Essential Oils For Face

7 Essential Oils for Your Face

Essential oils can be a game changer for your skincare routine. If you have tried harsh chemicals and are sick of synthetic skin care, then its time to give essential oils a try. Essential oils can be used from head to toe, but we’re going to focus on the best essential oils for your face. 

Choosing the right combination of oils for your particular skin type is key. Each oil has its own powerful skin-healing ingredients. There are many oils to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to a select few that deliver the most powerful benefits. 

Read on to learn how lavender, tea tree, geranium, chamomile, frankincense, sandalwood, and peppermint essential oils can be used to support your unique skin type. You’ll also learn a recipe for how to make your very own unique skincare formula using essential oil and carrier oil. 


A note about sensitivity…

Essential oils are powerful and can cause skin irritation. As with any new skin care product, it is recommended to ‘spot test’ on a small patch of skin to make sure you won’t have an allergic reaction. Also, always opt for the highest quality oil you can and never use anything less than therapeutic grade oils on your skin. There are 3 grades of essential oils. Therapeutic grade oils are the highest and most pure formulas meant for application to the skin. 

Essential Oils For Face

Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
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Pelargonium graveolens Derived from the edible leaves of the geranium plant, this essential oil comes packed with a range of different benefits. Used to promote healthy-looking skin and hair, it’s the ideal substance for various beauty care products. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
Santalum album Deriving from the wood of the Indian Sandalwood, this essence comes packed with various benefits. It is versatile in its application and it provides a range of different advantages. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
Mentha piperita Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs, and we are learning more every day about all of the amazing things that this oil can do!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal


1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilLavender essential oil is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used on every skin type – from oily and acne-prone to dry and mature – and helps calm irritation in the skin. Lavender oil can also help reduce the appearance of marks from scarring on the skin over time.(1.2)

  • How to use: topical (applied directly to the skin)
  • Mix a couple of drops of lavender oil with unscented facial moisturizer for an added boost
  • Apply a drop to your fingertip and massage into scars or marks on the skin
  • Blend lavender oil into a DIY face serum (see recipe below) and rub into the skin morning and night


2. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree oil (also known as “melaleuca” oil) has natural antimicrobial properties that can help blemish-prone skin. Using tea tree essentials oil can help you manage active breakouts and prevent future ones. Tea tree oil can pack a powerful punch, so start with a small amount and work your way up to a more potent formula based on how your skin reacts.(3)

  • How to use: topical (applied directly to the skin)
  • Apply 2 drops to a cotton swab and gently dab onto active breakouts
  • Dilute 6 drops of tea tree oil in 3 ounces of rose water and use as a toner
  • Use tea tree oil in a DIY face serum using a non-acnegenic carrier oil (see the recipes and recommended carrier oils below)


3. Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential OilGeranium essential oil is wonderful for balancing the skin’s natural moisture equilibrium. It is safe to use for all skin types, whether you’re on the dry or oily side. 

  • How to use: topical (applied directly to the skin)
  • Add 6 drops of geranium oil to 3 ounces of mineral water in a spray bottle for a moisture mist
  • Use geranium with other oils in a DIY face serum to help the skin retain moisture (see recipe below)


4. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential OilFrankincense oil is wonderful for hyperpigmentation and aging skin. It helps promote the regeneration of healthy skin cells and boosts skin’s elasticity. 

  • How to use: topical (applied directly to the skin)
  • Massage 2-3 drops into the skin with an unscented moisturizer at night
  • Combine with other anti-aging oils for a DIY skin serum (recipe below)


5. Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood Essential OilSandalwood has natural astringent properties as well as being an anti-inflammatory oil. It can help calm eczema and psoriasis prone skin as well as reducing other mild skin irritations. (4,5)

  • How to use: topical (applied directly to the skin)
  • Dilute 2 drops of sandalwood essential oil into fragrance-free moisturizer and massage into skin
  • Blend with other oils and dilute in a carrier oil for a DIY skin healing serum (recipe below)


6. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential OilIn addition to giving you a little pick-me-up, peppermint oil can help soften the skin and it even has antimicrobial properties. That makes peppermint oil a great, gentle option for blemish prone skin. (6)

  • How to use: topical (applied directly to the skin)
  • Gently massage 2-3 drops of peppermint oil into skin before moisturizer
  • Blend with essential oils for acne-prone skin or irritated skin into a carrier oil for a healing serum (recipe below)


DIY Essential Oil Skin Serum

With so many beneficial essential oils, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one. Making your own serum is a fantastic way to get all of the oils that can benefit your skin into a single product. Best of all – its custom made just for you! 

If you’re thinking facial oil is too heavy/oily/greasy/pore-clogging for your skin, think again! Facial oil has been shownto help the skin maintain a healthy moisture balance. Facial oil can benefit every skin type. It is all about which carrier oil and essential oils you choose. Pick the ones that are suitable for your skin’s unique needs and you will not be disappointed. 

Some people do great with using facial oil as their only form of moisturizer. Some people need to layer lotion or cream on top of their facial oil to keep things in balance. Just be sure to use a gentle (preferably natural and fragrance-free) facial moisturizer with your oil blends. That way it won’t break down the oils’ beneficial properties and you’ll get the best results. 

To make your own essential oil skin serum you need 3 things: 

  • Carrier oil
  • Essential oils to blend
  • Glass bottle


Carrier Oils

A carrier oil is a base oil used to dilute essential oils so that they’re not as potent. That’s important because some essential oils are so powerful that applying more than a tiny bit directly onto the skin can cause irritation! Just like essential oils, you should choose a carrier oil based on the needs of your skin. Here are a few great carrier oil options for your DIY serum: 

  • Argan Oil – Anti-oxidant rich and great for all skin types.
  • Coconut Oil – Rich and moisturizing for dry, sensitive or mature skin.
  • Grapeseed Oil – Moisturizing yet light, perfect for oily or blemished skin.
  • Jojoba Oil – Soothing, moisturizing and great for every skin type.
  • Sweet Almond Oil – Nourishing and beneficial for any skin type.


Essential Oils

Choose the essential oils that best suit your skin needs. You can mix as many as you’d like. 


Glass Bottle

You can order a glass bottle online or find one at most local crafting stores. Try to use one that’s made of dark glass to protect the oils and keep them from degrading. Blue glass or brown glass are both good options. 

If you can find a small glass jar with a pump for your serum that’s perfect! Otherwise, a screw-on top will work just fine. 

A glass bottle is preferable to plastic because it doesn’t leach chemicals into your oils. Oils can break down plastic and you don’t want to put that on your skin! 


Recipe Ratio

  • 1 ounce of carrier oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil

Use this as the guide for blending your serum. You can do larger “batches” if you like, just make sure to keep that ratio – 1 ounce of carrier oil for every 10 drops of essential oil. Here are a couple of combinations you might like to try… 

Blemish-Prone Essential Oil Serum Recipe

  • 1 ounce of grapeseed oil (carrier oil)
  • 4 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil

Sensitive Skin Essential Oil Serum Recipe 

  • 1 ounce of jojoba oil (carrier oil)
  • 2 drops of sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil

Dry Skin Essential Oil Serum Recipe

  • 1 ounce sweet almond oil (carrier oil)
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil

Anti-Anti-Agin Essential Oil Serum Recipe 

  • 1 ounce argan oil (carrier oil)
  • 4 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil