• Carrier Oil Comparison, by kmoffett

    Originally posted by kmoffett, 07/03/2008 By special request, an article based on a thread on the 'old' LHC. There have been many people who gave me links and info, as listed below. If you have anything to add, please let me know!
    KEY: Com levels: 0=non-comedogenic; 5=highly comedogenic
    • NOTE: The acne detective site recommends that those with problem skin avoid oils with a level of 3 or more; however, just because an oil has a tendency to be comedogenic doesn’t mean you can’t use it at all—use it in combination with other oils, or make sure it is all washed off and followed with a low comedogenicity oil. They would also be safe to use in areas where acne is not a problem (legs, feet, hands, eye area, etc.).

    This compilation of information was gleaned from the following web links:

    Almond Oil, Sweet (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus)
    • medium-light; slightly oily, leaves a slight oily feeling on the skin; absorbs semi-quickly
    • emollient for conditioning/softening skin; great for dry, itchy skin
    • rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E
    • used in massage oils, lotions, balms and soaps
    • in hair care, sweet almond oil helps condition, nourish, and soften hair
    • moderately priced
    • NOTE: can stain sheets and clothing
    • COM 2
    • shelf life 1 year

    Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
    • available in powder, gel or oil
    • traditionally used for healing burns and injuries
    • soothes dry damaged skin
    • COM 0
    • oil has a shelf life of 6 mo-1 yr

    Aloe Vera Butter
    • extraction of aloe gel into a solid fraction of coconut oil so that it can be used like a butter
    • melts on contact with the skin
    • good for treating dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sunburn and chapping

    Amla Oil (Emblica officinalis)
    • good for all skin types
    • used in hair products to strength and condition
    • shelf life 1-2 yrs

    Andiroba Oil (Carapa guianensis)
    • has similar properties to that of Neem oil but *without* the characteristic un-friendly scent
    • very light but rich
    • contains a group of natural alpha hydroxy acids (a collagen booster and skin conditioner)
    • currently being used as a natural oil base for many anti-wrinkle creams like Aveda & Oil of Olay
    • great source of Essential Fatty Acids such as:
    • linoleic; required for the development of healthy skin and cell membranes, reducing puffiness and swelling. *vitamin F; helps to hydrate dry, parched skin
    • palmitoleic; natural conditioner that imparts incredible softness to skin & hair
    • myristic acid; regulates the skin cell regeneration, which prevents over active scaling
    • accelerates the healing of unsightly skin damage
    • balances the uncontrolled growth of skin cells
    • balances the uncontrolled growth of the pigment producing cells
    • treats insect bites, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and age spots
    • imparts a natural, non greasy, conditioning effect on both wavy, curly, and Afro hair types
    • for sore, achy and tired muscles; used as a heat treatment the benefits are instantly noticeable
    • used by professional athletes as a muscle rub and to treat sports injuries
    • used by those suffering from arthritis and rheumatism
    • used in salons as a hot oil treatment for their clients with thick naturally curly hair
    • increases blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn promotes healthy hair growth
    • will congeal, like butter, in cooler climates; simply place the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water to liquefy

    Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca)
    • very light, non-greasy, rich oil; easily absorbed into the skin
    • emollient for conditioning/softening skin
    • good for dry, tired, mature or sensitive skin
    • great for removing makeup and softening delicate skin around the eye
    • rich in vitamins A, D & E and in both oleic acid and linoleic acid.
    • frequently used in massage
    • great moisturizing and conditioning oil for mature and sensitive skin and skin that is inflamed and dry
    • said to aid in the repair of the skins elasticity in prematurely aged skin
    • COM 2
    • shelf life of cold pressed and expeller 6 mo-1 yr

    Argan Oil (Argania spinosa)
    • has anti-aging and restructuring properties
    • wonderful skin and haircare product
    • contains many antioxidants and is rich in vitamin E
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) (also available in butter form)
    • medium weight; leaves no greasy residue
    • rich in vitamins A, D and E
    • said to have healing and regenerating properties
    • heals scaly skin and scalp
    • very penetrating; imparts valuable nutrients to the skin
    • softens, increases elasticity, moisturizes dry or mature skins, heals eczema
    • used to treat sun damaged skin that is dehydrated and under nourished
    • said to help with the regenerating of skin cells
    • believed to be a good hair stimulant and an excellent protein conditioner for the hair & scalp
    • helps restore luster and hydrate dry and damaged ends
    • may overpower a blend if not diluted with another carrier
    • COM 2
    • shelf life of refined or unrefined 1 yr

