The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare

Essential oils are like Netflix original series. I. JUST. CAN’T. STOP.

And why would I want to? They’re amazing!

Got a headache? There’s an essential oil for that. Have a hard time sleeping? There’s an essential oil for that. Have a skin problem? There’s a TON of essential oils for that.

Essential oils have wonderful benefits for the skin.

I’ve already blabbed on and on to you about my obsession with face oils and how they have helped me attain and maintain a clear, (as-close-to-)flawless(-as-I’ve-come-since-infancy) complexion. Well consider this part 2…

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The following ten essential oils help remedy a number of skin conditions — from acne to aging, dryness to oiliness. And when combined with the right carrier oils (be sure to see the important essential oil guidelines at the end of the post), you will see absolutely amazing results.

The top 10 essential oils for skincare:

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Carrot seed essential oilcarrot seed essential oil for skincare skin health

Carrot seed essential oil has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It not only works to help smooth skin, but assists with cell regeneration. For this reason, it can help to fade scars and improve the tone of aging skin. It’s also rich in antioxidants, helping to neutralize inflammation and wrinkle causing free radicals.

Frankincense Essential Oilfrankincense essential oil for skincare skin health

Frankincense essential oil is fantastic for all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it great for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It encourages new cell growth, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe chapped, dry skin.

Geranium Essential Oilgeranium essential oil for skincare skin health

Geranium essential oil helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. It also helps improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation to the areas where it is applied, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions. This baby does it all!

Lavender Essential Oillavender essential oil for skincare skin health

Lavender essential oil is one I suggest no one goes without — it smells amazing, helps you relax and your body adapt to stress, and has great benefits for the skin. It helps regenerate skin cells so is great for mature skin, sun spots, and scarring. Another great oil for all skin types and needs.

Myrrh Essential Oilmyrrh essential oil for skincare skin health

Myrrh essential oil greatly benefits aging skin. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh can also help heal sun damage, chapped skin, rashes, and eczema.

Neroli Essential Oilneroli essential oil for skincare skin health

Neroli essential oil is great for oily, sensitive, and mature skin. It helps to smooth fine lines and tone sagging skin. This rejuvenating oil contains a natural chemical called citral, which helps regenerate cells. For this reason, it is said to be very good at preventing and healing stretch marks, as well. Its antiseptic properties also balance oil production and shrink the appearance of pores without drying skin.

Patchouli Essential Oilpatchouli essential oil for skincare skin health

Patchouli essential oil is particularly great for aging skin. It promotes new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it also has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, it can also benefit skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.

Rose Essential Oil

rose essential oil for skincare skin healthRose essential oil is especially great for dry or aging skin. Researchers have found that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing, especially antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin texture and tone, and can be helpful with managing skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. Interestingly, one study even found that just inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin!

Tea Tree Essential Oiltea tree essential oil for skincare skin health

Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and incidence of breakouts.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oilylang ylang essential oil for skincare skin health

Ylang ylang essential oil is one of my favorite essential oils because of its rich, floral fragrance. It is helps to control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. Another great essential oil for every skin type.

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Some important essential oil guidelines to remember:

warning-sign-mdEssential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil to a maximum of 5% (see these 5 Face Oils For Naturally Clear, Flawless Skin and The Best Face Oils By Skin Type). So since 1 ml is 20 drops, for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of EO. And since 1 oz is 29 mL, for every 1 oz of carrier oil, you would add no more than 29 drops of essential oils. Opinions on preper dilution ratios varry, and some people believe even a 5% dilution to be too strong. So you may want to add even less, such as 15 drops of essential oils per oz of carrier oil, which would be a 2.5% dillution. This depends on your unique skin and how it responds to the higher dillution rate (such as if you experience any irritation).

Be sure to do a patch test to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.

Additionally, certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children, so be sure to do your homework beforehand.


How else to use these essential oils in your skincare routine?

Essential oils play a big role in many natural skincare DIYs. Some of my personal favorites that I use regularly:

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I’d love your feedback!

I am having amazing results with essential oils and carrier oils — my skin in clearer and brighter than it has ever been, and my acne scars and sun spots are slowly but surely fading.

Do you already incorporate essential oils in your skincare routine? Which ones? If not and you decide to try one or two (or more!), please give us an update on how they are working for you!

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Share Your Thoughts

  1. Lisa

    Argan oil is my favorite for night routine.

    February 20, 2014 • 9:51 am •
  2. Lousi

    Great post! How do you measure the 5%? What is your typical ratio of carrier oil to essential oil (i.e. – how many drops of EO). I started using rose hip oil after I read it on your blog. Could I add essential oils to that?


    February 25, 2014 • 9:02 pm •
  3. Nadia

    This is a great question! 1 ml is 20 drops. So for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of EO.

    February 25, 2014 • 9:11 pm •
  4. Sylvia

    How do you use these oils? Do you wash your face with them like in an oil cleansing method or do you mositurizer after cleansing with them?

    March 1, 2014 • 10:03 am •
  5. Nadia

    I use them as moisturizers. I personally do not like OCM (it’s mental with me LOL I need to feel like there’s some soap or suds – I use this DIY foaming facewash:

    March 1, 2014 • 10:13 am •
  6. Sarah

    Why is It recommended to stay away from EO if you are pregnant?

    March 2, 2014 • 5:57 pm •
  7. […] can be used on their own or mixed with each other in a blend that best suits your skin needs. These top 10 essential oils for skincare also make a great addition to your skin oil blend. Check them out and have lots of […]

    March 4, 2014 • 11:22 am •
  8. Sarah

    I keep seeing more and more articles about the use of EO’s for acne but I must say I am very nervous. The idea of putting oil my face makes me think it will cause me to break out. What would be the best oil to start with?

    March 5, 2014 • 3:51 pm •
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    March 5, 2014 • 3:58 pm •
  10. Linda Lee Purvis

    I don’t think I saw it mentioned that lemon essential oil is phototoxic and should not be used on the skin if one will be exposed to sunlight, as it can alter skin pigmentation. Most citrus oils as well as Bergamot, which ironically used to be added to sun screen products, are also phototoxic. Just as an aside, having been working with essential oils for 30 years now, my personal recommendation is to limit face oils to 3% (3 drops to every 100 drops of carrier oil, which is 1 tsp) which is a better ratio for more sensitive skins…and with essential oils, unlike how we are conditioned to think with mass market consumer goods, less is more! Can’t sat enough about buyingvquality oils, and organic where possible.

    March 6, 2014 • 8:51 am •
  11. Nadia

    Thanks, Linda! I’ll definitely edit the post to include a warning about lemon EO and sun protection.

    March 6, 2014 • 11:23 pm •
  12. Kt

    At night what are your exact steps on cleaning your face with these oils I’m 27 and literally just started getting acne on my chin.

    March 7, 2014 • 11:14 pm •
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    March 12, 2014 • 11:20 am •
  14. Thank you for this! I recently started using the OCM, and like you I’m not sure I think the oils clean my skin. I started with 1/2 and 1/2 of Castor and Grapeseed, now Castor and Tamanu. I mixed up 2 serums for spot treatment-1 has Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Lavender and Ylang Ylang to 2Tbsp Jojoba and the other is Lemon, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense to 2 Tbsp Jojoba. I have the worst pre-menopausal acne and have tried just about everything. What do you recommend for a cleanser since you don’t prefer the OCM? Thanks again! Lisa

    March 22, 2014 • 6:35 pm •
  15. ohellokello

    I don’t think any list is complete without helichrysum italicum. Would never go without it for my skin!

    April 15, 2014 • 11:58 am •
  16. Carla

    I have very dry, sensitive, acne prone skin. I hate the feeling of my skin being tight. I’ve been using vain cream soap to wash my face and coconut oil but I think it has been making my skin worse. What do you suggest I use to moisturizer and clear up my skin?

    June 20, 2014 • 9:35 am •
  17. Yolanda

    My husband suffers with sinus issues, which EO would u recommend? Also
    My daughter gets really bad menstrul cramps is there an EO to help her?

    August 20, 2014 • 3:02 am •
  18. yuna

    i bought lemon oil. orange oil, coconut oil, i mixed to lighten my skin, it doesn work, what was wrong, did i use too much, how much is enough

    September 9, 2014 • 6:18 am •
  19. Nadia

    I have never suggested that those oils would lighten the skin, so I have no clue.

    September 9, 2014 • 6:37 am •
  20. Lisa

    I have started using tea tree oil and lavender oil in a base of witch hazel. I also use coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer. Great results for my oily acne prone skin. Black heads gone. Pop up pimples just disappear using this. Best stuff ever. Why didn’t I have this knowledge in my 20’s? Oh right no internet back then. Lol.

    September 11, 2014 • 8:36 pm •
  21. Jodi Flicker

    Curious what you recommend as a body moisturizer that helps with aging skin e.g. crinkly and age spots.

    September 18, 2014 • 11:32 pm •
  22. Tom

    Great post, Nadia. I will have to check these out. How often do you use the oils on your face? Do you just rotate through them, or do you use combinations of them in a single use? Thanks.

    September 19, 2014 • 9:09 pm •
  23. Nadia

    Hey, Tom. Well I use oils day and night! But this is the one blend in particular I like

    September 21, 2014 • 7:51 pm •
  24. Jay

    Another essential oil that works miracles for skin is helichrysum. It is great for rejuvenating, scar reduction, anti-aging, firming, bruises, etc. It also is one of my favorite aromas of all time; it is woody and floral. I recommend paying attention the species and choosing Helichrysum italicum because it is apparently the most potent. Unfortunately this stuff is super pricey and I pay $26.00 for 2 ml (organic Simpers Botanicals), but once properly diluted it works wonders and lasts ages.

    September 23, 2014 • 2:57 pm •
  25. Nadia

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll have to look into that one 🙂

    September 23, 2014 • 9:10 pm •
  26. Jay

    Of course 🙂 & thank you as well for the informational post. I learned a lot!

    September 23, 2014 • 9:13 pm •
  27. maha zeini

    im really gratefull to you cause i love oils but idont know which one is convenient or appropriat for my face what is the saffer oil for oily sensetive skin face and good for aging

    September 24, 2014 • 5:35 am •
  28. Edith

    HI, do you thnk myrrh is the best for pitted acne scars? any thoughts?

    September 25, 2014 • 5:03 pm •
  29. What are your thoughts on noni extract? I’m wanting to combine some in my diy face oil but I’m a bit unsure atm. Thanks.

    October 3, 2014 • 3:11 am •
  30. Nadia

    Honestly I’ve never heard of it!

    October 3, 2014 • 8:31 am •
  31. Daniela

    rose hip seed oil, that should be number 1!

    October 13, 2014 • 6:03 pm •
  32. julie

    would you recommend using multiple of the EO that you recommend for acne all together mixed with a carrier oil? For example could I mix frankincense, lavender and lemon with a carrier to spot treat acne?

    October 16, 2014 • 3:09 pm •
  33. Nadia

    As long as you dilute your EOs properly, you can mix and match to your heart’s content! I blend a few myself.

    October 16, 2014 • 3:37 pm •
  34. Wendy Ricketts

    What about as a sunscreen for your face?

