Carrier oils are vegetable oils extracted from the seeds, nuts, or kernels of plants. Most Carrier Oils -- also known as non-volatile “Fixed Oils” -- are unscented or naturally lightly-scented, non-toxic, and non-irritating. Many carrier oils are perfectly safe for human consumption and can be used as delicious and nutritious food ingredients. They have been used for centuries in cuisines around the world. 

Carrier Oils do not have the intense flavor of essential oils, but they can enhance the other flavor ingredients in the food and add moisture and nutritive content. Some Carrier Oils, such as Black Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Oil and MCT Oil, are highly prized for their nutritive content and taken as Dietary Supplements.

Carrier oils are generally safe to ingest, and bring a number of nutritional benefits to your food formulations:


Natural source

Derived from plants, carrier oils are free of artificial additives and chemicals.

High in healthy fats

Many carrier oils, like avocado and grapeseed oils, are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are beneficial to health. They can be used to replace or supplement other fats, such as butter or lard.

Vitamin and mineral content

Some carrier oils contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and other essential nutrients like vitamin K and magnesium.

Minimal processing

Cold-pressed oils, the preferred choice for consumption, involve minimal processing and heat, preserving the oil's natural nutrients and flavor.

Beyond the nutritive benefits they provide, Carrier oils are used in food formulations for a variety of other reasons.


To improve texture

Carrier oils can be used to improve the texture of food products. For example, they can be used to make dough more pliable, to make batters smoother, and to make sauces and spreads smoother.

To impart flavor

Carrier oils can impart a mild flavor to food products. For example, olive oil can be used to add a Mediterranean flavor to dishes, while coconut oil can be used to add a tropical flavor to dishes.

To dissolve essential oils

Carrier oils can be used to dissolve essential oils, which are often used to add flavor and aroma to food products. Essential oils are not soluble in water, but they are soluble in carrier oils oils.

To prevent browning

Carrier oils can be used to prevent browning in food products. For example, brushing a pastry with olive oil before baking can help to prevent it from browning too much.

To increase shelf life

Carrier oils can help to increase the shelf life of food products by acting as a barrier to moisture and oxygen.

As a nutrient carrier

Carrier oils can be used to carry nutrients to the body. For example, vitamin E is often added to carrier oils, such as olive oil, and the carrier oil helps protect the vitamin from oxidation.

Culinary Uses of Carrier Oils:

    Cooking oil: Some carrier oils, like avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and sunflower oil, have high smoke points, making them excellent choices for high-heat cooking methods like frying, grilling, and stir-frying.

    Salad dressing: Drizzle carrier oils like olive oil, sesame oil, or walnut oil over salads for a flavorful and healthy boost.

    Marinades: Carrier oils can help infuse herbs and spices into marinades, adding depth and richness to meats and vegetables.

    Dipping oils: Blend your favorite carrier oil with herbs, spices, and even balsamic vinegar for a delicious dipping sauce for bread or crudités. 

    Baked goods: Add moisture and richness to cakes, muffins, and other baked goods by using carrier oils like almond oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil in your recipes.

      Here are some popular carrier oils used in food formulations: