How to Mix Essential Oils With Carrier Oils

How to Mix Essential Oils With Carrier Oils

Published by N-essentials Team on 29th Apr 2022

Whether you're using essential oils to create a DIY skincare routine or a bath bomb that will overtake your bathroom in beautiful scents, carrier oils are a great ingredient in creating amazing skincare and other self-care products. Carrier oils are, especially, a great way to dilute essential oils before applying them to your skin or when using them in conjunction with other ingredients for skincare products. In this blog post, we will teach you how to mix carrier oils with essential oils so that you can create your own custom blends!

Why mix essential oils and carrier oils?

Essential oils are very potent oils extracted from plants and have a strong smell and aroma; hence why a little can go a long way when creating your own skincare with essential oils. However, because of their potency, essential oils alone can cause irritation to the skin, sensitivity or skin concerns that go beyond their lovely smells when used in skincare products.

This is where carrier oils come in

Carrier oils are carrier or base oils used to 'carry' the essential oil onto the skin or to help diffuse the essential oil's aroma. Carrier oils can also be used to help control how much essential oil is being used, especially when using it topically on the skin. Mixing them together means you have a lower chance of causing skin irritation and sensitivity from the potency of essential oils by themselves.

Carrier oils are made by cold-pressing or expeller-pressing vegetable oils from the seeds, kernels or nuts of plants. Carrier oils are mostly made up of triglycerides - meaning they have a high concentration of fatty acids like oleic, linoleic and palmitic acid. They can be used on their own for your skin, and are loved by many for how moisturising they are for the skin but are more often used to carry other ingredients like essential oils in products like lotion and cleansers. Carrier oils also have a shelf life of about one year but some can last up to two years.

Which carrier oil should I use?

Carrier oils each have their own unique properties that can be beneficial for the skin so it's important to also think about what you want from a carrier oil for skin care, other than just carrying your essential oil of choice. For example, jojoba oil is similar to our skin's sebum so it can be helpful in regulating oil production if you have oilier, acne-prone skin. Carrier oils can also provide the skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and are overall a great ingredient to add to your DIY skincare recipe.

Some carrier oils we love to include in our recipes include:

- Sweet Almond Oil

Packed with nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Zinc, this oil is lovely for your skin health and one of our favourites for smooth, glowing skin and collagen promotion.

- Grapeseed Oil

One of the lightest oils you can buy, grapeseed oil is fantastic for fighting skin redness, especially if you have sensitive skin and is super gentle and nourishing, while also helping heal acne scars and blemishes.

- Jojoba Oil

One of the most versatile carrier oils, jojoba oil is great for balancing your skin's moisture levels and has a lightweight consistency perfect for lotions and creams.

Explore the full range of carrier oils available and see what their benefits are like to make the right choice for your next recipe at N-essentials.

How to mix them together: get the ratio correct

When mixing essential oils and carrier oils, it is important to keep the ratio of carrier oil to the essential oil in mind. A good rule of thumb is to always make sure the essential oil is at 0.5% to 2% of the mixture you're making so that there is much more carrier oil than there is essential oil. For example, if you are using one teaspoon of lavender essential oil, you would mix it with at least five teaspoons of carrier oil.

Create Custom Blends

Carrier oils can also be mixed together to create a custom blend. For example, if you want a carrier oil that is more nourishing, you could mix a carrier oil like jojoba oil with a carrier oil like grapeseed oil.

To mix essential oils and carrier oils, simply add the desired amount of each oil into a glass bottle or jar and screw on the lid tightly. Gently shake the bottle until the oils are fully mixed together.

Now that you know how to mix carrier oils with essential oils, you can create your own custom blends for skincare, bath bombs, diffusing or more! Carrier oils provide a great way to dilute essential oils while still being able to reap the benefits of their lovely scents. Get creative and have fun mixing essential oils and carrier oils by shopping our available range at N-essentials!

Both our carrier oils and essential oils are sourced from the highest quality and come in a variety of scents and sizes to suit your needs. If you have any questions about carrier oils or essential oils, feel free to reach out to us at We're always happy to help!

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