The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare

Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more.

Let’s take a look at the best essential oils for skin and how to safely use them…

I just want to shout it from the rooftops: essential oils work wonders 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…

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 — see the best face oils by skin type — you’ll see absolutely amazing results!

best essential oils for skin || Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more! Let's take a look at the best essential oils for skincare, how to safely use essential oils on your skin, and which essential oils are best for your specific skin needs.

The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare

Carrot Seed Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring

Carrot seed essential oil — I use and recommend this one —is rich in antioxidants, helping to neutralize inflammation and wrinkle-causing free radicals (source).

It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin, helping to keep skin smooth skin and aid cell regeneration. For this reason, it’s prized as one of the best essential oils for aging skin.

Frankincense Essential Oil— acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Ah, the go-to essential oil for all skin needs!

Frankincense essential oil — I use and recommend this one — works wonders 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. (source)

Geranium Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin, dermatitis, eczema

This sweet-smelling essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is fantastic oil that also does it all.

Geranium essential oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory (source). It helps improve skin elasticity and smooth the skin. It also promotes blood circulation to the skin, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions.

essential oils for skincare || Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more! Let's take a look at the best essential oils for skincare, how to safely use essential oils on your skin, and which essential oils are best for your specific skin needs.

Lavender Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Lavender essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one I suggest no one goes without! It smells amazing, helps you relax and your body adapt to stress, and (of course!) has great benefits for the skin.

Lavender essential oil is a powder anti-inflammatory (source), helps speed the healing of wounds, and increase collagen production (source). This is why it’s so is great for aging, mature skin, as well as blemish-prone skin.

Myrrh Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Myrrh essential oil — I use and recommend this one — greatly benefits aging and chapped, irritated skin.

It has strong antioxidant properties (source) that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, helping to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh is also one of the best essential oils for healing skin irritations and chapped skin (source).

Neroli Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Neroli essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is great for oily, sensitive, and mature skin. Yes, another great essential oil for all skin types!

This antioxidant, anti-inflammatory essential oil contains a natural chemical called citral, which helps regenerate cells. For this reason, it’s said to be very good at preventing and healing stretch marks, as well as smoothing fine lines. Its antibacterial properties also aid blemish-prone skin. (source)

Patchouli Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring, dermatitis, eczema

Patchouli essential oil — I use and recommend this one — 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 — aging skin, reducing scarring, dermatitis, dry skin

Rose EO — I use and recommend this one — is one of the best essential oils for dry skin as well as aging, mature 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!

Studies also indicate that rose essential oil also helps alleviate stress and anxiety, which raise cortisol levels and so accelerate skin aging and can trigger breakouts! In this more holistic way, rose essential oil also benefits the skin.

Tea Tree Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin

Tea tree essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne and blemish-prone skin.

Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It also helps to regulate oil production, helping fight breakouts before they even start. (source)

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring

Ylang ylang essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one of my favorite essential oils because of its rich, floral fragrance. It smells amazing!

But ylang ylang is so much more than its scent: this essential oil helps control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. (source) Another great essential oil for every skin type!


Some important essential oil guidelines to remember when applying essential oils to your skin:

Essential oils should’t be applied to the skin “neat” or undiluted.

They should always be diluted in a carrier oil like argan oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil, etc.

You can find the best carrier option for your skin type here:

Opinions on proper dilution ratios vary, though most recommendations are between 1% and 2% of the final product.

Since there are 20 drops in 1 ml and 29 mL in 1 oz, for every 1 oz of carrier oil:

  • 2% dillution = no more than 12 drops of essential oils
  • 1% dillution = no more than 6 drops of essential oils

best essential oils for skin || Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more! Let's take a look at the best essential oils for skincare, how to safely use essential oils on your skin, and which essential oils are best for your specific skin needs.

Be sure to do a patch test.

This is to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the essential oils.

The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.

Do your homework!

Certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children, so be sure to do your homework before including essential oils in your skincare routine.

Wondering how else to use 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:

OK so what about you!?

I’ve had amazing results with essential oils and carrier oils — my skin is 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!

Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more! Let's take a look at the best essential oils for skincare, how to safely use essential oils on your skin, and which essential oils are best for your specific skin needs.


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  1. 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?


  2. 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?

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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?

