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10 Essential Oils That Pair Well With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil

Is there anything more sumptuous than coconut oil? Its sweet scent, creamy texture, and many skin benefits turned it into a beauty staple. Yet, incorporating coconut oil into your formulations can be a challenge as its overly sweet scent can be overpowering. The good news is that it pairs well with many essential oils. The synergy amplifies the benefits of both ingredients and serves to balance each other out.

I’ve selected 10 Essential Oils That Blend Beautifully With Coconut Oil to get you started on your aromatic adventure.

1. Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Sweet orange has a bright, uplifting citrusy aroma that blends wonderfully with the creamy sweetness of coconut, citrus oils in general pair well with coconut, especially lime, lemon and sweet orange. Pair it with cardamom, cinnamon or ginger essential oils for a warming, zesty fusion.

INCI Name: Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil 

Properties: Bright, cheerful with a sweet orange aroma. 

Fragrance: Sweet, fresh, orange scent

Note: Top

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2. Lime Essential Oil

The fragrant, uplifting, and slightly sweet aroma of lime essential oil complements coconut oil’s deep sweet scent, adding a citrusy note to the mix. Try adding a touch of warm spicy cardamom, lime, and a slightly resinous aroma of cedarwood to coconut oil to create a sensual, exotic fragrance.

INCI Name: Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil 

Properties: Astringent, toning, uplifting

Fragrance: Refreshing, sweet, zesty scent 

Note: Top

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3. Lemongrass Essential Oil

The fresh, clean, lemony and citrusy fragrance of lemongrass essential oil will have you dreaming of summer. Pair it with warming ginger, uplifting jasmine, and coconut oil’s sweet notes to create a refreshing tropical aroma.

INCI Name: Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil

Properties: Uplifting, energising, stimulating, clarifying

Fragrance: Fresh lemony scent 

Note: Top

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4. Lemon Essential Oil

The invigorating aroma of lemon essential oil is a great way to wake up your senses. Popular among skincare formulators for its calming and uplifting effect, lemon essential oil works well with citrus, woodsy, spicy and resinous fragrances. Blend it with petitgrain and ginger or sandalwood to create a zesty fusion.

INCI Name: Citrus Limon Peel Oil

Properties: Uplifting, refreshing, cleansing

Fragrance: Tangy, zesty, fresh lemony scent 

Note: Top

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5. Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood is “a divine” oil that has been used for thousands of years to clarify the mind, enhance concentration, and centre the heart. Its naturally woody, earthy aroma blends beautifully with coconut oil’s sweet scent, creating a cosy, warm and sensual aromatic fusion. Add jasmine essential oil for a luxurious floral touch.

INCI Name: Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil

Properties: Calming, sedative, aphrodisiac

Fragrance: Sweet, warm, woody scent

Note: Base

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6. Cardamom Essential Oil

My heart skips a beat every time I walk into a room filled with the aroma of cardamom essential oil. The warm, spicy scent is the perfect antidote to gloomy winter days. Well-rounded, cardamom oil blends beautifully with other spicy, citrusy and woodsy essential oils. Pair it with ginger, grapefruit and lemongrass for an exotic twist. Use it in formulations like lotions, body butter, shower gels and body scrubs.

INCI Name: Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Oil

Properties: Uplifting, energising, refreshing

Fragrance: Sweet, spicy scent 

Note: Middle

Get yours at the Fresh Skin Beauty.

7. Jasmine Absolute

Often used as a perfume ingredient, jasmine has been described as the ‘king of flowers.’ Deep, rich, sweet floral scent lends elegance to blends. Even though the fragrance can be rather heady on its own, it creates a unique calming floral blend when combined with coconut oil. Add citrus essential oils to add zing and brightness to the formula.

INCI Name: Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract

Properties: Calming, restoring, revitalising, bright

Fragrance: Intensely sweet rich floral aroma 

Note: Base

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8. Tuberose Absolute Oil

Extracted from the beautiful flowers of Polianthes tuberosa, tuberose absolute oil’s rich and heady scent is one of the most popular fragrances in perfumery. The fragrance blends beautifully with coconut oil’s creamy sweetness. Combine it with cedarwood and ylang-ylang to create deep sensual vibes.

INCI Name: Polianthes Tuberosa Flower Extract

Properties: Calming, balancing, sensual

Fragrance: Rich, sweet, soft floral aroma 

Note: Top

Get yours at the Mystic Moments.

9. Ho Wood Essential Oil

Extracted from the wood and bark of Cinnamomum camphora, ho wood oil is a beautiful sweet woody oil with floral undertones. The fragrance has a calming effect on the mind and body. Its naturally grounding fruity scent compliments coconut oil, creating a relaxing ambience— the perfect treat after a long day at work. 

INCI Name: Cinnamomum Camphora Linalooliferum Wood Oil

Properties: Grounding, relaxing

Fragrance: Sweet, woody fragrance with floral undertones

Note: Middle

Get yours at the Mystic Moments.

10. Rose Geranium

The sweet scent of rose geranium is popularly used in skincare, adding softness to formulas. Balancing and uplifting, the oil lifts the spirit and nurtures feelings of calmness. You can try mixing rose geranium with a hint of lavender to create a cosy, warm and sensual effect. 

INCI Name: Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Oil 

Properties: Balancing, uplifting

Fragrance: Sweet, rosy scent

Note: Middle to Top

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There are so many essential oils available on the market. The ten essential oils in this post are my personal favourites – they blend well with coconut oil and create a variety of sensual, exotic and refreshing aromas. Have you ever tried any of these ten oils? What are your favourite combinations? Comment below! I would love to hear from you.

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Please note some citrus essential oils such as lemon, lime, lemongrass, orange, or grapefruit can cause phototoxic reactions. It would be best to avoid sunlight up to 12 hours after use. If you are pregnant, have a medical condition or have any concerns, please consult your qualified health professional before using essential oils.

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