    October 22, 2014 • 11:07 pm •
  35. Teresa

    I forget which ones, but yoy’re not supposed to mix certain oils, it changed there constitutions.

    October 23, 2014 • 12:34 am •
  36. Hilary

    Nadia, I am a 25 year old woman who has decided I’ve had it with acne and to also become more natural and to do away with all the harsh chemicals, store-bought cleansers, and acne creams that I’ve been using for years. I am extremely interested in getting into essential oils but am not sure where to start. Is one allowed to mix a few oils together (such as germanium, lavendar, tea tree, jojoba) or are they generally to be used separately?

    October 25, 2014 • 8:47 pm •
  37. A. Walker

    Hi Nadia. Love, love, love your info. And the post within the blogs are great! I wanted to add, I clean my face with Peroxide and a cotton ball, morning and bedtime. and I mixed 2 oz of coconut oil, jojoba, almond, grapeseed, avocado and olive oils with 10 drops of lavender, frankincense, rose hip, patchouli, myrrh, tea tree and Rosemary in a 16 oz. bottle and use a dime size, twice a day, on my face and neck for the past two yrs. I watched the 10 yr old dark spots disappear right before my eyes in about 6 months. Not a wrinkle on my 50 yr old face and i only breakout when i get lazy and forget to use my oils, which takes about two weeks to see a pimple. Essentail oils are best kept secret! My skin has never been so balanced. I also use different mixes in my hair and for my granddaughter.

    October 27, 2014 • 1:57 pm •
  38. Marcie

    Which essential oil is best for acne and scarring on my face and buttocks?

    November 2, 2014 • 10:04 pm •
  39. Hi everyone,

    My child has severe Eczema, can anyone recommend any oils ?
    What about epsom salt ?

    Thanks Ash.

    November 3, 2014 • 7:17 pm •
  40. Hi,

    Which oils are best as someone told me get ones that are from pure plants, others are useless as they are fragranced only, is this true ?

    Can you recommend any companies.

    What about Boots or Hollands and Barrats ?

    Thanks again


    November 3, 2014 • 7:21 pm •
  41. Nadia

    Hi, Ash! I use and recommend Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils!

    November 9, 2014 • 4:31 pm •
  42. Nadia

    Ash, you may enjoy this post from Wellness Mama

    Let us know if any of these remedies work for you! I’d love to hear. Best of luck 🙂

    November 9, 2014 • 4:32 pm •
  43. Kristina

    Hi! Is it ok to mix several of these oils together with the FCO? I have the Frankincense right now but was thinking of adding the Geranium and Lavender with it. What do you recommend? Thanks!

    November 13, 2014 • 9:36 pm •
  44. Jmama

    Hi Nadia,
    I’m a lover of anything natural, as a result I use natural Shea butter as moisturizer for myself and my kids but this doesn’t smell well so I decided to drop in some essential oils to enhance the smell but I needed to also know the effect on this on my kids’ skin in the long run. So I googled and found your article on EOs and you mentioned here that pregnant woman, infants and young children should avoid it. Please could you provide more info on why they should?

    November 20, 2014 • 6:35 am •
  45. Abha Tirkey

    hi everyone
    suppose if i want to blend lavender, geranium,and patchouli to jojoba oil how oz. and drops do i have to take?

    November 23, 2014 • 6:51 am •
  46. Nadia

    I always suggest diluting EOs to a maximum of 5% (since 1 ml is 20 drops, for every 1 ml of carrier oil you would add 1 drop of EO). Best of luck!

    November 24, 2014 • 9:32 am •
  47. can you post the “recipe” for your toner?

    November 25, 2014 • 8:02 pm •
  48. Kylie

    I have just started using emu oil as its one oil that penetrates through all 7 layers of skin (not just sit on the top like most) im waiting to see some results as i suffer with real oily skin, large pores all over my cheeks nose and chin and got mild acne on my chin, i seen a really good review of a woman who suffered with large pores after using retinol and she only used emu oil and just raw honey everyday to try and heal her skin it seemed to of worked for her but I’m still slightly sceptical of that!! Im hoping it works because im so sick of these pores! Cant even hide them with make-up it just seeps in the pores 🙁 its making me really depressed, i sometimes worry that im making my pores larger with this oil even though it doesn’t clog pores im still getting worried that im making them worse rather than better :/ i try looking at my bare skin in daylight every morning to see if i notice a slight difference and sometimes i think they look quite larger! Urghs im getting so fed up!! What oils would you suggest to help large pores and breakouts?

    November 29, 2014 • 2:55 pm •
  49. I’m 14 years old and I complain from acne ; face, back and chest. It makes me fell stressful all the time I used many medication but without benefit. I need your advices for treat acne with natural ingredients.
    With my great thanks.

    November 30, 2014 • 10:03 pm •
  50. Emily

    Can you provide some examples of carrier oils?

    December 4, 2014 • 2:39 pm •
  51. Nadia

    I link to another post all about carrier oils both at the top and bottom!

    December 4, 2014 • 2:50 pm •
  52. I really love using tea tree oil, especially for fading my acne scars! Thanks a lot also from sharing the other oils. I’m excited to try them!

    December 12, 2014 • 12:50 am •
  53. hey, really informative article. but i d like to know if essential oils are better or the facial oils available in market. Thnx

    December 14, 2014 • 7:47 am •
  54. Nadia

    Thank you! I’m sorry but I don’t really understand your question…

    December 15, 2014 • 2:15 pm •
  55. mjmindenKate

    Thanks for a great post! I always see products that will ‘tone the skin’, but I realized I’m not actually sure what this mean? What does a toner do?

    December 15, 2014 • 9:52 pm •
  56. My dear daughter has terrible acne! Pls recommend good essential oil! She is 18

    December 17, 2014 • 4:55 am •
  57. Angela

    I Love using EO’s for beauty but wanted to remind everyone that what you put into your body is also important. Leave off refined sugars, and wheat for three weeks. The difference will astound you.

    December 20, 2014 • 1:03 pm •
  58. Nadia

    Absolutely, Angela!! What you put IN your body reflects on the outside.

    December 23, 2014 • 10:09 am •
  59. Monica lemos

    Is it wrong not to dilute the oils that I use on my face ( lavender, geranium, mirth )????
    Thank you

    December 28, 2014 • 10:04 pm •
  60. Julie

    Melaluca A (tea tree) is good for acne. I put pre EO on my skin neat (make sure they are quality EOs – not every company is the same. I love OCM – over a year and going strong!

    December 30, 2014 • 10:09 pm •
  61. Katie O'Connell

    Hi Nadia, I read your post and the links as well as all the questions and replies and I think they are a little over my head for my question. I don’t want to make a DIY hand soap and I’m hoping I don’t need to create an extensive blend as the better versions of these are all so expensive. I use a regular drug store liquid hand soap that is made from white tea and vitamin E. It’s antibacterial and says it has moisturizers, however my skin gets so dry between the winter weather and certain medications, that it will actually crack and bleed. I was hoping there is one essential oil that is best for extremely dry skin that I could perhaps just add into my liquid hand soap. I have several that I use in my humidifier that help keep the dryness away from my skin overall, but the hands are still a problem. Any suggestion? Thanks for your help!

    January 4, 2015 • 12:54 pm •
  62. Melanie Fee

    Hi Nadia, thanks for your user-friendly info regarding skin friendly EO’s. My question is what EO has a sunscreen? I know different carrier oils do but for day moisturizing I need to make sure I am protected so I would like to make sure the EOs I choose for morning have an SPF. Thanks so much!!

    January 4, 2015 • 5:42 pm •
  63. Has anyone tried out a skin saggin oil yet

    January 4, 2015 • 8:52 pm •
  64. Nadia

    Ohh some people say carrot seed oils had SPF properties but I’m not sure any studies have been done or whatnot. So I can’t really say… your best bet for true SPF protection is to make a DIY sunscreen You can tailor this recipe with the oils and EOs of your choice (except lemon EO should NEVER be used in the sun!).

    January 5, 2015 • 3:55 pm •
  65. Nadia
    January 5, 2015 • 3:56 pm •
  66. Darlene

    Hi Nadia, I am 61 with extremely dry skin, I use YL and want to make all my own face products any oil suggestions, was thinking of using avocado butter and or avocado oil and rosehip oil as a carrier oils. I did read that patchouli is good thank you

    January 8, 2015 • 10:24 pm •
  67. francesca mendola

    hi nadia I wash my face with bicarbonate soda ,honey and a few drops of lavender oil am and pm, followed with witch hazel toner and for a moisturiser I use a mixture of jojoba oil. and aloe vera gel with no alcohol. for my scrub I use sugar and lemon juice and for a mask iuse gram flour and milk and add turmeric to lighten my scar from where I have had acne pimples and as I have always had pimples and acne, as I have skin damage from the sun over the years I have botox for my wrinkles but I cannot afford it. I have done some research for diminishing wrinkles and have found that flaxseed liquid oil liquid repairs and diminishes wrinkles and also read that olive oil, ylang ylang oil mixed with lavender oil diminishes wrinkle, but as I have oily combination skin and with my skin regimine I now have clear skin and am really happy to share my skin regimine that it has worked, I was told that olive oil causes black heads can you please advice what oils I can use am and pm for diminishing wrinkles please as I have been only doing my skin regimine and I have no more spots and my scars have improved and lightened and when can we use an spf after moisturising of before. I hope if anyone has acne problems please try this regimine it really work. good luck! many thanks

    January 11, 2015 • 6:10 pm •
  68. Hi Nadia, I want to do a mixture of avocado oil, patchouli and neroli essential oils for a moisturizer. I’m wondering if its a good mixture and is it best to mix jojoba oil to neroli and patchouli oil to make more than make my moisturizer using the avocado oil?

    January 12, 2015 • 10:35 pm •
  69. Nadia

    That’s really up to you!

    January 13, 2015 • 1:48 pm •
  70. Jaye marban

    I’m new to the oils. I have been reading a lot and experimenting w the oils for relief of primarily for aches and pains. What I would like to do is begin using more oils as moisturizers for my body ( the whole family). I know you need a carrier oil to mix with the EO, but sm not sure which EO blend well with different carriers. I have coconut oil at home what could I do w that and combine an Ezi for a skin moisturizer?

    January 14, 2015 • 12:26 am •
  71. divya

    can we mix tea tre oil with lavender oil and put it on the acne, or there has to be another carrier oil ?
    if yes, then what ratio ?

    January 14, 2015 • 12:56 pm •
  72. Nadia

    Sure you can mix the two! Theoretically, you can apply these two EOs neat to the skin, but I like to play it safe and suggest a carrier oil in case. It’s up to you.

    January 14, 2015 • 9:53 pm •
  73. samarablogwp

    Hey, I am new to this and want to first try out with the oils that I have at hand.. I have oily and sensitive skin. I don’t have a serious acne issue, have few breakouts here and there, but have developed some reaction to color that I had put on face (a rugby team supportive stamp!), thus have sort of rough acne (if you can call it that!) on my face that does not go away..

    I was wondering if I could mix use lavender oil and Olive oil as carrier oil and apply on face? If that is even a good combination.. could you please let me know about the ratio and application method, if this combination is good?

    January 17, 2015 • 12:41 pm •
  74. Akan

    I am new to this too so I would like to ask, what is a carrier oil? And how do I join you in being a distributor?

