Best Essential Oils for Face Care

Best Essential Oils for Face Care


There’s something very personal about applying a cream or oil to the skin on your face. Even the best essential oils for face care may seem daunting to think about…there are so many! Which essential oils (single or blended) to use, which carrier oil to mix them with, and in what proportions?

The truth is most essential oils blended with almost any carrier oil will get the job done. You just need a little support to get started. From then on you’ll lose any apprehension and discover your own best essential oils for face care.

That’s what this article is all about. Read more to get the whole best essential oils for face care story…for you!

Cleaning Your Face with……Carrier Oils?

First of all, essential oils (diluted with a carrier oil) are totally nourishing for your facial skin…they are your friend. Particularly if you strip away your natural facial oils with astringent and soapy products.

There is no need to completely remove facial oils, even if you feel your face is dirty. You can actually clean your facial oils ‘with’ carrier oils…like olive oil for example. Carrier oil dissolves the grimy facial oil and makeup on your face. It removes unwanted particles without removing your natural facial oils.

You simply must try this. It’s a lot cheaper than expensive prepackaged facial cleaners, and your face will be better off because carrier oils are so gentle.

4 Step Do-It-Yourself Facial Blend

In just 4 simple steps you can create your personalized best essential oils for face care.

Here’s how to make it happen:

Step #1- Select a Foundation Carrier Oil

This step is super easy…just get your hands on the foundation oil (any easily sourced, inexpensive carrier oil) and do some experimenting with applying it directly to your face as a cleaner, before going the extra step of adding any other oils.

A good foundation oil should easily penetrate skin and leave it feeling fresh and exceedingly soft to touch without any hint of oily residue or greasiness.

Judge for yourself how the whole cleaning your own facial oil with a carrier oil process works for you and how your skin reacts to the foundation oil. It’s entirely possible you may not get past step one if you get the immediate natural skin nurturing results you want.

Most people will be just curious enough to continue on to step two no matter how good step one is.

Here is a list of 10 carrier oils that will perform well as a foundation oil without breaking your bank. The foundation carrier oil will comprise about 65-70% of the total volume of facial essential oil blend.

Almond Carrier Oil

  • Sweet almond oil (just an all-around great facial oil, but it takes a bit longer to “sink in” than the first two)
  • One of the best general purpose carrier oils to keep on hand
  • Used to help more dense carrier oils (like coconut oil) to penetrate deeper and more quickly into skin tissues
  • Absorbs quickly and leaves a very light oily texture on skin
  • Improves skin complexion…good for all skin types
  • Great for essential oil blends

Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil

  • Best for dry, or aging skin
  • Has a faint aroma and is almost clear with a hint of yellow color with similar qualities to avocado oil
  • It feels a little oily and absorbs with medium speed compared to other carrier oils without leaving an oily residue
  • High levels of vitamin A and vitamin E and minerals

Argan Carrier Oil

  • Excellent for for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin
  • Rare and somewhat expensive because of limited supply
  • Luxurious oil that penetrates into skin quickly
  • High in vitamin E with antioxidants

Avocado Carrier Oil

  • Used for very dry and aging skin
  • Olive green in color, slightly sweet, with a nutty aroma
  • Contains proteins, fatty acids and antioxidants
  • A strong moisturizer with thick consistency…feels waxy on the skin
  • Causes increase in collagen and makes skin soft and subtle
  • Mix with light oils for most applications

Grapeseed Carrier Oil

  • For normal, oily, or acne-prone skin
  • Leaves a light shiny layer of oil on the skin
  • Strong anti-oxidant but safe for nearly all skin types

Hazelnut Carrier Oil

  • Faintly yellow with a light, nutty smell
  • Leaves a light shiny layer of oil on the skin
  • Great for naturally oily skin
  • Rich with nutrients

Macadamia Nut Carrier Oil

  • Yellow in color with a stronger aroma than most other nut oils
  • Use in smaller amounts due to its powerful qualities
  • More fatty than other nut oils
  • Blends well with flower-based essential oils

Olive Carrier Oil

  • Rich and slightly green and yellow color, with the olive aroma
  • A skincare alternative for people who have nut allergies

Safflower Carrier Oil

  • Clear in color, light in texture and aroma
  • High levels of nutrients compared to most other carrier oil
  • Very good for acne and scars

Sesame Carrier Oil

  • Slightly thick, light yellow in color
  • Very healing oil
  • Distinctively strong sesame seed scent
  • Best if blended with other carrier oils
  • Leaves an oily layer on skin
  • Blends well with very strongly scented essential oils.

Step # 2- Discover an Enriched Carrier Oil

To complete the final 30-35% of the best essential oils for face blend (minus a few drops of fine essential oils) you can lay out a bit more money for an enriched carrier oil. These oils are a true bonus worth getting. They have extra nourishing capabilities, but are not required in large portions in your blend.

If you want to skip the nourishing oils, that’s fine. You can always add one another day in the future.