    Babassu Oil (Orbignya oleifera)
    • fast penetrating oil
    • one of nature’s richest emollients, beneficial for either dry or oily complexions
    • used for generations by indigenous cultures of South America as a natural moisturizer
    • gently moisturizes, conditions and adds luster to the skin with no greasy after-feel
    • especially good for eczema, itchy, dry and inflamed skin
    • nourish, moisturize, and restore hair strength, giving shiny, healthy-looking hair
    • non-comedogenic
    • shelf life 1-2 yrs

    Baobab Oil (Adansonia digitata)
    • quick to absorb
    • exceptional moisturizing properties
    • does not clog pores
    • very rich and stable
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Blackcurrant Seed Oil (Ribes Nigrum)
    • rich source of GLA
    • superb moisturizer
    • can be used in place of evening primrose or borage seed oils
    • helps to improve acne and rosacea
    • great for dry, devitalized, damaged, and aging skin
    • shelf life 6 mo-1 yr

    Black Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus occidentalis)
    • ultra rich in antioxidants
    • essential fatty acids [30% of these are Omega-3s]
    • contains Vitamin E
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Black Seed Oil (Nigella sativa)
    • very concentrated with essential fatty acids
    • great healing properties
    • good for eczema, psoriasis and dry skin
    • Use caution with this oil if pregnant!
    • shelf life 6 mo-1 yr

    Blueberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium corymbosum)
    • potent anti-oxidant
    • conditioning, non greasy
    • gentle blueberry aroma
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Borage Oil (Borago officinalis) (aka Starflower Oil)
    • thin to medium, leaves a somewhat oily feel to the skin
    • excellent moisturizer in skin care
    • nourishes and reinforces cell tissues and membranes
    • retains moisture and slows ageing
    • rich plant source of GLA
    • said to be excellent in treating many skin conditions
    • expensive and is usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils
    • shelf life 6 mo refrigerated; goes rancid rather quickly—must refrigerate

    Brahmi Oil (Bacopa monniera)
    • used for its diuretic properties in India
    • relieves itchy scalp
    • helps with hair loss
    • purifies and tightens skin
    • shelf life 1 yr (infused in sweet almond oil)

    Brazil Nut Oil (Bertholletia excelsa)
    • rich in proteins and vitamins E and A
    • rich emollient/moisturizer similar to sesame oil
    • high in essential fatty acids, amino acids, zinc, vitamin A and E, and selenium, an important antioxidant
    • oil lubricates and moisturizes skin,
    • helps prevent dryness
    • promotes a clear complexion.
    • very stable

    Broccoli Seed Oil (Brassica oleracea italica)
    • great conditioning properties
    • high vitamin content
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Calendula Oil (Calendula officinalis)
    • known for its regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties
    • good for irritated, itchy or rashy skin
    • helps speed healing of wounds and burns
    • soothes and softens dry skin
    • purchase only pure oil extracted without solvents
    • COM 1
    • shelf life 1 yr (infused in olive oil)

    Camelina (Gold of Pleasure) (Camelina sativa)
    • high in anti ageing emollient properties
    • contains a relatively high content of plant sterols (approx 200 mg per kg)
    • similar in fatty acid composition to flax seed oil (high omega 3 content), but much more stable shelf life
    • often called false or wild flax oil because of how similar the two oils are
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Camellia Oil (Camelia sasanqua)
    • light, non-greasy oil
    • protects and moisturizes skin and hair
    • used by Japanese women for skin, hair and scalp care for many years
    • excellent for use in skin and hair products as it contains skin restructuring and moisturizing properties
    • high in oleic acid, and vitamins A, B and E
    • antioxidants make it great for anti-aging products; rejuvenates and restores
    • often used in fine facial creams due to its rapidly absorbing property
    • believed to promote the healing of scars, and lighten freckles and age spots
    • moisturizes, softens, and protects hair, and provides it with luster and shine
    • makes nourishing shampoos for dry and damaged hair; may help with dandruff and hair loss
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Canola Oil (Brassica napus canola) (aka Rapeseed Oil)
    • medium weight oil
    • nutritious, conditioning, and penetrating for all skin types
    • contains the essential fatty acids, plus vitamins, specifically vitamin E, and minerals.
    • prevents evaporation of moisture from the skin
    • softens and smoothes the skin in the same way as other emollients
    • revitalizes and softens hair as it imparts shine