    January 22, 2015 • 3:23 am •
  75. Lulu

    How can you tell if essential oils are good to buy? I found some that say 100% pure is that good? Or should I look deeper to make sure they are telling the truth? 🙂 thanks!

    January 26, 2015 • 12:06 pm •
  76. grandma

    Native American Nutritionals (NAN) are great quality oils and good alternative if you don’t want to get involved with a multi-level marketing company. I researched for months and they came out as top pick by about 90% of the sites I looked at.

    January 28, 2015 • 3:02 pm •
  77. Nadia

    Thanks for sharing! Yes, I’ve heard of them before and need to investigate more!

    January 28, 2015 • 10:34 pm •
  78. Love this! I’ve been using grapeseed oil for more than a year, and recently started adding rosehip to it. Improved my skin more than anything else, plus I saved a ton of money!

    January 30, 2015 • 1:30 pm •
  79. Nadia

    AWESOME!!! Another oily face success story 🙂

    January 30, 2015 • 4:08 pm •
  80. Robin

    Can you tell me or explain a little more what the carrier oil is?

    January 31, 2015 • 10:40 am •
  81. Tara

    This is my first on this site. I would love for you to help choose the right oils for my face. I oily skin, dark scars. Please if you can suggest what oils will be great for my skin. I want a flawless face. LOL. Thanks

    January 31, 2015 • 12:50 pm •
  82. Rose

    New to this…where can I purchase these oils?

    January 31, 2015 • 6:10 pm •
  83. smita sahoo

    can i get diy of face ampoule,essence and serum as korean used. becauce i am living in india and it is difficult to get face ampoule,essence and serum. and they have chemical contain. so i want to make my own ampoule,essence and serum. please help me.

    February 1, 2015 • 1:01 am •
  84. Nadia

    I hyperlink each of them to an online store I use and trust.

    February 1, 2015 • 8:35 pm •
  85. mishi

    can we mix all of them and dilute with water for flawless skin?

    February 10, 2015 • 5:55 pm •
  86. Nadia

    No, you should mix them with a carrier oil. See the “important essential oil guidelines to remember” at the bottom of the post.

    February 10, 2015 • 8:37 pm •
  87. Melissa

    Could you help clarify something for me please… You suggested 1 ml is 20 drops, so for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of EO. Is this 1 drop of EACH EO? So if I wanted to use Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Tea Tree. for EVERY ml of carrier oil I would use 1 drop of EACH essential oils? THANK YOU! your posts are WONDERFUL!

    February 11, 2015 • 2:25 pm •
  88. Nadia,
    I want to mix Myrrh, ylang ylang, carrot seed, frankincense, and Lavender together for a facial moisturizer. Can I mix several carriers with this? How many drops of each EO to how many ml of carrier? (I am 52 years old, my skin is starting to show fine lines, and at times, a rough surface)

    February 11, 2015 • 10:26 pm •
  89. Nadia

    No, 1 drop of EO total.

    February 12, 2015 • 9:22 am •
  90. Nadia

    Yes, you can mix anything you want! See the “important essential oil guidelines to remember” at the bottom of the post.

    February 12, 2015 • 9:22 am •
  91. Melissa

    Thank you! Also – can I add vitamin E oil to the mix? how much of that do you add per 1 ml? Thank you!

    February 12, 2015 • 9:40 am •
  92. Nadia

    As much as you want! It’s all an experiment based on your skin and your needs.

    February 14, 2015 • 8:51 am •
  93. Kim P

    Please explain what a carrier oil is. Is Vitamin E Oil and Coconut Oil a carrier oil? I want to experiment with these oils as I have lost some weight but I want to tighten and fade my stretch marks and clear my face.

    February 17, 2015 • 1:19 am •
  94. Nadia

    Yes, those are carrier oils.

    I talk about my favorite carrier oils here:

    February 18, 2015 • 10:25 am •
  95. Paula

    Is it possible to apply anti-acne oil first and then another type of oil that helps to rejuvenate the skin? So basically mixing them? Or is that a no-no?

    February 19, 2015 • 2:56 pm •
  96. Nadia

    Yes, you can mix any EOs you want, diluted in a carrier oil. It is just easier to make a blend then try to apply everything separately (plus, the EOs would be too string and likely irritate your skin).

    February 23, 2015 • 8:13 pm •
  97. Nadia,

    Great post! I too used to use EOs I would see at Whole Foods such as Auracacia. I then found out that even certified 100% organic EOs are not always 100% oil, or are distilled in large batches at very high heat, ruining the therapeutic chemical makeup of the plant. So, while they may smell similar, they have been genetically altered, leaving them with little to no therapeutic benefits.
    I now use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, such as Young Living, who has a Seed to Seal system that gives you the most potent & pure, better than organic, EO on the earth. They are slightly more expensive than Whole Foods EOs, but they offer a great membership discount, which costs nothing, and your oils get delivered straight to your home!
    Since I have been using Young Living Oils, my acne-prone skin is finally in balance. I would highly recommend making the switch to you and your followers! Shoot me an email if you are interested.


    February 23, 2015 • 10:25 pm •
  98. Nadia

    I used to be a YL member but got sick of the MLM BS.

    February 24, 2015 • 10:51 am •
  99. Lorrie Busse

    What is your opinion of NOW Essential Oils please??? Love your posts!

    March 2, 2015 • 4:20 pm •
  100. Tyler

    Hello I have had severe acne for the better part of my teenage years and early adult hood. The acne and redness is still present however on a scale of 1-10 I would say it’s only a 6 now. With that said I also have a lot of scaring too. What would you recommend for me to use? Essential oil and what to mix it with. I’m fairly new to all this a friend recommend I try some. Also, I seem to have dry skin.. Thanks so much!!

    March 3, 2015 • 2:20 am •
  101. Nadia

    They’re not therapeutic grade – I personally would not use the on my skin.

    March 3, 2015 • 9:25 am •
  102. Nadia

    Really, only you can look at the info provided and make the best choice for YOUR skin!

    March 3, 2015 • 9:25 am •
  103. Annie B

    I see your recipe for oily skin but what would you recommend for moisturizing dry skin daily?

    March 6, 2015 • 9:45 pm •
  104. Nadia

    That is really more a matter of carrier oil.

    March 8, 2015 • 7:33 pm •
  105. Great post, Nadia. Thanks for sharing and getting us up to speed on EO’s. It’s good to see more and more people using and enjoying the benefits of this natural product.

    March 11, 2015 • 7:03 am •
  106. Cheryl

    Very interesting all this. I have used Bio Oil for the past 3 years and to be fair I haven’t had a problem, but haven’t really seen any benefits other than I like the feel of oil on my face. I have read bad reports recently, so decided to look at Essential Oils.
    If I were to get a Carrier oil, say Almond oil ? Is this a carrier oil? And add Carrot Seed, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli and Ylang EO’s how would I mix all that together (quantities).
    Would I need 20 drops of Almond oil for each drop of EO?
    Thank you Cheryl

    March 19, 2015 • 5:42 am •
  107. Awesome post! I make soap and I was looking for the top best skin EOs to make a skin care soap. I love that chart!

    April 2, 2015 • 9:46 am •
  108. thank you for this amazing post, very informative and helping graph :). i’ve also read about Rosehip essential oil that it is very beneficial for face care

    April 5, 2015 • 3:18 pm •
  109. Monique

    Can i use EO while pregnant?

    April 7, 2015 • 9:12 pm •
  110. Nadia

    I encourage you to do research on the specific oil you intend to use. A number of them should not be used during pregnancy.

    April 7, 2015 • 9:45 pm •
  111. mamata

    would you recommend using multiple of the EO For example could I mix frankincense, lavender and carrot seed EO?

    April 10, 2015 • 3:36 am •
  112. mamata

    And in wat quantity i should mix these EO wid carrier oil

    April 10, 2015 • 3:50 am •
  113. Love it! I often use peppermint oil to cure sinusitis, whether essential oils for skin that contains peppermint? I love the scent of it 😀 Thanks!

    April 10, 2015 • 6:44 pm •
  114. Chrissy

    do you have a recommendation for an eye moisturizer and to help with lines around the eyes

    April 12, 2015 • 9:33 pm •
  115. Nichole

    From what I know lemon shouldnt be used directly on the skin..well it can but because it is so photosensitive it can cause sun burns which you dont want. So just make sure to be wearing your SPF!!

    April 13, 2015 • 1:20 pm •
  116. What are your thoughts on EVO for skin care? I have used this as a carrier oil with great results as it actually quenches my dry spots.

    April 15, 2015 • 5:22 am •
  117. Nadia

    Great! I’ve never used it myself but glad to hear it’s working for you 🙂

    April 15, 2015 • 9:17 am •
  118. Delicia Ambrosino

    This won’t happen for many but I swear this works wonders for many skin problems and types. The reason why it won’t happen for many is because most people don’t make their own soy milk. There is roughly 1 cup of finely ground soy beans left after the “milk” is extracted. Once the soy mash has cooled to warm and well drained….add 1 tsp jojoba or argan oil and 1/8 tsp rose hip oil. Then add whatever type EO’s your skin needs most. I personally like geranium, myrrh, rose, patchouli, and frankincense combo or just 2 or 3 of these. Blend well. Massage about 2 tablespoons on a clean well rinsed face and throat.*** Dry rinsed skin by patting skin- not scrubbing or rubbing prior to massage. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Let these precious ingredients work their magic. While doing so, slice 2 slices of cucumbers, lay down and place cukes on eyes. Rinse with luke warm water. Gently pat skin till almost dry. Use at least once a day. Baby smooth, glowing skin that is rejuvenated and alive.
    PS Use a drop or 2 more of EO’s due to the soy mash. Keep in fridge covered. Reheating is unnecessary-just leave 2 tablespoons out to reach room temp.Have a HAPPY !!

    April 15, 2015 • 10:57 pm •
  119. Nadia

    Oooh thanks for sharing!

    April 16, 2015 • 11:20 am •
  120. Wendy

    What would you suggest for acne, blackheads, oily skin, dark spots/scars, large pores, and some wrinkles?

    April 18, 2015 • 6:48 pm •
  121. maria clarke

    Hi, I want to make a facial oil blend and want to know if i need to add vitamin e to it as a preservative and if so how much. Also i have read that wheatgerm acts as a preservative and would this be better than the natural vitamin e. many thanks maria

    April 20, 2015 • 5:06 pm •
  122. Shia

    I mix a drop each of carrot seed oil,rosehip,Frankinscence,meadow seed. I applied this to my skin for a week once a day, it caused pimples on my skin. My purpose to buy these oils was to use it as a substitute of anti-aging cream and lightening the pigmentation on my cheek. Can you let me know if these oils can be mixed and used or is there any other way to use them which can give results?

    April 24, 2015 • 7:41 pm •
  123. Emmi

    Hello! I really enjoy your blog!
    In your research, have you found that lemongrass EO is okay to substitute for lemon EO? From what I have read, they appear to have very similar properties. I am looking to create my own facial oil blend for acne. I already have the lemongrass, but looking to see if I needed to invest in the lemon as well. Thanks!

    April 25, 2015 • 10:58 am •
  124. Aimee hatcher

    I’m very interested in playing w/these essential oils. When you say you need to dilute w/EO what does that mean?