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

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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


  21. 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!

  22. 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?

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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!!

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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?

  35. 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?

  36. 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 ?

  37. 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.

  38. 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?

  39. 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?

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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

  44. 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.

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

  46. 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!

  47. 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)

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

  49. 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.

  50. Yes, those are carrier oils.

    I talk about my favorite carrier oils here:

  51. 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?

  52. 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).

  53. 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.


  54. 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!!

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

  56. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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

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

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

  61. 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!

  62. 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!!

  63. 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 !!

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

  65. 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

  66. 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?

  67. 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!

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

  69. 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:)

  70. 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.

  71. 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?

  72. 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?

  73. 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!!!

  74. 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.

  75. 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!!

  76. Hi.
    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.

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

  78. 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!

  79. 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

  80. 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!!!!

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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?

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. Hi!

    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!

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

  88. 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!

  89. 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 !

  90. 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?

  91. 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?

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


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

  94. 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.

  95. 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!!

  96. 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.

  97. 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

  98. 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?

  99. 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 ?

  100. 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?

  101. 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.’

  102. 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?

  103. 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.

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

  105. 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!

  106. 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!

  107. 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 !

  108. 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. 🙂

  109. 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?

  110. 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).

  111. 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.


  112. 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

  113. …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. 🙁

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. Nadia,
    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!

  119. 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!!

  120. 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.

  121. 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.

  122. 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!!

  123. 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!!

  124. 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?

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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!

  128. 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!

  129. 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!

  130. 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?

  131. 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).

  132. 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!

  133. 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.

  134. Hi,
    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

  135. 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

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

  137. 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!!

  138. 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?

  139. 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.

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

  141. 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.

  142. 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)?

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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!

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

  148. 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

  149. 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.

  150. 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

  151. 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?


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

  153. 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

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

  155. 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

  156. 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.

  157. 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.


  158. 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.

  159. 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!

  160. 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!

  161. 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!!!


  162. 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!

  163. 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.

  164. 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.

  165. 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.

  166. 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?

  167. 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.

  168. 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.

  169. 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!

  170. 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!

  171. 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?

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

    Kind regards

  173. 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

  174. Hi

    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.

  175. 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

  176. 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

  177. 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!

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

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

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

  181. 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?

  182. 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

  183. 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,


  184. 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!

  185. 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!

  186. 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!

  187. 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..

  188. 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 ..

  189. 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

  190. 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.

  191. 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?


  192. 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!

  193. 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.

  194. 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

  195. 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.

  196. Will

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

  197. 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?

  198. 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

  199. 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

  200. 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

  201. 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?

  202. 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.

  203. 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?

  204. Hi,
    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 ?

  205. I am 62 years old and live on a farm where I have worked in the sun for last 30 years. My face is really starting to age! I have some places on my face that I am concerned will be cancer, but I have been using essential oils for the last month and can already tell an improvement. I am just learning about essential oils so any advice you can send my way will be most appreciated!
    I mixed geranium, lavender and clary sage in sweet almond. I have just purchased neroli, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, carrot seed oils; and grape seed oil for another carrier oil.

  206. 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?



  207. 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.

  208. 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. 🙂

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

  210. 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!

  211. 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?

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

  213. 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.

  214. 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?

  215. 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!

  216. 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?

  217. 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.

  218. 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?

  219. I only use Lavender oil right now for my skin, but I would definitely like to try out the others on the list.

  220. 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.

  221. 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?

  222. 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?

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

  224. 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!

  225. 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?

  226. How do you make sure while using essentials oil for a body fragance, that the smell does not fade. How can you retail the smell, and make it last longer. What product to use to insure the smell and its properties

  227. Thank you. 🙂
    The chart is quite useful! LOVE IT!
    As long as you use a carrier oil, is it ok to mix ALL these oils together? Or do some not mix well with others? Perhaps, “too much of a good thing” type issue.

  228. I am a surgical scrub tech and have a issue with dermatitis and what would you recommend to use? I have been seeing dermatology but not with much success. Please help!

  229. Hello,
    Can I combine 3 of the face oils and 3 of the EO’s if I follow the ratio of oil to EO you recommend ? Thank you!

