This post is all about making your own oil-based facial moisturizer. I originally got this DIY for homemade facial moisturizer from Crunchy Betty, and here I’m going to highlight the essential oils I chose for my skin, and why I chose them! I highly recommend checking out the original post and researching the appropriate oils for your skin type. You can easily mix and match.
This is the basic moisturizer that I use after washing my face and applying rose water. I use only a very, very small amount (about five drops), as a tiny bit of this stuff goes a long way! I gently massage the oil into my face with my fingertips, avoiding the eye area. The oil is absorbed fully in just a few minutes, and wears well under mineral makeup.
You will need:
- dark colored glass bottle (I used these 4oz bottles with glass droppers)
Amber glass blocks light, which is necessary for any product containing essential oils. Keep the bottle out of the sunlight (thankfully I have a closet of a bathroom) and it should last you 8-12 months. I always label my homemade cosmetics with the date created. The 4 oz bottles are little large for this project, so if you use these, plan on only filling them about halfway.
- “base” oil (I used jojoba, purchased here)
Jojoba oil is quickly absorbed and is suitable for any skin type. It’s especially great for dry, aging, or acne-prone skin. I am currently possessing a trifecta of sensitivity, dryness, and occasional redness.
I then chose a combination of therapeutic grade (appropriate for use on skin) essential oils, using a few drops of each in my jojoba base:
- carrot seed – anti-aging; detoxifying; softening; good for aging and dry skin types // grounding
- frankincense – healing; reduces appearance of scars; soothes inflammation // uplifting
- lavender – healing; reduces redness and irritation; good for acne-prone skin // calming
- rose geranium – healing; good for dry, sensitive, and aging skin types // balancing
Add the oils carefully, just a drop or two at a time, shaking after each addition. You’ll likely only need three or four drops of each. Essential oils are potent. Shake the bottle before use.
The scent of carrot seed is very earthy. I ended up going too heavy on the carrot seed in the last batch I made. Just be aware if you use this oil in your own mix!
There is a plethora of information about essential oils available on the web, so I suggest you browse around for a while before deciding what you want to use. Everyone is different! I suggest mixing a small batch of your moisturizer, just in case you’re not in love with it! You may also want to patch test for allergies or irritation. Be sure to read each bottle label before using any essential oil! If the oil is not therapeutic grade, do not use it on your skin.
The oils I used are all available in therapeutic grade quality through Young Living. I was originally on the fence about lifestyle brands like dōTERRA and Young Living. I recently took the plunge and purchased a starter kit through YL, and I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve been experimenting with the Everyday Oils Collection over the last week, slowly incorporating these versions of my old favorites into every day use. The quality of the oils is outstanding in comparison to what I have experience with. I am impressed with the brand’s transparency and honesty when it comes to their farming practices and their consumer-driven sales system. I will likely never buy into their lifestyle products, and will probably continue to exercise caution (as with all corporations), but the oils cannot be beat.
To buy Young Living oils, you can register as either a retail customer or individual wholesale distributor here. As a wholesale distributor you save 24% off retail, and have the option of some added perks if you choose to continue to purchase and sell the brand.
I have had decent results using the following oils topically (diluted), purchased through Amazon (Eden’s Garden brand): carrot seed, lavender, rose geranium. I have also been using this tea tree oil as spot-treatment on and off for ages, with no signs of irritation. If you’re using essential oils without a carrier oil, always proceed with caution. Many oils should not be used without a carrier.
Good essential oils are an investment. If regular use is something you feel you’ll benefit from, I recommend doing some research of your own and making the switch. I cannot stress enough that every individual is different and what works well for me may not work as well for someone else. Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments; I’ll try to help the best I can! I hope for this blog to become an additional resource in the coming weeks and months.
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I think I should have a more exciting post for you after such a long hiatus. To be honest, it wasn’t really a hiatus. Timothy was home, with the time to upgrade me to a faster laptop, so I played a lot of Minecraft.
Is that something a self-proclaimed lifestyle blogger should admit to?
I really like Minecraft, though.
Pendleton USA Coyote Butte cosmetics case (wanted)
I think I’ve probably posted something like this a half dozen times, now. Maybe only three times? I don’t know. As I change, my routine changes. I know that it will continue to change. I think that’s normal. Since I last shared my “routine” (still pretty non-existent) with you, I was just beginning to dabble in homemade skincare products. I also had longer hair. And, at the time, I was feeling a little rage against the patriarchal machine, anti-cosmetics industry. I still feel a little that way (will always feel that way), and am still very wary of the cosmetics industry, but have had the chance to play with some products I actually love and am willing to support in a long term sense.
Face: Fat and the Moon masa & olive face paste; homemade serum; homemade lotion (posts about those, soon!)
I have been keeping a tub of coconut oil in the bathroom that I use as makeup remover. It’s really amazing stuff. On the days I’m not wearing any makeup, I don’t wash my face. This works for me. Before bed, I gently wipe a little bit of rosewater on with a cotton ball and follow with some moisturizer. I am looking for an all natural and vegan night eye cream (or a safe DIY); if you have any suggestions, let me know in comments. Please. My skin will be turning 30, this year.
I’m a new convert to mineral makeup. Everyday Minerals is amazing because they make finding the right shade super simple, which was what sold me in the first place. The website walks you through choosing what’s right for your skin tone, and you can customize a free sample pack.
I had been rotating through various bottles of body wash when it finally dawned on me around the holidays that it was totally unnecessary. There is a natural foods store directly across from my apartment in Dover that sells bulk, packaging-free soap slices. They are beautiful and luxurious. It was somewhat of a revelation. With the money I’m saving, I can splurge a bit every other month or so on something decadent.
My nail polish collection is currently massive, so I’ve decided to give my Julep Maven account a rest. It feels good.
One of my goals in the next year or so (especially when I move in with Tj and we become a household) is to limit the plastic waste in the bathroom. By making a lot of my own products, I’m already in a good place, but there is always room for improvement! Leave any suggestions you may have in the comments!
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