How to Mix Essential Oils with Carrier Oils for Better Skin


Once upon a time, in a desert far away, a priestess had found a miracle in Cleopatra’s secret garden. She harvested aniseed oil, and while she was putting it to rest, the priestess Hathor blessed the bowl of sweet almond oil, which fell into the aniseed bowl, and the two divine oils combined. The priestess later found that a drop of that mixture landed on her hand by accident, and it made the skin as soft as the fur of the most delicate cat. It was so smooth that she had to present the discovery to the court and Cleopatra herself. Centuries later, we know that we can mix essential oils with carrier oils for better skin because of that discovery. If you want to know how to do it properly, stay tuned.          

Scientifically approved

As human knowledge grew, we learned the scientific explanation of the good effect of oils in skincare. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that are taken from plants. They also have a distinct fragrance and aroma. That is why you need just a little of it to make your own cosmetics or natural skincare products. However, due to the intensity of essential oils, they may irritate the skin, cause sensitivity, or lead to other skin difficulties. So, to benefit from their pleasant scents, you need to combine them with a suitable carrier.

What exactly are carrier oils?

Carrier oils carry that name because they are bases that “carry” essential oils. What does that mean? Carrier oils are made of triglycerides that contain oleic, palmitic, and linoleic acids. These are all compounds that make cell walls in the human body. That’s why carrier oils don’t irritate the skin, and that’s why we use them to ‘dilute’ the potent essential oils to decrease the possibility of any irritation.

a drop of essential oil

Only a drop of essential oil can cause irritation – that’s why mixing it with a carrier is necessary.

Choosing a suitable carrier is essential

Since carrier oils have unique properties aside from just ‘supporting’ essentials, you need to consider what you want from them seriously. Jojoba oil, for example, has a very similar structure to your natural sebum. So, if you have oilier, more acne-prone skin, jojoba oil may help regulate oil production. Adding carrier oils to your DIY skincare formula is also a terrific way to get antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals into your skin.

Some of our favorite carrier oils to use in our recipes are:

  • Sweet almonds oil. One of our favorites for promoting smooth, bright skin and boosting elasticity and collagen production. This oil is packed with nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it an excellent elastin booster.
  • Grapeseed oil. As one of the lightest oils on the market, grapeseed oil helps reduce redness and inflammation on the skin, particularly sensitive type. It’s also great for healing acne scars and blemishes.
  • Jojoba oil. It’s one of the most flexible carrier oils. It has a light viscosity that is ideal for lotions and creams and is excellent for regulating the skin’s moisture levels.
Almonds on the table

An oil extracted from almonds contains many essential vitamin

Take everything into account

How do you choose between avocado, jojoba, or primrose oil for your skincare routine? Depending on the texture of your skin, you’ll need different ingredients to give it the exact nutrients that it needs. As a source of skin-soothing amino acids, avocado oil is a wonderful addition to your beauty ritual. This makes avocado oil an excellent carrier for those with sensitive skin or those who want to rejuvenate their cutis. Using jojoba oil is terrific if you’re looking for something that won’t irritate your skin. On the other hand, primrose oil is rich in nutrients that keep the skin healthy, but it may be pricey.

Don’t forget to check the date of bottling

In terms of antioxidants – marula, rosehip, and argan oils are all excellent for face treatments. Although marula oil has a two-year shelf life, it is best used within six months of the date of bottling. So, for example, if you are moving to a new home, expert consultants at Best Movers NYC often advise double-checking the best used before period on your skincare products and oils. Firstly, you don’t want to relocate anything other than items you will actually use in your new home. Secondly, the last thing you want to deal with when moving and stressing out is an out-of-date oil mixture that will ruin your skin instead of saving it.

Proportion is the key when you mix essential oils with carrier oils for better skin

When combining essential oils with carrier oils, it is critical to keep in mind the proportion of carrier oil to essential oil used in the mixture. You should always make sure that the essential oil is between 0.5 and 2 percent of the combination that you are preparing and that there is a significant amount more carrier oil than there is essential oil. This is a good rule of thumb to follow. If you were using one teaspoon of lavender essential oil, you would combine it with at least five teaspoons of argan oil before applying it.

Avoid undiluted essentials at all costs

You should never apply undiluted essential oil to your skin! You might think – well, if it’s that potent, I should get better results if it’s more concentrated. How can a little drop of lavender that’s even used as the first aid be of any harm? The potent and undiluted essentials can harm your skin cells in a lot of ways – and none of them are fun.

A woman putting essential oil on her arm.

Dropping undiluted essential oil directly on the skin is a big no-no.


So, if you’re looking for a way to make your skin feel like Cleopatra’s – you will surely make a custom mix of oils. She had all the fortune in this world, but essential oils don’t have to cost much today. The only trick is to know how to mix essential oils with carrier oils for better skin properly. We hope that we have helped you with that part. Now, what are you waiting for? Choose your favorite oils, and let Hathor guide your hands and imagination

Carrier Oils available at ZenJenSkin

These carrier oils are all Organic Cold Pressed preserving Mother Earths’ goodness.  Add a drop or two of an essential oil for extra benefits. 

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