Jojoba, Almond, & Coconut Oils – Gifts! (favorite carrier oils in a skincare series)

I also wrote about my favorite base butter for body lotions and butters – Cocoa Butter. It is simply the perfect natural ingredient for your skin to soak up! I am continuing my series about skincare by writing about the second important part of a great, healthy lotion – a superb carrier oil. Learn about my favorite carrier oils!

Remember, you need three parts (yes, that’s it!) to an excellent body lotion: base butter, carrier oil, and essential oils. Although I have many carrier oils that I love and use in my own skincare products, my three favorite carrier oils are jojoba oil, almond oil, and coconut oil.

Jojoba Oil

This oil is actually a wax ester that comes from shrubs in desert-like conditions (i.e. Mexico, Arizona, etc.). The oil should be cold-pressed, organic, and unrefined (no chemicals or heat necessary; no heat should be used so that the oil retains its inherently excellent qualities).

Jojoba oil is not greasy, making it a wonderful choice for skincare products. In fact, jojoba oil very closely mimics our own skin’s sebum, so it is a welcome, all natural antioxidant ingredient for our skin!

Do you have oily skin? Because this oil (wax, really) so closely mimics our own skin’s sebum, we can actually “trick” our skin into thinking it has produced enough sebum, thus a decrease in oils being produced. This is good. Do you have dry skin or normal skin? Jojoba is also a great choice for you, as the moisturizing properties of jojoba are outstanding.

Jojoba oil is a mild smelling oil, just lightly nutty. This makes it a great carrier oil, as it does not overpower a base butter or other essential oils. Rather, they can work together and be complimentary. You can read more about jojoba oil here.

Almond Oil

This was the first carrier oil that I fell in love with. Almond oil is gentle (yet powerful), excellent for all skin types, and smells absolutely amazing. This oil comes from almonds. it should also be cold-pressed, organic, and unrefined.

Almond oil is an extremely emollient substance, meaning that it easily makes skin very pliable, supple, and very hydrated. Have oily skin? No worries, this oil will work wonders for you, too. This oil is readily recognized by your skin as a “helper” and will help your skin maintain proper PH levels. It seems odd to put oil on oily skin, but there is substantial anecdotal evidence from almond oil users showing support for the way it makes their skin breakouts decrease. You can read more about almond oil here.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil comes from…well, coconuts. For thousands of years traditional cultures have utilized the coconut in many ways, with amazing results, and coconut oil is no exception. We are finally starting to see some interest in coconut oil today in the US, for good reason.

Contrary to popular media, we need saturated fats in our lives. They are required for our body to function properly. What you need to know is that not all saturated fats are created equally. Unlike most other conventional saturated fat oils you will find at the store, coconut oil is composed mainly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). What does this mean? Instead of being mainly made up of long-chain fatty acids (which are the bad ones), our body can much more easily process MCFA and use them for good in our system.

So, since we are talking about using coconut oil outside of our bodies, why does this matter? Well, our skin is able to lap up coconut oil and use it for good. The very powerful antioxidant qualities of coconut oil are able to easily penetrate our skin and be put to good use (i.e. moisturizing and eating up free radicals roaming around).

Another thing to consider with MCFA is lauric acid, which is the most important MCFA in coconut oil. Do you know where you naturally find lauric acid in its best, purest form? Breast milk! Lauric acid is essential for healthy immune functions in our bodies. As I discussed in Skincare 101 post, our skin is that barrier to keep bad things from getting in, but to also keep good things from getting out. It just makes sense to have something like lauric acid penetrating our skin to help with our immune functions, especially for those of us with eczema, psoriasis, and other skin diseases.

Coconut oil is great for yeast issues on the skin (and inside… think Candida), diaper rash, and sore nipples from breast feeding (please don’t use those awful lotions full of chemicals from the store; your baby eats here). I tried multiple products to alleviate my son’s diaper rash. NOTHING worked. Finally, with my personally created diaper rash concoction (with a heavy dose of coconut oil), it is gone COMPLETELY!

I should also note that coconut oil is a top ingredient in my Pronounce Skincare Products.

You can buy coconut oil at many health food and other grocery stores today. However, be aware that not all coconut oil is created equally! Coconut oil can be refined and unrefined, pressed and not pressed, extracted through methods of added heat and chemicals and not, organic or conventional. So, how do you know what to use? Let me save you the troubles of doing all of the research yourself (although, I certainly encourage you to do that).

