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. The best time to use a face oil is as the very last step in your routine after applying any and all water-based products, but before sunscreen if using in the AM!

  2. Hey, Nicole! You *could* but you’d need to really shake it up since the aloe and oils will separate, just as oil and water don’t mix (aloe is essentially water). You’d also need to be very careful because the aloe can grow mold (whereas mold is not able to grow in oil).

  3. Hi, can you mix Aloe Vera gel, carrier oil rosehip seed oil, vitamin E oil and essential oil rose to make a face serum?

  4. When blending 3 carrier oils for a serum do you use equal parts of each oil ?

  5. Hello. Thank you for such an informative post and the time and energy you have put into the science and art of skincare!

    I am not good at math so forgive me if my question seems silly. You say you can use as many essentials oils as you like but it has to be no more than 1% or six 6 drops. So, if you use three (3) essential oils does that mean two (2) drops each or six (6) essentials oils is one drop each?

  6. What can you use if u have combination skin my face is oily and I’ve noticed when wearing makeup when I wash it off my cheeks are very dry and my skin cracks and I get an uneven skin tone

  7. This information is super informative. Unfortunately I am still struggling to choose the appropriate oils. One of your blogs said to use an astringent oil (hazelnut/castor oil), but its not mentioned here. Do you still recommend one of those as an addition. I have sensitive, mildly acne prone, beginning to age skin. It tends to lean on the dry side rather than oily/combo skin. I’m mildly allergic to lavender oil, tea tree oil and in fact, most essential oils are a no go for my skin. With all of that information, what oils would you recommend?
    If the astringent oil is recommended I was thinking 1-2 parts Castor Oil, 8-9 parts Tamanu Oil. Are both of these oils “sticky” to I need one that will “glide” more?
    I was also going to use Rosehip Seed Oil as my overnight moisturizer since I’ve had success with this in the past.

    Thank you so much for your time and expertise. I appreciate you!

  8. I’m 41. My skin is oily. As well as I’ve matured skin also. Which carrier oil and essential oil I should use? BTW I live in a very hot and humid weather. And my skin is very much sweating. Please help me.

  9. I love all of the oils I’m trying to find the best oils in ingredients to use to make a organic skin care I have sensitive skin and it’s like whatever I use it just don’t work with my skin it irritates it make it itch make it feel like stuff is crawling on my face it’s just horrible like I don’t know what to use or do so I’m trying to make my own organic facial care and for skin and body

  10. Hi!
    I am so glad I found your site! I recently switched to only using natural products on my skin and I have been doing research on oils that help tighten skin. I am hoping to tighten the skin under my chin and this sounds like a great option. I plan on trying the avocado oil/geranium oil combo…but I have a couple questions.

    1. Could I use this all over my body? Would this tighten/firm the skin on my stomach?
    2. I noticed that you suggest making this 1 oz at a time. Is there anything wrong with making a large batch, especially if it’s ok to use on my face and body?

  11. I’m a little bummed you are using fragrance. “The best oils for your skin type”. That’s the thing though. Fragrant oils/perfumes never go on the face. They are extremely complex aromatic compounds that can cause a huge array of issues on the skin. Even if they don’t show visible signs of irritation. Some oils do have some beneficial components, like lavender, but the fragrance is still there. If someone could isolate those beneficial ingredients that would be fine. But that doesn’t exist.

    Oils from citrus fruits can also break down under UV rays and become even more complex and oxidizing and can cause rashes and oxidize skin even further. Leading to accelerating skin aging. Which is why we should be doing skincare in the first place! To slow aging and protect our skin.

    I urge you to skip essential oils. Essential oils ***DO NOT*** belong in skincare. People are learning this and companies are FINALLY removing fragrance from their products. Consumers don’t want fragrance anymore.

    I hope this isn’t offensive. I am passionately against fragrance. I do not understand why we are still using it in 2020. Check out Hyram on YouTube. He has a video on fragrance in skincare.

    I hope you absorb this info. I care about people’s skin and the products they make. I want people who make skincare (especially) to know that these ingredients are harmful. You will probably sell more product too! I promise the majority of people don’t want it anymore.

    (Disclaimer: I do understand the want for fragrance. I really do. Skincare is a very me-time/pampering/relaxing experience and fragrances and essential oils can be very aromatherapeutic. I myself used to love fragrance. But… just use the fragrances in a diffuser. They work great and you still get the aromatherapy!)

  12. Hi, Nadia! I am wondering about the dilution ratio. If I combine oils, is it the ending number of drops I am counting? For example, I want to combine Tea Tree, Lavender, and Rose Hip Seed with a carrier. If I have one fluid ounce of my carrier oil, would I add two drops of each essential oil to equal six drops total or six drops of each to equal eighteen drops total? Thanks a bunch for your post! It was a huge help!

  13. Hallo, which oils is the best to use, organic oils?
    Is the oils that says organic good enough.
    There are so many oils, I do not know which to use. I am from South Africa.
    Do you know doTerra oils