10 Carrier Oils We Need In Our Bathroom Cabinet
This list has been compiled based on the use of carrier oils in the UK. Certain carrier oils have seasonal benefits in the UK, which have earned certain carrier oils a lower ranking within the list.
These lower positions are entirely undeserved, but that’s the nature of lists! Sorry.
All I can say is, that every single carrier oil on this list deserves your attention, so please have a good look at all of them. And, this is true of whether you live in the UK or not!
Carrier Oils UK
Wild As The Wind carry an extensive range of UK Carrier Oils…
Circa. 40 UK Carrier Oils, in fact…
These UK Carrier Oils have not been produced in the UK, but are simply available to buy in the UK.
UK Carrier Oils & Essential Oils
It’s amazing how many people buy essential oils without also investing in any carrier oils. This may mean they already have carrier oils at home, or that they exclusively use their essential oils for diffusing… But, whatever the case, it’s still surprising that so many people invest in essential oils without also buying carrier oils with which to dilute them for topical application…
Carrier oils are deeply healing in so many ways. They moisturise. They recondition. They feed our skin. They protect it from the elements and pollution. And, carrier oils even repair damage and improve the integrity of our largest organ… our skin.
Plus, if essential oils are to be used for topical application, they absolutely must be diluted with a good carrier oil.
Robert Tisserand, along with Rodney Young, has written the ultimate essential oil safety manual for therapists. His view on essential oils is unequivocal:
Do not apply undiluted essential oils to your skin. It’s that simple. The most common adverse reaction, experienced by hundreds, possibly thousands of people every year, is a skin reaction, and the most common cause is using an undiluted essential oil. Generally, the reasons for doing this are either (1) ignorance: no-one told you this wasn’t a good idea, or (2) someone told you that it was a good idea, and that it was safe.
Tisserand has even been more outspoken than this, accusing the essential oil brands, who advocate for the use of undiluted essential oils, of being responsible for the harms done to their customers, caused by sensitisation.
But carrier oils aren’t just simply needed to make essential oils safe… they very much have a job to do in their own right.
Here are The 10 carrier oils we need in our bathroom cabinet…
- Nigella Sativa Oil [Organic, Food Grade]
- Jojoba Oil [Organic]
- Tamanu [Organic]
- Arnica Oil [Organic]
- Bakuchiol Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil [Organic]
- Raspberry Seed Oil [Organic]
- Baobab Oil [Organic]
- Castor Oil [Organic]
- Rosehip [Organic]
1. Nigella Sativa Oil [Organic, Food Grade]
Nigella Sativa Oil is the number one oil in the list of 10 carrier oils we need in our bathroom cabinet… and for good reason.
Also known as Black Seed Oil, and as the ‘cure for everything but death’, Organic Nigella Sativa Oil is phenomenally protective and curative, when taken internally. It supports organ function, helps us detox and lose weight, and it even protects us from spike proteins, which are the elements of the coronavirus which determine how contagious it is.
Organic Nigella Sativa Oil is known to be deeply anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic. It is also antifungal.
When applied topically, Black Seed Oil can soothe irritated and inflamed skin. It can also feed the skin with important nutrients, helping to restore damaged, malnourished skin to glowing health.
It is thought that the benefits of fish oil are increased three times over if it is taken with Nigella Sativa Oil.
2. Jojoba Oil [Organic]
Jojoba Oil is the ultimate makeup remover! This is especially true when it’s used in conjunction with Witch Hazel.
One of the reasons Jojoba Oil makes for such a great makeup remover is that it shares practically the same chemistry as the sebum of the skin. This means that it easily sinks into our pores and helps liquify everything that is sitting in there… our hardening sebum, makeup, dirt, and dead skin cells etc…
Jojoba Oil is actually a wax and not an oil at all… This means that it has a really low melt point. The moment we apply it to our skin the viscosity of Jojoba becomes thinner, allowing it to slide easily into every pore.
3. Tamanu Oil
Organic Tamanu Oil is profoundly moisturising and is considered to be the ultimate oil for wound healing and reducing the appearance of scars.
It is quite an aromatic oil in its own right, and so doesn’t automatically lend itself to being used in a blend. Nevertheless, Organic Tamanu Oil is a vital ingredient in Wild As The Wind Bath & Body Oil No. 8, formulated to help heal wounds and scarring.
Tamanu Oil is well-loved within the skincare industry as it is known to promote collagen alongside its wound healing and scar reduction potential.
As an anti-inflammatory oil, it also helps to balance and even out our complexions, as well as soothing rashes and sore skin.
4. Arnica Oil [Organic]
Organic Arnica Oil has an important place in everyone’s first aid kit, as well as being pretty high on the list of the 10 carrier oils we need in our bathroom cabinet.
