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how to make a custom face oil blend

frozen anna xxxLooking to make your own face oil blend or face serum? It’s really so easy! Let’s take a look at the difference between essential oils and carrier oils, which of each are best for your unique skin needs, how to properly dilute essential oils in carrier oils, and how to use your custom face oil blend.


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frozen anna xxxI credit oils with saving my skin after I’d been attacking it with too many harsh, anti-acne products for years, totally destroying my skin barrier and making my acne even worse.

Face oils provided my skin with the nourishment and moisture it so desperately needed, and I’ve never looked back!

But it’s not just me. Nope. I’m proud to say that I’ve created a whole tribe of face oil groupies.

(All that’s missing is a secret handshake but trust me, I’m working on it.)

And last year, I finally took my face oil obsession to a whole new level with the Body Unburdened Beauty Blends — my best blends bottled up just for you!

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So step by step, let’s walk through how to make a custom face oil blend perfect for your skin.

IN THIS GUIDE YOU’LL FIND:

how to make a custom face oil blend

There are a couple of key points to understand before we get into the details…

Essential oils vs. carrier oils

There is a big difference between a carrier oil and an essential oil.

  • Carrier oils are derived from the fatty portion of plants, nuts, and seeds. Think: olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil. Whenever I say “face oil” I’m referring to carrier oils.
  • Essential oils are distilled from the petals, leaves, bark, stem, and even roots of plants. They are volatile, very aromatic, and very potent. They can be thought of as extremely concentrated herbal extracts. Think: lavender essential oil, rose essential oil, tea tree essential oil.

Dilution is key

You must dilute essential oils in carrier oils. They are far too concentrated to be applied straight or undiluted, and can really irritate the skin when not diluted properly.

Opinions on proper essential oil dillution for skincare differ, but everyone generally agrees that the sweet spot is somewhere between 1-2%. That is, essential oils should make up just 1-2% of the final mixture, with the remaining 98-99% of the mixture comprised of carrier oils.


How to Make A Custom Face Oil Blend

1) Pick your carrier oil(s)

You can choose just one carrier oil or as many as you like! But I think just 1-3 is really all you need.

But remember: not all oils are created equally!

What is the best oil for your face?

The best carrier oils by skin type:

  • Best carrier oils for blemish-prone skin:
    • Pumpkin seed oil
    • Grapeseed oil
    • Hemp seed oil
    • Tamanu oil
  • Best carrier oils for oily skin:
    • Jojoba oil
    • Grapeseed oil
  • Best carrier oils for dry skin:
    • Apricot kernel oil
    • Almond oil
  • Best carrier oils for aging/mature skin:
    • Argan Oil
    • Rosehip seed oil
    • Seabuckthorn oil
    • Pomegranate seed oil
  • Best carrier oils for sensitive/irritated Skin:
    • Borage seed oil
    • Avocado oil
    • Hemp seed oil

For all of the details on these oils and their benefits, visit The Best Face Oils by Skin Type.


2) Pick your essential oil(s)

As with carrier oils, you can choose just one essential oil or any many as you like!

The best essential oils by skin type:

  • The best essential oils for blemish-prone skin:
    • Geranium
    • Lavender
    • Patchouli
    • Tea tree
  • The best essential oils for oily skin:
    • Frankincense
    • Geranium
    • Lavender
    • Neroli
    • Patchouli
  • The best essential oils for dry skin:
    • Geranium
    • Lavender
    • Myrrh
    • Ylang Ylang
  • The best essential oils for aging/mature skin:
    • Carrot seed
    • Frankincense
    • Geranium
    • Lavender
    • Myrrh
    • Neroli
    • Rose
    • Ylang Ylang
  • The best essential oils for sensitive/irritated skin:
    • Lavender
    • Neroli

For all of the details on these oils and their benefits, visit The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare.


