Dear Love Natural Sunshine: What are Carrier Oils?

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If you have purchased an essential oil before, you may have been instructed to use it with a carrier oil. “Carrier” oil is a term frequently used but rarely explained. Carrier oils are derived from “vegetables, nuts, or seeds.” Carrier oils are used in combination with a few drops of an essential oil  in order to avoid irritation and to make the essential oil easier to spread.

Carrier oils that have been cold pressed or expeller pressed have not be processed by the use of chemicals. Cold pressed carrier oils retain their “aroma and nutritional value.” The process of
“taking” carrier oils from their original source (vegetables, nuts, or seeds) is called extraction.

Definitions of carrier oil extraction methods
  • Cold pressed: oils obtained by “pressing and grinding” seeds, etc.
  • Expeller pressed: oils obtained by “high pressure to squeeze” seeds, etc

Characteristics of carrier oils
  • Oily or lightly-oily
  • Light or strong aromas
  • Little to no color

What does this mean for your natural hair?

How to Store Your Shampoo Bar for Future Washes

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Storing shampoo bars is an easy, three step process that you can do after a washing session. Follow this tutorial to learn how you can store your shampoo bar.

Dear Love Natural Sunshine: What are Essential Oils Anyways?

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Do a simple Google search and you will find many articles speaking of the benefits of essential oils for hair care. But the question, “What exactly is an essential oil?” is often overlooked.
To put it simply, an essential oil is an oil that has been taken from plant leaves, fruits, stems, or roots. The process of “taking” the oils from their original source, like plant leaves, is called extraction.

Essential oils can be extracted from “exotic” to “everyday” plants. Essential oils can be extracted by using several methods like distillation, expression, solvent extraction, enfleurage, and carbon dioxide extraction. The most common method used to extract essential oils is steam distillation, where the plant is steam cooked in order to “release its essences.”

Definitions of essential oil extraction methods

Steam distillation: extracts by steam cooking the plant
Expression: extracts by using “high pressure to squeeze” the plant
Enfleurage: extracts by “saturating” the plant with vegetable oils
Carbon dioxide extraction: extracts by using steam from carbon dioxide
Solvent extraction: extracts by using chemicals like alcohol

What does this mean for your natural hair?

11 Oils to Combat Dry Natural Hair

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Pamper your natural hair by incorporating essential oils into your natural hair regimen. Here are eleven essential oils that WebMD recommends using regularly to prevent dry, brittle hair.