    May 13, 2015 • 6:34 pm •
  125. Nadia

    No, you dilute the EOs with a carrier oil – they are too potent to use on their own.

    May 14, 2015 • 11:32 am •
  126. Anna

    Hi..Can I mix oregano, tea tree, lavendar and jojoba oil for daily skincare and if so how of much of each..i am new at this:)

    May 17, 2015 • 7:40 pm •
  127. Michele Wolosyn

    When diluting with a carrier oil, what do you put the mixture into?

    May 17, 2015 • 11:52 pm •
  128. Nadia

    Glass bottles with droppers.

    May 19, 2015 • 10:02 am •
  129. Laurie Reilly

    I was just thinking of the commercial….I have an app for that now I say I have an oil for that lol.
    Initially I replaced my store bought cosmetics with so. Now I am using them for my fibromyalgia pain.

    May 19, 2015 • 8:13 pm •
  130. Elisha

    How do u apply the oil? With a roller? Do you just rub it into your skin?

    May 20, 2015 • 10:17 am •
  131. Tiffany H.

    i too adore oil on my face! I cleanse with grapeseed, castor and frankincense. I have had amazing results. I would love to know how you use the rosehip oil and hemp seed oil? You mentioned as a moisturizer? I just cleanse with my mix and I don’t have to moisturize, so wondering if I would just add to my mix?

    May 21, 2015 • 12:51 am •
  132. Letty

    Hi, I heard mixing castor oil, glycerine, olive oil, coconut oil and magnolia oil can improve the scarring on my legs. Is it safe to mix these oils?

    May 22, 2015 • 9:24 am •
  133. Never used face oil before, and I have a chronic acne problem (even at the age of 33), just can not wait to use geranium to see the result.

    May 25, 2015 • 6:44 am •
  134. Jennifer

    Do you mix multiple essential oils with your carrier oil? I have been using coconut oil for about 5 months now whipped with rose oil, but hasn’t helped my wrinkles under eyes. Was wAnting to try jojoba with some carrot,lavender, and geranium along with some vitamin e as mixture. Do you know if mixing and applying to skin would be ok and to the eye area? Am 44 years old with skin on dryer side and redness due to broken capillaries on cheeks as well and some brown aging spots forming. Thanks!!!

    May 29, 2015 • 6:19 am •
  135. Nadia

    Yes, you can mix multiple EOs just follow the rules/precautions at the bottom of the post. And as long as you avoid contact WITH the eye and don’t have a sensitivity to any of the oils, you should be OK to apply it around the eye area.

    May 29, 2015 • 1:53 pm •
  136. Jennifer

    Great thank you! So the 5% needs to be across the board as a rule.
    If I have 20 ml of carrier then I would need to have just 20 drops total of essential oils. Not one drop of each per 1 ml carrier. Thank you again!!

    May 29, 2015 • 3:28 pm •
  137. Janet G Korab

    Love your ideas and suggestions, I’m going to try some of your beauty recopies. I do have question, my husband has psoriasis and I’m giving Hemp oil a try, and I wanted to mix it with the patchouli oil but he doesn’t like the smell. Is there another essential oil that work for this purpose? Please advise.
    Thank you for this great website I’m learning a lot.

    May 30, 2015 • 5:10 pm •
  138. Marc

    Could you please add the chart back of the uses of the top 10 oils? I referenced it often and miss it. Thanks 🙂

    May 31, 2015 • 10:34 pm •
  139. Nadia

    Yes! I’m in the process of updating it with rose instead of lemon (not sure if you saw my update within the post) – it will be back up by this evening!

    June 1, 2015 • 8:42 am •
  140. Colleen

    What oils do u recommend for redness of face, I am past the acne stages and now concerned with wrinkles and fine lines and my under eye area is red with small I spider veins

    June 2, 2015 • 10:27 pm •
  141. gabby

    can one mix all these oils and appl. if so at what ratio

    June 8, 2015 • 7:47 am •
  142. Nadia

    Sure, if you’d like. See my directions at the end of the post.

    June 9, 2015 • 2:50 pm •
  143. Corinna

    What are a few of the best carrier oils to use on the face and body ?

    June 12, 2015 • 4:17 pm •
  144. Henrietta

    Dear Nadia, I just recently decided to incorporate essential oils in my life and beauty regimen.
    My biggest problem with my complexion is that it has uneven tone. I have freckles, and big brown patches.Very unattractive. I have been considering to do peeling or something drastic. However, I think that after having a drastic cosmetic treatment those brown spots will return… and I just waste time and money.
    Anyway, on your website I read that lavender has lightening properties… Do you think it will do the trick? Can it be effective and help me get rid of my spots… Can I have a breakthrough using it? Or it can only provide some moderate results?
    Thank you!!!!

    June 26, 2015 • 8:26 am •
  145. Suzanne

    What oil and routine would be best if I have broken capillaries on cheeks can barely see right now, uneven skin tone and fine lines around mouth and start of sagging facial skin causing slight jowls. I am 50 years old and would like to know what routine would be best.

    June 27, 2015 • 2:08 pm •
  146. Laura Ugochukwu Ibedu

    I need to learn about skin lightening oils, can you help?


    June 27, 2015 • 5:11 pm •
  147. Tamia

    hi nadia, i want to make lotions with my shea butter and these oils that i see on your site. I would like to ask for your help to properly dilute to make a homemade lotion for myself and shea butter. God bless you and thank you for this site.

    June 27, 2015 • 9:58 pm •
  148. ramneek

    Which are the good carrier oils for rose oil and neroli oil

    June 28, 2015 • 7:44 pm •
  149. Nadia

    You can use any carrier oil you’d like!

    June 30, 2015 • 11:04 am •
  150. Linda

    I am curious to know what type of EO you use. I am using Young Living, but it is very expensive – maybe due to their marketing techniques? Do you have another EO provider you could recommend?

    June 30, 2015 • 11:19 am •
  151. Nadia

    The oils I link to throughout the post are from Mountain Rose Herbs which is a company I like for a lot of my DIY supplies. But I also use Young Living – both are great.

    June 30, 2015 • 12:16 pm •
  152. Cathi Buchardt

    Made a night time serum. I used frankincense, lavender, geranium, myrrh and rose. I added above to evening primeose oil. I wash my face, use an EO toner of rose and geranium then apply the serum. My skin looks better but its only been about 10 days since I started using. I see a difference in the hydration. When I get overheaded (florida in june) i reach for the toner. It seems to cool me down and calms me.

    June 30, 2015 • 9:20 pm •
  153. Nadia

    So great to hear! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

    July 1, 2015 • 8:43 am •
  154. Kelsey


    I am using a clinique moisturizer for dry skin every day. A couple months ago I mixed in 10ish drops of lavender, 10ish drops of frankincense, and 10ish drops of lemon. My skin has never looked or felt better! I don’t remember the last time I had a pimple. What do you think of this? Anything else I should be using? Thank you!

    July 5, 2015 • 2:47 am •
  155. Traco

    I’m 62 (almost 63) and am looking for an effective tightening oil or regimen for sagging chin/neck skin. Any suggestions?

    July 10, 2015 • 6:05 pm •
  156. Lupita

    I also like coconut oil and help oil for the skin.

    July 12, 2015 • 8:53 pm •
  157. Lupita


    July 12, 2015 • 8:55 pm •
  158. abbey

    thanks for the information! great article! I find that mixing essential oils with butters like Shea, cocoa,mango,aloe,Kokum, etc. has the best results and the feeling of the butters is so addicting! you can buy raw, unrefined butters online (I like etsy for this). you can ALso whip them to give an even creamier texture! <3 way better than commercial products with none of the chemicals! if you buy pure ingredients, they can even be used for medicinal properties(mango butter has great benefits)! love nature's oils!

    July 15, 2015 • 12:46 am •
  159. Nadia

    Awesome! Those are carrier oils in which you would dilute essential oils.

    July 15, 2015 • 9:30 am •
  160. Katie walker

    Hi Nadia, im also using oil in my skincare routine. But they are none of what you mentioned above. Im using rosehip oil and argan oil. I read some document they also mention about grape seed oil. They r more popolar than what you listed. Anyway thank you fr your useful post !

    July 15, 2015 • 10:10 am •
  161. Nadia

    Awesome! Yes, I have used both of those as well — they’re carrier oils that you would use to dilute essential oils in. I talk about my favorite carrier oils here: 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    July 15, 2015 • 1:00 pm •
  162. Rivera Lemon

    I’m so confused about essential oils. I tried young livings peppermint for my headaches and it helped a lot! I couldn’t justify the price once I saw the NOW brand price, so I bought that but it didn’t work. I then had someone suggest Mountain Rose Herbs and that helped my headaches a little more at first but then it’s like it just stopped working. It’s frustrating because I can’t afford young livings but it’s the only one that worked. 🙁 Has anyone else experienced this and what did you do?

    July 19, 2015 • 10:07 pm •
  163. Anna

    I link to another post all about carrier oils both at the top and bottom! Thank you.

    July 20, 2015 • 10:48 am •
  164. Nadia

    Yes – My “5 Face Oils for Naturally Clear, Flawless Skin” post talks about my favorite carrier oils!

    July 23, 2015 • 8:38 am •
  165. […] No, I just haven’t had time to moderate comments! Yep, a few drops will do ya: […]

    July 27, 2015 • 10:22 am •
  166. In the recipe for your face wash you mention lemon oil, but I know that you have changed that to rose oil. My question is should it be rose oil or rose hip seed oil? When should you use one or the other of those 2? Also, I see that the rose oil you link to is super expensive (180$) is that the only kind that can be used?

    August 3, 2015 • 12:55 pm •
  167. Doris yaro

    Need oil for aging and skin lighting

    August 5, 2015 • 4:39 pm •
  168. Namrata Niranjan Bhise

    I would like to know more about these essential oil and how to use it. From where it should be purchased.


    August 6, 2015 • 4:50 am •
  169. Teresa

    I was wondering what you thought of using Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic acid serum to help reduce the signs of aging.

    August 7, 2015 • 8:18 am •
  170. Nadia

    Namrata – I link to one of my favorite stores to buy oils in the post above!!

    August 7, 2015 • 8:44 am •
  171. Nadia

    Oh great question. You can honestly use whichever essential oil you want based on your skin needs! I’ve actually been using this recipe with lavender and frankincense EO recently. And no, rose essential oil is very different from rosehip oil, which is a carrier oil.

    August 7, 2015 • 8:49 am •
  172. Nadia

    I think as long as you buy quality serums with no nasty ingredients, they’re great. I’ve used Hyaluronic acid before and it makes me break out but am very interested to try a vitamin C serum… especially as I start creeping more towards 30 and further from 20 🙂 There are a lot of DIYs out there and I’ve been looking to try my own for awhile now. Will have to add it to my list of posts to write!!

    August 7, 2015 • 8:54 am •
  173. Wendy

    Question: I am starting an Epson bath routine to control and remove rash on my back and arms, an outbreak caused by sweat and stress, and the regimen suggests i add essential oil to the water: which one, or ones, and how much. I will be having these baths nightly, before bed, for a week or more if all goes well. I have dry, sun-damaged skin.