Here are 10 examples of more nourishing “bonus” oils…and 2 “enriched butters”…

Borage Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Rich with oleic acids
  • Perfect for most skin types…particularly oily and acne-prone skin

Carrot Seed Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Very concentrated, to be used in small amounts
  • Use for virtually any skin type – it works on all of them

Cocoa Enriched Butter

  • A tan colored ‘oil’ …very sweet, with a chocolate scent
  • Solid at room temperature…must be mixed with other carrier oils to be workable
  • Lotions or blended oils containing cocoa butter are rich and exotic when mixed with essential oils

Coconut Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Antimicrobial against bacteria and other pathogens
  • Moisturize skin for a clear, supple complexion
  • Best to use another liquid carrier oil in combination with this oil to keep it in a more fluid state
  • Good for all skin types, especially acne prone. It is widely used for lip lotions and other body care products

Emu Enriched Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Very protective and nourishing
  • Best for dry or aging skin

Evening Primrose Enriched Carrier

  • Use for acne-prone, aging, and normal skin
  • One of the few essential oils that is mild enough for internal use (for acne)

Jojoba Carrier Oil

  • For dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin
  • Yellow with a distinctive slightly sweet aroma
  • Leaves a thin layer of oil on skin
  • Naturally semi-solid so often needs to be blended with a small amount of other carrier oil
  • A great skin and hair conditioner
  • Has similar properties collagen in skin oils
  • Great for acne prone skin because it reduces excess sebum

Neem Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Highly antibacterial, antiviral and healing
  • Super choice for acne and oily skin

Rosehip Seed Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Very regenerative
  • Anti-aging qualities
  • Good for dry, aging, and normal skin

Sea Buckthorn Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Extremely nourishing…especially for aging and dry skin

Shea Enriched Butter

  • Nutty near-white cream, solid at room temperature, with a strong smell
  • Used with lotions and creams as a skin moisturizer
  • Very nourishing for skin
  • Readily takes on the aroma of most essential oils

Tamanu Enriched Carrier Oil

  • Tamanu oil is solid at room temperature with a very rich scent and is greenish in color
  • It contains essential fatty acids which are good for restoring skin
  • Good for acne prone skin
  • One of the best carrier oils for essential oils that need a strong carrier oil partner

Something Extra!

Castor Oil…The Universal Drying Oil

With so many carrier oils separated into the above 2 groupings why is castor oil distinguished from the other oils. Castor oil has more skin-drying properties than all the other popular carrier oils listed here, and should be considered an additional agent if you don’t want the full moisturizing effects of the other carrier oils.

You can achieve varying levels of skin drying effect by adding a small percentage of castor oil to the other oils in your blend…and periodically adding more, as needed, to achieve the best drying effect for your face.

Once your facial skin becomes adapted to using the initial blends, the percentage of castor oil can be reduced or eliminated in later batches.

Now that you’ve selected and blended your foundation carrier oil with your enriched carrier oil you are ready to add the powers of your own best essential oil for face care. Essential oils are so powerful they are measured by-the-drop for blending purposes.

Step # 3 – Choose a few Drops of Your Best Essential Oil

With literally hundreds of essential oils to choose from I won’t even try to cover a large percentage of them.

I have selected just a few of the most popular and relatively easy to source essential oils to help you get started with some of the best essential oils for face care.

Lavender Essential Oil

  • For acne, oily, or dry skin
  • Strong healing qualities
  • Highly concentrated

Lemongrass Essential Oil

  • Brightens and tones facial skin
  • For normal, oily, or acne-prone skin

Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Great for oily and acne-prone facial skin
  • Very astringent…use only very little

Chamomile Essential Oil

  • Roman chamomile is very healing and soothing
  • Good for all skin types
  • Can be expensive

Palmarosa Essential Oil

  • Wonderful for any skin type…especially softening and soothing for aging skin
  • Works really well for acne breakouts

Rose Essential Oil

  • Effective for aging, dry and normal skin
  • Can be expensive

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

  • An all-around healing essential oil
  • Good for dry, sensitive, aging, and normal skin


  • Super for acne and oily skin

Step # 4 – Now…Create Your Personal Facial Oil Blend!

Finally, you get to actually do some blending of your chosen ingredients. Here is a basic blending process you can use…

Start off with a 1-oz bottle dark glass bottle, then:

  1. Add your foundation oil bottle about 2/3 of the way from the bottom
  2. Add your enriched oil until very near the top
  3. Add only a few drops of essential oil (5 to 10). Less if your essential oil is particularly concentrated.
  4. Seal the bottle and shake gently after you add each drop
  5. Smell after shaking to gauge how strong the aroma is. Stop adding oil when the essential oil smell is just identifiable

It’s as simple as that to blend the best essential oils for skin care.

Remember to store the oil away from sunlight and your blend will have a shelf life of 9 to 12 months.

Your face will love you for making the effort.

Here’s looking at you!