• Lindsay Alexander

Essential Oil Recipes: Facial Moisturizers

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

Moisturize your skin without chemicals... attack wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone with these fabulous DIY recipes for amazingly effective moisturizers. There's an essential oil for that #taeoft!

Essential Oil Recipes: Facial Moisturizers

Transitioning your beauty products to ones that are clean, nontoxic and cruelty free can be ridiculously expensive.  Not only that, but you have to look at the labels to be sure they don't contain ingredients you really don't want on your skin.  "Natural" does not mean free of chemicals and dyes. 

Most over-the-counter cleansers, soaps and moisturizers contain chemicals that strip the natural oils from your skin, so the results are either really dry skin or it produces extra oil in an attempt to compensate. Your skin will naturally begin to balance out as soon as you stop using those products and replace them with essential oils that naturally nourish your skin rather than strip it.


Contrary to popular belief, most essential oils are skin friendly – regardless of your skin type -  and actually help balance your skin and fight bacteria.

Because we only post recipes that contain truly natural, chemical free and non-toxic ingredients, just stick with us! 🙂

You'll be amazed at the results you'll get – because in most cases the truly natural products you create in your own home can be just as good if not better than the over the counter (expensive) version.  So let's get hot!

The best part about making your own – is a little goes a long way!  Essential oils are quite potent so they last a long time, have a long shelf life (naturally, of course) and when you need to restock, just make more! 

Here’s your guide to creating your own facial moisturizer with essential oils at home!

Base Oils for Your Skin Type

You'll want to start with a base oil or "carrier oil" – different oils are better for various skin types, so here is a list of base oils that correspond to each skin type.

Acne Prone or Oily Skin:

Combination Skin:

  • Jojoba oil

  • Hazelnut oil

Normal Skin:

Dry Skin:

Sensitive Skin:

  • Avocado oil

  • Coconut oil

Mature Skin (we like to choose the best anti-aging carrier oils)

Essential Oils for Your Skin Type

Here are the best essential oils for the type of skin you have.  Make a small batch first to test out your combinations in order to pick the best one for you.

Oily Skin:

Important note:  The oils listed above (and all citrus oils) are photosensitive oils which can cause skin sensitivity when out in the sun.  Do not use these oils before spending time in the sun.

Combination Skin:

Dry Skin:

Mature/Aging Skin:

  • Ylang-ylang

  • Patchouli

  • Sandalwood

  • Lavender (also good for sensitive skin)

  • Frankincense (also good for sensitive skin)

  • Elemi

DIY Facial Moisturizer Recipe

It's recommended to use a 2% essential oil dilution rate. This translates into 2 drops of essential oil for every one teaspoon of carrier oil. Or, 20 drops of essential oil(s) to 8 oz of carrier oil.  You can also add the oil to your favorite moisturizer with the same dilution rate.

  1. In an amber glass dropper bottle, add your carrier oil and your preferred essential oil(s)

  2. Shake gently

  3. Apply 4 – 6 drops to your face, neck and décolleté (Oh..and we love to put it on the back of our hands)

Our favorite combinations for specific issues

  • Acne prone or oily skin:  jojoba oil with lemon and bergamot essential oils

  • Combination skin:  sweet almond oil with lavender essential oil

  • Dry skin: argan oil with frankincense and german chamomile

  • Age Defying:  coconut oil with ylang ylang and sandalwood

Take care of your skin naturally and it will take care of you for the rest of your life!

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