    Carrot Oil (Daucus carota)
    • very heavy weight oil
    • source of beta-carotene and pro-vitamin A
    • natural color and skin nutrient
    • often used in sun care products
    • rich and healing, especially for mature, sensitive, or sun-damaged skin, and for skin irritations and rashes
    • it has been used for hundreds of years for healing the skin
    • used in products for premature aging, dryness and scarring
    • facilitates healing, sooth itching skin, replenish elasticity, and help psoriasis and eczema
    • beta-carotene, a natural antioxidant, is believed to reduce the damaging effects of UV rays
    • balances the moisture and conditions the hair
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Castor Oil (Ricinus communis)
    • very heavy, sticky oil
    • rich in fatty acids, it is a soothing, lubricating oil that is readily absorbed by the skin
    • used in conditioners for the treatment of brittle, damaged hair or hair loss
    • has hair conditioning and hair stimulant properties
    • COM 1
    • shelf life indefinite

    Cherry Kernel Oil (Prunus avium)
    • contains natural antioxidants, alpha, delta and gamma tocopherols plus vitamins A & E
    • contains eleostearic; prevents UV absorption by forming a barrier on the surface of the skin or hair
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Chia Seed Oil (Salvia columbariae)
    • *relatively high in linolenic acid 40%
    • *nutrient rich, luxurious oil
    • *also used in traditional tatooing
    • *shelf life 2 yrs

    Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
    • emollient (softening and soothing to the skin)
    • solid and hard to work with at room temperate; needs to be blended with other materials/oils to be workable
    • excellent all over body moisturizer
    • aids in preserving the skin by providing a protective layer that locks in natural moisture
    • soothes and softens dry, itchy skin
    • good for all skin types and is particularly excellent for rejuvenating dry skin
    • COM 4

    Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
    • fractionated steam distilled liquid
    • absorbs readily into the skin
    • great for massage oils
    • long shelf life
    • 76 or 92 degree (degree is the melting point)
    • can be drying in large amounts
    • emollient; used for salve bases
    • medium-light weight, non-greasy moisturizer which is quickly absorbed
    • great in lotion bars, creams, and hair care products
    • used in India as a hair tonic to stimulate hair growth, stimulate the scalp, and prevent graying of hair
    • COM 4
    • shelf life 2 yrs (76 degree); fractionated oil shelf life indefinite

    Coffee Bean Butter (Coffea arabica)
    • may offer natural protection from ultraviolet light; becoming a popular ingredient in sunscreens
    • provides excellent moisture retention
    • easily absorbed by the skin
    • there is no caffeine in coffee oil, since caffeine is a water soluble component of the coffee bean

    Copaiba (Balsam copaiba)
    • rich natural oil with a slightly spicy somewhat woody aroma
    • has the ability to soothe and soften dry, oily and even combination skin
    • has powerful antioxidant, antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties
    • widely used for its purported antiseptic properties and as a topical antibiotic to treat skin inflammation
    • copaiba is pregnancy safe
    • great for warding off mosquitoes.
    • great for treating a variety of skin conditions - including topical ulcers, eczema and psoriasis
    • facial toner (when diluted at 5% with distilled water) for acne prone skin types.
    • acne treatment (apply directly to affected area(s))
    • to relieve dandruff (rub in the palms and apply directly to the scalp)
    • cuticle oil
    • for the treatment of nail fungus
    • spot treatment for insect bites
    • as a massage oil for painful or inflamed muscles and joints (when diluted with Japanese Camellia Kissi Oil)
    • copaiba is the most sustainable rainforest resource that is harvested without cutting through the entire tree or destroying the forest in which it grows

