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Carrier Oils and Their Color Variations

With so many carrier oils to choose from these days - we wanted to address something that may not be so obvious to many new to purchasing carrier oils from a supplier with so many options.

Generally, when you walk into a health food store you will find typical oil colors to be clear, to light gold or gold, but there are so many more oils out there with varying colors and thicknesses that we wanted to share information that can be useful to help aid in the understanding of the whole world of carrier oils. Most of the oils in health food stores (at least at this time) are refined meaning they can standardize the way they look.

We prefer cold pressed/unrefined oils in general and only offer a few of these refined oils.

In this article, we are going to focus on the main colors of carrier oils (there are so many more oils than this but they are rare).

These are generalized color comparisons (see the photo to the in this article)
  •     Clear
  •     Light Gold (or Light Yellow)
  •     Gold (or Medium Yellow)
  •     Light Green - Medium Green
  •     Light Orange - Medium Orange
Most of our carrier oils are in these color ranges.

Some common clear oils for example are Mineral Oil or Squalane Oil
Some common Light Gold (or Light Yellow) oils are Borage Seed Oil or Abbysinian Seed Oil
A common Light Green - Green Oil is Strawberry Seed Oil
Some common Light Orange - Orange Oils are Passion Fruit Seed Oil or Rose Hip Seed Oil

In future articles we will address
  • The variations in each color range (yellows, greens, oranges and reds,  and the rare green blues…)
  • The thickness of oils and fatty acid “floaters” because so many think this means that there is growth in the oil when in reality the fatty acids have just separated in the oil itself.
  • We will also address smell of carrier oils as this is such a big subject too!
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