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Skin Care Oils, Essential Oils and Ready-to-Use-Oils: What's the Difference?

With so many different products available, it can be a challenge to know which is the right one to pick for your needs. Here’s a breakdown of Aura Cacia’s skin care oils, essential oils, and ready to use oils.   

Aura Cacia Skin Care Oils are what we call ‘carrier oils’ or ‘base oils.’ They come from the nuts, seeds and kernels of different plants, like almonds or apricot kernels, and are called carrier oils because we use them to carry the essential oils safely onto our skin. Carrier oils also have their own amazing benefits in addition to helping dilute essential oils- they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that nourish, protect, and hydrate our skin. Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil is a great whole-body oil rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Apply it to damp skin after a shower to help lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. It’s also a great choice for making a massage oil blend using Aura Cacia Essential Oils. Aura Cacia Argan Oil and Aura Cacia Organic Rosehip Oil are great choices for face application because they are low-comedogenic carrier oils, meaning they won’t clog pores. 

Aura Cacia Essential Oils also come from plants, but unlike carrier oils they are steam distilled from various parts of the plant (root, leaf, flower, fruit), and are highly concentrated aromatic compounds. Depending upon the plant it comes from, an essential oil can have a variety of uses that vary from home care to skin care. Aura Cacia Tea Tree Essential Oil, for example, is an amazing purifying essential oil that can be added to homemade cleaning products like deodorizing carpet powders, yet also has a toning and balancing effect on the skin when added to a carrier oil to make a serum. Because essential oils are so concentrated they are not meant to be used directly on the skin; they need to be properly diluted before application. Carrier oils are a great option for dilution that can be used for massage, facial care and even hair care. Adding 1-2 teaspoons of Aura Cacia Vegetable Glycerin to a spray bottle with water and your favorite essential oils (Aura Cacia Geranium Essential Oil and Aura Cacia Bergamot Essential Oil is a luxurious combination) makes a lovely facial toner. Check out Aura Cacia’s guide to diluting essential oils to learn more about safe use and application!

Aura Cacia Ready-to-Use Oils combine the benefits of both worlds- essential oils that are already appropriately diluted in carrier oils, to take all the guesswork out of blending for you. All of the Ready-to-Use oils come safely diluted in fractionated coconut oil, which is full of vitamins and minerals and incredibly hydrating for the skin.  Fractionated coconut oil is also non-comedogenic, making these oils a great choice for both whole body and facial care. Try massaging a few drops of Aura Cacia Ready-to-Use Frankincense Oil onto your face for a soothing and toning facial serum, or after a relaxing bath in the evening apply Aura Cacia Ready-to-Use Lavender Oil to damp skin before crawling into bed. Aura Cacia Ready-to-Use Eucalyptus Oil and Ready-to-Use Peppermint Oil are great choices after a morning shower to help you feel awake and ready for the day. Applying skin care oils to damp skin is a great strategy to help increase absorption of the oils and lock in moisture for all-day hydration.