Blend With Unique Carrier Oils and Butters

by Andrea on August 17, 2010

Creating body butters and essential oil blends with carrier oils has always brought me–and my skin–great pleasure!

When creating an essential oil blend in a carrier, getting creative is a good thing! Choose from a wide variety of butters and oils. When deciding, think about consistency, the therapeutic properties of the carrier, and your intention for the blend.

Here are a few of my favorite carrier oils:

avocado-oilAvocado oil (Laurus persea or Persea gratissima) is highly penetrating.  It deeply nourishes and softens dry skin. It prevents chapping, cracks and stretch marks. It promotes cell regeneration, especially paired with Helichrysum essential oil. It’s used for skin inflammation and skin cleansing. It’s also used as a carrier for arthritis pain blends. Avocado oil adds a vibrant green color to your blend. I like to wash my face with warm water and a small amount of avocado oil.

baobab-seed-oilBaobab oil (Adansonia digitata). The Baobab tree is a native African tree. The seeds produce a luscious oil that has a wonderful nutty aroma. The oil is  deeply nourishing and softens dry skin. It is known to restore and re-moisturize the epidermis. I like to use it in blends for relieving eczema and psoriasis. Alleviates pain from burns and regenerates epithelial tissue quickly–especially when you add Lavender essential oil to it!

cocoa-butterCocoa butter (Theobroma nucifera) Cocoa butter is a beautiful, hard, solid aromatic butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree  in West Africa. It is highly protective of skin and adds an incredibly silky texture to body butters. It contains about 5 IU of vitamin E per ounce, and improves skin flexibility and health. Cocoa butter is particularly praised for its antioxidant properties. It is commonly used to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and corners of the mouth.

coconut-oilCoconut oil (Cocos nucifera)has a fresh coconut aroma. It is moisturizing, and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. Coconut oil is mild and generally safe for people with inflamed, irritated and sensitive skin. It is used for nail and cuticle treatment, fungus, and for healing for dry, itchy skin. It adds a tropical aroma to your body butters, and blends beautifully with cocoa butter.

Kombo_bigKombo butter (Pycnanthus anglensis)offers many wonderful benefits for our skin. I like to melt it with other butters, like shea butter and cocoa butter, for a rich, aromatic, healing body butter. Kombo butter is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and antiseptic. It is used with essential oils for aching joints and muscles and for dry or irritated skin conditions. Kombo butter is high in Myristoleic acid. Myristoleic acid is used to address pain in the muscles and joints for arthritis and gout.

kpangnan-butterKpangnan butter (Pentadesma butyracea)is pronounced “Panya.” I have found this butter to be even more moisturizing than shea butter. It has a slight warming effect on the skin when applied. Studies have found that Kpangnan contains a high amount of stigmasterol, an unsaturated plant sterol that contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents. For a solid butter, the texture is softer than expected, and it adds a luscious feel to body butters. The aroma is gentle and nutty.

marula-oilMarula oil (Sclerocarya birrea) is a wonderful golden carrier oil with a very light scent (it’s nice for people who do not want a strong aroma). It can be used on its own for massage, or as a great base for essential oils or butter blends. It protects and nourishes skin, and is good for oily skin and hair. Relieves dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. It helps heal sunburns, and heals chapped and irritated skin.


shea-butterWest African Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) is obtained by cold pressing of the fruit of the Karite tree. Shea butter is known as an excellent moisturizer. It aids dryness, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and burns. Shea is used as a lip balm, salve base, and moisturizer for all dry skin conditions. It is also used for sun-damaged skin and for long-term health of the skin.

tamanu-oilTamanu oil (Calophyllum inophyllum), extracted from the fruit of the Tamanu tree, is renowned for its remarkable skin healing properties. It greatly aids wound healing of severe cuts and burns. It acts as an effective germicide to kill or prevent infection. It is used for shingles and skin ulcers. Tamanu oil’s ability to heal damaged skin is well researched. Tamanu oil promotes new tissue formation, accelerating healing and healthy skin growth. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal.

palm-kernel-oilPalm kernel oil (Elaeis guineensis) is amazing! The aroma alone is rich, nutty, and unique. It lends a smooth texture to all body butters, soaps and salves. It is wonderfully emollient and has cooling properties. It prevents dry hair and lips and us used as a nail and cuticle treatment. Good for healing for dry, itchy skin. It softens and lubricates the skin.

Please note: Be sure to buy raw, organic, unrefined and non-deodorized carriers and butters. The refining and deodorizing process uses heat and or solvents and can strip the butter or carrier of its natural vitamins and minerals. All these butters and carriers can be purchased through one of my favorite web stores, Aromatics International.

What are some of your favorite carrier oils and butters? Do you have some great recipes you can share?

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Wanda March 15, 2017 at 7:28 pm

I have been suffering from various stages of dry skin on my eyelids, below my eyebrows, and between my eyes. I am not sure why as I have had it all year long. I was thinking I was having a problem with using essential oils on my face and stopped that, but I still have the problem. I have been using shea butter, rosehip oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. Some help and some don’t can you suggest another oil or butter that might work. Thank you so much for all your lovely recipes and helps, I use many. Sincerely, Wanda


Andrea Butje March 18, 2017 at 6:19 pm

Hi Wanda!
I would suggest to consult with a Naturopath who would help to uncover the underlying issue and then would suggest a treatment plan.


Wanda March 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Thank you, that is something to look into.


Vicki hogg March 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Thank you so much for all the wonderful information you share.


Andrea Butje March 23, 2016 at 8:39 am

You’re welcome Vicki! I’m glad you enjoy it 🙂


Rita March 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

Where can we buy these carrier oils?


Andrea Butje March 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Hi Rita – Aromatics International carries all of these:


Heather March 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

I would LOVE to try some of the not-so-common butters & oils you mentioned….can you recommend a reputable supplier to purchase these from? Mostly for the unusual types that are not so easy to find like the Baobab oil & Kpangnan butter.


Andrea Butje March 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm
Nita March 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

This was very helpful information. I struggle with arthritis and stiffness in my spine. Great to know about the other carrier oils. I have made your pain body butters and get instant relief. Thankyou,


Andrea Butje March 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

You’re welcome Nita! Arthritis and stiffness in your joints can really be a struggle; I’m so glad to hear you’ve found relief with the blends here!


Gayle March 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Hi could you tell me where that recipe is for pain body butter. I’d appreciate it


Andrea Butje March 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Hi Gayle!
Here’s the link for the Kpangnan Butter Recipe for Joint Pain:


Top Portable Grill September 11, 2010 at 12:42 am

Thank you for give very nice info. I am impressed by the information that you have on this blog. It shows how well you understand this subject. Bookmarked this page, will come back for more. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched everywhere and just couldn’t find. What a perfect site. I like this website and it has given me some sort of desire to succeed for some reason, so keep up the good work.


nayana August 19, 2010 at 10:43 am

Really inspires me to try something new, have never used some of those. Thanks 🙂


Betti August 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

very interesting, thank you


Crystal Baldwin August 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Thanks so much for the info. I love reading about the different butters…you always learn something new. Funny you wrote this, I was just thinking I would love for you to write about when is the best time (therapeutically speaking) to use body butters, or oils, or gels, or lotions. This is a piece of that puzzle. Many thanks!


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