3) Properly dilute your essential oils in your carrier oils

I prefer 1% dilution — that is, the essential oil(s) will make up just 1% of your final face oil blend and the carrier oil(s) will make up the other 99% of the blend. So since 1 oz is 29 mL and every mL is 20 drops, for every 1 oz of carrier oil you should add no more than 6 drops of essential oils (if also choosing to follow a 1% dillution).

The easiest way to blend your oils is to fill a 1 oz glass dropper bottle (amber or cobalt glass bottles will protect the delicate ingredients) with your carrier oil(s) and then add your essential oils. Screw the top on and give it a little shake. It’s really as simple as that!

how to make a custom face oil blend

Optional: Preserve your face oil blend with vitamin E

Vitamin E oil helps preserve the delicate fatty acids in your carrier oils and prevent them from going rancid.

It should make up no more than 1% of your final blend. So for a 1 oz blend, you would add just 6 drops of the vitamin E oil.


So now you know how to make a custom face oil blend. But are you wondering how to use it?

Face oil blends make wonderful natural moisturizers but can also be used to cleanse skin.

Yes, oil can actually clean skin! Get all the details with The Oil Cleansing Method 101: How to Wash Your Face with Oil.

If using your face oil blend as a moisturizer, simply apply after washing and applying toner and serum, if you do so. Remember: skin hydration and skin moisture are two different things! If your skin seems to be tight, dry, or flaky even when using your face oil blend, a little hydration is likely in order.


Do you have a favorite face oil blend?

Any tips or tricks? Please share with us in the comments below!

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  1. Hi, Agnes!

    That’s right – 1 oz is 580 drops. But we’re only working the equation out to figure out the correct number of drops of essential oil(s) to add, since they need to be diluted. Does that make sense?

  2. Hi, I am new to your blog, very informative, can you clarify how many drops per mL? Do you mean every Oz is 20 drops? if I follow the 20 drop per ml, 29 ml would be 580 drops!Thanks!! love your blog!

    “Since 1 oz is 29 mL and every mL is 20 drops, for every 1 oz of carrier oil you should add no more than 15 drops of essential oils”

  3. You really inspired me to make one! I have the dropper bottles in my Amazon cart. Just wanted to know what you would recommend for every day use- I want something I can use instead of a moisturizer that I can also wear under make up so very lightweight. I have combination acne-prone skin with redness and mild scarring. Please let me know what you would recommend! I’m excited to hear from you. Thank you in advance!
    xoxo
    Rachel

  4. I think my question is whether we switch back to the soap after a period of oil wash?
    Or sometimes we can use oil, the other times soap?
    Or we just keep using oil to wash our faces?
    Thanks.

  5. Hey Nadia! I wanted to say that I absolutely live your blog and I have tried your recipes. I am currently in my teenage years and my hormones are going bonkers. I’ve also got dehydrated skin with breakouts and I was starting to get desperate to find a way to hydrate my skin but not clogging up my pores. And that’s how I found your website! I’ve only tried lavender and tea tree with jojoba oil and my skin feels amazing! As I’ve got a blog myself I wanted to write a post with your recipes and recommendations but I obviously wanted to ask you first if it is okay? I’ll link your blog and definitely say that it’s your recipes. xxx

  6. Elizabeth, I discuss the difference between carrier oils and essential oils towards the top of the post. And each of the oils and essential oils in blue are linked up directly to where I buy them ?

  7. Hi Nadia – your site has totally changed the way I think about self care – thank you!! Question for you: how long does a face oil blend last? How long can I use it before it goes bad, and how do you sterilize your jars? Thanks!

  8. Hi Nadia,

    what is carrier oil and essential oil? what is the difference bet the two. and where do you buy these oils from

  9. I like to mix argan, rosehip and sea buckthorn but I’ve never thought to add vit E, will have to do that for the next batch!

  10. What are your thoughts on fractionated coconut oil as a carrier oil? I’ve been washing my face with fractionated coconut oil and baking soda with great results for a few years now, my skin is changing though so I’m going to axe the baking soda and add lavender oil. Great post, thanks! Also how do you use your oils? To wash your face or post washing?

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