carrier oil

An Oil for Scars

by Andrea Butje on May 15, 2017

If I’m making a butter or oil for scars or old wounds, one of my favorite carrier oils to use is tamanu. Tamanu oil comes from Madagascar and the Polynesian Islands, and has a very intense, nutty, curry-like aroma. In some areas of the Polynesian Islands it’s been used as a traditional medicine for healing […]


Blending with essential oils and creating amazing scents is what often pops up first in our minds when we think of Aromatherapy. It’s also fun to blend with aromatic carrier oils and butters, learning their properties and the ways they affect your recipes. Some carrier butters and oils have amazing aromas. Others are very mild, […]


Going Green with Avocado Oil

by Andrea Butje on November 7, 2011

Are you using avocado oil (Laurus persea) in your aromatherapy and massage blends? If not, check out this natural, fresh oil! While you and your clients enjoy the scent and texture of avocado oil, it goes to work behind the scenes restoring and rejuvenating skin naturally. Avocado oil is highly penetrating, deeply nourishing, and softens […]


Natal Mahogany (Trichilia emetica)

by Andrea on December 7, 2010

Recently I was introduced to a really fabulous new carrier oil called Natal Mahogany (also called Mafura oil or Cape Mahogany). The Natal Mahogany tree (Trichilia emetica) is a majestic hardwood tree. It can grow over 65 feet tall. The aromatic flowers are creamy and yellow, and the fruit is filled with bright red seeds, […]


Tamanu Oil (Foraha)

by Andrea on August 29, 2009

Tamanu oil, extracted from the fruit of the Calophyllum inophyllum tree, is renowned for its remarkable skin healing properties. The Tamanu tree blooms twice a year, and has aromatic white flowers that create clusters of yellow-skinned fruits.  Producing tamanu oil is harder than you might think! Tamanu oil doesn’t actually exist in the fruit when it […]