I’m excited to kick off a series on essential oils with this super simple and useful recipe today!
For over a year now, I have been obsessed with trying recipes for skincare and homemade cleaning solutions, as well as even clean alternatives to things like hand sanitizer and room freshener. It has been a lot of fun and my husband can attest to the many, many drafts of recipes I have gone through to achieve a high performing homemade solution.
Anyway, this first one is a lot of fun! If you like to use facial oils in your skincare, this recipe is for you!
Frankincense is well known as the best oil for preventing the signs of aging in skin. It reduces the production of free radicals and can be used to heal skin. It has a very strong scent, which can be an acquired taste. I have grown to love it and always have at least one drop of it mixed into my night treatment for added benefits every night.
Lavender oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also famous for easing stress and tension, which is why I added it to this mix (because I use this at night before bed).
Rose Geranium is a great skincare oil. It has the nicest scent (like fresh roses). It can unclog pores, brighten and tighten and minimize discoloration.
Carrier Oils. I chose a mix of three. Primarily Sweet Almond Oil because it’s very light and I also added Rosehip and Evening Primrose Oil because of their skin benefits. I chose Sweet Almond because it’s very lightweight and makes a great base. It can renew cells due to its vitamin E content. Rosehip oil is a miracle worker for pores. It has astringent properties, similar to a toner to help tighten and brighten skin. Evening Primrose oil can help reduce redness and combat premature aging.
A quick note about face oils: If you think you don’t like face oils, or you avoid them because you have oily skin, join the club! So many women are terrified of using oil on their faces. I get it—I used to avoid it too.
But more recently I learned that half the skincare products I use already contain oil—check the ingredients on your lotions and serums. You’ll probably be surprised.
While face oil isn’t for everyone, I think it’s worth trying. I have experienced so many benefits. Outside of cleaning up my diet and drinking more water (which I am imperfect with) adding oils to my skincare have delivered the best results for my skin.
Click here to learn how to use oils on your face.
I had so much fun creating this recipe for you!! I will be back soon to share my best essential oils recipes. This skin oil is also great to combat dry winter skin (you can see my winter skincare routine here!). If you have any requests for recipes you’d be interested in trying at home, I’d love to hear them! xx – Elsie
P.S. Keely helped me design two download sheets you can print on sticker paper to make your own recipes! Click here to download!
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Graphic design (labels): Keely Rust. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.