Why I use carrier oils in my skin care range and everyday life

Shortly after I started researching essential oils, I discovered carrier oils. I never realised that the olive oil and coconut oil I keep in my kitchen cupboard can be beneficial for my skin and hair.

Hello! My name is Yana – founder and owner of ShaNaMetics. Welcome to my 9th blog post.


There are many oils that can be used as ‘carrier’ oils, oils that are able to ‘carry’ the essential oils into the body. They all have their own properties, benefits, active ingredients, and uses.

You might also refer to carrier oils as vegetable oils. No, this does not mean they necessarily only come from vegetables. It is a generic name, indicating they come from natural sources.

There are a diverse group of oils, coming from nuts, seeds, and some vegetables. Also known as lipids, vegetable oils are mainly composed of fatty acids. Fatty acids are the building blocks of fat in the human body and foods; they provide energy for the body. These oils are also packed with vitamins and minerals and when using on a regular basis will contribute to your skin health.

Carrier oils are often used in combination with essential oils. Essential oils are extremely powerful, so you only need a very small amount to take advantage of their benefits. Carrier oils allow you to cover a larger surface area of your body with essential oils, without needing to use too much.

Carrier oil can be used for cooking as well. Deciding which oil is better to use depends on what type of meal you are preparing and the flavour you are looking for.

When you are cooking, you might also want to think about the smoke point of the oil. This is the point at which the oil starts burning and smoking. Different oils have different smoke points, and some are better for cooking at higher temperatures. Some oils are stable at high temperature and some oils aren’t. I try not over-complicate things. That is why I use coconut oils for high heat cooking and olive oil for medium heat cooing and salads.

When shopping for carrier oils, make sure you buy oils in dark, preferably glass containers. Coconut oil usually comes in see through jar but choose the one in a glass jar because it will last longer.

Dark coloured containers will not shorten the oils shelf life. Store your oils in dark and cool place away from direct sunlight.

But let’s focus on the carrier oils as part of our skin care routine. There are certain oils that I use in everyday life and certain oils that I use in ShaNaMetics skin care range. It takes me few months until I decide what carrier oils to use in my products. I don’t want to use the same ingredients for all products. Every ingredient serves a purpose and it is being used for a reason.


The oil I often refer to as the oil that saved my skin is Rosehip Seed oil. I used to have hyperpigmentation but thanks to rosehip oil, my hyperpigmentation is a history. Rosehip seed comes from the rosehip fruit, a plant that is native to Chile. The oil was used by the Native Americans, Mayans, and the Ancient Egyptians for its healing properties. The antioxidants found in rosehip oil, especially the combination of vitamins C and E, can help combat free radicals that cause sun damage. The cold-pressed fats found in rosehip oil can help to get rid of scars by promoting skin regeneration.



When I started researching ingredients for day cream, I wanted to find ingredients that can protect the skin naturally from UV lights. And I discovered red raspberry seed oils. I put this oil to the test and I saw the results. My skin has never looked and felt healthier during the day. Raspberry seed oil is cold-pressed and obtained from the seeds. The oil is high in vitamins E and A and essential fatty acids including omega 3 and omega 6.


Apricot kernel oil is pressed from the kernel of the apricot fruit. I chose this oil for ShaNaMetics body oil because It is light and easily absorbed into the skin. It is also important ingredient in ShaNaMetics nail balm because it is nourishing and can help to strengthen weak or brittle nails. Apricot kernel oil is high in vitamins A, C and E. This oil offers lasting hydration and it won’t leave a heavy or greasy feeling on the skin. It contains fatty acids such as oleic acid and linoleic acid that hydrate and promote a healthy skin barrier.


Hazelnut oil is made of cold pressed roasted hazelnuts. The Hazel tree can be found in the Northern Hemisphere. The nuts grow in husks on the trees and fall out when they are ripe. Hazelnut oil is high in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and calcium. It moisturises and condition skin and that’s why I chose this ingredient for ShaNaMetics hand balm.


Coconut oil is one of the first oils I experimented with. It is high in the powerful antioxidant vitamin E and it is excellent for dry skin because it keeps the skin moisturised with high concentration of fats. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. If it is hot, it will become liquid but this will not affect it’s shelf life. Because of it’s antimicrobial properties I have used coconut oil in ShaNaMetics lip balm and nail balm. I have also used coconut oil for my hair. I apply the oil for 30 min before I wash my hair. Coconut oils helps my curly hair to look even curlier. I use coconut oil in my cooking. It is good for cooking vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Coconut oil can also be used for oral care. Coconut oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. I don’t use this oil on my face as it can block your pores ( I know this from experience).

You might have seen liquid version of coconut oil. This is known as fractionated coconut oil. As the name suggest it is a fraction of coconut oil. To turn the coconut oil into fractionated, most of the long chains triglycerides are removed, leaving the medium-chain triglycerides. I don’t use this ingredient in any of ShaNaMetics products. However, I do use when it I make hand creams for me and I also add a table spoon to my bath. This way my skin doesn’t feel dry after bath. I mix fractionated coconut oil with essential oils and salts in a glass beaker and place the beaker under the running water.


Olive oil is an ingredient that I use in my everyday life and It is not part of any ShaNaMetics product. I have used it to make hand creams and body scrubs for family and friends. I recently used it on my hair for the first time and I was impressed with the results.

These are only few of the carrier oils I use on daily bases. They are wonderful gifts from nature and are so versatile. They can be used for meal preparation and to support healthy skin and hair. Carrier Oils offer therapeutic properties through their beneficial components like vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. I have used and will continue to use carrier oils because they help me to maintain beautiful skin and hair and good wellbeing.


Everything I have talked about so far is based on my knowledge and experience. Follow your instincts and do what’s best for you.


I encourage you to have a look at my website and treat yourself with a beautiful skin care product.


Lots of Love,

Yana


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