Arnica Oil is the oil we use when we sustain traumatic injuries, from falling, from colliding with other things and from spraining our ankles and wrists, etc. It will reduce swelling and bruising, and allow us to heal faster.
It also gets rid of a lot of the discomfort of our injuries.
5. Bakuchiol Oil
Bakuchiol Oil has been scientifically proven to be as effective as retinol in reducing signs of ageing. But, the beauty of Bakuchiol Oil is that, it is also 100% safer…
This is because it is very rich in vitamin C
Bakuchiol Oil the gentle, vegan ingredient, is thus proving pretty revelatory as a natural alternative to retinol.
In addition, Bakuchiol Oil is a potent antioxidant, which can visibly reduce discolouration.
Research has shown that Bakuchiol Oil has a good number of anti-ageing attributes which do the following:
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
- Restore firmness
- Refine & even skin tone & texture
- Calm skin irritation & sensitivity
Ultimately. Bakuchiol Oil is an ideal choice for those with Retinol damaged skin.
A more affordable alternative to Bakuchiol Oil is Buriti Oil. Although there’s less scientific support for Buriti Oil being another great alternative to Retinol, it actually has more vitamin A in it than Bakuchiol Oil.
Vitamin A is nature’s Retinol!
Wild As The Wind offer an Organic Buriti Oil as well as an Ethically Sourced Buriti Oil.
6. Sweet Almond Oil
Organic Sweet Almond Oil is the oil of choice for use in bath and body oils. This is because, Organic Sweet Almond Oil absorbs really well into our skin, providing considerable moisture and nourishment, leaving it looking revitalised and healthy.
It is also anti-inflammatory. This means that it reduces the appearance of discolouration, and even rashes. Organic Sweet Almond Oil also soothes and appeases the discomfort that comes with skin problems.
It is considered, by many, to be the ultimate carrier oil for blending with essential oils to make into massage oils. It is nutrient dense and affordable, making it an ideal choice from almost all perspectives.
However, Organic Sweet Almond Oil has one drawback. Being a nut oil, it is not suitable for those with a nut allergy.
Suitable alternatives for those with nut allergies are:
- Avocado Oil [Organic]
- Safflower Oil [Organic]
- Grapeseed Oil [Organic]
- Apricot Kernel Oil [Organic]
- Marula Oil [Organic]
7. Raspberry Seed Oil [Organic]
Raspberry Seed Oil [Organic] is an important oil, especially in the summer months. It is reputed to have an SPF value of anywhere between 28 SPF and 50 SPF, depending on where it’s grown, and in what conditions…
It is also a very moisturising oil which sinks easily into our skin without leaving any residue. This makes it an excellent oil for almost all applications.
8. Baobab Oil [Organic]
Organic Baobab Oil is an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. As an anti-inflammatory oil, it is helpful for a lot of uncomfortable skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis etc, appeasing the symptoms, and helping rashes to heal.
Owing to an exceptional nutrient profile, Organic Baobab Oil is very beneficial for problem skin from every angle. It is also a very affordable oil, and deserving of its place in the list of 10 carrier oils we need in our bathroom cabinet.
9. Organic Castor Oil
Organic Castor Oil is a very special oil. It is suitable for topical application, and is actually absorbed relatively easily into the skin. Because of its nutrient profile, and healing benefits, it is a good carrier oil to add to a blend of carrier oils for problem skin conditions, such as acne etc.
However, Castor Oil was advocated by Edgar Cayce for all manner of therapeutic benefits, ranging from Liver detoxification to the reduction of cellulite and weight loss. It is also helpful for constipation and digestive health.
Edgar Cayce advocated Castor Oil Packs for the treatment of these conditions, and many more.
Find out how to do a Liver Cleanse using Organic Castor Oil packs via the Organic Castor Oil page.
10. Rosehip Seed Oil [Organic]
There’s no way that this important oil should come last in the list of 10 carrier oils we need in our bathroom cabinet… but, really, none of the oils in this list should come last.
Many people have caught on to how deeply beneficial Organic Rosehip Seed Oil is for skincare, especially for facial skin. This is because it has been broadly touted as one of the most anti-ageing oils there is. And, it’s true… but, there are others, like Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil which are equally impressive too…
And, sadly, a lot of people are using Rosehip Seed Oil, and these other oils all wrong… For example, we only need about 10% Sea Buckthorn Oil or Rosehip Oil in a blend to achieve optimal benefit for facial skin.
The main reason Organic Rosehip Seed Oil is appearing last in the list of 10 carrier oils we need in our bathroom cabinet is because of the alternative application it has been included for… Organic Rosehip Seed Oil just happens to be the best natural after sun there is. As this application isn’t one that is required all year round in the UK, it would be unfair to pl;ace it higher on the list.
Wild As The Wind also supply an Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil.
Brilliant and essential information. As ever you are fastidious in your research and how you deliver it too. Thank you Rachel.