DIY Facial Oil That Make Sense

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How much do you spend a month on expensive skincare products and facials? Making this DIY face oil at under $5 for a 2 oz bottle will give you better results for a fraction of the cost! Wrinkles, blotchiness, dark spots, and blemishes… BE GONE!

There’s no real secret here, as with all of my moisturizers the trick is to use the correct oils for YOUR skin and that’s where I come in. I’ve done the research already, I’ve looked at many homemade face oil recipes using only natural oils, I’ve made lots of them and I’ll share the best ones below.

DIY face oil using only natural oils

Why Make Your Own Face Oil?

  • I almost tried to compare this to ‘store-bought face oil’ but there really isn’t a comparable product available. These recipes are fresh, they haven’t been sitting on a store shelf for 2 years! But to give you some sort of a comparison, if you buy the store-bought product containing commercial preservatives you would be paying over four times more than the cost of this homemade facial oil recipe.
  • As I make my face oil using only natural oils they have an 18-month shelf life. The oils can be expensive to buy up front but a little goes a long way, so once you have your supply it will save you a small fortune in the long run (more on the cost below).
  • These oils are 100% natural & pure, they should be the number one beneficial ingredient in all over the counter moisturizers. But unknown to the average shopper some manufacturers only use a little of the good expensive oils, they then mix in other fillers (cheaper oils). You only have to read the percentages to see proof of this. When we make our own recipes we have zero commercial restraints, we can use a larger percentage of the best oils to get full benefit for each application.
  • The volume in these recipes would normally last for a good couple of months. But because I make them myself and I don’t have to pay the large price tag of a store-bought product I can afford to indulge a little… So I use them on my entire body once or twice a week!
  • Putting these homemade face oils on your skin will not make it greasy, most of the time I use thin light oils that are easily absorbed by the skin, they are wonderfully nourishing and will hydrate your skin to the max.
homemade face oil

How To Use This Face Oil

  • You can use these face oil recipes as often as you like, they can replace your homemade wrinkle cream altogether or you can alternate between the two. You could use one of these homemade face oil combinations for overnight and use a moisturizing DIY face cream during the day or vice versa.
  • You can also use any of the combinations below to make a  wonderful DIY face serum.
  • Remember to shake this facial oil before using, as you will see in the pictures the oils can divide.
  • Simply place a little of the oil on your forehead, nose, cheekbones, and chin, then massage in. With your fingertips gently smooth the oil over your face, using upward strokes massage the moisturizer into the neck, cheeks and forehead, and then in circles for around the eyes starting from the inner to the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Leave for 4-5 minutes then apply makeup
  • Check out my series on how to do a facial at home for glowing skin.
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Let’s Make Face Oil

This is very easy, all you need to do is decide upon a carrier oil or two and then mix this with a selection of essential oils.

Each of the homemade facial oil recipes below make around 50g which will just fit in a 2 oz airless bottle, it fills to the top without much room for going over. So if you are experimenting try to make sure your oils add up to around 50g or just under.

Wheatgerm and Vitamin E oil are both natural anti-oxidants which help preserve your oils even longer, although not compulsory I often include a small amount in my face oil recipes. In particular Evening Primrose and Rosehip Seed which are both great for wrinkles have a shorter shelf life than some of the other oils.

The rest is up for experimentation…

Equipment & Ingredients:

ingredients and equipment for face moisturizer using oils

Here’s what you will need to make face moisturizer recipes using only natural oils.

Facial Oil Recipe For Mature Skin

To show you how easy this is I’m making my favorite face oil (more recipes below), it’s a balanced facial oil for mature skin. This blend helps to firm my skin and increase elasticity reducing small lines and wrinkles.

face oil using only natural oils
  • The Evening Primrose in this recipe is well known for its wonderful skin healing benefits.
  • The Avocado is an extremely rich oil comprising higher levels of Vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E.
  • Neroli essential oil is often referred to as the ‘God Of Essential Oils’. It can be expensive but it promotes healing of the skin, is suitable for all skin types, especially mature skin, and is particularly good at healing scars and stretch marks.
  • Frankincense is another very important skin healer that has many positive references going as far back as the Bible.
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How To Make Face Oil For Glowing Skin

My favorite DIY face oil is a balanced recipe for mature skin. This blend helps to firm my skin and increase elasticity reducing small lines and wrinkles.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 50 grams
Author: Angela Wills