  230. Hello, I am unsure about the acne level I have but I can tell you that I have a really dull and greasy skin. Which has lot of scars, dark spots, uneven skin tone, sometime greasy and sometime oily. Can we treat my skin with EO naturally. Can you give me the ratio with list of oils I can use on my skin?

  231. Hey there, I’m a korean guy who’s new to this whole oils and face scrub thing, but after my girlfriend made me try your charcoal mask I felt a huge difference in the texture of my skin, I have to say it’s a lot better than the bb creams I’m so used to. My face feels like it’s breathing for the first time…. great job and thank you from both of us.

  232. Just curious as to why Helichrysum oil was not in the top 10 since it contains such great regenerative properties. Its really effective for scar-less healing.

  233. I am so happy to have found your blog! I’ve been making my own night creams for years. After reading your blog on oils and essential oils, I’ve ditched the night cream and a mix for night and another lighter one for day. What a difference! My skin is so much nicer. I think the vegetable based emulsifying was and stearic acid were irritating my sensitive skin. I also make my own loose mineral foundation. So much better than store bought!

    Thank you so much for your blog! It’s so great to find source of such good information.

  234. I have rosacea and adult acne. What is the best oil to help with both? Do I need special bottles to put them in? I am looking to try essential oils for my face and not sure where to start.

  235. Hey there! I am new to these subjects. So i need your opinion. I am trying to make a face oil to reduce texture, clearing etc. I bought grapeseed, grapefruit, vitamin e, lemon, rosemary, rosehip,baobab,macademia,evening primrose,lavender and chamomile oils (i know that’s a lot!!) So would it be bad if i just mix them all and my skin turns worse than now?

  236. hello Nadia;

    This site is heavenly and God sent. so i just did a DIY mix of Olive oil(As base), jojoba, tea tree oil and castor oil for my skin and i totally love it. Do you think this would be safe on the long run?


  237. Essential oils are my favorite way to hydrate and moisturize my skin especially now that I am classifying my skin as *ahem* ‘mature’. 😀 Rose oil is my favorite. Thank you for this great information!

  238. These are all wonderful oils for various facial care concerns. I love your chart at the end, too. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    I add Cedarwood Atlas in my face serum, as it has regenerative and astringent properties to help promote clear, healthy skin. Plus…that smell. YUM!

  239. Try this, I cut a lime fresh one – squeeze about tea spoon and put on my face, tightens up n makes face glow nice, stings just a bit if lime is good, use a fan to dry quickly.
    2. then top off with fresh tea spoon from orange via c. it will be bit sticky once dry then lightly wet to clean at night before bed.

  240. Thought you might like to change a typo on your site. Under Feedback you have “my skin in clearer and brighter”

  241. Are most of the measurements the same if you put them in your bath water? Are they just as effective in the bath as they are as lotions?

  242. EOs are great for aromatherapy when included in bath water, but no you won’t get the same skin benefits. I’d just add a few drops for relaxation.

  243. Oh! And water and EOs won’t mix in case you are trying to make a toner or whatnot. You’ll need to really shake things up before each application!

  244. Hi! thanks for sharing this post, I have a question. Is there a natural way to solidify the oil mixture? I would like to have my oil in a solid bar (kind of like a lip stick) so I could just rub it on my skin.

  245. I am trying to make a creamy facial moisturizer for older skin. If you beat several oils together along with glycerin and some liquid vitamins, will this become a creamy moisturizer that stays creamy.

    The reason I say this is that I tried a recipe off the internet without coconut oil. I do not want to use it at all, if possible. The recipe at first was a semi firm and creamy. The next day, it was hard ad a rock. I would like it creamy, like you can buy in the store, only I do not want store bought, because of all the chemicals.

  246. There is no end of skincare benefits of essential oils. These oils work great for many skin problems. These contain many active ingredients that are beneficial for skin problems. Thanks for sharing the wonderful article.

  247. Is it ok to use a few different oils with a carrier oil and how many us too many? I really enjoyed reading this, very informative and thorough, wish I knew what oils are best for me. I have never used essential oils for skin care, did not know they had such wonderful qualities!

  248. I’m in love with the array of benefits that essential oils provide! I usually mix mine with carrier oils to make a powerful recipe for skin or hair. My favorite goes to lavender, rose, mint, and lemon! Thanks so much for this article Nadia!!