    August 16, 2015 • 4:02 pm •
  174. sandie

    Please what essential oils can I use to lighten my skin? I wanted to purchase rosehip but u have oily and sort of sensitive skin.thanks

    August 19, 2015 • 6:06 pm •
  175. clarence rogers

    need shine

    August 22, 2015 • 7:43 pm •
  176. sanele ndlovu

    Please help. I have stretch marks on my abdominal area from 2pregnancies. I’ve tried so many products. Are there any suggestions of combinations of oils I can use?

    August 23, 2015 • 3:07 pm •
  177. Hi Nadia ..

    WOW … your website is truly inspiring but I have been looking for jojoba oil and find it no where . Moutain rose herbs don’t deliver it to Bahrain.

    I checked other websites which I think could be reliable and none of them deliver here.

    Is there something I could do ?

    September 1, 2015 • 9:03 am •
  178. Ariel

    Do you pre mix your essential oils and carrier oil? or do you just squirt some carrier oil in the palm of your hand (say a dime size amount) and add a drop of essential oil?

    September 3, 2015 • 10:35 am •
  179. Nadia

    I discuss some carrier oils in this post: 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    And my favorite face oil blend in this post: DIY all-natural face oil for acne-prone & oily skin

    September 3, 2015 • 12:01 pm •
  180. Catherine Teh

    I strongly believed essential oils work better than others supplementary for health and there is a lots more hidden essential oils which can be replaced by medicine.
    I wonder why it is not open up widely to the world and i wish one day everyone know the benefit from essential oils.

    My best regards to you & all we love essential oils.

    Catherine Teh
    Kuala Lumpur.’

    September 18, 2015 • 12:17 am •
  181. Rupa

    Hi Nadia,
    Wonderful and informative site. I have very oily and acne prone skin ever since I hit 40. Have been using a diy Vitamin C serum at a 10% dilution with Lascorbic acid (from bulk supplements) and regular water(cant find distilled water easily at mumbai). However, I kind of break out near my chin and also get white heads on my cheeks. At such times, I use Frankincense EO and helichyrsum EO in grapeseed oil on the days I dont use the Vitamin C serum. My skin feels very smooth after the oils . However, it lacks the brightening that I get from the Vitamin C serum. Since you mention that lemon oil is phototoxic, I did not use it. Can you please suggest some oils that would give the same effect?
    P.S. Have you ever tried using Vitamin C powder in an EO blend?

    September 19, 2015 • 5:35 am •
  182. Nadia

    Hmm. Do you exfoliate regularly? Doing so definitely brightens the complexion. And that sounds so interesting! No I have not tried making my own vitamin C serum but would like to.

    September 20, 2015 • 10:08 am •
  183. Nadia

    I agree! Essential oils are basically are herbal medicine in very concentrated form, and we know that certain herbs have very powerful medicinal properties.

    September 20, 2015 • 10:14 am •
  184. Hi, great article, and I see you’ve removed lemon oil for its phototoxicity concerns, but I also see that some of your readers are now afraid to use lemon oil, and that is unfortunate and unnecessary. Lemon essential oil’s phototoxicity only occurs when it is used in more concentrated amounts and when going outside immediately. You can still enjoy the benefits of this oil by 1) Diluting it sufficiently, e.g. – in a face blend, it should be no more than around 1.25% (i.e. – 1 drop of lemon essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil), and 2) waiting 30 min-1 hour before entering direct exposure to sunlight. Taking these two precautions will be sufficient to prevent phototoxicity for all but vast majority of users. I am a certified aromatherapist and holistic health therapist in Sydney area, Australia, where we have some MEAN UV rays at times! But no problems when you follow those two precautions! Hope this helps!

    September 24, 2015 • 12:10 am •
  185. Nadia

    Yes, thanks so much, James! That is very informative.

    September 24, 2015 • 10:10 am •
  186. Sandy

    Great article. Most impressed that you did remove lemon essential oil and why you did it. Many do not do their homework about essential oils. Most of the citrus have a phototoxicity and care is needed when using these oils. Will recommend your site to others because you are doing your research! Thanks for the info!

    September 26, 2015 • 10:28 am •
  187. Erfana

    I would really like to know what are the best essential oil blends for under eye area ?

    October 1, 2015 • 4:22 pm •
  188. Tony

    Hi Nadia, im also using oil in my skincare routine. But they are none of what you mentioned above. Im using rosehip oil and argan oil. I read some document they also mention about grape seed oil. They r more popolar than what you listed. Anyway thank you fr your useful post !

    October 2, 2015 • 9:46 am •
  189. Nadia

    Those are carrier oils, not essential oils! This is a post about essential oils 🙂

    October 2, 2015 • 9:58 am •
  190. Ria

    I think you’re phenomenal! So amazing to have ladies like you talking shop about skin care. I keep revisiting this post all the time, it’s a blessing. Thank you. Keep writing, keep blessing. 🙂

    October 6, 2015 • 11:09 am •
  191. Heather

    I just read your post and I’m very interested in the Myrrh EO, Hemp oil and Rosehip oil. Could I use all three together? If so, what ratio of the three ingredients should I use? Also, I plan on using the mixture with my warm facial steamer. Would that be beneficial?

    October 14, 2015 • 3:40 pm •
  192. Nadia

    Yep! See the important EO guidelines at the end of the post for dilution… so you’d be diluting myrrh in hemp oil and rosehip oil (both carrier oils).

    October 14, 2015 • 5:05 pm •
  193. Sandy

    Hi Nadia,
    I really like your simple recipes! I just want to say to your readers, read Nadia’s entire posts and you will have your answers! Geez people! She covers it all.

    Important: there is no such thing as therapeudic grade oils, as stated by Megan at Mountain Rose Herbs. Though, there is 100% pure oil and that’s what you want to use.


    October 16, 2015 • 11:52 am •
  194. Amanda

    What EO can you use for under eye wrinkles? How should I mix em for that area?

    October 17, 2015 • 11:11 am •
  195. Courtney

    I have been reading about oil cleansing, it this what you do or do you leave it on? I have read so many comments on any acne treatment page of 20yr olds who have “tried everything,” I’m 35 and have had acne since I was 1

    October 22, 2015 • 10:40 am •
  196. Courtney

    …19 oops. Baby hit send. I’ve tried maybe not everything but a lot of things. Including expensive prescription treatments. I’m running out of hope, patience and money. Can you please level with me? Is this going to help at all or will I be researching another acne treatment in 2 months after my face errupts in protest again? My 5 yr old has started pointing out my spots. 🙁

    October 22, 2015 • 10:43 am •
  197. Nadia

    LOL to the baby. Here’s a seemingly random question: how’s your digestion? Is it good?

    I think oils are a HUGE help… from the outside. You also need to tackle it from the inside through proper diet and with a healthy gut.

    October 22, 2015 • 10:49 am •
  198. Courtney

    My digestion has no problems, very regular, no issues, thank goodness. I didn’t have this as a teenager but I eat way healthier (more whole grains, water, fruits & veggies) & more variety since moving out on my own. I also tried multiple acne (internal) medicines.

    October 23, 2015 • 11:34 am •
  199. Nadia

    Well I’m currently working on an eBook about healthy skin from the inside and out (so through nutrition and natural skincare) so I can help readers address this in the future! Because my instinct is to ask you a million questions to help you get to the bottom of it 🙂 but a single resource guide will be so much more helpful.

    October 23, 2015 • 2:25 pm •
  200. Rose

    Rosewood and Sandelwood oils are also great for skin… Especially if you aren’t one that likes really flowery smelling things. I use a blend with Jojoba, grape seed and rose hip seed as carriers and rosewood, Sandelwood, geranium, lavender, and frankincense essential oils and it works great as a serum to use after using a face scrub.

    October 27, 2015 • 5:22 pm •
  201. Elaine

    What is the best oils to use on my eyelids and under eyes for red, itchy, and flaky skin? I have tried so many products and nothing works. Help!

    October 29, 2015 • 9:22 pm •
  202. Jessica

    I want to make my own mix of rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, carrot seed essential oil, and geranium essential oil. What do you think would be a good ratio of each to get the most benefit? Thanks!!

    November 2, 2015 • 7:16 pm •
  203. Mario -

    Geranium and Lavender seems like magic. They simply do it all. But from all the EO, my favourite would be Tea Tree Oil. This is something I’ve been used for a long time now, and works like a charm for my skin problems.

    November 3, 2015 • 6:52 am •
  204. Nadia

    Thanks for sharing, Rose!!

    November 3, 2015 • 9:48 am •
  205. Nadia

    Hey, Elaine. Well you need to be careful about putting essential oils near your eyes since you don’t want to get them IN your eyes. Have you ever tried a nourishing butter like shea butter? It’s one of my favorites for dry, flaky skin.

    November 3, 2015 • 10:01 am •
  206. Nadia

    Hey, Amanda. Well you need to be very careful about getting EOs IN your eyes which is why I am personally wary of recommending any for the eye area. But rosehip oil is awesome for aging skin — I’d give that a go!!

    November 3, 2015 • 10:20 am •
  207. Thanks so much for your posts!! I love this one and your facial oils post. With all of your great info, I’m gonna go make some of my own new concoctions right now!!

    November 6, 2015 • 12:45 am •
  208. Maria

    Live the site and info!
    Im curious to know which essential oil can be combined with rosehip.

    I currently use rosehip amd argan for my face, although I don’t like the heavy oily residue (possibly the argan), with out it rosehip is stinky.

    Any ideas?

    November 6, 2015 • 11:44 pm •
  209. Dave Harper

    I would like to know more about essential oils

    November 7, 2015 • 4:37 am •
  210. Nadia

    You can use any essential oils you’d like!

    Jojoba is thinner and doesn’t really have a smell, though just adding essential oils will help with the smell part.

    November 7, 2015 • 9:15 am •
  211. Ash

    Which one is the best face oils

    November 8, 2015 • 3:54 pm •
  212. Nadia

    That depends on your skin needs.

    November 10, 2015 • 10:21 am •
  213. Tea Tree oil has been such a lifesaver for my acne. I’ve suffered since I was 13 or 14, and I’m 21 now. Believe it or not, I actually have gotten it in my eye. So beware people! That stuff burns, and it’s super potent. Luckily my mother is an expert with essential oils and she immediately poured walnut oil in my eye and it eventually cleared out. Water is a big no-no, it actually distributes the oil over your entire eye.

    November 11, 2015 • 5:25 pm •
  214. beth coggin

    I was looking at your face oil recipe. I was wondering if coconut oil could be used for the carrier? Also, if myrrh, patchouli, ylang ylang could be added as well as lavender and frankincense? I am middle age with some dark spots, acne scaring and still breakouts around my chin area and need all the help I can get. I don’t wont to overdo, but I would like to cover all the aspects….lol!

    November 11, 2015 • 9:20 pm •
  215. ANA

    I started to try it! and I must say it is amazing!!! for any skin type, I am very oily and within one week my skin feels completely different! I am using tea tree, aloe vera oil, and grapeseed oil. Would love to try out more!

    November 12, 2015 • 9:16 am •
  216. Susan

    I have very dry, sensitive skin but can use retinol etc. What is a good base to use for dry skin? Can I use coconut oil? Most of the posts were for oily skin and I am the opposite. Love your site!

