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I am often asked where to buy carrier oils and plant butters and while I do have a list of suppliers that I share, this question got me thinking, and noticing, how many wonderful carrier oils are available in a well-stocked natural food store.

Availability will of course vary! But you should be able to find at least a few of these carrier oils at your local market.

Recently I was at the grocery store here in my home city of Portland, Oregon and so I recorded a short video for you on 11 of the carrier oils I was able to buy right off the shelf.

Which carrier oils are at your local market? Leave a comment below and I’d love to hear what you can find in your corner of the world.

  • I suppose if you are just starting out or if you are only making products for your own use buying from the grocery store is fine but they are generally much more expensive than if you purchase oils from a wholesale distributor even in smaller sizes such as 16 oz.

    • Hi Evelyn, They come from the same source – the seeds of plants but can be refined and processed differently. The main difference is the oils destined to be sold for eating have a higher regulatory bar for handling and processing. But you can find both refined and unrefined cooking oils and I often suggest when someone is starting out to source from natural grocery stores. Some oils are toasted for flavor and aren’t suitable for skincare, so read labels carefully.

  • Thank you. Would all unrefined oils of the same type be of similar quality and have similar fatty acid profiles? For example, cheap vs expensive virgin unrefined olive oil, or oils from different regions with different growing conditions.

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