Your Best Kept Beauty Secret-Carrot Seed Essential Oil!

Carrot Seed Essential OilHello everyone!!  I’m taking a little break from posting in order to relax and refocus, but I missed you all so I thought I would come back a little early for a quick post on an essential oil that is one heck of a beauty secret you’ll want to keep!!

If you’ve been following some of my DIY skin care recipes, you are probably already familiar with carrot seed oil.  I have used it in several products and absolutely love what it does for the skin.   Carrot seed essential oil is antioxidant rich to say the least.  Antioxidants fight damaging free radicals that can cause wrinkles and damage to skin tissue.  It can help and even repair damage from the sun, processed food, cigarette smoke and pollution!  Carrot seed oil is full of nutrients including beta carotene, and vitamins A and E.   Carrot seed oil nourishes dry skin, and can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!  Carrot seed oil has a natural SPF of 40, so it can even serve as a topical sunscreen!

Benefits of Carrot Seed Essential Oil:

  • Tones the skin
  • Antioxidant rich
  • Stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
  • Detoxifies the liver which in turn helps with liver spots, also known as age spots.
  • Reduces water retention (excellent for under eye products)
  • Increases circulation
  • Enhances a tan while protecting the skin against UV rays.
  • Vitamin E rich
  • Vitamin C rich (hello collagen!)

Carrot Seed Oil has a high concentration of carotenoids, like over 600 indentified cartonoids.  Why is this beneficial?  Well….. Carotenoids have been proven to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.  Carrot seed oil is the most potent source of carotenoids available.  That being said, you must find a good source for Carrot Seed Essential oil.  I previously was using a brand that came recommended from a friend that I was able to find on Amazon.  I am so happy to say that Spark Naturals, my essential oil of choice, has now introduced their own carrot seed oil!!  I know with Spark Naturals, I am getting the purest form of essential oils.  I’m so happy that now all my carrot seed oil recipes will contain Spark Naturals carrot seed oil!

How to use Carrot Seed Essential Oil:

The easiest way to use carrot seed oil is to add a few drops to a carrier oil like meadowfoam seed oil or rosehip seed oil and use as a rejuvenating facial oil.  I would also add a few drops of lavender, because you never go wrong with lavender and because it will cut the carrot smell.  Carrot seed oil has a very potent carrot smell and a little goes a long way!  I would only use 2-3 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil.

So there you have it!  Next to geranium essential oil, carrot seed oil is probably the most potent and effective ingredient you can use in your beauty regime!

xx, Jenni

Since this post I have switched to Mountain Rose Herbs essential oil.  I love that they are organic, more affordable and at the same place I get the rest of my DIY skin care ingredients.  I still stand by Spark Natural’s quality but moving forward, I will be using MRH essential oils exclusively.



  1. Chandice
    November 3, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    I’ve been using your anti-wrinkle eye cream for almost a year. Followed your recipe. This eye cream is totally amazing

  2. Claudia
    November 4, 2014 / 9:47 am

    Hi Jenny,

    I am looking for a cleanser and moisturizer for my 13 year old son. He is starting to breakout around his chicks and nose. Any products you recommend to start him with?


    • November 7, 2014 / 4:39 pm

      Hi Claudia-I just responded to you on Etsy but I thought I answer here too just in case! I would suggest your son start using Juice Beauty. It is an organic line that is very natural. I use their clearing cleanser and their oil free moisturizer. Both help to control my breakouts and they are very “boy/man” friendly-they don’t smell girly or look girly at all1

  3. December 28, 2014 / 11:44 pm

    What do you think about Marula oil? I have been researching it and it sounds wonderful!

  4. Colleen
    January 13, 2015 / 11:42 am

    I was wondering if you could use carrot seed EO on a 7 month old baby that has eczema very badly, maybe use hemp oil as the carrier oil??

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:44 am

      Colleen-I’m just not too sure about using carrot seed oil on a baby. I could not find anything supporting the use of this oil for pregnancy or infants. I would try lavender instead. My gut tells me that the carrot seed would be diluted so much in the hemp that it would be totally fine but I just can’t be too sure.

  5. Kristen
    February 26, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Like you Jenni, I’ve been making my own skincare for years and just love getting new ideas and inspirations from people like you! I have a question/comment about Vitamin C. This post says that Carrot Seed Oil is high in Vitamin C and in another of your posts you say that Rosehip Oil is also high in Vitamin C. However, Vitamin C is only water soluble. According to Wikipedia – – while the rose hip fruit itself is very high in Vitamin C, the oil has none. I just thought I would pass along this info I have found in my research and also, say thank you for all the info you have given me! 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Kristen-I did know that about essential oil-not sure why I added that! Bummer about Rosehip. I had heard that in the distillation process, all the vitamin C was lost. I guess that makes sense for rosehip as well! Thanks for the info!

  6. Monette
    September 28, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    I love Carrot Essential oil, its the queen of oils to reduce spots!! Celery EO is the next best choice for the same reasons. Great for an eye serum like yours 🙂 However, You CAN go wrong with Lavender! in a cream for day time use, Lavender is photo sensitive! It’s great in a night serum for instance but not for day time use. It could cause more damage then good. I’m a certified consultant in scientific aromatherapy. Just an FYI ..

    • October 3, 2015 / 10:17 am

      Monette-I’ve never heard of lavender oil causing photo sensitivity. Would you mind sharing your source for that? I’ve done a ton of research and can’t find anything!