    November 14, 2015 • 8:48 pm •
  217. Donnamarie

    Is it just me, or are the links on this page not working? 🙁

    November 15, 2015 • 7:46 pm •
  218. Nadia

    Yes! I’m so sorry — something is wrong and I am looking into it. But here is the online store I link to:

    November 15, 2015 • 8:23 pm •
  219. Mariah Murray

    I loved reading your recipes for your skin care routines and all the information about all the oils that are in them. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by the plethora of information on DIY Natural Moisturizer recipes. Each one suggestion different EO’s and Carrier Oils. What would be your recommendations for Normal Skin?

    November 17, 2015 • 6:00 pm •
  220. Nadia

    Hey, Mariah!! Lavender! It does it all and is a great staple oil. Geranium next probably, and rose if you don’t mind splurging a bit (it’s my favorite — I love the scent so much).

    November 17, 2015 • 6:41 pm •
  221. Amy

    I just bought a Conair skin humidifier (it’s a good way to treat dry skin and get better skin, also has an adapter to use just for sinuses.) I want to use an essential oil in the water. They said it’s ok to do so but I dont see any insutrctions on how much is ok, etc. Then I saw your post about diluting essential oils with a carrier oil? I dont use essential oils at all. So what should I do/how to use them if I just want to add some into the water in my facial humidifier (the lavender or rose for example). Thanks so much. This article was really informative!

    November 21, 2015 • 4:04 am •
  222. Nadia

    Hmm I’m not sure. I mean I have an essential oil water diffuser (this one): I just add about 4-6 drops to the water. I’d assume it would be similar but don’t know for certain.

    November 21, 2015 • 1:33 pm •
  223. Sidra

    Thanks for a wonderful post. I am trying and testing different essential oils in my home made moisturisers. I’d love to know which fragrance blends well with other essential oils

    November 25, 2015 • 3:23 am •

    hi i am anu want to know about aroma oils and there usages etc .we have an ayurveda hospital and wanted to start ayurvedic facials etc. so want to know more.waiting for ur reply. wish u all the very best .DR. ANUSREE.L

    November 26, 2015 • 3:24 am •
  225. Nadia

    Hi, Sidra! Great question — honestly, they all smell great together! Lavender and rose are my personal favorite <3

    November 27, 2015 • 12:04 pm •
  226. Frances J. Gonzales

    This is absolutely what I need right now! I’ve used many products for my skincare routine but I think essential oils work best. It’s really useful! I can use it with many purposes,but adding it to my skincare routine is the best decision! Because my skin type is acne-prone so I’ve mostly used tea tree oil. It’s so wonderful and bring me a really great result! I’m considering to use more kinds of essential oils and this post does help me a lot!!

    November 30, 2015 • 12:11 pm •
  227. Mgalla Mgini

    where can I get these oils? Am in Tanzania, East Africa

    December 3, 2015 • 5:37 am •
  228. Nadia

    I don’t know. Online is probably your best bet.

    December 3, 2015 • 9:56 am •
  229. Tina F

    I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of oil of oregano for skin ailments related to inflammation, acne, and other irritants. What are your thoughts on that?

    December 5, 2015 • 1:09 pm •
  230. Darcy

    This website is helpful . I really appreciate the knowledge being shared. I just wanted to say not all of us need to avoid lemon EO for skin care. For those of us who are not melanin deficient, it is extremely helpful in evening out the skin tone and assisting in bringing in more vitamin D from the sun into our bodies.

    December 7, 2015 • 12:06 pm •
  231. Paula

    I just simple method with the essential oils for acne and scars. Which are the best to use and how do you mix them.

    December 14, 2015 • 3:45 pm •
  232. Nadia

    I give instructions at the bottom of the post!

    December 14, 2015 • 3:47 pm •
  233. Juliet

    Good day

    May you kindly e-mail me the price lists of these top 10 EO’s with their carrier oils and the sizes of the bottles. i leave in South Africa, so i would like to find out where you’re located in case i decided to make a purchase.

    December 15, 2015 • 3:42 am •
  234. Sierra

    Hello, thanks for your list! I am going to make a facial oil with jojoba and add myrrh, geranium and frankincense. This may be a dumb question but when you say 5% essential should be the max, can I do 5% of EACH essential (so 1 drop of each oil per ml of jojoba oil)? or is it 5% max for the entire combination of oils (so it would be 1 drop of each per 3 ml)?

    December 16, 2015 • 12:19 pm •
  235. Abigail

    Great post 🙂 I read that Jojoba oil is a good carrier oil. Is that correct? Thanks.

    December 16, 2015 • 3:28 pm •
  236. Shaba Anderson

    What are your thoughts of hemp Oil. It can detoxify the skin and even out skin tone. You can safely use hemp oil as a skin moisturizer without worry of it clogging the pores.

    December 19, 2015 • 4:15 am •
  237. Nadia

    Yes, hemp oil is one of my favorite carrier oils (it’s not an essential oil): 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    December 21, 2015 • 12:23 pm •
  238. matt keller

    So I’m not an expert but from many reliable sources I have learned that EO’s actually are very bad for the skin. They are all strong irritants (even if you cant feel the irritation it is there). They can also cause contact dermatitis. They can cause increased oil production and other bad stuff like that. Many are also phototoxic.

    December 22, 2015 • 9:22 pm •
  239. Nadia

    That can be the case with some oils (which are clearly inappropriate for topical application) or if the oils are not diluted properly. You’ll see that I discuss dilution at the end of the post.

    December 22, 2015 • 9:28 pm •
  240. Julie

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on doTerra, and YL essential oils? Or any other brands then the ones you have mentioned?
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2015 • 7:46 am •
  241. Julie

    Can you tell me your thoughts on a question from LL4800 use? Also for under eye thinning with slight wrinkle?

    December 25, 2015 • 8:50 am •
  242. Terry

    I like very much tea tree oil. I use it for the whole house. After reading your post, I want to try Ylang ylang and Essential Oil. Thanks

    January 2, 2016 • 8:33 am •
  243. Laurel andrews

    i have hyperpigmentation. I was wondering if there was an essential oil that might help with that. I’m thinking I’m going to put together a mixture based on your info. Thanks so much.

    January 3, 2016 • 2:17 pm •
  244. Erik

    Patchouli is really good for the skin and smells good. But only to a few most people don’t like Patchouli’s smell. But the rest are really good, mellow and pleasant. Patchouli is a little strong for most

    January 5, 2016 • 4:21 pm •
  245. Josh

    I’ve been using tea tree oil that I added to my homemade lotion(olive oil, cocount oIL and bees wax). I have a bit of red acne marks on the back of my arms and some on one side of my face. It’s been a almost a month of using the lotion every other day on those spot and it’s definitely clearer on my arms now. But it didn’t work as well on my face, although its still working a bit. It seems to dry my skin on my arms a bit, not my face though.
    Any thoughts on what oils and/or EO I should use in my next batch of lotion to heal my skin better?


    January 6, 2016 • 6:48 am •
  246. Mariam H

    I would like to know whether neem oil is also good for the skin as i heard neem leaves help with acne

    January 6, 2016 • 4:49 pm •
  247. Enid

    Good day, can you please tell me if there is a book that instruct an individual on how to mix essential oils. Love your blog

    January 7, 2016 • 1:59 pm •
  248. Nadia

    Hi, Enid. This is a great resource guide for essential oils: Essential Oils Pocket Reference

    January 7, 2016 • 5:10 pm •
  249. Nadia

    I honestly don’t know very much about neem oil, but that is a carrier oil that you would use to dilute your essential oils in. I talk about some of my favorite carrier oils here: 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    January 7, 2016 • 5:14 pm •
  250. ByBeautyLovers

    At first I was hesitant to put oil on my oily face but the tea tree oil turned out to be very helpful

    January 11, 2016 • 8:37 am •
  251. Anon.

    I suggest almond oil to help re-hydrate dry skin. It worked well and has helped re-hydrate my hands bit by bit. But I would also like to know which Essential Oil works best for acne. Bearing in mind, I have very slighly sensitive skin

    January 20, 2016 • 2:32 pm •
  252. Nadia

    Thanks for the suggestion!

    January 22, 2016 • 8:31 am •
  253. Lanna

    So, can I use all these essential oils together? My skin is dehydrated, yet I have small clogged pores on my right cheek and near my nose, and chin. I’d like to make a natural moisturizer that is anti aging and anti-inflammatory. I’m in my 30s, but want to age gracefully.

    January 23, 2016 • 3:43 pm •
  254. January 24, 2016 • 11:00 am •
  255. Nadia

    You can but just be sure to follow the dilution guidelines!

    January 24, 2016 • 5:11 pm •
  256. Gabby

    I was wondering what a carrier oil is? I use EO’s and I’ve never heard of a carrier oil and would LOVE to incorporate them to get the most of my EO’s.


    January 28, 2016 • 10:17 pm •
  257. Nadia

    I talk about carrier oils at the end of the post as well as here: 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    January 30, 2016 • 3:40 pm •
  258. Karen

    What a wonderful find! I came across this post while searching on what essential oils are good for the skin. I’m wondering if you have done any of your own research on what essential oils will help a senior’s problem with their toenails. I would like to make my mother something from scratch as there does not seem to be much out there that helps. I know it is a fungus; I have her soaking her feet in a water/vinegar mix every evening and have encouraged the use of tea tree oil. Any other suggestions? Thank you in advance.

    February 2, 2016 • 3:33 pm •
  259. Molly

    Do you only use one or the other EO in your beauty regimen or do you mix and match? What is your mix of choice? Thanks!

    February 9, 2016 • 12:01 pm •
  260. Nadia

    Hi, Molly. I explain more about how to use the oils and link to my favorite blend at the end of the post!

    February 10, 2016 • 4:04 am •
  261. Maxine williamson

    Which essential oil should I use on my face if I have inverted oil glands

    February 11, 2016 • 11:33 pm •
  262. Nadia

    Sorry, Maxine. I don’t know anything about that and have no clue!

    February 12, 2016 • 8:47 pm •
  263. Rachel

    Hi there! thanks for the great info! I just have one question… last night i added 5 drops of tea tree and 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil to 240ml of witch hazel to make a vamped up toner for my acne prone skin, and this morning I noticed that my chin and jawline was really itchy…so, i was wondering if i added too many drops of essential oil?
    Thanks in advance!

    February 14, 2016 • 4:07 am •
  264. Nadia

    Did you moisturize after? Witch hazel has alcohol in it so is drying.

    February 14, 2016 • 9:33 am •
  265. Sabrina

    Hi Nadia,

    Do you prefer mountain rose herbs EO’s over young living EO’s?

    What program do you recommend taking for the certified nutritional practitioner course?

    Thank you!!!


