I’m no expert but let me break down the difference between carrier oils and essential oils for you.

Carrier Oils


These oils can be used on their own. Firstly, it is best to use pure oils. SO when purchasing look for words such as cold pressed or pressed to indicate that the oils are pure. Secondly, carrier oils tend to come in large quantities – 4oz, 6oz, 8oz etc.


  • Sweet Almond Oil (not to confused with Bitter Almond Oil, completely different!)
  • Castor oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil

Essential Oils


These oils are concentrated and should not be used on their own. They should not be used directly. These should be combined with carrier oils before applying to the hair and scalp.

Essential oils are measured in drops. You either need a dropper or the bottles have dropper nozzles. The sizes are small, e.g. 0.25oz.


  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Ylang Ylang

Memory Trick: Essential oils need to be “carried” to the hair and scalp by Carrier oils!

TIP: Use approximately 6 drops of essential oil to every 1 ounce of carrier oil when mixing.

Advice: If you don’t like the smell of a carrier oil or of your oil mixture, add a scented essential oil such as lavender to make the mix smell sweet.

Hope this post helped someone.