Just a few days before going on holiday I found out I was running out of my favorite carrier oil but I had two other ones in my beauty cabinet so I’ve done some research whether two carrier oils can be mixed together.
Can two carrier oils be mixed together?
Carrier oils can be blended to change or combine their properties in order to achieve a blend that is the best suitable for your needs. Everyone’s skin is different and that’s why making your own mixture may provide you with the best results.
What is a carrier oil:
Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. source: Wikipedia
Tip 1 QUALITY FIRST
Always go for a high quality oil, cold-pressed, unrefined, organic, sold in a dark bottle with a dropper is essential. Never compromise on quality. Low-quality oils might contain significantly fewer vitamins and minerals, go rancid quicker and won’t serve you well.
Tip 2 NEVER TOUCH THE DROPPER
Use the dropper to suck the required amount and put a few drops onto your hand without touching your skin in order to keep the oil (oils) in the bottle clean and free from dirt.
Tip 3 STICKER WITH SHELF LIFE ON BOTTLE
Add a sticker with the shelf life on the bottom of your blend. The shelf life of oils varies between 6 months and 2 years and it’s easy to forget when you made the blend. A sticker will help.
Tip 4 KEEP THE OILS COLD
Avoid storing your oils in your bathroom unless it’s very cold there. It’s better to have your skincare in your bedroom which is usually colder. If your bedroom is warm too store your oils in the fridge.
Tip 5 MASSAGE YOUR FACE
While applying the oil on your face, rub your face and neck gently. This will increase circulation in your skin and support anti aging effects. You can also use the oil for a lymphatic face massage that will instantly make you more glowing and when done regularly, it helps reduce unwanted puffiness.
What Carrier Oils Can Be Mixed Together
Texture: medium thick, seems a bit sticky but absorbs great
Aroma: very light, slightly nutty/smoky odor
Active Ingredients: high in antioxidants, especially vitamin E (good for anti aging), B vitamins, zinc, copper, selenium
Effects: very effective moisturizer. Similar to sebum, the natural skin oils. Non-comedogenic – it doesn’t clog pores.
Jojoba Oil is my favorite facial oil in my anti-aging efforts. Until today I haven’t found any oil that would have such strong moisturizing and smoothing effect on my skin.
Texture: very light and thin, feels like velvet
Aroma: almost odorless
Active Ingredients: vitamin E, linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid), oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid)
Effects: moisturizing but I don’t feel like the effects are as long compared to jojoba oil.
Active Ingredients: vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, omega-6 fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids
Texture: solid at room temperature
Aroma: distinctive coconut aroma
Effects: This oil doesn’t work well on my face so I can use it only on my body. When I put it on my face, it’s like an oily layer that doesn’t penetrate through my skin.
Active Ingredients: oleic acid
Aroma: stronger, like olives
Effects: can clog pores
There are many more carrier oils, to name a few: rosehip oil, hazelnut oil, camellia seed oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil etc. Each of them have their benefits and you can try them one after another to see which one serves your skin best.
Some oils are almost scent-less like grapeseed oil, others such as apricot kernel oil or almond oil have a more distinctive aroma. Again, it’s matter of preferences.
Everyone’s skin is different and you should try what works best for you. Prices of these oils are on the low-end so you can try one or two, see how it works and compare which one your skin likes most.
How Do You Mix Carrier Oils
You can use a new clean bottle, preferably made of dark glass, or you if one of your carrier oil is running out you can use that bottle adding one or two other carrier oil to it.
There are probably more sophisticated methods of mixing the oils together but I just want to share with you my simplified way that’s proven to work well.
My initial intention was to add grapeseed oil to the rest of my jojoba oil only but I finally complemented the blend with my hempseed oil as well. Each of these three oils has its benefits and work very well on my skin so I could have all three in one bottle.
Making The Blend
If you want to follow my steps to mix your carrier oils, here is the procedure step by step:
1 Opening my jojoba oil bottle, I took the dropper out and put it away.
2. Then I opened the grapeseed oil bottle.
3 Using the grapeseed oil dropper, I added about the same amount of grapeseed oil as the amount of jojoba oil in the first bottle.
3 Then I opened the third bottle with hempseed oil (without dropper), removed the lid and poured a bit of hempseed oil to the mixture of two oils. Again, the volume was approximately the same as the one of jojoba oil and grapeseed oil.
4 So the final mixture contains about one third of jojoba oil, one third of grapeseed oil and one third of hempseed oil.
This mixture is what I use as my night skincare routine instead of creams and lotions. After finding out all the benefits of these oil, I consider them the best anti aging moisturizing and rejuvenating „medicine“ for now.
Occasionally, I also us retinol under eye patches or try various serums but usually just a plain hyaluronic acid serum or vitamin C serum, not any mixture with a never-ending list of ingredients.
What’s The Shelf Life Of The Blend
You might wonder what would be the shelf life of your mixture and if it doesn’t go rancid earlier when it’s not just one original oil.
The shelf life of the blend will be equal to the shortest shelf-life oil. Be sure you check the expiry date on all of your oils!
Will the Blend Be Not Too Greasy
Oils do make a greasy impression and some people can’t stand using them for this reason. I’m not one of them but for a long time I was a bit wary of using oils due to my mixed skin. My pores used to get clogged and my skin is a bit acne-prone.
You can imagine my surprise when I tried jojoba oil for the first time. My facial skin absorbed it perfectly, my complexion was smooth and deeply hydrated even the day after and no clogged pores!
Jojoba oil alone or mixed with grapeseed oil and hempseed oil really feels less greasy than some creams. However, I find coconut oil very greasy and not sufficiently moisturizing. But maybe it’s just me.
You have to try which oil works best for you. The best way, in my opinion, is to try one oil after another and when you find your favorite one or two, you can make your blend.
Are There Any Side Effects
Unless you are allergic to any of these oils, you can use them according to your needs. Do a spot test before you start applying any oil (and skincare product) to your face on your wrist or another less visible part of your body and wait for 24 hours to make sure you have no negative reaction to the oil.
Conclusion – Can Two Carrier Oils Be Mixed
Mixing two or more carrier oils together can be easily done and this blend will be unique just for your skin. Make your own mixture after you test each of the oils separately to see how your skin reacts and to be able to choose the very best ones for you.