How to Make Natural Face Oil June 13, 2020 10:32

Welcome to Earth Speaks How To's!

Making your own skin care and aromatherapy products at home is a great skill to have, not to mention a super fun activity! You can even do it with kids. The most important things you need to know are the following: what tools to use, what types of oils are right for your specific product, and how to use the appropriate ratios. We will provide you with all of that info and more in our new weekly 'at home' series, "ES How To's." 

How To Make Natural Face Oil

Step one is to gather your materials! See the list below to determine which essential oils and carrier oils are right for you, depending on your skin type and the weather.
"Normal" Skin:
Suggested Carrier Oils-
Suggested Essential Oils:
Dry/ Mature Skin:
Suggested Carrier Oils-
Suggested Essential Oils-
Oily/ Acne Prone Skin:
Suggested Carrier Oils-
Suggested Essential Oils-
*Oils that are underlined & in color are links to those products available on our online shop*

If you choose a few different carrier oils (ex. 1-3, but not limited to) and a few different essential oils (ex. 2-4, but not limited to), that would make a great recipe for your face oil! Of course, you can make a more complex blend with more than 4 different essential oils-- the only problem you could run into is how to make your fragrance balanced with that many components. 
Step Two. Gather your tools! Having the right tools can be just as important as the materials-- though you don't need to have anything fancy. See what you will need in the following list:
  • 1 ounce glass bottle (preferably a dark color such as amber or cobalt blue to keep the oil fresh for longer) with dropper
  • extra droppers, in case the essential oils you have don't have some sort of dropper mechanism on the top
  • glass beaker with pour-spout or just a kitchen measuring glass for easy pouring
  • small glass sample bottles, clear or otherwise (see photo below for example)
Plus some standard materials for cleaning up after like cleaning spray & paper towels, that's pretty much it!
Step Three. Formulate your recipe! This is the part that deals with ratios. Although you don't have to figure that out all on paper, you can do some adjusting based on scent as you make your essential oil blend. See below for some basic conversions. We're going to work in ounces and milliliters

1 mL= approx. 20 drops
30 mL= 1 ounce
1 ounce= 600 drops
3% blend in 1 ounce bottle: 18 drops of essential oil TOTAL

The bottles that we use for our face oil and the size we've instructed you to use is going to be 1 ounce. If you want to make a larger size, you'll have to adjust the amounts accordingly. 

You can find plenty of great essential oil dilution & conversion chart online, like this one on Mountain Rose Herbs, which even has an essential oil dilution calculator. 

We typically recommend making your face oil blends comprised of 3% essential oils and the rest carrier oil. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to use slightly less like 2%.
Step Four. Making Your Essential Oil Blend! Figuring out the ratio of the whole blend is simple, but deciding how much of each individual essential oil you want to use is a bit trickier.
  • So we know that a 3% blend in a 1 ounce bottle comes to 18 drops of essential oils total.
  • Now breakdown how many essential oils you're using and how much you'd like to use of each.
  • Example: You're using lavender, jasmine, lemon and geranium. You want it to have a relatively balanced scent. You might want to use 5 drops of lemon, 5 drops lavender, 4 drops geranium and 4 drops jasmine.
  • This also depends on the type of essential oil- in the example we use slightly less jasmine and geranium because they tend to have very strong scents that linger. 
  • Figure out your recipe and don't forget to write it down!
  • Test out your blend in the small sample bottle and adjust according to scent preferences. Shake or stir it around.
  • Drop the appropriate amount of your blend directly into your 1 ounce bottle. 
Step Five. Add Your Carrier Oil. You can be as precise or as lax as you want with this step. Carrier oil isn't concentrated like essential oil so there isn't the same risk of using too much of it in your blend. It is simply an unscented, moisturizing natural oil. It is considered the "base" of your face oil.
  • If you chose two different carrier oils then you can simply eyeball it and fill your bottle up with half of one and half of the other.
  • If you feel like measuring them out more precisely you can absolutely do so.
  • They do have different viscosities so you might want to consider adjusting the ratio to include smaller amounts of the thicker oils, if you think it will be too much for your skin. Or more of the thicker ones for dry skin! 
  • Pour each carrier oil into your bottle using the glass beaker or measuring cup pour spout until it is full (not too full because you still need to put the top on).
Step Six. Shake it Up and Use it! After you put the dropper top on give it a shake to integrate the essential oils & carrier oils and it's ready to go! Test a small patch on your arm first and wait a few minutes to see if you have any sort of adverse reaction to the oil before using. If not then it's your new moisurizer! Use daily or twice a day on a clean dry or damp face. About a dime size amount will be enough. Thanks for tuning in and enjoy your new face oil!

PS- In the list at the beginning, we linked the product pages from our website of the oils that we have available. Check them out if you need supplies, you can purchase them online and we deliver!