Olive oil is one of the most popular and healthy vegetable oils to consume. It’s full of good fatty acids for the heart and it makes a great beauty product as well. But is Olive oil a carrier oil? It’s a question I’ve often asked myself too.
I’ve asked myself that question ever since I got so hooked into this great world of Aromatherapy. I’ve been interested in the use of essential oils for quite a while now, so I’m able to give you an answer to the question of using Olive oil as a carrier oil.
I will give you details on the benefits of Olive oil on the skin. On top of that I’ll also help you understand why is olive oil a good carrier oil. And tell you about 5 ways to use it in your daily skincare routine.
Did You Know?
- The average life of an olive tree is between 300 and 600 years. And in all that time, one single olive tree produces approximately 4 liters of oil each year. 7 kilograms of olives go into the making of one liter of Olive oil.
Is Olive Oil a Carrier Oil?
Yes, it is.
Olive oil gets squeezed out of the fat parts of the fruits through cold pressing. This extraction method is the best to get pure Aromatherapy carrier oils.
The olives are crushed and pressed without involving any heat source. So the resulting oil keeps all the properties, vitamins and benefits of the olives.
Can you use Olive oil as a carrier oil? You can use it plentifully, but always make sure you’re using an extra-virgin Olive oil.
Olive oil is full of vitamins A, E, B1, B2, B6, minerals and proteins.
It also contains high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic fatty acid, and Omega 7, Omega 6 & Omega 3. Olive oil is considered to be a neutral oil because of its monounsaturated fatty acids.
So, Olive oil is a fat and thick oil. But the skin loves fatty acids because they allow it to better hydrate. We all know that water hydrates and keeps our body functioning. But when it comes to the skin, its hydration is a different story.
By putting pure water on our faces we don’t help the skin hydrate. On the contrary, we’re drying it out. But when we put a hydrating lotion on our skin, this one acts like a barrier and keeps the water inside the skin. And it can do that because it has fatty acids, which don’t allow it to evaporate.
Dr. Fabien Guibal, a dermatologist at the Saint-Louis hospital, in Paris has a warning though. He says that:
“The only problem with Olive oil is that in skincare it has a characteristic smell and density. And some people might not agree with those particular traits of the olive oil as a carrier oil. At the same time, Olive oil contains some potentially allergenic extracts.
People with allergies must be cautious when using it. Also if you are asthmatic, you have atopic dermatitis or hay fever, the allergic risk is higher than for the rest of people. But if you still want to apply Olive oil on your skin, it is possible.”
Why is olive oil a carrier oil? Because:
- It is cold pressed, which makes it non-toxic. Just like the majority of carrier oils with a few exceptions. Bitter Almond carrier oil and St. John’s Wort are toxic on a certain level.
- It’s made from the fat part of the fruit.
- It doesn’t evaporate. It can only go rancid. Rancidity is a characteristic trait of carrier oils.
Is Olive Oil a Good Carrier Oil for Skincare?
Olive oil is beneficial for all skin care needs. All its constituents make this oil precious, both in the kitchen and the beauty department.
The only downside of Olive oil as carrier oil is that:
- Is a lot thicker than most carrier oils.
- And it has the olive’s specific aroma that may overpower a blend. But usually the essential oil can take that smell away.
These two aspects can sometimes be enough to stop someone from using it in their essential oils blends.
Even though the olive oil as a carrier oil is good for the skin, you don’t see it too often used in Aromatherapy. In a massage salon for instance, it can’t be used. Especially if the clients fear they will smell like olives once they’re out of there.
But using Olive oil at home, where you can hop in a shower after using it, is definitely the best choice. You can use it in many ways and get the best results at home. And I’ll tell you more about that in the next chapter of this article.
Let’s see what the vitamins and fatty acids in Olive carrier oil can do for your skin:
Vitamin A – Promotes the growth of cells, fights acne, burns and many other skin issues. It’s also a great anti-age and UV protector.
Vitamin E – It’s a strong antioxidant that protects from free radicals and cellular damage, such as aging and sunlight. It gives the skin a suppler and healthier look.
Vitamin C – It can reduce the brown spots caused by sun exposure. And increases the collagen production. It also stops inflammations of all sorts, and protects against UV rays among others. It is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-age ingredient.
Vitamin B Complex (B1, B2, B6) – They can keep the skin moisturized. And remove the dryness and flakiness of the skin. They are great in reducing wrinkles and fine lines. They can also enlighten the complexion.
Omega 7 – This fatty acid is found in high amounts in the sea buckthorn and is great for strong and shiny hair and nails. It also fights the most serious premature aging signs like wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.
Omega 6 – Helps treating a wide range of skin conditions (redness, eczema etc.)
Omega 3 – Keeps the cells healthy. Acts as a barrier for all damaging factors (weather) and carries all nutrients to the deep levels of the skin. It’s effective in keeping the water inside the skin and make it soft.
So, can you use Olive oil as a carrier oil?