  249. What is a good mix for dry, acne prone skin with some fine lines? I was thinking pumpkin seed oil with frankincense, and lavender? I am breastfeeding is it ok to use the oils?

  250. I make my own lavender and rose spray. I keep the rise spray in fridge so when I go to have my coffee i put a few sprays on face and helps wake me up!!!
    I’ve also made lots of pictures for my mom’s shingles, daughters dermatitis and eczema and my psoriasis. I enjoy creating anything to help with healing my family and friends!! I have everything for my lip balms, and scrubs. Also soaps and I’m working on bath bombs!

  251. I use tea tree oil all the time for acne! It’s amazing and the best spot treatment I’ve found. I’ve started to incorporate lavender oil into my skin care and aromatherapy routine, hoping it will help soothe my migraines as well as help my skin. Thinking about trying even more oils! Loved this list, super helpful info thank you!

  252. I have Keratosis Pilaris (small white bumps) on my legs – I’m new to essential oils, but, have no idea what to use to help this situation – I’d appreciate some guidance – thank you in advance~

  253. My skin is very oily, prone to acne and dull. I have a poor looking complexion and my skin looks older than my age. Which of the essential oil is best for me to use on my skin? Can you recommend any?

  254. So happy to discover this site this evening. Well done. Please, how do I mix my EO and CO or what and what should I mix. I have an acne prone face, that’s what actually led me to this site, was just browsing looking for solutions. I am 44years and a Nigerian. Thanks

  255. Thanx for that amaze n info. I just started using EO’s a wk ago. Was looki g for something 2 help w/ varicose veins& smooth out face & get my glow back. I started use n lemongrass& helichrysum. I’m c n gr8 results already. Veins r disappear n& stopped use n concealer on face. Now I’m on a mission for other EO’s. I’m n all the way!!!!

  256. I’m 64 and I use doterra spa oil as a base and make my own moisturizer. I love doterra’s line and order it whenever I can, but when money is lean I make my own. I use to have a couple of really dry areas and my mixture eliminates it as well as the aging wrinkles around my eyes. I’ve been told since using it that my skin is radiant and what are you doing you looks so much younger. I use Lavender Jasmine, geranium, frankincense ylang ylang, patchouli, and I add some jojoba oil. I add a could of drops of each and a tablespoon of the jojoba oil.

  257. Thank you for the post!

    I have a few questions.

    Is it possible to use essential oils to make the eyes less hooded?

    I was born with hooded eyes but they are starting to look more hooded as I’m getting older.

    Since some essential oils can help tighten skin and increase skin elasticity, can they be used on the eye area to lift the hood so that more of the eyelid will show?

    I know that the skin around the eyes is considered very sensitive, so how much essential oil and how much carrier oil should be used?

    Are there any recipes for DIY eye creams that you would recommend for making the eyes less hooded?

  258. Hi, I need and advice. I bought 4 oils and want to use them on my face but I do not know if I can combine them all . Also which is the carrier oil ?
    My oils are : Pomegranate, frankincense, myrrh, and lavender.
    Can you advise in which proportions I need to mix them?

  259. What is a good carrier oil? Will olive oil do? Also, I was told lavender water mixed with a couple drops EO works as a carrier, is this true?

  260. In the description on the Yahoo page it said that on your page there would be help in tightening sagging upper eyelid skin, hooded eyes. I didn’t find a thing on your page that has any help for hooded eyelids.

  261. I read somewhere that a particular essential oil used in a diffuser (like during the night) helps the skin, but I can’t remember which one it was that I read about! Do you know if it’s true that a diffuser can be used? And would you know which oil this might be?


  262. Hey, Rachel! Diffusing essential oils will give you the aromatherapy benefits but I doubt it would impact skin much as the concentration will be SO low.

  263. Hi, if I’m making myself a cream for my face I have very bad acne skin can I drop in the essential oils to my cream base?

  264. Thanks for writing this great article! It’s very informative, and you included some great points to the equally great article.

  265. I have a question please. Am African residing in the west with a very dry climate. So my skin tends to be very dry and flaky almost all year round. So which essential oils can I incorporate in my shea moisture body moisturizer to make my skin more hydrated?

  266. I am really looking forward to learning to use essential oils for my skin repair and skin care routine , thank you .