Berries for Carrier Oils: Photo Credit, Fotolia
Berries for Carrier Oils: Photo Credit, Fotolia

There are a number of berry carrier oils, in addition to the more “traditional” carrier oils, available on the market. If you take the time to do some research, you will find that many berry carrier oils are packed with beneficial properties for the skin – and can be combined with essential oils in aromatherapy for greater effect.

What is a Berry Carrier Oil?

Berry carrier oils are cold-pressed from the seed of the berry. Many berry carrier oils are high in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, making them a favorable skincare product for all types of skin.

Berries have a long history of use in plant medicine. Understanding the type of berry oil, and its uses, can help you to decide which berry oil is best for your purpose. Use berry oils as a carrier oil in aromatherapy practice, in combination with other carrier oils, and in many skincare bases – such as creams, lotions, lip balm, and hair care products.

The Different Types of Berry Oils

Below are listed some of the different types of berry oils suitable for aromatherapy skincare applications:

  • strawberry seed (Fragaria x. ananassa)

  • blackberry seed (Rubius fructicosus)

  • blueberry seed ( Vaccinium corymbosum)

  • raspberry seed (red) ( Rubus idaeus)

  • raspberry seed (black) ( Rubus occidentalis)

  • blackcurrant seed ( Ribes nigrum)*

  • cranberry seed (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

  • acai berry seed (Euterpe oleracea)

  • seabuckthorn seed (Hippophae rhamnoides).

* Note that blackcurrant also produces an absolute used in perfumery.

Common Characteristics of Berry Carrier Oils

In researching berry carrier oils, I found that many berry oils share the following characteristics (although there are exceptions to the rule):

  • most berry carrier oils are high in omega 3, omega 6, omega 9, and vitamin E. They also contain other beneficial ingredients to the skin.

  • Most berry carrier oils are suitable for all skin types; some are more suited to, for example, oily skin, or mature skin, but you will find that there is an appropriate berry carrier oil for all skin types.

  • Most berry carrier oils (like many other carrier oils) are not high in aroma, so you can blend them with other carrier oils and/or essential oils.

  • Most berry carrier oils are not known to have any contra-indications for general aromatherapy use.

  • Many truly organic, authentic berry carrier oils can be quite expensive, so I would advise blending then in a mix with other carrier oils.

Learn More About Carrier Oils with Sedona Aromatherapie

If you are interested in learning about traditional carrier oils, and their applications in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy program. To learn more, visit the courses home page.


  • Natural Sourcing LLC website, Berry Oils, accessed June 29, 2015

  • Price, Len, 1999, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, UK: Riverhead

  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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