    Cottonseed Oil (Gossypium hirsutum)
    • emollient
    • look for organic due to pesticides freely used in the cotton industry
    • expensive; usually used in dilution with other carriers
    • COM 3
    • shelf life 1 yr; vulnerable to rancidity

    Corn Oil (Zea mays)
    • COM 2

    Cranberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
    • 70% essential fatty acids
    • high levels of Vitamin E
    • excellent emollient properties
    • conditioning for skin and hair
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis)
    • best for dry skin use
    • good for eczema and psoriasis
    • light weight; thin; leaves only a trace of oiliness on the skin.
    • said to be excellent in treating many skin conditions
    • expensive and is usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils
    • maintains the skin elasticity
    • particularly recommended for dry and devitalized skin
    • used in folk medicine for its skin soothing properties to help with skin conditions like eczema
    • excellent oil for dry, aging or chapped skin
    • often used as a body massage oil
    • COM 2
    • shelf life 6 mo-1 yr; refrigeration recommended; goes rancid quickly

    Flax Seed Oil (Linum usitatissimum) (aka Linseed Oil)
    • light weight
    • analgesic
    • anti-inflammatory
    • emollient
    • treatment for acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea
    • can be comedogenic
    • shelf life 6 mo—MUST be refrigerated

    Grapeseed Oil (Vitus vinifera)
    • rich in vitamins, minerals and linoleic acid
    • light penetrating oil great for massage oils
    • use in creams, lotions and balms.
    • thin but leaves a glossy film on the skin.
    • may go rancid quickly
    • gentle, non-greasy, lightweight oil that absorbs into the skin quickly
    • believed to have skin cell regenerative properties
    • good in massage oils for those whose skin does not seem to absorb easily
    • can be somewhat comedogenic, but some say does not aggravate acne
    • promotes healthy hair; used in conjunction with jojoba oil and essential oils as an anti-hair loss massage
    • has good slippage for detangling hair
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Hazelnut Oil (Corylus avellana)
    • moisturizing; easily absorbed by the skin
    • light, thin, and only leaves a slightly oily film on the skin
    • said to be a good choice for those with oilier skin
    • long been used for treatment of dry and damaged skin
    • absorbs quickly into the skin, not leaving a greasy feel
    • wonderfully light, penetrating oil with slight astringent qualities
    • believed to help to tone and tighten the skin
    • soothing and healing to dry, irritated skin
    • studies have shown that it can filter sun rays and is commonly used in sun care products
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis sativa)
    • soothes and heals dry skin
    • great choice for skin protection
    • rich in vitamins, such as the natural anti-oxidant vitamin E
    • light weight; easily penetrates the skin
    • believed to reduce skin discomfort by soothing and restoring dry or damaged skin and increasing the natural moisture retention capacity
    • imparts gloss and manageability to hair
    • brings relief from dry scalp or hair damage by blow-dryer heat, chemical perms, coloring or sunlight
    • aids in keratin formation (the principal protein of hair and nails)
    • helps increase volume, comb ability and shine; smoothes down the cuticle of the hair
    • shelf life 1 yr; should be refrigerated; vulnerable to spoilage

    Holly Oil (Ilex opaca)
    • extracted into jojoba oil w/Vitamin E
    • used as a therapeutic massage oil
    • leaves no oily residue, is non-scented, non-staining with an unlimited shelf life
    • does not clog pores
    • shelf life indefinite

    Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera)
    • for centuries, the inhabitants of Borneo have been using illipe butter as a treatment for skin problems
    • very similar in nature to cocoa butter, but it has a higher melting point
    • moisturizes the skin, reduces degeneration of skin cells, and restores skin flexibility and elasticity
    • used in skin and sun care products, massage creams, and soap

    Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
    • jojoba "oil" is actually a liquid wax, pronounced "ho-ho-ba."
    • closely resembles human sebum
    • anti-inflammatory
    • anti-oxidant
    • light and silky; absorbs well.
    • somewhat pricier oil; frequently blended in a small dilution (10%) with other oils
    • penetrates the skin easily, is an excellent moisturizer and is ideal for all skin types
    • contains myristic acid which has anti-inflammatory actions
    • believed to rebalance, repair, lubricate, moisture, soften and trap bacteria which is then washed away
    • can be used on acne without any problems
    • believed to be great for mature, aging skin and has excellent mildness for sensitive skin
    • believed to promote hair growth and improve the overall health of the scalp and hair
    • creates a protective film over the skin and hair that keeps moisture in
    • COM 0-2
    • shelf life indefinite

    Karanja Oil (Pongamia glabra)
    • high content of triglycerides
    • antiseptic, healing, cleansing properties, insecticidal, and antiparasitic
    • base oil: recommended usage rate of 4-10%
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Kiwi Seed Oil (Actinidia chinensis)
    • contains over 60% of Essential Fatty Acid & Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA)
    • high concentration of ALA helps to maintain moisture in the skin and hair and prevent drying and scaling
    • anti-aging
    • treatment for dermatitis
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Kokum Butter (Garcinia indica)
    • used in skin and hair products, acne products, and skin tonics
    • regenerates tired and worn skin cells
    • supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall
    • can soften and heal chapped dry skin
    • has been used traditionally in India to soften skin and restore elasticity

    Kukui Nut Oil (Aleurites moluccana)
    • benefits eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, chapped skin, acne
    • a panacea for delicate, sensitive or dry skin
    • is pure and gentle enough to use on a baby's delicate skin
    • thin; absorbs well, leaving only a trace oily feeling on the skin
    • somewhat pricier oil
    • goes rancid rather quickly
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia integrifolia)
    • emollient
    • may act as an antioxidant
    • thick; leaves an oily film on the skin
    • may overpower a blend if not diluted with another carrier
    • does not easily absorb into the skin
    • acts as an emollient moisturizing your skin cells
    • antioxidant; protects cell membranes from deterioration; great for dry and aging skin
    • properties are very similar to mink oil and to the natural oil (sebum) of human skin
    • penetrates quickly and hydrates the skin
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Mango Butter (Mangifera indica)
    • similar uses and properties as shea butter
    • emollient that is often used as a cocoa butter replacement
    • easily spreadable on the skin
    • used in skin and body care, massage creams and make-up
    • shelf life exceeds 1 year
    • restores skin tone, elasticity and flexibility, and reduces degeneration of skin cells
    • great moisturizer and is soothing, softening, and nourishing to your skin
    • non-greasy, absorbs easily into the skin and provides a natural protective effect against UV radiation
    • traditionally used in the tropics for its skin softening, soothing, moisturizing and protective properties
    • ideal moisturizer for all skin types
    • believed to prevent drying and formation of wrinkles
    • provides relief from the dryness of eczema and psoriasis

    Mango Oil (Mangifera indica)
    • used for its revitalizing and moisturizing properties
    • shelf life 1-2 yrs

    Marula Oil (Sclerocarya birrea)
    • rich in Oleic acid, Vitamin C, Protein, Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium & Potassium
    • contains a high amount of palmitic acid
    • rich, quick to absorb
    • hydrates and heals skin problems
    • locks in moisture & improves your hair & skin texture
    • hair Oil (apply on wet or damp hair)
    • nourishing make up remover
    • pre-shampoo conditioner
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Meadowfoam Seed (Limnanthes alba)
    • stable, non-greasy and rapidly absorbed
    • soft, smooth, silky feel for hair or skin
    • may increase the life expectancy of lower life oils
    • probably the best oil to help prevent moisture loss
    • very stable shelf life

    Melon (Cantaloupe) Seed Oil (Cucumis melo)
    • high in antioxidants and vitamin A
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Morwah Butter (Madhuca latifolia)
    • very emollient butter
    • in India, the butter has both cosmetic and edible uses
    • soft solid at room temperature and melts immediately upon contact with your skin
    • known to reduce the degeneration of skin cells, prevent wrinkles and restore skin elasticity

