How to Make A Custom Face Oil Blend (Perfect for YOUR Skin)
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Looking to make your own face oil blend or face serum? It’s really so easy! Let’s take a look at the difference between essential oils and carrier oils, which of each are best for your unique skin needs, how to properly dilute essential oils in carrier oils, and how to use your custom face oil blend.
Originally Published on Apr 13, 2017 | Updated on February 27, 2023
Around here, we’re fanatic for face oils.
I credit oils with saving my skin after I’d been attacking it with too many harsh, anti-acne products for years, totally destroying my skin barrier and making my acne even worse.
Face oils provided my skin with the nourishment and moisture it so desperately needed, and I’ve never looked back!
But it’s not just me. Nope. I’m proud to say that I’ve created a whole tribe of face oil groupies.
(All that’s missing is a secret handshake but trust me, I’m working on it.)
I even took my face oil obsession to a whole new level with the Body Unburdened Beauty Blends — my best blends bottled up just for you!
So naturally, I get a lot of questions about how exactly to blend face oils and essential oils.
So step by step, let’s walk through how to make a custom face oil blend perfect for your skin.
There are a couple of key points to understand before we get into the details…
Essential oils vs. carrier oils
There is a big difference between a carrier oil and an essential oil.
- Carrier oils are derived from the fatty portion of plants, nuts, and seeds. Think: olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil. Whenever I say “face oil” I’m referring to carrier oils.
- Essential oils are distilled from the petals, leaves, bark, stem, and even roots of plants. They are volatile, very aromatic, and very potent. They can be thought of as extremely concentrated herbal extracts. Think: lavender essential oil, rose essential oil, tea tree essential oil.
Dilution is essential
You must dilute essential oils in carrier oils. They are far too concentrated to be applied straight or undiluted, and can really irritate the skin when not diluted properly.
Opinions on proper essential oil dillution for skincare differ, but everyone generally agrees that the sweet spot is somewhere between 1-2%. That is, essential oils should make up just 1-2% of the final mixture, with the remaining 98-99% of the mixture comprised of carrier oils.
How to Make A Custom Face Oil Blend in 3 Simple Steps
1) Pick your carrier oil(s)
You can choose just one carrier oil or as many as you like! But I think just 1-3 is really all you need.
But remember: not all oils are created equally!
What is the best oil for your face?
The best carrier oils by skin type:
- Best carrier oils for blemish-prone skin:
- Pumpkin seed oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Tamanu oil
- Best carrier oils for oily skin:
- Jojoba oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Best carrier oils for dry skin:
- Apricot kernel oil
- Almond oil
- Best carrier oils for aging/mature skin:
- Argan Oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Seabuckthorn oil
- Pomegranate seed oil
- Best carrier oils for sensitive/irritated Skin:
- Borage seed oil
- Avocado oil
- Hemp seed oil
For all of the details on these oils and their benefits, visit The Best Face Oils by Skin Type.
2) Pick your essential oil(s)
As with carrier oils, you can choose just one essential oil or any many as you like!
The best essential oils by skin type:
- The best essential oils for blemish-prone skin:
- Tea tree
- The best essential oils for oily skin:
- The best essential oils for dry skin:
- Ylang Ylang
- The best essential oils for aging/mature skin:
- Carrot seed
- Ylang Ylang
- The best essential oils for sensitive/irritated skin:
For all of the details on these oils and their benefits, visit The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare.
3) Properly dilute your essential oils in your carrier oils
I prefer 1% dilution — that is, the essential oil(s) will make up just 1% of your final face oil blend and the carrier oil(s) will make up the other 99% of the blend. So since 1 oz is 29 mL and every mL is 20 drops, for every 1 oz of carrier oil you should add no more than 6 drops of essential oils (if also choosing to follow a 1% dillution).
The easiest way to blend your oils is to fill a 1 oz glass dropper bottle (amber or cobalt glass bottles will protect the delicate ingredients) with your carrier oil(s) and then add your essential oils. Screw the top on and give it a little shake. It’s really as simple as that!
Optional: Preserve your face oil blend with vitamin E
Vitamin E oil helps preserve the delicate fatty acids in your carrier oils and prevent them from going rancid.
It should make up no more than 1% of your final blend. So for a 1 oz blend, you would add just 6 drops of the vitamin E oil.
So now you know how to make a custom face oil blend. But are you wondering how to use it?
Face oil blends make wonderful natural moisturizers but can also be used to cleanse skin.
Yes, oil can actually clean skin! Get all the details with The Oil Cleansing Method 101: How to Wash Your Face with Oil.
If using your face oil blend as a moisturizer, simply apply after washing and applying toner and serum, if you do so. Remember: skin hydration and skin moisture are two different things! If your skin seems to be tight, dry, or flaky even when using your face oil blend, a little hydration is likely in order.
