The Dilution Debate

Hello readers! I’m super excited to share with you my Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oil experience which I have been combining with Western holistic health practices and Eastern medicine.  Below each post, I also like to share a DIY essential oil recipe for you to enjoy and get you going on your incredibly fragrant journey. Enjoy!

Using essential oils neat, meaning undiluted, on the skin is safe to do for gentle oils at infrequent intervals. However, I have seen many people use non-CPTG and adulterated essential oils neat, on the skin. This is a big mistake! You must dilute essential oils when using it on the skin as frequently as possible. For essential oil safety guidelines, Robert Tisserand has published a great book on this subject, with added revisions on his 2nd edition of the book. Below are some of the main reasons why it’s important to dilute essential oils with carrier oils.

  1. It can cause skin sensitivity which leads to irritation with extended use neat on the skin. It’s incredibly disheartening when there is an oil you love and use frequently neat, but you end up sensitive to it over a period of time. Yes, that includes the gentlest oils like lavender and chamomile. Essential oils are strong volatile compounds, especially high quality CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) kinds. Stay clear of non-CPTG essential oils on the skin completely, diluted or not.
  2. Children are especially vulnerable to skin sensitivity since their skin is thinner, in which case you should dilute more than for adults. Only the most gentle essential oils are truly safe for children like lavender. For adult skin, dilute according to oil sensitivity rating.
  3. It’s more economical to dilute with a carrier oil. Some essential oils are very expensive and thus very potent. Diluting it means that you can enjoy your valuable oils for a longer period of time.
  4. Diluting can prolong the benefits of your essential oils when mixed with carrier oils. Diluting means that essential oils won’t penetrate through the dermal layers so quickly, making the beneficial properties of potent EO’s to have a slow, but steady approach.
  5. Diluting helps the scent of essential oils to linger longer. If there is no dilution, then the essential oil will penetrate deep into the blood stream quickly. The scent will also dissipate quickly due to evaporation from body heat. This is the main reason for using carrier oils when making perfume blends.
Dilution Chart
Chart by Joleigh Blonde

DIY Sweet Seduction Perfume Recipe

1 drop of Wild Orange essential oil

1 drop of Cinnamon essential oil

2 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

2 drops of Sandalwood essential oil

Dilute rest with Sweet Almond carrier oil

Sweet almond oil is more viscous than other carrier oils which is perfect for spicy oils and is very transparent in color, so it won’t stain clothing. I recommend using an amber 3ml roller bottle for easy application on-the-go.

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Covering the Bases

Hi everyone!

So you’re interested in using essential oils. I applaud your desire to live a happy and healthy life full of fragrant expressions! Now, how can you start using essential oils? A carrier oil is probably your first step to using EO’s. Carrier oils are dense lipids which blend well with essential oils. There are tons of carrier oils to choose from! I will be discussing a few carrier oils you may want to use for specific purposes to use your essential oils with.

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Swanson Vitamins made a great list of carrier oils you can use with your CPTG essential oils. Every single one of those are my personal favorites, but I also wanted to add a few more to that list. So below are a list of my personal top 10 favorite carrier oils to use with essential oils. Criteria for this list: Viscosity, Clarity (ability to stain or not), Multi-Tasking and skin type.

My Personal Top 10

10. Rosehip Oil – This carrier oil is great for normal to oily aging skin. It’s considered a dry oil, so it absorbs quickly into the layers of the skin and it contains vitamins A and C. Some rosehip oils contain vitamin E to preserve it from going rancid quickly, so please check the ingredients carefully that there aren’t any preservatives added and keep it away from direct sunlight. I prefer to use this oil for nightly use in combination with jojoba or marula oil since I have normal to dry skin. 

9. Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil – According to Mercola.com, this carrier oil is great for aging skin due to its vitamin A,C,E complex as well as Omega 3,6,7,9. However, you should still dilute this oil with another lighter oil like coconut oil because of its thicker viscosity. It also has a red orange hue, so again be mindful of stains. This is a particularly nice carrier oil to repair summertime skin damage.

8. Olive oil – Best to use filtered, organic and extra virgin. Is very dense and viscous, so it works well for very dry skin. Be mindful that it has a darker green hue which may stain light colored clothing. If using olive oil for dry hair, I recommend only using it on the tips mixing it with an essential oil to lighten the viscosity and heat drying it to penetrate deep into the hair shaft. 

7. Marula oil – Runs on the lighter side, so it’s great for normal to oily skin types. Since my skin type is more on the Kapha/Vata side, I would choose this for a summer evening. It has a light yellow tint so it won’t stain light colored clothing.  

6. Avocado Oil – This thick oil is really nourishing for the tips of the hair and people with dry skin. A lovely wintertime carrier oil with a light green hue. 

5. Sweet Almond oil – A thicker and very light colored oil which is fantastic for dry skin, especially on the face. This is my winter savior oil which I know I can find readily in the pantry section of supermarkets. However, always choose organic. 

4. Grapeseed oil – This is a lighter viscous oil, similar to olive oil, but not as greasy, so it’s good for normal to very dry skin. This carrier oil has a light green hue, but is much lighter in color than olive oil. Great for cuticles especially, but can be used on face and body. 

3. Argan oil – Is light enough for face and hair, but may be too dense for oily skin or summer daytime moisture. This carrier oil has a brighter yellow to orange hue that may stain clothing, but because I reserve this precious oil for face and hair, it’s never been an issue. It may however if you use it on the body with light colored clothing.

2. Jojoba oil – Jojoba oil is probably the most similar in constitution to the oils of human skin and thus is pleasant for all skin types. Organic jojoba oil has a light to medium viscosity, so it penetrates the skin rather quickly, especially for Vata (dry) skin types. I prefer to use this oil on the body and face. Organic jojoba oil has a bright yellow hue which could possibly stain clothing, however I have never had an issue with staining even on light colored clothing. 

1. Organic EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) – An all around stellar oil for face and body. The viscosity is light and slightly cooling, so it’s great for summer time moisture. Clarity is completely white and clear when liquid, so it won’t stain even the whitest of clothing. And when you’re looking for bang-for-your-buck, coconut oil is number one. You can cook with it, bake with it, eat it strainght, melt into beverages or use it as skincare. It’s great for Pitta and Yang skin types, which means it’s good for hot and oily skin.

DIY Moisturizing Skin Soother Recipe
4 drops of Melaleuca Essential Oil
4 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Fill the rest with Organic Filtered Olive Oil

Blend together in a 15 ml bottle using a dropper bottle cap since olive oil is very viscous and will be difficult to pour out with a regular essential oil cap.

Stay oily my friends!