Vegetable oil and butters are also called carrier or base oils. They represents living power of the plants and are used for transportation of essential oils from the surface of the skin into our body.
Vegetable oils and butters are unlike essential oils oily and non-volatile. They leave permanent oily mark on paper and are not soluble in alcohol. Chemically speaking, vegetable oils and butters are classed as lipids. Together with carbohydrates and proteins, lipids are the main constituents of our cells.
They contain triglycerides, free fatty acids, vitamins, proteins and minerals and are very effective as an independent cosmetics.
The best vegetable oils and butter are cold pressed, unrefined and non-hydrogenated. Such oils and butters have not beed subjected to high temperatures and chemical processing. Consequently, these oils and butters have a shorter life span, because they contain substances that oxidize quickly. We should keep these valued gifts of nature in cold and dark places.