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Botanical Lipids, Carrier Oils & Plant Butters for Skincare & Health

Discover the Carrier Oils

Carrier oils, also called lipid oils, pressed from seeds, nuts, kernels and fatty fruits (olive, avocado) are rich in an array of nourishing plant compounds.

Combine and create to develop your perfect formula or an entire line of skincare products! 

 Formulate with Plant Oils

Carrier oils and other lipid oils are rich in plant compounds and nourishing fatty acids. And with so many to work with (159 unique oils and counting in our formulating studio) you can develop richly nuanced facial oils, oil serums, whipped butters and so much more using only oils. 

Sustainable & Effective

Oils and butters are naturally shelf stable so without a water element you can formulate without preservatives. And, with the rich potency of the oils, combined with sustainable selection practices you can make high quality skincare that is wonderful for the skin and the planet. 

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Posts and articles on carrier oils, lipid oils, skincare and formulating

Carrier Oils Vs. EO's

Mini-course that explores the important differences between carrier oils and essential oils, plus tips for how to explain the difference to people who are still unclear. 


I'm Susan M Parker and I am here to guide you in your work with the lipid oils and carriers that make up such a rich and important part of skincare and skincare formulation. 

Since my book Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty was published in 2014 the world of oils has been growing rapidly. In 2017, together with Olivia, my daughter and business partner, we opened registration for our first course devoted to the carriers and lipid oils. Since then we have grown our course offerings and opened the Lipid Oils Academy. 

Welcome, and I am so glad to have you in our world. 

The picture here is Olivia and me in Spain in October 2018 when we went over to teach in Madrid and then visit the wild olive relative, Acebuche in Jaen, Spain.

For lipid geeks & Oil Lovers 

Join the Lipid Formulators Membership Program

Tutorials, recipes, formulating ideas, oil monographs and a dedicated community forum where you can ask questions and find inspiration. 

Whether you are developing a skincare line of your own, making products for family and friends or you simply love the oils and want to work with them for your own skincare you'll find the tools and resources you need inside.

[Free] Guide to Carrier Oils for Herbal Infusions & Aromatherapy

Get a copy of the guide to carrier oils for infusing and aromatherapy.