    February 14, 2016 • 10:32 pm •
  266. Tiffany

    I make a brown sugar scrub with some of these oils added. i tell people to massage into face until all sugar crystals have dissolved. Then to use wet washcloth ONLY to remove it al from the face. Wipe , wipe ,wipe until face is clean. I then have a vial of a proprietary blend of some of the listed oils in a carrier of grape seed. I told them to put one drop on each cheek and one drop on the four head. Then to massage all over face. I told him that use an extra job on any areas of some damage. Which is usually the temples and also right under the eyes on the cheek bones. The reason I have them wipe off the scrub with a washcloth is that it leaves just enough oil behind on the face so that this Very small amount of my oil blend massages into the face well. It spreads a little a long way. You can tell the difference after one use. If used twice a week the skin looks awesome after one week, then in the next week or two people will notice they start getting breakouts. What that is is the toxins and other gunk making its way up and out of the skin. But I tell people continue to use it twice a week. After that breakout period, the skin looks bright, smooth, the tone evens out and pores are noticeably tighter….as if they are squeezing out excess dirt. At this point, those experienced with a blackhead remover can very easily manage the very few problem areas they have. These essential oils are way better than any skin care item I have used from the store! I handed out free samples of my 3 part home made essential oil based skin care kit at work. Now most of my coworker’s are very happy paying customers of mine!

    February 15, 2016 • 3:30 am •
  267. Ana

    Hello, what mix of essential oils would you recommend to improve skin tone, elasticity and firmness?. I lost a lot of weight really quick and now my skin is saggy, dry and without life, it´s really sad. I need a really strong and wonderful mix.

    February 15, 2016 • 12:26 pm •
  268. Nadia

    Thanks for sharing, Tiffany!

    February 18, 2016 • 1:18 pm •
  269. Nadia

    Hey, Sabrina!

    I just replied to your nutritional therapy question via email (but to reiterate here: I took the NTP course with the Nutritional Therapy Association and it was AMAZING – so extremely educational and grounded in the principles of real food).

    I used to be on the Young Living bandwagon but recently got off – I just feel that the structure and higher prices are not ideal for many readers (or really even myself). They do have some wonderful oil blends which is definitely the upside. But if just buying individual oils, I’d suggest Mountain Rose Herbs – most are certified organic and I trust the company’s quality.

    February 18, 2016 • 1:21 pm •
  270. Nadia

    Hey, Josh! So great to hear you’ve had success with your mixture! I’d look into some different carrier oil options for your face (coconut people makes a lot of people breakout, actually). Here are my favorite: 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    February 18, 2016 • 1:47 pm •
  271. Nadia

    Sorry for the super belated reply, Julie! I used to be on the Young Living Bandwagon but have found that their structure and prices are not ideal for most readers. They have wonderful oil blends, which is what I love most about them. But for buying individual oils, I choose Mountain Rose Herbs – most of their essential oils are certified organic and I trust the company.

    February 18, 2016 • 4:26 pm •
  272. Mario

    I have hear (via Goss MakeupArtist on Youtube) that Lavender oil is highly irritating to the skin even though it’s commonly used due to it’s scent.

    Any thoughts on this?

    February 23, 2016 • 7:08 am •
  273. Nadia

    From all of my research and experience (I’ve been using it for years now in my face oil blends) lavender essential oil works wonderfully for all skin types. She may be mistaken by applying it directly to the skin without diluting it first – that could cause irritation since essential oils are so concentrated and potent but I would never recommend doing that.

    February 23, 2016 • 9:25 am •
  274. KAREN

    For Eczema, I highly recommend using castor oil. This year I broke out all over my legs and abdomen and was freaking out. I started using castor oil which I mixed with avocado oil to thin it out and in within two months it was gone.

    February 28, 2016 • 6:25 pm •
  275. Nadia

    Thanks for the recommendation, Karen!

    February 28, 2016 • 6:35 pm •
  276. Beverly

    Rosehip seed oil is also an amazing dry oil for the face

    February 28, 2016 • 9:00 pm •
  277. Nadia

    Yes, that’s one of my favorite carrier oils, too! 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    February 29, 2016 • 1:30 am •
  278. Brie

    One of my favorites instead of just rose oil is rose hip seed! It’s a natural plumper and has virtually gotten rid of the frown/smile lines on my face. It’s evening my skin tone and doing wonders for moisturization and I’m actually not diluting it. Try it!

    March 3, 2016 • 3:41 pm •
  279. Nadia

    Rosehip seed oil is one of my favorite carrier oils too! 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin

    March 3, 2016 • 6:14 pm •
  280. Matt

    Hey Nadia
    Ive used your blog as a guidline for all the oils ive purchased Ive seen some EOs online, like the NOW brand, that have 20% diluted blends.. is that still too strong to use on the face? Also can you do a blog on EOs for nerve pain? I love what you have to say. Thanks!

    March 5, 2016 • 9:58 am •
  281. Nadia

    Hey, Matt. I always recommend using EOs diluted to no more than 5% on the face.

    March 10, 2016 • 8:18 am •
  282. Angie

    I recently stopped all store bought face products and went strictly to EOs – this is working great but with summer coming up and needing to use an SPF I’m nervous to add something into the mix – do you have any recommendations for a good SPF to try?

    March 10, 2016 • 11:05 am •
  283. Nadia

    Well you can make your own if you’re up to it! You can use whatever carrier oils you’d like in substitute for the grapeseed if there’s another you prefer: DIY all-natural sunscreen lotion

    March 10, 2016 • 7:09 pm •
  284. Lesley Manning

    Excellent advice and told with genuine enthusiasm for skin health. Thanks for your inspiration, explaining the benefits of specific oils,

    Kind regards

    March 17, 2016 • 5:28 pm •
  285. Nadia

    Thanks, Lesley! 🙂

    March 18, 2016 • 5:53 pm •
  286. Nadia

    The one you use for cooking will work just fine!

    March 18, 2016 • 5:53 pm •
  287. Marie

    Hi Nadia. Thanks for the article a whole raft of information there. I have a specific problem in that I have recently lost a large amount of weight and I’m suffering with sagging skin on my face right now. You mention quite a few oils that help with tightening and anti ageing. What would you recommend particularly? Thanks

    March 19, 2016 • 10:21 am •
  288. Thejini


    I have started getting some pigmentation on my skin. What would you suggest is a good combination and how much and when do I apply to my skin. I have always had clear skin and now I think age is getting the better of me.

    March 19, 2016 • 6:06 pm •
  289. Radhika

    lavender oil and rose oil sounds good for my skin but how am i supposed to apply it?
    can v use these oils directly on face or have to mix it up with something

    March 23, 2016 • 2:45 am •
  290. Diane

    First, great article. I was so impressed I signed up with my email. Second, is it possible to mix several of the oils together with a carrier oil. such as for aging and elasticity using a good carrier with frankincense, seranium, Myrrh and ylang ylang? with the appropriate ratios, of course. TIA Diane

    March 23, 2016 • 9:55 am •
  291. That was a very helpful article… I personally am a big fan of essential oils… I make so many skin and hair care recipes according to my own need! Thanks for sharing!

    March 25, 2016 • 7:28 am •
  292. Nana

    Need advise..I used lemon oil as 1 of the ingredients for undereyes wrinkles serum..shud i continue using it..

    April 2, 2016 • 10:02 am •
  293. Danielle Franzese

    Hi I just wanted to know if I was seeing things, the link for the rose oil u have listed is $945 an ounce??

    April 16, 2016 • 8:51 am •
  294. Inez Board

    Instructions for using a essential Oils on my face. How to apply.

    April 19, 2016 • 7:51 am •
  295. Candace Brown

    I was interested in selling some esssential oils, what steps could I take to get started

    April 22, 2016 • 2:51 pm •
  296. Karley

    Hi Nadia! I love your information and tips-I am new to essential oils but loving it so far! I just tried the tea tree exfoliant and love it! Is there anything you know/recommend to help with cystic acne? I get hormonal breakouts once in a while and it’s the worst! I’ve tried almost everything at this point-except for essential oils! What can you recommend?

    May 1, 2016 • 10:45 pm •
  297. Rae

    I’ve been using tea tree oil and apricot oil for a while and although I dont have acne problem, I got lots of scars on my face. These oils really works to fade the scars. I strongly suggest coconut oil to clean the face and apricot oil as moisturizer

    May 4, 2016 • 4:27 am •
  298. Nadia

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, Rae!

    May 8, 2016 • 10:35 am •
  299. tina cusi

    can i mix all of this oils?

    May 10, 2016 • 6:57 pm •
  300. Debbie

    I would like to know if you make blends for people instead of me having to buy & blend myself, I am a little hesitant to do it on my own. Let me know if this is possible. I have found several websites that do sell blended essential oils, but not the ones you have on the chart and from everything I have read the oils on the chart are the ones I think I need.
    Let me know,


    May 18, 2016 • 12:16 pm •
  301. Brenda

    I am finding a lot of different good oils for aging skin. When I use these oils …I can’t put all of them in my carrier oil…can I? I found that carrot seed, frankincense, geranium, myrrh, neroli, yo ang Lang, and rose are good. How do I do this!

    May 23, 2016 • 7:24 pm •
  302. Jennifer Renfro

    I use francinsense, geranium, carrot seed, lavender and tea tree. I just thought you might want to mention that carrot seed has spf naturally in it. Not that it should be used solely for that purpose, but it is an added benefit!

    May 24, 2016 • 11:07 pm •
  303. Robert

    Can you use undiluted geranium oil straight on your face and how often.

    May 30, 2016 • 11:38 pm •
  304. Nadia

    Take a look at the bottom of the post where I go over proper dilution and use.

    June 6, 2016 • 11:10 am •
  305. Nadia

    Very true!

    June 6, 2016 • 11:18 am •
  306. Nadia

    Debbie, I am actually working on that right now 🙂 But it’s a process for sure. Hopefully they’ll be ready and for sale before the end of the year!

    June 6, 2016 • 11:25 am •
  307. Pooja Shekhawat

    Wow great post actually i am searching in google a essential oil which help to reduce my acne pitted sacrs my scars are not that deep so i think they can heal naturally … so plz tell me which oil or combination of oil is helpful to reduce size of pitted scars and smoothout my face and get rid of redness which caused by sun and prior acne right now i rarely get one or two acne and my skin type is acne pron oily and sensitive skin

    Thank you..

    June 7, 2016 • 10:42 pm •
  308. Pooja Shekhawat

    And yes i forget to tell u that i am planning to make my own facial oil
    base oil:grapeseed oil
    orhet oils:rosehip seed oil (generating new cells)
    Frankincense oil (best oil for acne pron skin)
    Lavender oil (soothing)
    I want to add lemon essential oil but i am afraid because of my sensitive skin which is porn to red

    So this is perfect combo or should i add or remove any oil ..

    June 7, 2016 • 11:02 pm •
  309. Nadia

    Does essential oils help to get rid of acne breakouts?

    June 8, 2016 • 12:39 am •
  310. Pooja Shekhawat

    Yes essential oils for pitted acne scars my scars are not that deep so they cane heal naturally as per my thoughts so suggest me some oil or combination of oil which fade and reduce scars and tone my skin

    June 8, 2016 • 2:08 pm •
  311. Chris Renegar

    I’m a 57 year old male and I’ve been using different oils for a while. Did you know if you mix almond oil with Jojoba oil it makes both oils twice as sting? I also add some Argan oil with it. So, each night I’ll use a different oil. Throw in coconut oil too. But you are right, these oils are incredible. I look about 12 to 13 years younger than my age and all of this DIY stuff helps big time. Sounds vain but I prefer to look healthier and younger as I get older.

