What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil refers to a vegetable oil, wax, fat, or other oil that an essential oil is mixed with. The carrier oil (or base oil) “carries” the essential oil and dilutes it so it can effectively be spread over a larger area.
Coconut Oil Is A Great Carrier Oil
Applying essential oils directly on your body without any kind of dilution is often referred to as applying the oil “neat.”
Since essential oils are so potent and powerful, and because some oils may irritate your skin, you can reduce the chance of experiencing any irritation by diluting your oil with a carrier oil – such as fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.