Pure Coconut Oil as a Carrier Oil?

by Therri
(Cincinnati, OH)

Hello I am new to the world of aromatherapy. I recently bought pure coconut oil and I was wondering if I can add an essential oil to it for a nice fragrance? I love the smell of coconut but was disappointed when I noticed that the coconut oil I have does not have a "coconut" smell.

ANSWER:
Hi Therri
Thanks for your question and the answer is - yes! Coconut oil is perfect for using with essential oils. Coconut oil has much smaller molecules than other carrier oils, almost as small as the molecules of essential oil. So coconut oil penetrates very easily into the skin, allowing the essential oil to be readily absorbed.

Also, you are quite right, pure coconut oil has no smell. If it does, check the label it probably has added "fragrance." Anything that has fragrance as an ingredient should be avoided.

"Fragrance" can be a chemical cocktail as there is a legal loophole allowing "fragrance" to be a mix of potentially up to hundreds of chemicals!

Another important point about pure coconut oil is that it will go solid at about 25 degrees celcius (about 75 degress Fahrenheit). so it can be difficult to use in cooler weather as it will be solid.

As you may have noticed on my website, the essential oils I use do not require dilution because of their guaranteed purity. I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils. If you wish to use essential oil perfume with Young Living Essential Oils, you will blown away with the difference in smell. It is the way essential oils are supposed to smell!

More information about these oils is available here.

Wishing you lots of blending fun!

Jen
Essential Oil Goddess

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Jan 30, 2014
young living essential oils
by: Anonymous

I also use young living essential oils in my skin and hair products. These are top notch essential oils compared to others I have used. You will not be disappointed with the results. Also the coconut oil I have is organic with a light coconut smell. Is that considered a processed version since it has the scent? And not a good product to use?

ANSWER:
Any smell strong smell associated with coconut oil is not worth using with essential oils as it overpowers the smell of the essential oil. I always use organic, virgin coconut oil. If you are using the highest quality essential oils, make sure you use the highest quality coconut oil too :)

Jen
Essential Oil Goddess

Apr 26, 2013
coconut oil as nourishing oil?
by: Anonymous

Hi, I thought i want to use coconut oil together with jojoba and neem oil..if so how much should i use??? I want to make my own moisturiser and i am new to this...and I am not sure how much should I use....any help???XX

ANSWER:
The first question I would ask is why you want to combine all three oils. Do you need the properties of each of them? One way to combine them is to whip them with a hand held kitchen beater. Coconut oil will be solid at low temperatures, so refrigerate it first before whipping (you need it solid to whip it) I would use small amounts of neem oil as it is very strong and can overpower any essential oils you may want to use. Enjoy!

Jen
Essential Oil Goddess

Apr 04, 2013
coconut oil
by: Anonymous

Actually, coconut oil has a natural coconut smell without added fragrance.
However, you can buy it without the coconut smell.
Check the bottle, it will tell you if it has no flavor (usually says something like Ideal for cooking) :)

ANSWER:
Coconut oil from different parts of the world will have different scent and flavour. Although, it is important to note, it should have some mild taste and scent. Does it go solid in cold temperatures? If not, it may be a fractionated coconut oil and therefore more processed. Make sure you use only organic, virgin coconut oil which has been minimally processed. High quality essential oils need high quality coconut oil!

Jen
Essential Oil Goddess

Feb 19, 2013
Help with coconut oil as a carrier!
by: Anonymous

I need help! I made some essential oil blends and though I usually use olive oil, I thought since I was shipping them I'd use coconut since it is solid at room temperature. I just have plain oil processed coconut oil, I have used it before with good effect form myself. Well, as you probably guessed, the coconut oil set up and the essential oils are a weird liquid layer on top! What do I do now?

ANSWER
Hi there,
From what you describe it could be one of two things.

  1. The coconut oil is rancid. If your coconut oil is yellow or orange colour, it has gone off. Also, if it has a very strong smell it also has been heavily processed.

  2. Your essential oils are adulterated in some way. If the essential oils are floating on top of the coconut oil, there is a good chance that there is an additive in your essential oil.


I suggest you make sure you use pure, organic virgin coconut oil (not processed) and also use pure 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils such as Young Living Essential Oils. You can find more details at my store.

Best wishes

Jen
Essential Oil Goddess

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