Simple Homemade Facial Oil

I typically strive to be minimalist in most aspects of my life.  This is particularly true of my beauty supplies.  I don’t use an assortment of creams, make up, lotions, powders, gels, or anything else.  I don’t even use any kind of soap on my face.


With summer here though, I’ve noticed the sun has really been drying out my skin.  I thought I better whip up a quick, simple, and natural facial oil to use as a moisturizer. Here is the customizable recipe for simple, homemade facial oil. Also, I’ve included some common ingredients and their uses so you can determine the best combination for your skin.

DIY Simple Homemade Facial Oil Recipe

I’ve read varying recipes from different blogs, but I wanted this to be quick and simple, so I just looked through my closet and used what I had on hand already.  The recipe is extremely versatile and can be customized to your skin or what you already have in your house as well.


Simple Facial Oil

carrier oil
secondary oil (optional)
essential oil (use one or a combination)


Fill container most of the way full with the carrier oil.
Fill the rest of the way with the secondary oil.
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil (you should be able to smell it, but not have it be overpowering).


To use, pour a few drops onto fingertips and gently massage into skin.

Shake before each use.


Different oils are better for different skin, and this is where the customization comes in. Some common oils and their uses are:

Carrier Oils

-grapeseed oil  for normal, oily, acne prone, or sensitive skin
-sweet almond oil for all skin types, but takes a little longer to absorb
-jojoba oil for all skin types
-olive oil for dry skin, but really takes longer to absorb
-avocado oil for dry or aging skin


Secondary Oils

These oils are all excellent for any skin type.  They’re extra nourishing, but can also be extra-pricey.  Thankfully it’s just a small ratio.
-vitamin E oil
-carrot seed oil
-rosehip seed oil
-emu oil


Essential Oils

-lavender for acne prone, dry, oily, chapped, or normal skin and scars
-rose for combination, acne prone, aging, dry, oily, or sensitive skin and large pores
-patchouli for oily, aging, or chapped skin and eczema
-peppermint for oily skin and blackheads or puffiness
-chamomile for acne prone or sensitive and puffiness or eczema
-lemongrass for blackheads and large pores


I use grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil with lavender and lemongrass essential oils. Have fun experimenting for yourself.


If you can’t find them in store, many of these ingredients can be purchased at Essential 7.


Do you have any handmade beauty items?  What do you use for moisturizer?

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    October 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 I love making facial oils at home or even just using a carrier oil or balm.

    1. Reply
      October 28, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      That’s so great! It’s so much better for your skin. I cannot believe how soft and smooth my face is since I’ve switched.

  2. Reply
    Crystal Cole
    May 31, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    How often would you apply this?

    1. Reply
      June 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

      I do twice a day, always after washing my face, once in the morning after my workout and once before bed.

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