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  • Using your digital scale, weigh all the ingredients into a small jug or bowl and stir them well.
    20 grams Avocado Oil, 16 grams Rice Bran Oil, 12 grams Evening Primrose Oil, 2 grams Vitamin E Oil, 4 drops Neroli Essential Oil, 4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
    Start by weighing out all your ingredients into your mixing beakers
  • Pour the contents into a bottle and label it for your own reference. Be sure to use your funnel.
    2oz Dropper Bottle
    pouring face moisturizer in to bottle
  • Voilà, you now have a very cost-effective, freshly prepared, preservative-free facial oil, Enjoy!
    Your facial oil should keep for up to 12 months

Cost Breakdown For This Facial Oil:

OilAve Bulk CostPer Gram/DropRecipe
Avacado$1 per oz3.3 cents per gram16g = $.53
Rice Bran Oil$1 per oz3.3 cents per gram20g = $.66
Evening Primrose$2.25 per oz7.5 cents per gram12g = $.90
Vitamin E$6 per oz20 cents per gram2g = $.40
Neroli$8 per ml (25 drops)32 cents per drop4dr = $1.28
Frankincense$2 per ml (25 drops)8 cents per drop4dr = $.32
TotalDepends on Volume $4.09

Why This Makes Total Sense:

  • We have already discussed why this recipe is of the highest quality, in a store you would pay more than 10 ten times this amount. As you can see the total cost for my favorite DIY facial oil is $4.09 for a 2 oz bottle.
  • Granted it can be a sizeable outlay upfront to buy your essential oils, a 5 ml bottle of Neroli (the God of all Essential Oils) can cost $30-$40 and Frankincense is around $10-$15. But it’s simple economics, a 5 ml bottle holds around 125 drops and has a shelf life of several years, you have enough here to make this recipe once per month for two years. And let’s not forget you can also use these oils in so many other homemade beauty recipes.
  • When I first started I teamed up with a couple of friends to share essential oils, so we only had to pay a third of the cost. We then saved the cash we would have spent on over the counter products to fund future ingredients. I now have such a large collection that I’m making my own skin care recipes, bath products and soaps at a fraction of the cost.
  • The carrier oils are all sold in different quantities which makes demonstrating the initial outlay for these a little complicated. As an average we can take the cost of purchasing your carrier oils (which are cheaper the more you buy) at around $40.  This will get you enough Evening Primrose and Avocado for a year and you will still have enough Rice Bran and Vitamin E left for the following year.
  • So the total cost to get you started making my facial oil can be between $90 and $150 depending on where you shop for your oils. But the second year will cost you just the $20 for Evening Primrose and Avocado, in the long run you will be way ahead.
  • Once you have your ingredients it only takes a few minutes to mix, and if you are making homemade gifts then it makes even more sense.

To me, it’s just common sense to make my own! 

Deep Moisturizing Overnight Face Oil

Here’s an excellent DIY face oil for night time!

This is a wonderful skin-balancing oil that’s suitable for all skin types. If you are suffering with dull or dry skin, then this overnight treatment is ideal for you.

  • If you have sensitive skin the Rosehip oil is one of the finest base oils you can use, and it is quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving any greasiness. It performs marvels upon scars and is a prevalent oil employed for the treatment of lines and wrinkles as well as premature aging.
  • The Geranium essential oil balances out the sebum production and nourishes both dry and combination skin.
  • Jasmine is very hydrating, used in soaps, perfumes and many cosmetics for dry sensitive skin.


  • 24g Rosehip Seed Oil
  • 24g Argan Oil
  • 2g Vitamin E Oil
  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops Jasmine essential oil

Rub this oil into warm, thoroughly cleansed skin before going to bed each night to allow the oil to be fully absorbed while you sleep for an ultra-conditioning effect.

Best Oils To Choose For The Face

One of oil blends here may well be perfect for your skin, if not here’s a handy reference guide should you prefer a little experimenting.

Best Facial Carrier Oils

  • Evening Primrose Oil  or Argan Oil or Avocado Oil  – For wrinkles.
  • Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil – For normal or combination skin.
  • Avocado Oil or Wheat Germ Oil – For mature skin.
  • Peach kernel Oil or  Rosehip Seed Oil – For sensitive skin.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil or Avocado Oil  – For dry skin.
  • Jojoba Oil  or Grapeseed Oil – For greasy skin.
  • Sunflower Oil or Avocado Oil – For oily or blemished skin.

My Carrier Oil Chart goes into much more detail about the benefits of these oils and more.