Do you have a favorite face oil blend?
Any tips or tricks? Please share with us in the comments below!
So glad you think so, Jeanette! 🙂
I love all of these oils, and my favorites are frankincense and patchouli. Great article!
Hey, Lindsay! I’m so happy to have you as a new reader 🙂 Well a 3 isn’t bad, and looking through the ingredients – it actually looks pretty clean! I was happy to see fragrance isn’t even an ingredient.
If you’re wanting to try something new, I’d recommend Beautycounter’s oil blends and serums (if you let me know exactly what benefits you’re looking for, I can point to a specific one for you): they have a cult following for good reason!
Hi Nadia, I am new to your blog but I have really been enjoying it. Over the past year and a half I have been switching out all products for natural alternatives. I used to be a Kiehls user, and have not found anything to replace their Midnight recovery concentrate. I have tried other serums and diy oil blends, but nothing is quite as effective for my skin or gives me the same glow. Any thoughts on how harmful this product is? I have seen mixed reviews online of the ingredient list and it is listed as a 3 on the Think Dirty app. Also open to natural alternatives or product recommendations. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
I made my own “cleanser” that I use with a cotton pad.. it’s rose water, tea tree oil, and vegetable glycerin. I am going to try your Castile soap wash, and I also have a witch hazel toner and Marula face oil for daily use. In what order/how often should I use these?/ what do you think about the ingredients?
1) It depends on the oil. 2) Stick them in your fridge to last longer (some will solidify – you’ll just need to let them melt again before you make a new batch). 3) You can add vitamin E to your blends to make them last longer – this is the one I use: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/vitamin-e-oil/profile
How long will the carrier oil keep without going rancid? I’d like to try this but a lot of the carrier oils are sold in 4 oz jars. I’m wondering if I’ll end up wasting them.
What do you Think about this?
Hi Nadia. What a great blog and wensite! I’m very interested in making my own face oil blend, mainly to prevent additional aging. Can’t wait to try out your suggestions!
I am trying to recreate an old oil that my face loved but that is sadly no longer available. The main ingredients were Shea Butter oil, castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil, marula oil, rose hip oil, and sunflower seed oil. Am I correct that all of these are carrier oils? None are essential oils? If so, should I just experiment with different amounts of all these ingredients starting with an equal amount of each until I find what it right? THANKS!!!
If i want to use a mix of carrier oil…rule will be the same..total of 1oz??like that of essential oil usaid total of 5 drops.
Wondering where you got this from?? Everything I’ve researched and studied has said 1) it really depends on the EO and 2) up to 4% dillution is safe for adults.
Here are the national guidelines for diluting Essential Oils (EO):
– BASED ON 1 OUNCE of CARRIER OIL, LOTION or SALVE –
1 drop of EO
FACE, CHILDREN, ELDERS, PREGNANCY
5 drops of EO
DAILY USE – ADULTS, BODY
10 drops of EO
ACUTE PAIN, INJURY, INFECTION, ADULTS
15-18 drops of EO
Great! Hope this post is helpful in choosing the best oils for your skin 🙂
Yes, the 15 drops is the TOTAL amount of EOs (so, for example, 8 drops lavender, 5 drops fank, 2 drops rose).
Hi! I loved this post! I have been oil cleansing for years (2/3 organic EVolive oil, 1/3 castor) and have seen such an improvement in my skin. I have skin that is typically dry (I live in CO) but my chin breaks out routinely with a few deep, painful acne spots. After the breakout heals, redness remains for a long time. I am looking for a good combination to reduce redness, scarring, and future breakouts or at least the severity of them. I would also love to have a regime in place to deal with the breakouts when they come along. I have many essential oils at my disposal and am willing to try something new. Currently, I use sweet almond oil as a moisturizer, occasionally adding in frankincense and lavender.
Thanks for this information. For the 2.5% dilution, do the essential oils come to a total of 15 drops and if so, do you play with the individual number of drops for each essential oil chosen?
Do you have any remedy for facial hair; especially under the chin? Thanks.
Hi, Vashi. Yes, that is 15 drops of essential oils TOTAL.
Have fun 🙂
Hey, Nadia. I like your blog! Your posts are very informative and easy to understand. Natural oil-based skincare regime is absolutely great! I’ve been using grapeseed oil as face moisturizer and argan oil around the eyes area.
I want to start mixing carrier oils with essential oils. In this post you said the essential oils should not be more than 15drops. What if I want to use 2-3types of EO? Should I use 15drops max for each EO so I get 45drops max in total? Or 15drops is a number for total drops so I can only use 5drops each?
Thank you for being so helpfull!