Carrier Oils – What is the big deal?
In my last blog I wrote I was going to increase my knowledge and understanding on the use of carrier oils. I can not believe how many there are, not only what Akoma currently supplies but also so readily available in shops and online. I felt it was important to dig deeper to find out what carrier oils are before I started the journey of learning about individual oils.
From my own research I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of information available out there. So I decided to look at some of the main points. If any of you would also like to make a comment please do, as it will help all our customers especially to those who are new to using carrier oils for the first time.
It was found carrier oils are extracted from the fatty part of the plant such as the nut, seeds and kernels. The oil can be old pressed without the use of heat. However, a limited about of heat can be produced due to the friction caused when extracting the oil. I am amazed by all the different oils, having their own unique characteristics, having essential vitamins, nutrients and fatty acids. If oils are extracted at a high temperature the valuable nutrients in the oil are likely to be damaged.
Some factors that determine the price of carrier oils is how the oil is extracted, the type of plant and the quantity you buy. In addition, organic oils tend to be more expensive. When purchasing your oils it is advisable to buy the amount based on how long the oil last and the amount you will use within the shelf life. In addition, store your oils in dark bottles in a cool place ideally away from heat sources. It is important to look after your oils as they can go rancid and deteriorate.
There is a lot more information to be read about carrier oils I have merely scratched the surface. However, understanding the basics is a start. My next blog I will research Andiroba Oil (Cold Pressed) recently introduced and available from Akoma.