Best Therapeutic Essential Oils For The Face

  • Rose (expensive)  or  Neroli or Frankincense Oil – For wrinkles or shallow skin.
  • Juniper Berry  or Sweet Orange – For acne or oiliness.
  • Chamomile – For rashes or itchiness.
  • Lemongrass – For open pores.
  • Mandarin – For scars or slack skin.
  • Jasmine – For dry and sensitive skin.
  • Mimosa – For a dull complexion.

My Essential Oil Use Guide goes into much more detail about the benefits of these oils and more.

Recipes For Other Skin Types

Recipe For Acne

These oils are chosen for their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

  • 30g Flaxseed Oil
  • 10g Rosehip Oil
  • 8g Sunflower Oil
  • 2g Vitamin E Oil
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Juniper berry

Antioxidant Recipe For Combination Skin

Great for all skin types especially combination skins due to the re-balancing properties of Jojoba. Sweet Almond oil is most commonly known for an ability to soften, soothe, and recondition the skin.

  • 25g Sweet Almond Oil
  • 20g Jojoba Oil
  • 5g Vitamin E Oil
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 3 drops  Rosemary

Recipe For Dry Skin

Apricot oil is a delightful and comparable to Sweet Almond, yet more suitable for delicate or prematurely aged skin. As mentioned earlier Avocado is an extremely rich oil comprising higher levels of Vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E.

  • 28g Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 20g Avocado Oil
  • 2g Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Sweet Orange

Recipe For Oily Skin

Grapeseed oil is outstanding because of its natural non-allergenic properties it is typically used as the base oil for ointments, creams, and lotions. It is particularly good for skin types that don’t absorb oils very well, and it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling.

  • 25g Grapeseed Oil
  • 23g Jojoba Oil
  • 2g Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 drops  Juniper Berry
  • 2 drops  Cedarwood
  • 2 drops  Grapefruit

Recipe For Sensitive Skin

Peach kernel has hypo-allergenic characteristics, it’s gentle, non-greasy and is very healthy for sensitive skin.

  • 30g Peach kernel Oil
  • 18g Safflower Oil
  • 2g Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 drops Marigold
  • 3 drops Rosemary

My Carrier Oil Chart goes into much more detail about the benefits of these oils and more.

To me, it’s just common sense to make DIY face oil… What do you think? Feel free to post your thoughts or your own face oil recipes below.

Discussion (12 Comments)

  1. I’ve been using the Mature face oil for roughly a month – I love it. It was so easy to put together and I love using it. Thank you, Angela. I can’t wait to make the others (getting all the other ingredients in a bit at a time..)5 stars

  2. Great overview of all types of oils …
    Where can one go and buy all the essential oils like rose and neroli and feel you are getting a quality product ?
    Thank You

  3. Hello!
    Luxury! I use this in my hair as a deep conditioner. I use this on my legs for shaving. I use this on my hands and feet to moisturize. This oil is amazing! I love finding great, all natural skin care products!

  4. Hello I was blending an oil for my 14 year old son’s acne. I would like to get it under control before it gets worse as well as get him into a good habit. Luckily he does not mess with them so scaring is not an issue as of yet. The blend I put together consists of Thyme and Bergamont , I did not realize I had run out of Bergamont and was looking for a substitute. I know grapefruit is a good substitute but I was concerned if it would for what I originally set out to do.
    I will find the answer or make a different blend, just want to make sure everyone is practicing safe oil use, make sure it is safe for babies, toddlers, teens, elderly, pets, etc…
    I do like your website and can wait to explore more.
    Blessed be

  5. Hi Angela, I am so glad I found your recipes. I am trying to build an all natural routine to keep my skin healthy. Is it okay to use your Facial oil cleanser + this oil moisturizer? Just wondering if it will be an overkill with all the oil – I have normal skin tending to be oily(summers+SPF) or dry(cold) depending on the weather.

    • Hi Chinelo, this all depends on your skin type, if you have a look at the chapter above beginning ‘Best Oils To Choose For The Face’ you can see which is best for your skin. I would also recommend starting from the beginning which involves the three steps to perfect skin, Step 1 is Facial Cleanser Recipes, by doing all three we have a much better chance of achieving bright glowing skin 🙂

  6. Hi Angela

    I am going to make combination skin facial oil but it uses jojoba oil. I used this oil on my scalp and got a reaction from it. I have never used this oil since. Could you recommend another oil?



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