If you’re applying an essential oil for the first time, perform a sensitivity test to see how your skin reacts. You can do this by applying a small dab of the essential oil, mixed in carrier oil, to an inconspicuous area of your skin. Continue to check the area each hour for a few hours to make sure no irritation has occurred.
Something you should know is if you have sensitive skin or skin conditions (like eczema and psoriasis), you may be more sensitive to topical application. You could also be more sensitive if you have a compromised immune system (for example, food or seasonal allergies and autoimmune disorders). If you have any doubts about how you’ll react to a certain essential oil, it’s always good to perform the sensitivity test and talk to your healthcare provider.
Babies have more sensitive skin than adults. A baby’s epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) is up to five times thinner than an adult’s and is made up of smaller cells. This means a baby’s skin will absorb substances into her bodies more easily and quickly. Essential oils can have many benefits for young children, but you’ll just want to keep their skin sensitivity in mind.
When applying an essential oil topically to a baby’s skin, you’ll want to use less essential oil and more carrier oil than you would normally use on, say, yourself. Here is a helpful guide with the chart below:
Skin isn’t only more sensitive when we’re young. It becomes more sensitive as we age. When we get older, our epidermis thins. Skin also begins to lose strength and elasticity. Additionally, blood vessels become more fragile, glands in the skin produce less oil, and the layer of fat under the skin begins to thin. As a result, essential oils can more easily penetrate the skin. This is another case where you should apply less essential oil and more carrier oil in order to avoid irritating sensitive skin
General use: 8–20 drops of essential oil per 10 mL bottle, filling the rest with fractionated coconut oil
While those other types of carrier oils are commonly used, fractionated coconut oil is an ideal carrier oil to use with essential oils because it has great shelf life, feels light and silky, provides good absorption, and is odorless
Additionally, fractionated coconut oil is much more shelf stable than regular coconut oil, meaning it can last for years.