Adding a carrier protein increases protein stability, extends shelf life, allows the protein to be stored at more dilute concentrations, and helps avoid the product sticking to the walls of the vial. Consequently, adding carrier proteins can be very helpful. However, most carrier proteins are animal-derived so for animal-free and sensitive applications and assays for which BSA might interfere with the assay, carrier-free proteins are the way to go. If compatible with your work, you can add your own carrier proteins, such as BSA, HSA or gelatin when you make aliquots. Adding your own carrier allows you to select an application-compatible carrier. We recommend always using a high-purity carrier protein.