Homemade Facial Oil Recipes That Make Sense – Telegraph

How much do you spend a month on expensive skin care products and facials? Making this homemade facial 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 homemade 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 DIY face oil recipes using only natural oils, I’ve made lots of them and I’ll share the best ones below.

Why Make Your Own Homemade Facial Oil Recipes?

  • 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 facial oil recipe.
  • As I make DIY face oil recipes 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 facial 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.

How To Use This DIY Face Oil

  • You can use these face moisturizer recipes as often as you like, they can replace your homemade wrinkle cream all together or you can alternate between the two. You could use one of these homemade face oil combinations for overnight and use a moisturizing cream during the day or vice versa.
  • You can also use any of the combinations below to make a wonderful homemade anti-aging 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 homemade face moisturizer 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.

Let’s Make Homemade Face Moisturizer

  • 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 facial 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:

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

  • Oils for your skin type below.
  • Digital Scale – Amazon.
  • 2 oz Airless Pump Bottle – Amazon.
  • Funnel (optional).

My Balanced Recipe For Mature Skin

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

  • The Evening Primrose in this recipe is well know 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 particularly good at healing scars and stretch marks.
  • Frankincense is another a very important skin healer that has many positive references going as far back as the Bible.


Cost Breakown For This Facial Oil:

Oil Ave Bulk Cost Per Gram/Drop Recipe Avacado $1 per oz 3.3 cents per gram 16g = $.53 Rice Bran Oil $1 per oz 3.3 cents per gram 20g = $.66 Evening Primrose $2.25 per oz 7.5 cents per gram 12g = $.90 Vitamin E $6 per oz 20 cents per gram 2g = $.40 Neroli $8 per ml (25 drops) 32 cents per drop 4dr = $1.28 Frankincense $2 per ml (25 drops) 8 cents per drop 4dr = $.32 Total Depends on Volume $4.09

Why Making This Makes Total Sense:

  • We have already discussed why this homemade facial oil 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 homemade facial oil is $4.09 for a 2 oz bottle.
  • Granted it can be a sizeable outlay up front 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 lets 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 facial oil!


Step 1. Using your digital scale, weigh all the ingredients into a small jug or bowl and stir them well.

Step 2. Pour the contents into a bottle and label it for your own reference.

Voilà, you now have a very cost effective, freshly prepared, preservative free facial oil… Enjoy!

My Deep Moisturizing Overnight Facial Oil

Here’s an excellent homemade facial 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 ageing.
  • 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.


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.

Recipes For Other Skin Types

Antioxidant Facial Oil 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

A Facial Oil 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

A Facial Oil 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

Facial Oil Recipe For Sensitive Skin

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

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

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

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