personalized natural product that is perfect for your skin.


Using Carrier Oils from Real Oil

Carrier oils are naturally stable oils that have neutral properties. They are deeply moisturizing and are packed with nutrients. Unlike essential oils, they will not evaporate and have little inherent scent. They are commonly used to blend and dilute potent essential oils, to feed and soothe the skin, and to better carry aromatherapy benefits. Although all carrier oils work well for these purposes, their other characteristics vary by type.

You can blend your carrier oils with essential oils – and with each other – to create a personalized natural product that is perfect for your skin. Learn more about diluting with carrier oils here. Real Oil offers four versatile options:


A superior moisturizer with an impressive shelf life, Fractionated Coconut Oil is distilled from raw coconut fruit, and refined to a lustrous liquid state.

  • Light and velvety viscosity and non-greasy feel
  • Absorbs well and leaves skin feeling soft
  • High in essential fatty acids
  • Extended shelf life
  • Works well for normal or dry skin types

A versatile carrier oil produced from the seeds of fine grapes, Grapeseed Oil has a faintly sweet and nutty aroma.

  • Thin and delicate viscosity and virtually clear in color
  • Leaves a glossy sheen on the skin
  • Deeply moisturizing
  • Relatively short shelf life (6-12 months)
  • Works well for oily or mature skin types

Jojoba Oil is a highly versatile and stable carrier oil with a mild, pleasant aroma that acts to soothe and calm the skin.

  • Pleasant, mild aroma and a golden yellow hue
  • Superior absorption
  • Great for body and hair
  • Extended shelf life
  • Works well for oily, sensitive, and mature skin types

A light and deeply nourishing carrier oil, Rosehip Oil is mild and slightly earthy, and is rich in essential fatty acids.

  • A light oil with intense nutrients
  • A delicate amber color
  • Supportive for skin, especially to address scars, wrinkles, and sun damage
  • Relatively short shelf life (6-12 months)
  • Works well for dry, damaged, or mature skin


Using Carrier Oils for Skin Types

Certain carrier oils work well with specific skin types.  Here is a quick overview:

  • General skin types: Use Jojoba Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Sensitive skin: Use Rosehip Oil or Grapeseed Oil
  • Oily skin types: If you tend to have an oily complexion, choose Jojoba Oil
  • Dry skin types: Use Rosehip Oil

When in doubt, remember Fractionated Coconut Oil and Grapeseed oil will also work well for both oily and dry skin types.


Moisturizing and Nutrient-Rich Oils

Fractionated Coconut Oil is deeply moisturizing for the whole body. Rosehip Oil is lighter, and functions well as a face moisturizer. Jojoba Oil and Grapeseed oil work well for both body and face. Rosehip Oil leaves pores open, followed closely by Grapeseed and Jojoba oils. Fractionated Coconut Oil penetrates pores for deeper conditioning. Rosehip Oil is the most nutritive of the four carrier oils. Jojoba, Grapeseed, and Fractionated Coconut Oil also carry heavy nutrients beneficial to all skin types.


Practical Properties

Jojoba has a slight, but distinct and pleasant, natural scent. Rosehip Oil and Grapeseed oil are even more mild, and are close to scent-free. Fractionated Coconut oil has no scent. Grapeseed and Rosehip Oils are the fastest absorbing carrier oils. Fractionated Coconut Oil and Jojoba absorb more slowly, and work well for massage or deeper moisturizing. Jojoba and Fractionated Coconut Oil have remarkably long shelf lives. Grapeseed Oil and Rosehip Oil will remain viable for six to twelve months from purchase, sometimes longer. Grapeseed Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Jojoba Oil are all within practical cost ranges and are great for everyday practical use. Rosehip Oil tends to be more expensive, and can be used in more targeted, intensive approaches to skin care.