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Essential Oils vs. Carrier Oils

What is a Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is an oil derived from nuts or kernels or seeds of plants.

Here is a list of common carrier oils, but there are many more:

  • Avocado
  • Olive
  • Coconut
  • Grapeseed
  • Almond
  • Walnut
  • Etc.

Why is it called a Carrier Oil?

It is called a “carrier oil” because it can carry other ingredients into the skin. This can be beneficial. For example, carrier oils are used in aromatherapy, or for massage or for moisturizing the skin. If you add a little essential oil to a carrier oil, it will carry the essential oil into the skin. Each carrier oil has a unique quality unto itself.

What is the difference between a carrier oil and an essential oil?

Carrier oils are made by crushing and spinning the seeds, or nuts or kernels of plants in order to release the oils within. Cold-pressed oils are best because they contain more nutrients than heat pressed oils or oils obtained by chemical extraction. We don’t like applying chemicals to the skin, so we recommend using “cold-pressed” oils only.

An essential oil is very different from a carrier oil. An essential oil is the pure essence of the leaf or bark or root of a plant, and it is very highly concentrated. That’s why the essence or smell is so strong. In fact, essential oils are so concentrated and so strong that they must be stored in glass or metal containers only. They can not be stored in plastic because they will break down the plastic and leak out over time. They also differ from carrier oils in that they are volatile, which means they will evaporate rapidly, so it’s important to keep them tightly capped. Carrier oils, on the other hand, do not evaporate.

A little bit of essential oil goes a very long way, but it MUST be combined with a lot of carrier oil before it’s applied to the skin. It’s never a good idea to apply essential oil directly to your skin as it can seriously irritate your skin or cause other reactions.

How much essential oil should be added to the carrier oil?

The best combination is 2% essential oil to 98% carrier oil.  A quick and easy formula is to add 12 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil.


One has to be careful in handling essential oils. They must be kept from children and away from eyes and mucous membranes.  And one should never use an essential oil or a carrier oil if allergic to the substance from which it is produced.

But when used responsibly, essential oils are really special and can be very beneficial. They are distilled down to the pure essence of the plant itself and because of that, they each have a special and unique quality that can benefit a person’s health or well being or mood in different ways. There is a vast amount of information about the specific qualities of each essential oil, which is a study all in itself, and worth learning more about.

– by Christina Moss
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New Product Announcement — Rose Toner with Vitamin C


I want to announce our first new product of 2019 — It’s a Rose Toner with vitamin C added.  This is a super anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, skin renewal product that will greatly benefit your daily skin care routine.

I’ve included only super powerful skin-supporting ingredients. Each ingredient was chosen for a very specific purpose which is to help prevent the appearance of premature aging and naturally boost and beautify your skin.  Here’s what’s on the ingredients list and what each ingredient does for the face:

Organic Aloe Vera — Aloe gently soothes tired and stressed skin which is an amazing quality, but perhaps more importantly, Aloe is such an effective skin healer that doctors prescribe it for burn patients to help prevent scaring and speed skin recovery.

Organic Witch Hazel — This is a plant (a woody bush actually) which is high in tannins and so it is an astringent — and that means it tightens skin and closes pores. This ingredient is an anti-inflammatory, it actually kills bacteria and it has other anti-microbial qualities.

Organic Rose Water — Besides the fact that it smells great and makes the skin silky soft, the beneficial qualities of rose water are legendary. It is known to soothe skin, reduce redness, heal scars and cuts, enhance mood and it can even help relieve headaches.

Organic Neroli Water — Neroli is from orange tree blossoms and has the ability to renew and regenerate new skin. It’s another anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory ingredient which has the added benefit of balancing skin moisture so that dryer skin feels more hydrated while oily skin is also benefited.

Organic Cucumber extract — We’ve all seen the ladies with cucumber slices over their eyes!  That’s because cucumber has a cooling effect and it is well known for reducing under-eye bags.

Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate — Vitamin C is a super anti-oxidant and it’s necessary to help produce new collagen. Normally vitamin C loses its potency when fluid is added, but this is a very specific form of vitamin C which maintains it’s potency for a much longer period of time while suspended in a liquid medium.

Organic Vegetable Glycerin — Glycerin is a non-greasy moisturizing agent which leaves skin soft and supple while treating wrinkles and fine lines.

In developing this product I included the finest quality and most useful ingredients . . . and nothing else. As usual, I only used the good stuff. And just like everything else in the Christina Moss Naturals line, I left out all harmful chemical preservatives, fillers and colorants.

I hope you try my new Rose Toner with Vitamin C. If you do, let me know what you think.

All the best to you,

Christina Moss


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Skincare for All

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Skincare for All

Skincare for different skin types

Skin types and conditions vary widely from person-to-person, therefore more than one way to approach skincare is necessary. A person’s appearance, specifically their skin, face and neck are focal points to first and lasting impressions. Stay positive and once solutions are found, keep it up. Don’t drop what works.

Hopefully, the information below will help shed light on this topic of skincare. This is a summary of knowledge we have accumulated over time, taking care of our own skin and helping tens of thousands of customers along the way. Consequently, one might learn a thing or two. Enjoy!

To your health and happiness!

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Everything You Need to Know About Silicones

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If your conventional shampoo, lotion, or makeup goes on smooth, silicones are probably the reason why. These synthetic ingredients are added to skincare products to improve the way they feel on your skin, but they cause enough side effects that I don’t want them anywhere near my products…or my body. Here’s everything you need to know about these common ingredients.

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Everything You Need to Know About Verbena Essential Oil

verbena essential oil

If you love the bright, lively aroma of a freshly squeezed lemon, you’ll love verbena essential oil as much as I do! This citrusy oil is one of my go-to ingredients when I want to give one of my skin or haircare products a little boost. But verbena’s aroma is just the beginning. Here’s everything you need to know about this useful essential oil:

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Everything You Need to Know About Rosemary Essential Oil

rosemary essential oil

Rosemary – it’s not just the herb you’ll find next to parsley, sage, and thyme. This aromatic herb is used to create rosemary essential oil, a potent substance with a number of amazing benefits. I love rosemary’s unique aroma – it adds a wonderfully green fragrance to soaps, shampoos, and lotions. But its aromatic uses are just the beginning; this essential oil is packed with benefits.

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Why I Love Peppermint Essential Oil

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We all know the unmistakable scent of peppermint. While you might associate this herb’s aroma and taste with the holiday season, it’s been used year round for millennia for its many medicinal and cosmetic benefits. With its comforting fragrance and variety of uses, I find myself adding peppermint essential oil to my products quite often. Here are six reasons why I can’t get enough of this oil:

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Why I Love Orange Essential Oil

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Who doesn’t love the juicy, citrusy scent of a ripe orange? If you don’t have any fruit on hand, you can capture this unmistakable aroma in the form of orange essential oil. Like many other oils, it contains countless benefits and smells absolutely divine. Here are just a few of the reasons I love using orange essential oil in my products and in my everyday life.

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Everything You Need to Know About Lemongrass Essential Oil


If you’ve ever enjoyed the fresh flavors of Thai or Vietnamese food, you know how delicious lemongrass can be. But its culinary uses are just the beginning. Lemongrass essential oil is one of my favorite oils to use in everyday life and to add to shampoos, soaps, lotions, and more. Here’s why I love this bright, citrusy ingredient.

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Artificial Colorants in Your Cosmetics – Why Synthetic Dyes Aren’t Worth It

Artificial Colorants

Who doesn’t like something colorful? I know I do. Take a look at your shampoos, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics and you’ll see a rainbow of lovely shades. Unfortunately, most manufacturers rely on artificial dyes to fill their products with color. Here’s everything you need to know about artificial colorants, and why they’re worth avoiding wherever you can:

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