I have used several brands of coconut oil, but I have found my one true love: Tropical Traditions. They have been amazing to work with, as my shipments always arrive quickly, not damaged, and exactly as ordered. They take their coconut business very seriously!

If you plan to use coconut oil solely on your skin (which I am not sure WHY you would do this… you need to eat it, too), it isn’t entirely necessary to purchase their top of the line “Gold,” but if you can afford it, I’d definitely recommend that you do so. The coconut oil I offer in the Pronounce Skincare shop comes from Tropical Traditions. I purchase in such massive bulk from them that I am able to offer better pricing, so check out my coconut oil offerings in my shop!


Can’t wait to get those oils?

Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell all of them.

Comments 11

  1. Hello. I am really interested in starting to use a more natural skin care range. What can I make that I can use in me and my teenage daughter. Looking for n face wash and a sort of cream of toner for afterwards?

    1. Hi Margaret! We have a few great recipes on the blog for you! Some favorites are the 3 ingredient toner and the anti-aging night cream. We also have an amazing Total Face System that we’ve already made up for you if you’re not feeling particularly DIYish 😉 Let us know if you have any other questions!

  2. Hi Jessica, I love your blog. I’ve really been trying to eliminate chemicals from my daily products and I love to make my own beauty products whenever possible. I noticed that you have both coconut oil and a carrier oil listed as two separate ingredients in some of your recipes, such as the sunscreen. Would the recipes work if I also use the coconut oil as the carrier oil?

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      Hi Joleen,

      <3 Thanks for your kind works and great job cleaning up your daily products. Yay!

      Well, you can give it a go, but just know that the texture will definitely be different. The coconut oil is more solid (loose solid, if that makes sense) when below 76 degrees and the liquid carrier oils are, well...liquid. So, if you use just coconut oil you will have a different texture. Hope this helps. Happy DIYing!

  3. If not the Gold version from TT, then which? I have found that the oil leaves this starchy, dry feeling about an hour after applying. I remember back in the sugar scrub craze about 7 years ago, I got that same feeling. The scrub itself was fantastic, but after an hour or so felt really starchy dry.

    Any suggestions? Is this how coconut oil should feel? One of my African American friends tried it too, esp on her sons eczema, and coconut worked the best with no dryness complaints. I tried coconut on one of his arms and apricot on the other and he liked the coconut better. Could it be a skin type thing?

  4. Jess,
    I love your blog. I am very interested in the topics you are covering. Your skincare week has been very fascinating. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world! If you better one life you have accomplished a great deal! Keep it up!

    1. Hi Shandi,

      Thank you for your kind words! I really enjoy writing about all of these topics, which are very important to my family and me. In regards to skincare I definitely think that you and I can learn A LOT from each other; I am sure that you can teach me plenty! Thank you for the vote of confidence…it means so much to me. 🙂


  5. I enjoyed your new post and pictures. I really liked your choice of carrier olis, I also like Macadamia oil, though most people would probably find it too heavy? For me it works well. I use these essential oils I use arnica/angelica/manuka for joint pain and other issues then ylang ylang/lavender/frankincense/valerian for when I get anxious. Tea tree/eucaliptus is always useful in so many ways but the scent is a lot to for me and my kitty to deal with, hyssop/ juniperberry is lighter and seems easier to deal with when breathing it in.Tropical Tradtions by far is the BEST company ever ! BEST coconut products on the planet. So glad to see you support them, in my opinion I have ordered from them several years they offer wonderful products and great prices along with awesome customer service.

    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thank you so much for following along with and participating in my skincare series this week!

      You bring up some amazing essential oils. Do you find that you change your oil usage with the seasons?

      Yes, Tropical Traditions is amazing! I order lots of other things from them, too (flours, tomato products I can’t find around here, and grass-fed beef in bulk). Everything I’ve ever received has been quality…no, it has always surpassed my expectations. I love them!

      I think you’ll like my post tomorrow about essential oils (but some of it might be review for you, too). 😉


      1. I can not believe tomorrow is the last day already, the days passed so quickly, I have enjoyed it. I use coconut oil and avocado oil all the time then when it’s very warm weather grapeseed, vitamin E or jojoba. Special need times I really like seabuck thorn or kukui nut or hazel nut, macadamia nut oils. Very cold weather shea and cocoa butter with nut oils with or without essentials oils added.

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