    June 9, 2016 • 1:21 pm •
  312. DONNA

    I just started using essential oils and I’m looking for the best recipe for acne and the scars for my son. I’m also looking for the best recipe for anti aging that would also help with oily skin for myself. Do you have any recipes that you recommend?


    June 16, 2016 • 11:22 am •
  313. Amy

    I would love to start using the lavendar and/or rose oil for my face, can you send the recipe and instructions for use please? Thanks!

    June 20, 2016 • 7:29 pm •
  314. Nadia

    I include some instructions at the end of the blog post! Enjoy 🙂

    June 20, 2016 • 8:06 pm •
  315. RIVANA

    Thanks for your article about essential oils, I love reading posts like this. I use jojoba and helichrysum everyday to soothe my skin and treat any blemishes.

    July 3, 2016 • 3:45 pm •
  316. Amy

    I just need specific list receipe what to make to mix with the essential oils and kind of oil to use for this type. Thanks Amy

    July 10, 2016 • 7:25 am •
  317. Tiffany Olsen

    Great post !!

    July 11, 2016 • 2:38 am •
  318. PRINCE

    Please provide the same information like skin for best essential oils for hair.

    July 15, 2016 • 11:44 am •
  319. Katherine

    I have an awful skin condition called Melasma, and am desperately trying to find natural ways to reduce its appearance. My goal is to make a castor, lavender, tea tree oil mix, but I am unclear on the ratio to use since each of these oils can be directly applied to the skin on their own. Any advise you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    July 24, 2016 • 4:20 am •
  320. Luanne Roeder


    If you add essential oils to home made soap (because it uses lye ) will it destroy the benifits?

    August 4, 2016 • 5:00 am •
  321. Deborah

    Wondering about the benefits of emu oil and its capcity for fading facial enomolis ie scars, broken capillaries and redness.What is your take on this product?

    August 26, 2016 • 9:42 am •
  322. Wanda Vernon

    Looking an essential oil for scars in my legs. I’m new to essential oils therefore I don’t know how to mix them. Could you please help me with these 2 issues

    August 26, 2016 • 1:38 pm •
  323. Nadia

    I have not yet used it myself but do hear great things!

    August 31, 2016 • 12:35 pm •
  324. Jamilah

    Hi,where can i get those essential oil,,can u supply to me,tqvm

    September 1, 2016 • 9:42 pm •
  325. Pauline Leedham

    Is it safe to mix coconut oil and peppermint oil/essence as a bug repellant on my skin, also I like peppermint but not the tea bags so can I put a cpl of drops in some hot water thanks

    September 4, 2016 • 3:39 am •
  326. Mary Okpei

    Good afternoon. I have not really tried any of these essential oils before. I will like to know which one will be good for the treatment of spider veins. Thanks

    September 5, 2016 • 10:15 am •
  327. Donna

    If im adding essential oils and carrier oils to shea butter and soap the calculation of 1 drop eo to 20vdrops carrier oil doesnt apply. Correct?

    September 5, 2016 • 11:21 pm •
  328. Sharon Owens

    I’m 71 and have very dry skin on my arms and legs. Also, I would like to know what EO I can use on my face to tighten the skin, even a bit would help. I do use essential oils around the house for cleaning and in aromatherapy.

    September 13, 2016 • 12:19 pm •
  329. Angela

    Wonderful recipes many thanks

    September 25, 2016 • 1:21 am •
  330. Thanks for writing this article Nadia, very helpful indeed. Do you always use these oils separately or do you also blend them together to use the benefits of a mix of these oils?

    And would you say some oils work better than others or is this very personally?

    September 27, 2016 • 8:48 am •
  331. Navpreet

    i am 32 years old and my skin is sensitive. i am getting wrinkles under my eyes and some pigmentation scars . i read your post but i am confused which oil i should use for a beautiful wrinkle free skin . which oil is best for me according to you to improve the skin ?

    October 12, 2016 • 2:47 pm •
  332. Nanya

    ❤ from Nigeria. Awesome blog!

    October 30, 2016 • 9:56 am •
  333. Nadia

    Thank you, Nanya 🙂

    October 30, 2016 • 12:05 pm •
  334. Kristy

    Just had a question for you Nadia… is it safe to mix essential oils together? for example could I mix frankincense, lavender and carrot seed oil and it be safe or do they react against each other or change in anyway?



    November 2, 2016 • 11:59 am •
  335. […] a few different face oils and add some essential oils to create a custom […]

    November 4, 2016 • 1:52 pm •
  336. Kathleen

    Frankincense oil on sinus flex points on bottom of foot……..absolutely a cure for any sinus problems. I massage it on every nite before bedtime.

    November 6, 2016 • 10:18 am •
  337. Judi Recht

    What oils should be used as carrier oils

    November 6, 2016 • 4:15 pm •
  338. Nadia

    I talk about a lot of great options in this post: The Best Face Oils By Skin Type

    November 10, 2016 • 10:18 am •
  339. maria

    can i mix different eo toghether

    November 23, 2016 • 2:43 pm •
  340. Nadia

    Yes, you most certainly can! Just remember to dilute them properly in a carrier oil, as explained at the end of the post. See: The Best Face Oils By Skin Type

    November 27, 2016 • 1:23 am •
  341. Tracy Hart

    I need something to keep my skin from having a red tone. I am new to EO and have been reading but haven’t found anything for just this issue. Any suggestions? I’m sure I’m overlooking it. Thanks. 🙂

    November 27, 2016 • 3:09 pm •
  342. Kacy

    I love frankincense mixed with some rose hip oil for a face serum. Its sooo good… skin looks and feels amazing…

    November 27, 2016 • 6:20 pm •
  343. Marilyn

    This is a great post. I am interested in changing my routine to a natural one and your information is very helpful. There are quite a bit of essential oils that seem to have properties that can improve my skin (oily, break out prone, large pores), but how do you know how many you should use? Do you mix each oil with a carrier and apply separately or do you combine them all with your carrier to make one solution? Thanks for all the information you gather and share!

    November 28, 2016 • 5:11 pm •
  344. Melissa Stewart

    How many essenetisl oils can you add to your chosen carrier oil for face and body?
    I’d like to use jojoba mixed with lavender and geranium on myself and my 6 year old daughter. Is it unnecessary to use more than one EO an is this blend safe to use on a 6 year olds face and body?

    December 1, 2016 • 10:02 am •

    Please advice what is the solution to dilute the EO? how to make it jelly and absorbance like the serum?

    December 2, 2016 • 3:32 pm •
  346. Ruth

    Does anybody know of the best essential oils that have the most antibacterial/antifungal/antiseptic (since I have no idea what pathogen has caused the infection) properties which can be used to treat an unresolved ear infection? And how would I prepare such a combination? I went to see a doc last week and left with a script for antibiotic and teardrop, which has not resolved my ear infection! I have since been in unrelenting pain and discomfort for more than a week, my condition remains unchanged. So, I’m researching non-traditional means to get relief.

    December 5, 2016 • 3:40 pm •
  347. Robin

    I purchased 8 EO’s and would like to make a blend for the main purpose of reducing the appearance of age spots on my face. I have chosen to use coconut as the carrier oil. I am unsure, based on some of the equations you provided how to make a 30ml bottle and include all 8 EO’s to their proper amounts. I do not care how it smells. I am 49 and wear highly effective for UVA and UVB sunscreen everyday.
    The oils I purchased are:
    Frankincense, Neroli, Myrrh, Carrot,Geranium, Tea Tree, Lavendar, Lemon
    Can you help me?

    December 7, 2016 • 1:34 pm •
  348. Nadia

    Hi Robin,

    I would suggest using a different carrier oil. For the best face oils for mature skin, see The Best Face Oils By Skin Type.

    And when it comes to creating an oil blend, just be sure to properly dilute your EOs, as explained at the end of this post. And be aware that lemon makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, and so you should use a sunscreen so as not to make your sunspots worse!

    Best of luck and have fun!

    December 8, 2016 • 2:47 pm •
  349. Rits

    This is a very good ref website to look on. But as there are a lot of oils to be used as in getting clearer skin. I have been using infused oils which consist of tea tree, rosehip oil. How to apply them in the best way to function as regenerating and anti acne serum? As somehow it does not work perfectly as i still develop small acne over time. Can anyone help?

    December 20, 2016 • 8:39 am •
  350. Mother Heroine

    The great thing about this type of oil is it is extracted from flowers so it has a natural scent that can be refreshing for people’s senses. A lot of people are not aware that there are two types of chamomile that are available.

    December 21, 2016 • 5:52 am •
  351. Barbara Phillips

    Which carrier oil should be used with skin care essential oils.

    January 5, 2017 • 2:50 am •
  352. Vicky

    I stumbled across your page when I was searching for essential oils for my face. I got a lot of information from your site. I already have most of these oils but I’m not sure how to use them on my face and if I can use several at one time. I’m mainly concerned with aging, wrinkles and puffy eyes. Is it ok to just add several oils to my moisturizer and use all at once?

    January 19, 2017 • 2:31 pm •

    Helo Nadia,

    Hope you are in high spirits. I want to know whether helichrysum essential oil is beneficialfor oily skin or not?? Moreover, can u plz tell me which is the best carrier oil for acne prone skin.Looking forward for your affirmative reply. Enjoy n have fun.

    January 26, 2017 • 2:02 am •

    Has anybody tried Prickly Pear? Also, how good is Argan oil?

    January 28, 2017 • 8:16 am •
  355. Jamie

    I have jojoba oil that I started using and I have the kit of young living EO. Could I use jojoba oil and use EO to mix with it?

    January 28, 2017 • 9:49 am •
  356. Nadia

    Hi, Sheila. Those are carrier oils, not essential oils. As I mention in the bottom of this post, you need to dilute essential oils in carrier oils. And I talk a lot more about carrier oils here: The Best Face Oils By Skin Type 🙂

    January 28, 2017 • 10:01 pm •
  357. Lucy

    Hi Nadia, Great post! I am totally new to EOs and would love some advice. I was just wondering if I wanted to try maybe two different ones (I have dry and blemish-prone skin)could I mix two EOs in one CO blend – or should I make two blends and alternate applications?

    January 30, 2017 • 8:50 am •
  358. Waldemar Juschin

    Hi Nadia,
    Have you tried working with amaranth oil? Would love to hear your opinion about amaranth oil.

    January 31, 2017 • 11:24 pm •
  359. LAURIE

    I had shingles and then Bells Palsy about 17 months ago. I now have a complication call Synkinesis of my face and the side of my neck. The nerve grew back wrong so the Bells Palsy side of my face is tight and pulls a little to one side. I have to drink with a straw because the side of my lip and face don’t have full function. A friend recommended I use essential oils on my face. She said peppermint and rosemary were good for me. She diluted them in just a little of the coconut oil. My friend told me to leave the oils on my face and to do this twice a day. I am applying from the cheek bone down. My eyes do burn and water with every application. The oils with massage do seem to take away some of the tightness after applying. Do you have any feedback for me on this topic? Thank you!

    February 10, 2017 • 12:02 am •
  360. Whitney

    Love, love, love the facial oil recipe. I’ve been using it for months. Do you have any recommendations for facial toner/ astringent? Also, any recommendations for shampoo?

    February 11, 2017 • 9:43 pm •