This Custom DIY Homemade Face Oil recipe is a natural, non-toxic and inexpensive skincare multi-tasker (moisturizer, cleanser, serum) can be tailored to all skin types (oily/acne-prone, dry, sensitive, mature), making it the perfect Mother's Day gift idea. Learn which carrier oils and essentials oils are best for your skin here!
UPDATE: This post was originally published in May 2017.
If you're in need of a perfect gift, or you want to treat yourself to something special, might I suggest a custom DIY Homemade Face oil tailored to specific skin needs? I think I just might 😉
Here's why this face oil makes the perfect gift:
- What's better than a thoughtful homemade gift customized to the recipient's needs and wants?
- Did I mention it's insanely inexpensive to make this face oil! We're talking only a couple dollars per bottle, if that!
- Who doesn't love a luxurious skincare product that moisturizes, soothes, treats blemishes and gives you glowing skin?
- Especially one that's all natural, non-toxic and totally safe made with ingredients so pure you could literally eat them!
- Aaaaaand you can make a face oil for yourself in a matter of minutes right alongside whatever blend you're creating for a gift. Win-win!
Convinced? I thought so. But in case you still have some questions, let's get into the nitty gritty of face oils.
What is Face Oil?
Face oil is essential a multi-tasking skincare product that does it all. Part cleanser (yes, you can actually use this face oil to cleanse your face and remove makeup), part moisturizer-meets-serum-meets-cream-meets-lotion, face oil is a powerhouse beauty product every woman needs in her toiletry bag. It can literally replace all those dozens of bottles you have on your bathroom counter with just one simple product. (Also check out this 3-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Moisturizer.)
Made with a carrier oil and essential oils (more on that below), face oils can be customized to all skin types, whether you're blemish-prone with acne (or acne scars) and oily skin, suffer from dry or sensitive skin and need some extra moisture and hydration, have mature skin that needs anti aging ingredients to minimize wrinkles or have uneven skin with hyperpigmentation.
Seriously, there's a face oil recipe that can target any of these skin conditions with just a few simple ingredients!
How to make homemade face oil
Like I mentioned before, face oils are made by blending carrier oils with essential oils.
Carrier oils are derived from the fatty portion of plants, nuts, and seeds, while essential oils are distilled from the petals, leaves, bark, stems, and roots of plants.
The best carrier oils for skincare include organic argan oil (a fast-absorbing oil that's great for anti-aging), olive oil, grapeseed oil (best for oily skin, it's lightweight and high in Vitamin C), jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and coconut oil (high in antioxidants and Vitamin E, but, fair warning, can break certain skin types out).
Note that we've updated the oils in this recipe–they now all come from Plant Therapy, our new favorite essential oil company whose oils are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants, or dilutions. Their essential oils come in varieties like synergies, singles, organic, and pre-diluted roll-ons, and their facility is USDA Certified Organic. Their prices are also super reasonable, plus you can get 10% off your order of $50 or more sitewide with the coupon code ROOT10!
For this recipe, I opted for Sweet Almond Oil, which is full of proteins, minerals and Vitamin E, making it a very hydrating choice for dry skin. And Jojoba Oil, which works well for nearly all skin types and leaves skin hydrated without the heavy shine, as it's very similar to our skin’s natural oil/sebum production.
But since this is a custom recipe, you can use whatever type of oil is right for your skin, or gift recipient's skin type. Now before you run away screaming that oil breaks skin out, let me dispel this longstanding myth for you.
Does oil make you break out?
Years ago, many skincare products were made with mineral oil, a toxic ingredient made from petroleum and proven to clog pores and cause breakouts. So when brands started removing mineral oil from their products, they began touting “oil free” on their labels, misleading consumers to believe that ALL oils clog pores, rather than just mineral oil.
The truth is that many oils actually help balance oil production and fight the bacteria that causes acne. Not to mention the fact that using harsh topical chemicals that strip our skin of its natural moisture barrier dries out our skin AND causes our bodies to produce more oil to compensate, which (ironically) can actually break you out.
SO, don't be afraid of using oil on your skin. Though everyone will react differently to different ingredients and you'll need to patch test to ensure your skin responds well to this face oil, all of the oils above are actually incredibly nourishing, moisturizing and healthy for your skin and should not break you out.
Now with that out of the way, let's talk about essential oils. This is where the true customization of this face oil recipe comes into play. Below, you'll find recommendations for the best essential oils for skincare based on your skin's needs.
You could just choose one essential oil to add to this blend, or a dozen. But I recommend starting with 1-2 and experimenting from there after you see how your skin reacts, that way you'll know which oil caused which result.
