Make It Yourself - A Super Easy Facial Oil

8:00 AM Posted by jo

I made this facial oil a while back and I really like how it turned out.  This facial oil provides  a great protection for my skin when I go for my daily walks in the sun. I want to make sure I use a good oil to protect my skin. I don't use any sunscreen since  "we eat our sunscreen",  but I want to make sure that keep my skin well hydrated.  I made enough so I could split half with my teenager. I added frankincense and palo santo which are both anti-tumoral for my son's facial tumor, and they will also be very beneficial for my aging skin as well. 

The oil 
8 tablespoons of unrefined grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (you really need to add a little bit at a time to get it the way you want it)
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
1 capsule vitamin E
15 drops of lavender essential oil
15 drops Palo Santo essential oil
15 drops of Frankincense essential oil
15 drops of Cellfood ( I sometimes make the facial oil without the Cellfood)

I started off by adding aloe vera and the grapeseed and coconut oil to a glass bowl. I used a whisk to mix it well since the coconut oil was not liquid enough. I added the essential oils last and blended well. This oil didn't turn out as thick as I liked due to the kind of aloe vera gel I used. I bought it at the local health food store, and once I opened it I noticed it was a lot  runnier than I expected. When I noticed that it was fairly runny I decided to use less of it, but you can play around with the aloe vera gel to get the right thickness you want. 

When I make things I often make them as I go along.  I like to add some of the mixture on my arms to see if I like the consistency, and if I find it too greasy I add more aloe vera for example. You can experience with oils that fits your skin the best. Here are some guide lines: Oily skinAging and Mature SkinDry SkinCombination Skin, and Sensitive Skin.

Here are the oils I used and why:

Frankincense rejuvenates aging skin by improving skin tone and returning dry and oily skin to normal, balanced state. It firms skin, promotes healing and fights inflammation.  Frankincense has cytophylactic properties. Cytophylactic means that the oils stimulate the generation of new cells, which will aid in preserving the health of the skin. These oils are also used for treatments of burns. It has traditionally been used for wrinkles and scars, so I use if for wrinkle prevention and my son for his huge facial scar from his surgery. 

Lavender has traditionally been used for eczema, burns, acne, wounds, insect bites, minor cuts, and scrapes. It's anti-inflammatory and soothing properties have a balancing effect on the skin. It's cytophylactic, which means it encourage growth of skin cells, is ideal for mature skin and treatment of burns. 

Palo Santo
It has antitumoral properties and is antiseptic. It strengthens the immune system and is also used for acne and skin care.

Other ingredients I used:

Coconut oil
I used  more coconut than usual this time. According to some, it may prevent the skin from developing age spots. Coconut oil is probably one of the main reasons people in tropical climates can spend so much time in the sun and not suffer from skin cancer. Coconut oil has wonderful antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil is also anti-inflammatory. It may also help in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. It is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. It may help prevent wrinkles.

Cellfood is a proprietary cell oxygenating formula containing 78 trace minerals, 34 enzymes, and 17 amino acids. Provides extra ordinary nutrition. I use Cellfood as supplement and as an ingredient in my high oxygenating facial gel.

Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is a light oil that is very suitable for the face. It also has mild astringent properties.

Aloe vera
Aloe vera is moisturizer and a softener. It is extremely healing for the skin.

Play around with what you have at home and make your own facial product. Try some of the product on your arms before you apply it to your face if you're not used to the essential oils. Make sure you are familiar with the dilution chart and safety page before you start. 

Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.

Check out my safety page to make sure you are aware of any contrindications before you use essential oils. Some oils are not suitable when suffering from certain conditions. AlsoRead this Before You Start Using Essential oils. Some oils should not be applied prior to sun exposure so make sure you check this list before spending time in the sun.

Not sure how to apply the oils? Visit these pages to learn how to apply the oils:
If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 


Johanna is an aromatherapist and an independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils  She is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. She also runs Naturally Sports & Wellness together with her husband.  
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