As you can see, Olive oil as a carrier oil is extremely beneficial for the skin and not only. It can also strengthen the hair while giving it a natural glow.
The olive oil is a good carrier oil and I use it without restraints. Have you ever seen or had your hair grow under the skin after epilation? That usually makes the skin look and feel irregular. If so, then know that Olive oil is great at getting you rid of that irregularity.
I used to have that problem and no matter what I used it wouldn’t go away. That issue was not really visible (no redness or itchiness) but it felt like goose pimples at touch.
After an “abuse” of Olive oil on the legs during a steamy bath, the second day my skin was unbelievably smooth. And it was also regular wherever I would touch.
My experience with Olive oil goes way back in time. Because of that, I can recommend the use of Olive carrier oil for smooth, naturally glowing skin and hair. Wholeheartedly!
Olive Oil as Carrier Oil for Essential Oils
Essential oils need a carrier oil to blend with to deliver their properties to the skin. If you want to know how to use the essential oils safely, you only need to know a few basic principles. After that you’ll be able to know exactly how to make your own blends with Aromatherapy essential oils.
Olive carrier oil is a great carrier for any essential oil you like or need to use. If you follow the instructions on every recipe you’ll get the perfect blend for your skin’s condition.
5 Ways of Using Olive Oil as a Carrier Oil in Your Daily Skincare Routine
Is Olive oil a carrier oil that can be used for simple and effective beauty treatments at home? These next 5 ways (and recipes!) will help you see how easy is to have a beautiful skin. And you can do that in the comfort of your own home, whenever you have the time.
Massage Blend That Detoxifies and Maintains the Health of the Skin
- Olive oil as a carrier oil: approximately 60 ml(2 Oz.)
- Rosemary: 2 drops
- Cedarwood: 10 drops
- Thuja: 3 drops
- Oregano: 5 drops
- Grapefruit: 3 drops
All the essential oils used in this massage blend have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. They also relieve pain and stress (Rosemary). They can regenerate the cells; detoxify the skin (Cedarwood). And help with the digestion (Oregano). On top of all those benefits, they invigorate the mind and lift up the spirit (Grapefruit).
Olive Oil Cleansing Method
- Olive oil: 1 tablespoon (15 ml or 0.5 ounces)
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: 2 drops
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: 2 drops
This type of cleansing method has become popular because the oil blend dissolves the sebum on the face.
Mix the blend with slow rolling movements. You can use a small quantity to massage into your dry complexion for about a minute or two. And then rinse with a cloth soaked in hot water. The steam will collect all impurities from the skin and leave it moisturized and clean.
Anti-cellulite Olive Oil Blend
How is Olive oil a good carrier oil to treat or prevent that nasty cellulite? It can help improving or preventing it in combination with coffee.
This is also the treatment I used to get rid of those dried goose pimples on my legs. They were the result of hair follicles that grew under the skin.
For this blend you’ll need:
- Ground coffee: 1 cup
- Olive oil: 6 tablespoons
- Sugar (optional): 3 tablespoons
These measurements will be enough for at least 2 skin applications.
The coffee is known to efficiently remove all dead cells from the surface of the skin. It also tightens the skin and stimulates the circulation. Thus, making it a great anti-cellulite product. And the Olive oil nourishes the skin on a deep level.
Rinse well and wash off the oil residues with plenty of shower gel. After drying the skin with a soft towel, your skin will feel very soft and smooth.
Olive Oil Makeup Remover
Is Olive oil a carrier oil that can really remove the makeup? And how?
Olive oil in combination with essential oils or other products like Aloe Vera gel, can indeed remove all traces of makeup. See its properties above to understand what makes it so useful.
For this blend you’ll need:
- Olive oil: 100 ml ( approximately 3 ounces)
- Aloe Vera: 500 ml (approx. 17 ounces)
- Tea Tree or Lavender Essential Oil (optional): 20 – 30 drops
The oils will float at the surface of the Aloe Vera gel but that’s normal as they don’t mix well with water. Just gently shake the mixture before using it.
Soak a cotton pad in this blend and keep it for a few seconds on your eyes until the makeup softens. Then rinse towards the exterior. Use as many times as necessary.
Nourishing Face Mask with Olive Oil and Honey
- Organic honey: 2 tablespoons
- Olive oil: 1 tablespoon
Mix well the ingredients and then apply on face. Allow it to work its magic for at least 10 minutes.
Honey is a great antibiotic and cleanser and Olive oil will deeply hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. It’s a very simple and at hand home remedy.
We’ve seen what the properties of Olive oil (extra virgin) are and what makes it a good carrier oil. And now you also have 5 useful ways of using it at home in your beauty routine.
Is olive oil a carrier oil? This question is not a mystery anymore and hopefully my answer has cleared out all your doubts or concerns. I hope I have convinced you to try it out, at least once to enjoy its benefits.
Are you using Olive oil as a carrier oil in your blends? Do you prefer it against other carrier oils? Please let us know in the comments section if you know of other benefits or uses of this great oil.