Moisturizing Facial Oil Recipe
I encourage you to get creative.
You will need:
Glass bottle. These are available online. I have also seen them at places like Whole Foods or Natural Grocers. Must be glass if you are using essential oils. It is also preferable for the glass to be dark to protect your precious oils from the sun. Also, you can always reuse a bottle that you bought products in. Just make sure to clean it well and keep in mind that over time the plastic dropper can degrade (we don’t want that).
1 oz Carrier oil or mixture of carrier oils of your choice
Apricot Kernel - A light and almost unscented oil, great for facial application due to its balanced fatty acid content. Works well for all skin types; penetrates deeply into skin.
Sweet Almond - Will have a slightly thicker feel than apricot oil, because of its ability to provide a protective layer on the skin's surface. Sweet Almond is soothing and suitable for all skin types. Its high Vitamin E content make it an especially healing oil.
Rosehip Seed - An absolute favorite oil for all skin types. Rosehip seed is a dry oil that works well to combat acne and signs of aging as well. It can be very bright orange in color and is therefore often better when combined with other oils.
Tamanu - A truly unique and extremely healing oil, Tamanu oil is great for all skin types and has extra healing benefits due to the presence a rare compound; calophyllolide.
Jojoba - Is technically a liquid wax, believe it or not. It contains very long chain fatty acids that make this oil very resistant to rancidity. Jojoba Oil is a well-loved facial oil due to dry quality and ability to absorb well into the skin. Its consistency mimics the natural sebum our skin produces, making it an especially good oil for acne-prone skin.
Sunflower - Great for most to all skin types, sunflower oil has a very low comedogenic rating of 0 and a very high linoleic acid content. It is great for combining with other oils and works well for acne-prone skin.
Grapeseed - This oil is often overlooked, perhaps because it is so common, but it is a great facial oil. Grapeseed is suitable for most skin types and is an especially dry oil with a low comedogenic rating of 1.
Marula - A somewhat thicker oil with a slightly higher comedogenic rating (up to 4) therefore great for dry skin and better to combine with other lighter oils for acne-prone skin. Very high in vitamin content, providing amazing benefits for facial application.
Maracuja - High in linoleic acid and natural vitamin C, this is a lighter oil that absorbs well into the skin. Can have overly fruity scent so might be best to combine in smaller concentrations with other oils.
Borage Seed: High in rare and sought-after gamma-linoleic acid - a very helpful fatty acid for combatting acne. This oil can be quite potent with an herbaceous scent so I recommend combining with other oils
*note: This list is by no means exhaustive. There are SO MANY oils you can try.
8 - 10 drops Essential Oil (optional) - If you are using all one type of essential oil, no more than 8 drops of one type. It is best to start small. You can use a mixture of oil such as lavender, neroli, geranium, rose geranium, chamomile, helichrysum, frankincense, clove, blue tansy (a personal favorite!), clary sage, the list goes on. Get creative. But don’t get crazy and add too much. More is not better in this case!!
- 6 drops Frankincense + 3 drops clove
- 5 drops Geranium + 5 drops chamomile
- 5 drops Helichrysum + 5 drops lavender
*optional: add 10 drops of vitamin E oil (a natural antioxidant) to help extend shelf life and provide added healing benefits.
- Combine Oils :) Yep, that simple.
- Can be stored up to one year.
I love to help you find the best combination for your skin. As always, contact me with any questions!