❀ Almond Oil
Latin Name: Amlica embilicus
Skin Type: Great for all skin types especially for sensitive skin types
Properties:Relieves dry skin, itching, & soreness; it is said that this oil has healing properties, as it is soothing as well as nourishing, softening, and revitalizing the skin. Good skin lubricant. Contains olein glyceride linoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is rich in minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Great carrier oils for massage therapy.
Texture:Heavier than other oils; may stain fabric if used in huge quantities such as in massage therapy.
Color: Pale yellow and may have a slightly nutty odor
Storage/ Shelf-Life: Store in a cool and dark place
Quantity in Cream Making: 100%
Note: Easy to be confused with Bitter Almond Essential Oil, which may cause hydrocyanic acid poisoning.
❀ Apricot Kernel Oil
Latin Name: Prunus Armeniaca
Skin Type: Great for all skin types especially for sensitive, dry, mature, or dehydrated skin.
Properties: Good for eczema as it has skin regeneration properties. Good to use for facial creams.
Texture: Light; easy absorption hence also good for massage therapy
Color: Pale yellow
Storage/ Shelf-Life: Refrigerate after opening
Quantity in Cream Making: 100% but best if mixed
❀ Borage Seed Oil
Latin Name: Borago officinalis
Skin Types: Good for all skin types especially for dry, mature skin.
Properties: It is thought of as skin rejuvenator, as it is high in gamma-lenoleic acid, which is a fatty acid. Good to use for sun damaged skin, eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis.
Texture: Heavier then e.g. Apricot Kernel Oil
Color: Yellow with a hue of green
Storage/Shelf Life: 3-6 month, keep refrigerated
Quantity in Cream Making: not more than 10%
❀ Coconut Oil / Butter (Virgin)
Latin Name: Cocos nucifera
Skin Type: All skin types
Properties: Adds a creamy texture; absorbs easily
Texture: Liquid but becomes semi-solid at room temperature
Color: Clear but becomes white when solid
Storage/Shelf Life: store in a cool dark place; long shelf-life
Quantity in Cream Making: 100% if it is Virgin; up to 50% if it is refined
Note: Virgin Coconut Oil has the sweet scent of coconuts. Therefore, it is very overpowering and any additional essential oils might not come through in their scent.
❀ Evening Primrose Oil
Latin Name: Oenothera biennis
Skin Type: good for troubled skin
Properties: It’s high amount of gamma linoleic acid makes it a good oil to maintain healthy cell function. Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant
Texture: Liquid that should not be heated
Storage/Shelf Life: 6 month, keep refrigerated
Quantity in Cream Making: Use not more than 5%
❀ Hemp Seed Oil
Latin Name: Cannabis sativa
Skin Type: good for all skin types especially for troubled or dry skin.
Properties: Contains anti-oxidants, is high in Essential Fatty Acids, and contains many minerals. Anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, rejuvenating, moisturizing.
Texture: non-greasy, easy absorption
Color: dark green
Storage/ Shelf-Life: keep refrigerated, 8 month
Quantity in Cream Making: use up to 15%
❀ Jojoba Oil
Latin Name: Simmondsia Chinesis
Skin Type: good for all skin types; great for mature, ageing skin; good for facial and body creams
Properties: rich in Vitamin E, similar to sebum hence good absorption
Texture: liquid, light
Color: light yellow
Storage/Shelf Life: long shelf life, if refrigerated, oil hardens so take it out 2-3 hours prior to using it
Quantity in Cream Making: use up to 25%
❀ Rosehip Seed Oil
Latin Name: Rosa rubiginosa
Skin Type: good for dry skin
Properties: high in gamma-linolenic acid and vitamin C; good for skin regeneration
Texture: light texture
Color: very pale yellow oil
Storage/Shelf Life: keep refrigerated; goes rancid rather quickly
Quantity in Cream Making: use up to 5 – 10%
❀ Vitamin E Oil
Skin Type: good for all skin types
Properties: healing qualities, antioxidant and preservative, it helps eradicate free radicals from the skin
Storage/Shelf Life: keep refrigerated; goes rancid rather quickly; purchase in small quantity
Quantity in Cream Making: use up to 5%