How to Make A Custom Face Oil Blend (Perfect for YOUR Skin)

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how to make a custom face oil blend

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!

Body Unburdened Beauty Blends - handmade face oils made with the highest quality organic ingredients and so much love!

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.

how to make a custom face oil blend

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

Essential oils vs. carrier oils

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

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

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

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

3) Properly dilute your essential oils in your carrier oils

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

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

how to make a custom face oil blend

Optional: Preserve your face oil blend with vitamin E

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have a favorite face oil blend?

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


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  1. Hi, I’ve been looking to replace my face serum. Would this face oil blend work like a serum? Sorry total newbie. Thanks!

  2. Hi!

    Your blog is really nice, but I would have a question regarding dilution. You wrote that you follow 2.5% dilution, but when I read other articles about it, many recommended 1% dilution for face oils. Is it just to be safe not to have any reactions, or any other long-term effects it might have?

    Thanks for your answer!

  3. Thank you. I just wanted to make sure that I was understanding your instructions before I wasted more product by putting 45 drops in a 3oz solution. Hopefully by your guidelines i’ll see some results. Thanks again!

  4. Typical dillution is between 1 and 2.5%. As I said, 15 drops / oz is a 2.5% dillution so it is on the higher end. You can choose whatever you’d like!

  5. I’m not sure this will ever be seen, but I’m a little dumb so, if I understand this right it’s 15 drops of essential per 1 oz of carrier? So if you make a 3 oz bottle, it should have no less than 45 drops of essential? From other recipes sites I’ve read it seems heavy, but I’m not getting good results with my mixture with is 25 drops per 3 oz carrier.

  6. Hi Nadia,

    Awesome post!! I love how you explain in full detail on custom making the oils. For carrier oils, i want to use Moringa oil & Argan oil, so since the rule is 1oz =29ml of carrier oil. Is half & half of carrier oil fine?… 14ml of moringa & 14ml of argan oil? And then for example 5 drops frankincense EO, 3 drops manuka oil EO, 3 drops turmeric EO, 3 drops Lavender EO

    Also do the 30ML glass droppers need to be sterilized before i pour all the oils? And where can i purchase those mini funnels for pouring the oils into the glass droppers?

  7. Hello Nadia! I like your blog and love the informative way you present your article in. I have a question, can I mix jojoba oil and pumpkin seed oil? I have combination skin which is acne prone and is! I’m just starting to use oils for my face. Thanks!

  8. I really want to make a face oil blend, however I feel I am blemish prone, oily & dry… so I am finding it hard to narrow down which carrier & essential oils to choose.
    I can’t really afford to trial and error a large variety of both carrier and essential oils (as I know organic is key) and am just wondering how to go about it so I don’t have wastage or lose of money on quality product.

    Thanks ! I just found your blog and I’m in love.

  9. I have been looking for a website that details the oils like this for i don’t even know how long! I am so so excited to make my own blend. I have very dry skin and the only thing that works on my face is oils! Cant wait to make my blend! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  10. Hi.. I am currently suffering with PCOd that eventually gives me a lot acne over the face which further leaves me with scars to look at. My skin has gone porous which further adds on.. what oil blend u can best recommend me for this and to tighten the pores?

  11. You can really do whatever you want, Holly! Just keep a close eye on the essential oil dillution ratio.

  12. Hi Nadia, I’m trying to create a daily face oil for myself and I know you mentioned that 5 essential oils are enough, but some companies use more. One face oil that is very popular right now has 12 essential oils in it! Is that too many? I’m wanting to use around 10 for mine… I’m using Jojoba oil as my base and then would add around 15 drops of essential oil per 1 ml as you suggested. That said, I also made a blend of 5 herbs soaked in a jojoba oil base that I’d like to add to it as well. I’m just wondering if this is too many ingredients for a daily face oil. Also, are there any oils I should NOT mix together? PS I liked your advice about adding vitamin E oil, I’m going to use it 🙂 Thank You!


  13. I really don’t know. I don’t think there would be any negative consequences BUT I also don’t think it’s probably the best option. Other oils are loaded with vit E… and C and A and other antioxidants!

  14. How do you feel about adding vitamin E oil directly to your face as apart of your moisturizing routine? I only add a drop or two and rub into specific areas of my face to reduce fine lines. Is this a bad practice and would it damage my skin at all to keep doing this?

  15. I’d say 6 months. The problem with oils isn’t so much bacteria growth as it is rancidity – you don’t want to be putting rancid oils on your skin!

  16. Hi
    Can you please tell me for how long this mix if oils stay good to use? I have made a batch year(with few carrier and essential oil) but it’s not finished yet. What are the signs if I need to check whether this mix is sti good or not??