      • Monette Bouvier
        April 28, 2016 / 1:08 pm

        I took a full yr of classes at the Montreal Botanical gardens on the making of natural proffessional products . Then another yr for a more indepth study on EO’s getting certified as a consultant in medical aromatherapy (french method) with a teacher
        Stéphanie Plamondon, Ac., M.Sc.
        Anthropologue médicale
        Acupuncteure membre de l’OAQ
        Aromathérapeute certifiée
        Fondatrice de Noblessence
        Candidate For a Doctoate in naturopathic sciences.
        She is my source. I believe she knows what she’s talking about. Some of the molicules in the lavender can cause harm in full sun…like the eo’s in the citrus family that should never be used on skin in the sun. She reiderated this countless times during my 2 yrs of study…Admittedly, there isnt much written on it ….but I absolutely take her word without question having learned so much . Besides her credentials and integrety in her work .
        It’s info I think is important…and gladly share 🙂 for its potential harm. Those who decide to take it, great. Those who want to risk it , after knowing of an apposing View is fine too. Its good to question anything! Its how we learn and improve our products ! And even better when we share our findings and tips along the way.

    • Ashley
      April 25, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      That’s interesting. In my readings, I’ve seen that it offers a natural SPF of 4-6. Now I’m confused. 🤔

      • Jenni
        April 28, 2016 / 12:20 pm

        Ashley-Everywhere I’ve researched it’s been 38-40! Of course, that’s if you use it staight.

  7. January 17, 2016 / 7:52 am

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  8. Sadie
    February 21, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Can you mix carrot seed oil in argan oil? I’m just trying to figure out something that would be natural and would also work well as a sunscreen and on fine lines!

      • Sadie
        February 21, 2016 / 5:21 pm

        Thanks! One last thing…can I mix carrot and frank together?

  9. saniya
    February 29, 2016 / 5:46 am

    Hello Jenni,
    Can you plz tell me whether carrot seed essential oil can be diluted in sweet almond oil for facial and body applications. If yes then how much would be the quantity for both??

    • March 4, 2016 / 7:19 am

      Saniya-It can. The problem is it’s strong carrot smell. In a 1 ounce serum I usually add about 5-7 drops along with another oil like lavender to cut the smell.

  10. Janani
    August 1, 2016 / 4:49 am

    Hi I was fair at my childhood but as days went I strtd bcuming tan now I am 19 nd looking lyk a normal shade girl. I want to increase my tone. Will tis carrot seed oil enhance it?

    • Jenni
      August 2, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Janani-the carrot seed will help you not to burn and make your skin stronger towards the sun but I’m not sure it will help you enhance your tan.

    • Jenni
      October 13, 2016 / 7:26 am

      Susan-Carrot seed e.o. should smell really strong if it’s not diluted. I can only add 2-3 drops to products or else it’s too strong.

  11. Jenna Lee
    December 20, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Hi Jenni,
    All your DIY recipes I’ve tried have done so much more for my skin than any high end cream/serum has ever done. So THANK YOU!
    I just started using the Vitamin C serum. After reading everything you’ve posted about the benefits of carrot seed eo, I need to start using it. I don’t know if I’m understanding correctly. Does carrot seed have vitamin c in it as well? If so, can I use carrot seed in say another serum and also use the vitamin c serum at a separate time? Or is that too much vitamin C for my face to handle?

    I want to SINCERELY THANK YOU for taking the time to answer my question. I appreciate it!

  12. Kathleen
    April 18, 2017 / 10:41 am

    This is truly a wonderful post! Thank you for such great information. I feel that this may have already been answered indirectly via some of your responses to the comments so forgive me for asking again but I wanted to make sure I am clear: I know carrot seed oil and carrot seed ESSENTIAL oil are different, yes? I ask only because you have referred to it in both ways in the post and I wasn’t sure which one you were referring to. I put a few drops of carrot seed essential oil in my homemade facial serum and I was wondering if carrot seed essential oil causes photosensitivity? I want to make sure I am not using anything that is making my post acne dark spots darker! I hope this makes sense?
    Thank you!

    • Jenni
      May 3, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Katheleen-I’m actually not sure there is a difference. I could be wrong. All I have ever heard of is the essential oil. Carrot seed essential oil is incredible for sun damage. I increase it in my formulations around spring and through summer because it helps prevent sun spots. I’ve had many people attest to this as well! Hope this helps!

  13. Jasmine gumber
    June 16, 2017 / 1:15 am

    Hello mam. . I’m 21.. can I use carrot seed oil on my face for skin lightning?

    • Jenni
      June 26, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Jasmine-I don’t think so-Try licorice root!

  14. July 26, 2017 / 4:29 am

    Pls I want a cream that will ligthen me,but not too much an give me a young glowing skin,and how much is it?

    • Jenni
      July 26, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Anna-I don’t have a product that lightens the skin. Sorry!

  15. Mary Fischer, MD
    July 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

    I just read your post from 2015 recommending lavender for a baby with eczema. I would not recommend using lavender (or tea tree oil) on children, especially if the epidermis is not intact. In 2007, there was a report in the New England Journal of Medicine of boys developing gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) while using these products. Happily the condition subsided when they stopped using the products, but the estrogenic effects of some natural hormonally-active compounds can be harmful to children (and perhaps to other people with estrogen-sensitive cancer, such as some breast and ovarian tumors).

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