Whatever you decide, I recommend using roughly 5-15 drops of essential oils per one ounce of carrier oil.
What is the best oil for your skin?
Now comes the fun part! Below you'll find a list of the best essential oils for face oils. Pick the oils that correspond to your needs:
- Rosehip Seed Oil: This ultra-nourishing oil is a must-have for pretty much every skin type! It's chockfull of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, making it perfect for dry or aging skin, as it has been linked to increased collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars and brightens skin. It's also incredibly healing thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds, so it's great for refining skin texture and tone. (source)
- Lavender Oil: Lavender essential oil is another oil that works for just about everyone! Not only does it smell so good that you'll feel instantly relaxed (lavender is proven to lower stress), but it also helps regenerate skin cells so it's great for aging skin, sun spots and scarring. (source)
- Frankincense Oil: Frankincense essential oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds making it great for acne-prone skin. It's a powerful astringent (toner), meaning it helps protect skin cells by reducing acne blemishes and the appearance of large pores, preventing wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging. And if that weren't enough, it also helps with wound healing and may decrease the appearance of scars, dark spots, stretch marks, eczema and healing surgical wounds. (source)
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. In fact, one study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the associated negative side effects that many people experience including red, dried and peeling skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing, and tea tree oil also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and incidence of breakouts. Tea tree oil helps relieve any type of skin inflammation, including eczema and psoriasis. (source)
- Clary Sage Oil: Clary sage curbs the growth and spread of bacterial and fungal infections, and its antiseptic, so wounds will not become infected with germs when you apply this essential oil to them. It also reduces skin inflammation and regulates the production of oil on the skin. (source)
- Geranium Oil: Because geranium oil is an astringent, it has the power to minimize the look of wrinkles by tightening facial skin and slowing down the effects of aging. Geranium oil can also stop bacteria from growing on the skin, and thanks to its powerful cicatrizant properties (which increase blood circulation right below the surface of the skin), it can speed up the healing process, and fade the look of scars and other spots on the skin quickly. (source)
- Carrot Seed Oil: Though an underdog in the essential oil world, carrot seed oil is incredibly powerful. In fact, did you know that carrot seed oil has a natural SPF of 35-40? It also has a rejuvenating effect on the skin, smoothing it and assisting with cell regeneration (read: it's great for fading scars and improving the tone of aging skin). It’s also rich in antioxidants, helping to neutralize inflammation and wrinkle-inducing free radicals. (source)
- Ylang Ylang Oil: This floral essential oil has such a light and beautiful scent, plus it helps control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, preserving a “youthful glow”, smoothing fine lines and preventing signs of aging or irritation. Ylang ylang is even powerful at fighting the development of skin cancer cells and melanoma. (source)
Here are some of the common blends I'd recommend for
- Face Oil Blend for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: Rosehip, Lavender, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Geranium and Tea Tree Oil
- Face Oil Blend for Dry and Sensitive Skin: Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Rosehip Oil
- Face Oil Blend for Mature and Aging Skin: Carrot seed, Geranium, Lavender, Clary Sage, Frankincense and Rosehip Oil
*Note: Certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children, so be sure to consult your doctor or dermatologist before using any oils.
how to use face oil
Making a DIY Homemade face oil couldn't be easier. All you have to do is fill a glass bottle (ideally one fitted with a dropper or pump) with your carrier oils and essential oils of choice. Screw the top on, shake it up and you're good to go!
A quick Q&A about how to use face oil follows:
- How much face oil to use? Face oils are very concentrated so a little goes a long way. I recommend adding 3-5 drops to your palms, rubbing your hands together to warm up the oil and then gently patting your face and neck until the oil is absorbed.
- How to apply face oil? Rather than massaging lots of oil into your skin and rubbing for maximum absorption, face oils work best when gently applied with clean hands. Since you want the oils to actually penetrate your skin, I recommend applying your face oil first, before sunscreens, other topical treatments you might use or makeup. Because face oils are fantastic natural moisturizers, simply apply after washing your face. That's it! Truly, that's all your skin needs. So feel free to watch the savings pile up as you toss those other expensive products!
- How to store face oil? Oil should be stored in a dark glass jar (amber or dark colored bottles will protect the sensitive ingredients from light) in a cool, dark spot.
If you try this recipe, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!
Custom DIY Homemade Face Oil
- 2 ounces carrier oil(s) of choice
- 10-30 drops essential oil(s) of choice
- Combine carrier oils and essential oils of choice in a dark amber glass bottle. Screw on the cap and shake it up. Your face oil is ready to use!
- After washing your face, apply 3-5 drops of face oil to clean hands. Rub hands together to warm up the oil and gently pat face and neck.