    Neem Oil (Azadirachta indica) (aka margosa or nimba)
    • very thick, very heavy; very strong aroma
    • has antiseptic properties
    • used to treat scabies and dandruff
    • one of India's most respected treatments for problem skin; acne, psoriasis and eczema.
    • traditionally used in Ayurvedic remedies as an antiseptic to fight viruses and bacteria
    • skin rejuvenating and skin soothing qualities
    • used as a medicinal treatment of skin diseases and in the manufacture of medicated soap
    • gentle and nourishing when used for itchy, sensitive or dry skin conditions
    • used to treat itchy, irritated scalps, other scalp problems
    • also repels insects!
    • PLEASE NOTE: Full strength neem oil has been used topically as a vaginal contraceptive and has been given internally to woman in labor to augment uterine contractions. Neem products are not recommended for use by pregnant or nursing women or anyone (male or female) trying to get pregnant.
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Oat Oil (Avena sativa)
    • rich in phospholipids and glycolipids
    • anti-oxidant
    • emollient
    • transdermal properties
    • skin barrier protection
    • lubricating
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Olive Oil (Olea europaea)
    • excellent moisturizer/emollient
    • heavy and rather oily
    • may overpower a blend if not diluted with another carrier
    • nourishes the skin
    • extremely mild oil packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins
    • prevents the loss of skin's natural moisture
    • absorbed quickly and helps lock in moisture and soothe sensitive skin
    • believed to have healing properties, as well as being an excellent moisturizer
    • keeps skin soft, supple and younger looking
    • has been used for centuries in hot oil hair treatments
    • helps repair split ends, heals dandruff, and makes your hair shiny, silky, and lustrous.
    • COM 2
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Palm Oil (Elaeis guineensis)
    • very rich in carotenes and anti-oxidant tocotrienols
    • has cleansing properties; used in many expensive luxury soaps
    • often used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil
    • very similar to coconut oil
    • medium-light, non-greasy moisturizer which is quickly absorbed by the skin
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Papaya Seed Oil (Carica papaya)
    • rich in essential fatty acids
    • helps in deep cleansing and quickly breaks down dead skin cells
    • popular in treating many skin problems like pimples, wrinkles, psoriasis, and eczema
    • conditioning
    • moisturizing
    • exfoliant
    • transdermal properties
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Parsley Seed Oil (Petroselinum crispum)
    • warming
    • stimulating
    • refreshing
    • anti-inflammatory
    • anti-itch
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Passion Flower Seed Oil (Passiflora incarnata) (aka Marajuca Oil)
    • strengthens tissue
    • promotes sebum regulation, which balances oil production
    • rich in fatty acids, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C
    • contains a high precentage of linoleic acid and reduces moisture loss, ideal for dry skin
    • has a soothing effect on skin and is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
    • is easily absorbed

    Passion Fruit Seed Oil (Passiflora edulis)
    • high in Vitamin A and potassium
    • anti-bacterial
    • anti-itching
    • anti-inflammatory
    • shelf life 1-2 yrs

    Peach Kernel Oil (Prunus persica)
    • emollient, non-greasy
    • ideal for dry, tired and mature skins
    • can be used as an equivalent to apricot kernel oil
    • can be comedogenic
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Pecan Oil (Carya pecan)
    • medium thickness, leaves a slight oily film on the skin
    • goes rancid somewhat quickly
    • rich in nutrients
    • natural moisturizing oil nourishes and softens dry, chapped skin
    • soothing emollient, perfect for dry, damaged, or mature skin
    • a favorite among massage therapists
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Peanut Oil (Arachis hypogeae)
    • non-drying conditioning oil
    • vulnerable to rancidity
    • traditional oil for use in sunscreen preparations and after-sun oils
    • thick; leaves a very oily film on the skin
    • good choice for inclusion in massage blends
    • use for those with arthritis
    • COM 2
    • Note: Peanut oil should not be used by anyone that has an allergy to peanuts

    Perilla Seed Oil (Perilla frutescens)
    • rich in vitamins and amino acids
    • antiseptic properties
    • aids in the treatment of skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis
    • helps the skin and hair retain moisture
    • shelf life 1-2 yrs

    Pistachio Nut Oil (Pistacia vera)
    • rich in phytosterols which may have anti-cancer properties
    • wonderful, natural emollient
    • shelf life 6 mo-1 yr

