How to Make Natural Moisturizing Face Oil

by | Apr 24, 2018 | Beauty, Skin Health

Learn how to make Natural Moisturizing Face Oil from home with your choice of carrier oils, speciality oils, and essential oils for soothing and nourishing the skin.

I’ve been using oils on my skin for well over a year now and I absolutely love it, especially once I learned how to make natural moisturizing face oil myself at home. Coming from someone who never used to think they’d be able to get off of using drug store lotions, I’ve definitely come a long way! I’ve always had dry skin, so moisturization is my thing. And the best part about using oils on your face (and body) is that they’re incredibly softening and nourishing, versatile, and completely non-toxic.

Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs what we put onto it which is why it’s really important to be conscious of the types of products and ingredients we use. If you’re new to making homemade oil blends, fear not, because it’s so easy to do! 


I worried about the exact same thing when I first switched over to oils, in fact, it’s the main reason why it took me so long to use them. I was convinced my face would be a disaster. Although switching to natural oils to moisturize (or even cleanse) your face can take some getting used to, they’re truly wonderful and typically don’t cause breakouts. But – I encourage you to experiment because different oils have different uses and benefits, and everyone is different.

How to Get Started

To make your oil blend you’ll need a carrier or “base” oil, speciality oil(s) and if desired, essential oils for fragrance and additional skin benefits. You’ll also need a small glass container. A 1 or 2oz container works great. Use approximately 2/3 carrier oil and 1/3 specialty oil, although you can adjust this as needed.

Ingredient #1: Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are oils that are used to dilute more potent oils before applying to the skin. There are so many carrier oils to choose from that have a variety of skin benefits:

  • Apricot Kernal Oil: gentle and light, great for sensitive or aging skin; absorbs quickly
  • Avocado Oil: softening, great for sensitive or aging skin; slower to absorb
  • Grapeseed Oil: great for normal or oily, sensitive skin; absorbs quickly
  • Hemp Seed Oil: light, great for all skin types
  • Jojoba Oil: great for any skin type including dry, oily or acne-prone; silky finish
  • Sweet Almond Oil: anti-inflammatory and great for sensitive, dry skin; absorbs slower
  • Coconut Oil: rich in soothing saturated fats; heavier on skin and slow absorbing. Use caution if very acne-prone.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: suitable for sensitive skin; softening, cleansing and slow absorbing 

Ingredient #2: Specialty Oils

Specialty oils are more expensive and you don’t have to use them, but they’re fantastic for adding extra nourishment for our skin due to the qualities they contain.Here are some great options:

  • Argan Oil: great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin; silky finish
  • Tamanu Oil: incredible for acne, scarring and irritated or inflamed skin; slow absorbing
  • Rosehip Seed Oil: excellent for aging skin, wrinkles, sensitive skin; has strong scent!
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil: suitable for normal or dry skin; slow absorbing
  • Neem Oil: thick yet nourishing; slow absorbing but long shelf life 

Ingredient #3: Essential Oils (optional)

Essential oils are optional, but they can add a beautiful natural fragrance and also contain many skin soothing properties as well. Here are some to consider:

  • Frankincense (my favourite)
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass
  • Chamomile

Be sure not to overdo it with essentail oils and to read dilution instructions on the bottle. Essential oils can be harsh on the skin if used incorrectly.


  1. To make your oil blend, simply fill up bottle of choice approximately 2/3 or 3/4 full of your choice of carrier oil. I like jojoba and I’ve also used grapeseed in the past. You can use a standard 1 fl. oz. glass bottle, or any size you like.
  2. Fill the remaining 1/3 with your choice of specialty oil.
  3. If you’re using essential oils, add anywhere from 2-7 drops depending on your desired level of fragrance!
  4. Shake gently and you’re done! Apply to clean skin, or use to remove makeup.

DIY Natural Moisturizing Face Oil

How to make your own DIY natural moisturizing face oil

Author Meghan


  • carrier oil, such as jojoba
  • speciality oil, such as argan or rosehip
  • essential oil(s), such as frankincense


  1. Fill up bottle approximately 2/3 or 3/4 full of your choice of carrier oil.

  2. Fill the remaining 1/3 with your choice of specialty oil.

  3. If using essential oils, add anywhere from 2-5 drops depending on your desired level of fragrance or potency. Refer to instructions on your essential oil bottle for proper dilution guidelines. Shake gently and you’re done! Apply to clean skin, or use to remove makeup.

Store your face oil away from sunlight and if possible, in a dark amber container. Your natural moisturizing face oil should last up to 12 months. If it begins to smell “off” or rancid, toss it!

Do you use oils? What’s your favourite skin oil to use?

by Meghan Livingstone

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  1. Melissa

    I will definitely give this a try. You gave me so much knowledge, and im learnin everyday from your youtube videos❤ Thanks Meghan, you are such a big help.

    • Meghan

      So happy to help Melissa! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  2. Requeza

    Is there a certain kind of dropper bottle needed for this product? If so, could you suggest best places to purchase as I’d love to try this myself! Great content and I’ve learned a lot, thanks 🙂

    • Meghan

      You can use any sort of small glass container that you’d like! One with a dropper would be totally fine, too. You can check a health food store in your area if you have on, or online 🙂 Amazon will have pretty much anything you’ll need!

  3. Elaine Lai

    Can I use more than one carrier oils in the 2/3 portion of my homemade facial oil?

    • Meghan

      Hey there! You definitely can if you’d like to, experiment and have fun!

  4. Betty

    I am new fan from your Youtube channel.
    I would like to know if I need a toner before using face oil?

    • Meghan

      Hi Betty! Nope, you don’t necessarily need to use a toner beforehand. Only if you’d like to.

  5. Colleen Harrison

    I would like to use oils on not only my face but for my body instead of store bought body lotion…do use use oils for your body? My only problem is I don’t want to get oil all o really my clothes and I usually don’t have a lot of time to wait for it to soak in. Any ideas? Also, I was researching on lotions verses body butters etc. I don’t want one with any water or where I have to add a preservative ( even a natural one). I need it to be very simple ( your specialty). I have very dry, aging skin. Would you suggest oil, body butter or lotion ( home made ) ?


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Hi, I’m Meghan. I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, blogger, and YouTuber with a passion for healthy, simple living. I’m here to inspire you to listen to your body, eat mindfully and wholesomely, and create a fulfilling life that’s completely unique to you.