August 10


Carrier Oils: The Complete List

Updated: We are adding 11 new oils and updating the list for 2023.

One of the best parts of the work we do here at the Lipid Oils Academy is order and play with all the new carrier oils and lipids out there. And, our wonderful students and community are always sharing new oils with us as well. 

Carrier oils, butters and lipid oils as defined here are all the oils and butters made up of fatty acids and pressed from seeds, nuts, kernels and fatty fruits.

Some oils on this list you might recognize for their essential oil name sake, but every oil here is a lipid oil.  

Some you will likely find familiar while others will likely be completely new.  

*New oils added in 2023

  • Abyssinian oil
  • Acai oil
  • Ahiflower oil
  • Allanblackia oil
  • Amla seed oil*
  • Almond oil (sweet)
almond oil in beaker with almond nuts
  • Amaranth oil
  • Andiroba oil
  • Apple seed oil
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Arctic cranberry seed oil
  • Argan oil
  • Arugula seed oil*
  • Avocado oil
  • Avocado pit oil
  • Babassu oil
  • Bacaba oil
  • Bacuri oil
  • Bakuchi oil
  • Balanites - dattier du dessert
  • Baobab oil
  • Basil seed oil (not the essential oil)
basil seed oil in beaker with fresh basil
  • Bitter gourd seed oil
  • Black currant seed oil
  • Black seed oil
  • Blackberry seed oil
  • Blueberry seed oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Brazil nut oil
  • Broccoli seed oil
  • Buah merah oil
  • Buriti oil
  • Cabbage seed oil 
cabbage seed oil in beaker with cabbage
  • Cacay seed oil
  • Caiaue oil
  • Calabash seed oil
  • Calendula seed oil
  • Camelina oil
  • Camellia japonica seed oil
  • Camellia oleifera seed oil
  • Camellia sininsis seed oil
  • Canola oil
  • Carrot seed oil (not the essential oil)
  • Cashew nut oil
  • Castor seed oil 
  • Cherry kernel oil
cherry kernel oil in beakers with fresh cherries
  • Chia seed oil
  • Chilean hazelnut oil
  • Chokeberry seed oil
  • Cloudberry seed oil
  • Clary sage seed oil*
  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut oil (FCO)
  • Coffee (green) seed oil
  • Coffee (roasted) seed oil
  • Coriander seed oil (not the essential oil)
  • Cotton seed oil*
  • Corn oil
  • Cranberry seed oil
  • Cucumber seed oil
  • Cupuaçu butter
  • Custard apple seed oil
  • Daikon radish seed oil
  • Dragon fruit oil
  • Echium seed oil
  • Elderberry seed oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Fenugreek oil
  • Fig seed oil
fig seed oil with fresh figs
  • Flax seed oil
  • Goji berry oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Guava seed oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Hibiscus seed oil
  • Illipe butter
  • Japanese quince seed oil*
  • Jojoba oil
  • Kakadu plum oil*
  • Kalahari melon seed oil
  • Karanj oil
  • Kiwi seed oil
  • Kokum butter
  • Kombo butter
  • Kapangnan butter
  • Kukui nut oil
  • Laurel berry oil
  • Lettuce seed oil 
lettuce seed oil in beaker with lettuce leaves
  • Licuri oil
  • Lime seed oil (not the essential oil)
  • Lingonberry oil
  • Loofah seed oil
  • Lunaria seed oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Macauba oil
  • Mafura butter
  • Mahlab oil
  • Mango butter
  • Mangosteen oil
  • Manketti oil
  • Maqui berry oil
  • Marula oil
  • Meadowfoam seed oil
  • Milk thistle seed oil
  • Moringa oil
  • Mowrah butter
  • Murumuru butter
  • Mustmelon seed oil
  • Mustard seed oil
  • Neem oil
  • Oat seed oil
oat seed oil and fresh oats
  • Okra seed oil*
  • Olive oil
  • Olive oil, wild, Acebuche oil
  • Palm kernel oil
  • Palm oil
  • Papaya seed oil
  • Parsley seed oil (not the essential oil)
  • Passion fruit seed oil
  • Pataua oil
  • Peach kernel oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Pear seed oil
  • Pecan oil
  • Peony seed oil
  • Pepino plum seed oil*
  • Pequi seed oil
  • Perilla seed oil
  • Pineapple seed oil*
  • Pine nut oil
  • Pistachio nut oil
  • Plum kernel oil
plum kernel oil with fresh plums
  • Pomegranate seed oil
  • Pomifera seed oil
  • Poppy seed oil
  • Pracaxi oil
  • Prickly pear seed oil
  • Pumpkin seed oil
  • Quince seed oil*
  • Rape seed oil
  • Raspberry seed oil
  • Rice bran oil
  • Rosehip seed oil
  • Sacha inchi oil
  • Safflower Hi Oleic
  • Safflower oil Hi-Linoleic
  • Sal butter
  • Sandalwood seed oil (different from the essential oil)
  • Sea buckthorn seed oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Shea butter
  • Shea butter var niloteca
  • Shea oil
  • Souchet oil
  • Soursop oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Strawberry seed oil
strawberry seed oil in beaker with fresh strawberries
  • Sunflower oil hi linoleic
  • Sunflower seed oil - Hi Oleic
  • Tamanu oil
  • Tomato seed oil
  • Touloucouna oil
  • Tucuma butter
  • Tucuma oil
  • Ucuuba butter
  • Walnut oil
  • Watercress seed oil*
  • Watermelon seed oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Ximina oil
  • Yangu, cape chestnut oil

This is to our current knowledge a complete list of all the carrier oils, lipid oils and plant butters available on the market today, but new oils are emerging all the time and we are happy to hear about them all. 

Are there any oils on this list that you've worked with and loved? Leave a comment below. 



About the author 

Olivia Parker

I'm Olivia Parker, Susan's business partner, and daughter. While my mom has a keen interest and expertise in the oils and plants I look to the trends and developments in the health and skincare space to understand what budding and experienced formulators need to stay competitive in the cosmetic and skincare worlds.

  • My friends and I had a wonderful time reading this list of oils… Splendid list and I imagine some splendid oils I’ve yet to experience…

  • I’m very interested in Clary Sage Seed Oil. Are you going to post or write about the properties of the new oils soon?
    I know the Lipids are not the same as the Essential ‘Oils’, however I have noticed in some cases some of the same properties have crossed the barrier. Clary Sage EO offers so many wonderful benefits (esp for us girls) and would love to know about the Seed Oil.

  • I have used 134 of these- since it is just a hobby and only for myself, some oils on this list are not suitable for me. Others have remained elusive due to lack of source. For example, Lunaria and Cabbage Seed Oils .. lovely to see this comprehensive list! I also enjoy some Australian oils such as finger lime, flannel flower, and snowflower. Thank you for your research and available information!

  • Siii. Conozco varios y los he usado. Puedo aportar los nombres de las productoras para wue proporcionen información y fichas técnicas.
    Aceite de semilla de Papaya chilena
    Aceite de maqui

  • Wow………….this is quite an impressive collection!!!! Your fridge must be packed!!! I too have never heard of some of these oils. Thank you for sharing this Susan:)

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