    Pomegranate (Punica grantum)
    • moisturizes and nourishes dry skin
    • also balances pH
    • readily absorbed through the skin
    • only small amounts are normally used in concert with other oils
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Poppy Seed Oil (Oleum papaveris)
    • high in linoleic acids, minerals and proteins
    • smoothes the cuticle of the hair while moisturizing and adding shine
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita pepo)
    • used across the world as a treatment for sores, ulcers and other skin problems
    • rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene
    • highly nourishing and emollient oil
    • rich in vegetable protein, Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, zinc, calcium, magnesium, Omega 3 and Omega 6, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosterols
    • particularly good for dry, damaged skin; may be helpful for eczema and psoriasis
    • combats fine facial lines and dryness
    • protects skin from UV damage
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Red Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus idaeus)
    • high in tocopherols
    • abundant in fatty acids (linoleic; alpha linolenic and oleic)
    • wonderful anti-inflammatory
    • soothing, healing
    • superior radical scavenger
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Rice Bran Oil (Oryza sativa)
    • has long been used in Japan to protect and moisturize the skin
    • wonderful oil for itchy "alligator" skin
    • believed to improve skin tone and delay wrinkle formation
    • good for mature, delicate or sensitive skin
    • softens, moisturizes, and promotes regeneration of healthy skin
    • adds sheen and manageability while moisturizing and conditioning the hair without weighing it down
    • imparts shine and texture and leaves hair easy to style
    • also contains proteins that help strengthen the hair shaft and prevent split ends
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Rosehip Oil (Rosa mosqueta)
    • once described as the 'Fountain of Youth'
    • benefits damaged and distressed skin
    • light and leaves only a hint of oil on the skin
    • excellent in treating many skin conditions
    • expensive; usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils
    • shelf life 6 mo—must be refrigerated

    Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius)
    • limited shelf life
    • used for its moisturizing qualities
    • mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts and was used to heal old wounds
    • excellent choice for the replenishment of moisture in skin creams and lotions
    • very light and quick to absorb oil; great for oily skin
    • helps to moisturize, nourish and restructure the skin
    • maintains healthy cell membranes
    • believed to help keep the skin tissue younger
    • COM 0
    • shelf life 2 yrs

    Sal Butter (Shorea robusta)
    • very softening on the skin
    • protective against sunlight
    • can be used as a direct replacement for cocoa butter
    • shelf life exceeds 1 year
    • prevents dry skin and wrinkles

    Sapote Seed Oil (Pouteria Sapota)
    • rich in vitamins A, C, plant proteins, carbohydrates, iron, potassium, calcium
    • used as a skin ointment
    • hair dressing believed to stop falling hair
    • effective in stopping hair-fall caused by seborrheic dermatitis
    • excellent grooming oil, that nourishes the scalp, combats dryness & retains moisture.
    • restores health and improving manageability to over processed tresses, leaving your hair revitalized and soft
    • imparts sheen to coils & ringlets. It instantly detangles your normal to dry curls
    • strengthens from root to tip - promotes healthy hair growth.
    • beneficial for dry skin especially if you have hard water or have to contend with harsh weather
    • also purported to help clear uneven skin tone
    • may solidify if stored in a cool area - just run warm water onto the external bottom of the bottle

    Seabuckthorn Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides)
    • great source of vitamins A, E, carotenes, and flavonoids
    • traditional remedy for the treatment of bruised and battered skin
    • heals skin injuries, such as burns, sores, wounds, eczema
    • ideal for inclusion in "sports" ranges
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum)
    • used in creams and soaps for its moisturizing properties
    • known since earliest antiquity as a soothing, gentle emollient
    • an extremely good substitute for olive oil
    • has excellent longevity in massage preparations
    • may overpower a blend if not diluted with another carrier oil
    • mildly thick; leaves an oily film on the skin
    • COM 2
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Shea Butter (African Karite Butter) (Butyrospermun parkii)
    • used for over a thousand years as treatment for dry aging skin
    • used for the protection and care of skin cracked and dehydrated by the elements
    • solid but permeable at room temperature; leaves an oily/waxy feeling on the skin
    • contains a natural UV protection
    • used for centuries by the natives of the Ivory Coast and Senegal to heal and protect skin
    • anti-inflammatory
    • *has been shown to increase the healing of wounds and improve scars
    • used to heal eczema, burns, rashes, severely dry skin, and to lessen the irritation of psoriasis
    • penetrates deep into skin, gives back its elasticity and helps dry aging skin
    • moisturizes and nourishes skin and is excellent for dry, damaged and maturing skin
    • provides deep nourishment for the hair shaft
    • moisturizes dry, dull hair resulting in improved brilliance and manageability
    • also believed to help promote new hair growth
    • NOTE: Shea butter contains natural latex--people suffering from latex allergies should patch test any shea butter product before using it.

