Carrier, essential and the story behind the oil

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Carrier, essential and the story behind the oil

One of the great things about markets, expos and trade shows is that we get to interact with you, our clients. I love finding out what people are interested in when it comes to skincare and also the specific questions you have about the use of oils as part of a skincare routine.

And one of the questions we always get is why pomegranate seed oil, so we went straight to the source. In her own words, this is what founder Izette Dreyer has to say:

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“I’ve always been fascinated by essential oils. Even in primary school, I would use my pocket money to buy oils. Later, when I learned about the therapeutic benefits, like entering the bloodstream through inhalation, I was hooked for life. I started experimenting with blends for all occasions – to fall asleep, to focus while studying, to energise me, and even to balance my emotions.

This interest eventually evolved into what is today Royale Afrique du Sud, where I combine my knowledge of essential oils and my beloved pomegranate seed carrier oil to create different skin treatments. Essentially, I enhance the quality of pomegranate seed oil with a blend of essential oils.

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My father was a winemaker so I grew up around agri-processing. In many ways this gave me the confidence to produce my own small batch pomegranate seeds oil in 2015 for the first time. Soon it became an obsession to produce high-quality pomegranate seed oil myself so that I would be assured of the quality – thus, from seed to serum.”

So that’s the story behind the story, or the abbreviated version anyway. If you’re interested you can read more about it here.

And below is the answer to the second part of the question: a simple explanation of the difference between carrier oils and essential oil.

The difference between a carrier and an essential oil:

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Essential oils:

  • Evaporate and have a concentrated aroma
  • Can cause skin irritation if used in undiluted form
  • Made from the flower, leaf, bark, resin or root of a plant
  • Examples: lavender, tea tree, neroli, frankincense, myrrh

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Carrier oils:

  • Pressed from the fatty portions of seeds, nuts, kernels and fruit
  • Do not evaporate or impart its aroma as strongly as essential oils
  • Used to dilute essential oils
  • Carries the therapeutic/ healing essential oil into the bloodstream through the skin
  • Examples: Pomegranate seed oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, olive oil, grape seed oil


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