DIY Hydrating Face Oil

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Just because I’m a natural mama doesn’t mean that I don’t like quality beauty products.  I may like to play in the garden and am often found wearing my apron in the kitchen, but I still like to pamper and take care of myself.

I used to spend $$$ at the local health food store on an all natural face oil that was like magic.  Not anymore.  I have finally found a face oil recipe that I can make at home that makes my face as smooth as silk.  I’ve been using this oil blend for about 2 months now and love it.  My skin is noticeably healthier and younger-looking.  I’m noticing that my complexion is clear and even.   I use it daily after I wash my face, massaging it gently into my face and neck.



Now I know that some of you may be skeptical of putting oils directly on your face.  You don’t need to worry.  Face oils do not make your skin more oily nor do they make your skin feel greasy.

Face oils are a wonderful way to keep your face looking healthy and hydrated because they give your skin exactly what it wants: healthy oils.  Natural oils absorb easily into the skin, protecting the skin’s lipid barrier and preventing moisture from evaporating out of the skin. The top layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin cells held together by lipids (or oils.)  Keeping this layer constantly supplied with healthy oils will protect your skin from the elements and will help your skin to have a beautiful healthy, moisturized glow.

Because they do not contain any added fillers, waxes, and chemicals like many facial creams and lotions, they are considered noncomedogenic, meaning they will not cause build up or clogged pores.  This makes face oils perfect for all skin types.  Be sure to check out THIS  post on choosing just the right oil for your skin type.



The facial oil recipe that I use is definitely formulated for slightly more mature, drier skin.  The oils absorb easily and are suited for thirsty skin.  I have also added essential oils that have anti-aging and regenerative properties.



I use jojoba oil as the base oil because it closely resembles the natural oils in our skin.  It has anti-inflammatory properties and works great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin.

If jojoba oil doesn’t work for you, another great base oil is argan oil.



Good old olive oil is high in oleic acid (a monosaturated fatty acid), making it perfect for drier skin.  It is a heavier oil that dries a bit more slowly.  Just be sure to get a good quality, cold pressed olive oil.

If olive oil doesn’t work for you, again you can substitute argan oil.



Argan oil is pressed from the nut of the fruit of the Argan Tree, which is only found in Morocco.  Because of the high levels of vitamin E /tocopherols (antioxidants) and saponins (skin-softening agents), argan oil is a wonderful oil for anti-aging.  It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles by restoring the skin`s hydro-lipid layer.  It has also been shown to have a tightening effect on the skin.  I love this oil because it absorbs so nicely into my skin and does not leave an oily residue.



Rosehip seed oil is one of my favorite new discoveries.    It is good for dry, aging skin because it is deeply nourishing and regenerating.  It is known for it’s firming properties.  Rosehip seed oil is high in essential fatty acids and softens and smooths out the skin beautifully.  It improves the texture of your skin and calms redness and inflammation.



Vitamin E acts as an anti-oxidant and prevents the facial oil from going rancid.



Carrot seed oil is known for it’s healing and regenerative properties.  It helps reduce the appearance of aging and is said to be great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  You only need a small amount of this in your facial oil.  (where to get high quality essential oils)



Geranium essential oil has antiseptic and regenerative properties and is high in antioxidants.  It balances out all skin types.  It is wonderful for dry, sensitive, aging skin as it aids with skin repair and is said to delay wrinkles.  BONUS:  it smells divine!  (where to get high quality essential oils)


NOTE: When I recommend essential oils, I am talking about pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.  These are not the oils that you find in health food stores. Only about 2% of essential oils sold are therapeutic grade.  Click HERE to learn about where I get my essential oils.  Sign up HERE for my FREE 10 Day Essential Oils Basics E-Course.


DIY Hydrating Face Oil



3 TBS jojoba oil (where to buy)

1 and 1/2 TBS olive oil  or argan oil

2 tsp rosehip seed oil (where to buy)

1/4 tsp Vitamin E (where to buy)

4 drops carrot seed essential oil (where to get good quality essential oils)

8 drops geranium essential oil (where to get good quality essential oils)

2 oz. dark dropper bottle (like this)



  1. Pour the jojoba oil into dropper bottle.  Then add the olive oil, rosehip seed oil and vitamin E.
  2. Carefully add your drops of carrot and geranium oil.
  3. Cap the bottle and give it a good shake.  You are all set to go.


NOTE:  Facial oils are best applied to clean skin.  Cleanse your face as usual, spray on your favorite toner, and gently massage about a 1/4 to 1/2 dropper full of oil blend onto your face and neck.  Your skin will love this oil.


Be sure to also check out my recipe for Anti-Aging Face Serum I use the hydrating face oil in the morning and the anti-aging serum before bed. 



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Do you have a favorite facial oil blend?  Please share in the comments.



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  1. says

    This looks awesome! I made some lotion for eczema with coconut oil, peppermint, and oregano oil. I’ve been mixing that with jojoba and vitamin E for my face to get through the crazy weather changes.

  2. says

    I love this Katja! I make a facial oil that’s pretty similar, but mine usually has jojoba oil, tamanu oil, rose hip seed oil, carrot seed oil, and neem oil. Maybe there’s more, but I’m not remembering right now :) I bet the geranium is amazing! The only problem with my oil blend it the stink factor, but it works so great, I can easily look past that…

    • says

      Hey, Loretta! Hope you are having an awesome summer. My face oil smells really good. My sweetie always comments on how fresh I smell after putting it on. I wonder what you are using that smells weird? The jojoba and olive oil are pretty neutral in mine. And the rose geranium gives it a feminine smell. 😉

    • says

      This is the best explanation that I have found—> Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinenis). Technically it is not actually an oil, but rather what is called a wax ester. Why do we care? Because out of all of the compounds in nature, this wax ester is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum). It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can “trick” the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. from here—>
      Hope that helps :)

  3. Mary Jo Celicihowski says

    I want to make a batch of your skin oil but would like to incorporate some carrot oil for fine lines and wrinkles. Can you advise how much and if it should replace one of the other ingredients or just be an addition. Thank you so much

  4. Mary Jo Celicihowski says

    I would like to try this with the carrot seed oil added for lines and wrinkles. Can you advise if I should add this in place of another ingredient or use in addition to your recipe. What would you suggest for quantity of the carrot seed oil?
    Thank you

  5. Constance says

    Hi, I’ve just started playing with facial oils after recently going vegan. I also have sensitive eczema prone skin so cannot add any essential oils. I’ve tried mixing rapeseed, grapeseed and sweet almond oil. Should I try using a base of jojoba with smaller amounts of other oils, perhams some rosehip seed too? ANy advice would be most welcome!

    • says

      Jojoba seems to be good for most skin types. You will have to experiment. Rose hip oil is very haling for skin. I would recommend trying both out and see how your skin reacts. Eczema can be a sign that there is an issue with the gut. I have seen MANY folks heal their eczema after doing some gut healing. Using high quality 100% pure essential oils has been shown to help as well. Just be sure they are pure. Lavender, Melrose, Melaleuca, and Frankincense come to mind. Also, a good quality probiotic to help the gut. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  6. Denise says

    Hi Katja, Love your site. I’m in the process of developing my skincare line and have found some useful information here. Keep up the good work.

    Question: Can you combine 2 or more carrier oil?
    Awaiting your response.
    Thanks much.

    • says

      Yes! I combine carrier oils all of the time. I usually use a base of jojoba or avocado oil and then add another. I love to add rose hip seed oil and sometimes olive oil. You just have to find what works for your skin. Most people do well with jojoba.

  7. Debbie says

    I’m in the process of experimenting with many different oils, as my face has become EXTREMELY sensitive to ALL commercial products. I have found (the hard way!) that oils with ‘regenerative properties’ wreak havoc on my skin. Oils like Rosehip Seed oil (used full strength) actually burn my skin. I think it may be the natural vitamin A in the oil causing the problem . So I’m leery of using anything like that, and have yet to try mixing them in a carrier oil. Olive oil doesn’t seem to agree with my skin, either. It doesn’t burn exactly, but it does seem to irritate already irritated skin. I am constantly dealing with affected areas of red, dry scaly skin patches on my face due to reactions from skin products, including certain oils, as mentioned above. My immune system is compromised (due to a medication I take) so those red patches take up to a month to heal and disappear. The oils I can use are marula, grapeseed, pomegranate and jojoba. Do you have any suggestions on a hydrating blend incorporating those oils? Thanks so much! Love your site!

    • says

      Hi, Debbie! So sorry to hear about your skin sensitivities. That can be hard. I would just use the oils that your skin likes. Jojoba is a good one. I haven’t tried pomegranate but would love to. Everyone’s skin is so different. I would just use what works. Since you know that the 4 that you mentioned work, I would stick with those. you can experiment with different comb0s. I would use jojoba as the base and add a little of the others. As far as essential oils go, start very small and see how your skin does. The most gentle one is Lavender. How does your skin do with that? Geranium is quite healing too. Start with a test patch of very diluted to see how your skin reacts. Carrot seed can be strong so be careful with that one. Check out this post for other skin essential oil ideas—>
      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have other questions.

  8. beatrice says

    I would like to develop my own serums can I add essential oils to serums. Also would like to develope masque, the basew would be a jell can I add essential oils to a jell

    I am truly impressed w/your site


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