    Shea Oil (Butyrospermum parkii)
    • fractionated oil by-product of the shea butter process
    • anti-inflammatory
    • used for dry skin, eczema, etc.
    • shelf life 1 yr

    • prepared from equivalent quantities of Shea butter and Aloe gel
    • provides all the advantages of Shea butter, plus the moisturizing and healing properties of Aloe gel
    • non-greasy, moist feel upon application
    • should be refrigerated if not used within a few months

    Soya (Glycine max) (Soybean Oil)
    • light weight
    • softens skin
    • moisturizer
    • antioxidant properties
    • rich in Vitamins A, E and K
    • shelf life 1 yr

    St. John's Wort Oil (Hypericum perforatum)
    • used for damaged skin, bruises and other skin problems
    • especially useful for sensitive skin products
    • NOTE: Can increase sun sensitivity
    • NOTE: St. John's Wort as an oral supplement can reduce the effectiveness of the birth control pill. Although it is not known whether topical application of the oil can have the same effect, it is probably not advisable to use St. John's Wort while on the pill.
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus)
    • less expensive safe alternative to olive oil
    • contains Vitamin E (moisturizing), Vitamin A (soothing & healing), Vitamin E (preservative & antioxidant)
    • thin; does not leave an oily residue
    • helps to moisturize, regenerate and condition the skin
    • easily absorbed and can be used on all skin types
    • helps keep the skin tissue younger making it especially helpful for delicate, dry or mature skin
    • moisturizes, nourishes and protects for silky, strong, healthy hair
    • said to be a hair strengthener and prevent aging of the hair follicle, which may delay graying
    • COM 0
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum inophyllum)
    • extremely high proportion of essential fatty acids
    • emollient
    • regenerative
    • used around delicate tissue
    • analgesic
    • softening; moisturizing
    • shelf life 1 yr

    Walnut Oil (Juglans nigra)
    • used for its efficacy on dry and damaged skin
    • excellent moisturizer and a great emollient
    • absorbs quickly into the skin
    • rich in vitamins A, C, and linoleic acid
    • deep penetrating, very nourishing oil
    • has a mild astringent action which stimulates circulation
    • believed to have anti-aging, regenerative and skin toning properties; wonderful for damaged or maturing skin
    • conditioning hair oil provides flowing, smooth, and manageable hair.

    Watermelon Oil (Citrullus vulgaris) (aka ootanga oil or kalahari oil)
    • medium-light weight
    • easily absorbed into the skin & scalp
    • dissolves excess sebum & adds a rich sheen to hair
    • highly moisturizing; emollient
    • non-greasy; penetrating; absorbs quickly
    • dissolves sebum buildup
    • very stable shelf life

    Wheat Germ Oil (Triticum vulgare)
    • light weight
    • rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D and most importantly E
    • nourishing to the skin
    • also contains phosphorus, zinc, iron, sulphur, potassium, carotene and vegetable lecithin
    • highly nutritive ingredient in skin care products
    • soothes and nourishes irritated skin and may be helpful with eczema
    • believed to promote skin elasticity, nourish skin cells, and prevent moisture loss resulting in smoother, younger looking skin. Mature skin, in particular, will benefit from wheat germ oil
    • anti-oxidants improve the scalp’s ability to utilize oxygen, leaving the scalp healthy, decreasing thinning
    • also softens hair
    • COM 5
    • shelf life 1 yr; should be refrigerated
    https://web.archive.org/web/20111221...ges/bullet.gif By: kmoffett, at: 07/03/2008
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