Sunday, July 19, 2009
A Short Guide to Base Oils
I use quite a few different oils in making various herbal products & have been meaning to put together a list of their individual properties for easy reference. I've put it on my web site & thought I'd post it here as well. Hopefully, you'll find it helpful, too!
Apricot Kernal Oil – Medium weight oil, easily absorbed by the skin. Good for sensitive or prematurely-aged skin.
Avocado Oil – thick, heavy, easily absorbed. Soothes and softens dehydrated skin. Revitalizes and regenerates mature skin.
Castor Oil – Very thick, shiny oil. Acts as a barrier. Protects skin from harsh environmental conditions. Very soothing.
Coconut Oil – Solid below 76 degrees F. Emollient. Soothes sensitive or irritated skin.
Grapeseed Oil – very light and non-greasy, easily absorbed. Slightly astringent.
Hazelnut Oil – light, easily absorbed. Slightly astringent.
Jojoba Oil – thick, light, easily absorbed. Richly moisturizing for all skin types. Thickens and beautifies hair. Technically a liquid wax, not an oil.
Olive Oil – thick, slightly sticky, easily absorbed. Soothes and moisturizes dry, dehydrated skin. Thickens and beautifies hair.
Sweet Almond Oil – Easily absorbed, has a good “slip”. Softens and soothes the skin. Heals rough skin, strengthens nails.