take the guesswork out of choosing carrier oils for your skincare formulas, EO blends, massage oils and botanical infusions
with Susan M Parker
Module 1: What exactly is a carrier oil? and how are they different from essential oils, co2 extracts and absolutes?
All carrier oils have one thing in common, they consist predominantly of oily fatty acid rich compounds pressed from plant seeds. Seed oils are carrier oils, fixed oils are carrier oils, lipid oils are carrier oils and base oils are carrier oils. These are different names for the same raw material. Essential oils are unrelated.
Important: Carrier oils and essential oils are unrelated raw materials, but I see them get confused every day on the internet. You can use all carrier oils, pressed from seeds, straight on the skin because fatty acids and fatty compounds that make up carrier oils are nourishing and gentle, but you can’t use essential oils undiluted without risking burns and severe skin damage. In module 1 you will learn exactly how to tell the difference between carrier oils and essential oils, and most importantly how to convey the difference to clients and colleagues who are still confused about these fundamental differences. This is the most basic but also the most important module of the course. Misinformation is potentially dangerous. If knowledge is power, you have the power to influence the conversation.
Module 2: How to read a fatty acid profile and why it’s the most important first step in using carrier oils effectively
Unique combinations of fatty acids make up 90% or more of all carrier oils. The fatty acid structure of an individual oil tells you its potential shelf life, how to handle the oil to extend shelf life, plus its specific skincare applications, best ways to use the oil and how it will behave in an oil or formula.
Module 3: Understand the healing fraction and putting this small but powerful part of the oils to work in your skincare and formulas
Fatty acids make up 90% or more of all carrier oils, but that leaves a small fraction of other compounds. These compounds are called the healing fraction of oils, or unsaponifiables. This small but powerful component is what gives oils characteristics like color, scent and taste. It is also where all the anti-oxidants, carotenoids, tannins and vitamins are held. Understanding the healing fraction of oils is a key factor in creating the most potent skin care blends and formulas.
Module 4: Get to know 50 key individual oils and how to use them for maximum effectiveness
This juicy module is where you get to know 50 key oils that will transform your skincare formulas. You’ll also get access to 50 plus oil profiles that include fatty acid charts, which types of formulas the oil is best suited for and substitutions so you’re never caught in the middle of a project lacking a specific oil you need to finish your work.
Module 5: Extend the shelf life of your formulas with very-long chain fatty acids
Oils high in very-long chain fatty acids have the unique ability to help extend the shelf life of other oils. This is particularly valuable when you’re working with the delicate polyunsaturated type oils. But which oils contain these very-long chain fatty acids and how do you use them in a formula effectively? In module 5 you’ll learn which oils to use, how much to use and when to add these stabilizing oils to your formula.