There are two main categories of oils: carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier oils are oils like Jojoba, Castor and Olive, that essential oils (like Myrrh, Lavender and Sandalwood) are often diluted in to allow for safe topical application. They are called carrier oils because they carry/deliver the essential oils and their nutrients into the deeper layers of the skin and hair, and is often also referred to as the 'base' oil.
Essential oils are concentrated extracts of plants or seeds and can be thought of as the 'essence' of their raw materials. Since essential oils are so concentrated, they are often not safe to apply directly to skin without diluting first.
The following are carrier oils that Lola's Philosophy uses in some of our products. They are compiled here for easy access to a quick description of their benefits and some tips on how best to use them or what skin or hair type they are most suitable for. Some people may prefer to buy a particular oil to for a specific purpose, and for that reason, we have made some of these oils available for purchase. To add an oil to your cart, click on the underlined name and your page should be redirected to a store page where you can choose the size of your oil and add to cart.
*Please Note: Oils available for purchase can be identified by the underlined name. If the oil name is not underlined, it is not currently available for purchase and cannot be selected or added to cart
Acai Berry Oil
Restores skin elasticity and protects from free radicals. The berries themselves are a natural antioxidant and are often called a superfood for its impressive nutrient profile including high levels of vitamin A
Blackberry oil is comprised of 90% essential fatty acids and is suitable for all skin types. It's antioxidant qualities combat signs of aging, repairs damaged skin and smooths scar tissue
Contains Beta Carotene and Vitamin A which even skin tone, improve complexion and rejuvenate skin. its antiseptic properties reduce acne inflammation and breakouts
Dragon Fruit Oil
High in Omegas 3 and 6 and vitamin C, supporting collagen production and function. Ideal for dry skin to help lock in moisture, smooth skin and add a dewy glow
Hemp Seed Oil
Strengthens skin, protects against oxidation, and effective in treating many skin issues including eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Fatty acids in this oil also improve brain and heart health
Lightweight and fast-absorbing is just the start with Marula oil. Its levels of vitamins C and E reduce dark spots and provide moisture to thirsty hair. Great for dry skin, hair and brittle nails.
Combats skin imperfections including enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and blemishes. Retains moisture, improving skin and hair elasticity, adding shine and silkiness
Rice Bran Oil
Rice Bran oil is rich in anti-oxidants, increasing skin elasticity and combatting free radicals in skin and hair. Its vitamin K content makes it idea for banishing dark spots and circles and brightening skin
Squalane is said to mimic our skin's natural sebum (our body's natural oils) making it ideal for use in skin and hair care. It also increases hair shine and is known to prevent breakage
A vegan-friendly alternative source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. It has anti-aging properties and supports collagen in skin while deeply hydrating and unclogging pores, improving its appearance
Argan oil treats different skin conditions, including acne, moisturizing and improving the look of skin. On hair, it coats and lubricates the hair shaft, strengthening it. Great for oily skin
Shown to rejuvenate skin, reduce skin dryness and irritation caused by Eczema, moisturizes skin and hair and repairs damaged skin, hair and nail cells
This thick oil coats the hair shaft, increasing its flexibility and decreasing breakage, encouraging growth. Castor oil contains humectants which attract and retain moisture in hair and skin
Evening Primrose Oil
Shown to ease eczema, tackle acne, and reduce the appearance of bruises, this oil Improves skin firmness, moisture and elasticity. Reduces hair stress and encourages growth
Studies have proven this oil to be a huge aid in combatting stretch marks, especially when used in combination with shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil
Passion Fruit Oil
Passion Fruit Oil, also known as Maracuja oil is an excellent moisturizer for the more delicate tissue in and on the body. It has a non-greasy feel and contains high levels of linoleic acid
Filled with essential fatty acids and vitamins that hydrate and moisturize while healing with its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial qualities. Gently exfoliates, brightening skin and boosting collagen creation
Tamanu is a holy grail of oils. It soothes and softens skin and hair, treats acne, rehydrates dry skin, regulates eczema, reduces hyperpigmentation & speeds up our natural healing process
Aloe Vera Oil
Aloe Vera's high water content makes it highly hydrating in its raw forms. Its oil is just as hydrating amongst other benefits including skin-brightening, anti-aging and blemish-reducing
Extracted from Marigold flowers, Calendula oil heals, cleanses and is a natural salve for dry or cracked skin. It has been shown to also improve scars and wrinkles
Cherry Kernel Oil
Contains natural alpha, delta and gamma tocopherols that research has shown to combat pancreatic cancer. It can also prevent UV absorption by creating a protective barrier on skin and hair
Enhances the natural shine and luster of hair. Deeply conditions the scalp, aiding sebum production, making it essential for dry, brittle hair.
Sourced from Hawaii, this oil moisturizes, soothes eczema, strengthens hair, prevents dandruff, heals wounds, is anti-inflammatory and reduces the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles
Neem is gentle and safe enough to be used for animals too. Our Neem oil is organic and therefore biodegradable, making it an ideal addition to shampoos and coniditioners
Pomegranate oil is a lightweight, odourless oil that is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and skin-brightening qualities. Some studies show that its high supply of vitamin C can increase collagen production
Contains Oleic acid which prevents hair breakage, soothes dandruff, revives damaged and dry hair. Anti-inflammation and antibacterial, it treats acne and eczema.
Contains vitamin E.
Amla Fruit and its products are ancient Ayurvedic remedies for nourishing hair, promoting growth and increasing scalp strength. Its oil contains high levels of vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants
Lightweight, non-greasy oil that melts at body temperature aiding nutrient absorption. Good source of vitamin E and oleic fatty acid. High amounts of lauric acid improve skin texture and hels wounds
Also known as Green Tea Oil, Camellia oil is a staple in Japanese skin care. It's non-comodogenic making it ideal for oily/acne prone skin. It contains up to 80% Omega 9 acids & vitamins A, C, D & E
Harakeke is Maori for flaxseed. It contains essential fatty acids and speeds up cell turn-over. It's also been shown to help with collagen production and supporting and strengthening our skin's dermal layer
Often used as a substitute for Tea Tree Oil, it's gentle enough to use on sensitive skin yet strong enough to dispel acne, dark spots, treat cold sores, reduce fungal growth, suppress inflammation and more!
Raspberry has a rare quality for a carrier oil: it absorbs UVB and UVC sun rays. UVB radiation has been linked to skin cancer as it damages the top layer of skin and can lead to premature aging
Watermelon Seed Oil
Watermelon Seed Oil is ideal for dry, oily, mature and acne-prone skin primarily because it is highly-moisturizing yet non-comedogenic. It is one of the lesser-known oils, but is nutrient-rich and 100% organic