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DIY Face Serum with Essential Oils

When I was younger I used to think that only people with dry skin needed a moisturizer.  Oh, how wrong I was!

Yes, it makes sense that people with dry skin need  to use something to moisturize their face, but did you know that some studies suggest that people with oily or combination skin may be producing too much oil because the skin is not getting enough moisture and the skin makes up for it by producing more oil?

Regardless of our age or skin type, we all need a great moisturizer to keep our skin hydrated, protect against the environment, and help prevent irritation.

When we wash our face, we often strip our skin of the natural oils (sebum).   By using a face serum (natural oils blended with essential oils), we are replenishing the natural oils on our face.

 

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 

We all need to a moisturizer, but we shouldn’t all use the same one.

I’ve seen lots of DIY face serum recipes that offer the exact same recipe for everyone to use whether they have normal skin, dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, mature skin, acne-prone skin, or oily skin.

That just doesn’t make sense.

While everyone should moisturize their face, we don’t all have to use the same moisturizer.

Our skin is different and it has different needs.  A face serum for sensitive skin needs to be gentle and calm irritated skin.  A face serum for mature skin needs to hydrate, even pigmentation, plump fine lines and wrinkles, and increase skin’s elasticity.   Different needs for different skin.

(After you finish reading this post, be sure to also check out my recipe for DIY foaming face wash using essential oils.  Just like this DIY face serum, there are versions of the foaming face wash for each skin type {normal, dry, sensitive, acne, oily, and mature}.

 

How to Make DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil

It’s really simple to make a face serum.  Just 2 ingredients and 3 very simple steps.

After you see the basic recipe, be sure to keep reading to see how to customize the face serum to be just right for your skin type.  There’s a list of the best carrier oils and best essential oils for each skin type as well as a suggested face serum recipe for dry skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, mature skin, and normal skin.

click here to get a FREE PRINTABLE with all the face serum recipes, instructions, and charts of the best carrier oils and essential oils for each skin type

 

step 1:  add 2 ounces of carrier oil to a glass bottle

(see below for a list of which carrier oils work best for your skin type)

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 

step 2:  add 20 drops of essential oil

(see below for a list of which essential oils work best for your skin type)

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 

step 3:  put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil

 

That’s it.  That’s all there is to making your very own DIY face serum with essential oil.

Just 3 simple steps:

  1. add 2 oz. of carrier oil to glass bottle
  2. add 20 drops essential oil
  3. gently roll bottle in your hand to mix

 

How to Use Face Serum

Step 1cleanse face (find my favorite DIY face wash for your skin type HERE)

Step 2: use a toner (find my recipe for a simple, but super awesome 3-ingredient facial toner here)

Step 3apply a drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin

Step 4gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes

store bottle in a cool, dark place

 

What are the best carrier oils for your skin type?

Normal:  apricot kernel oil, jojoba, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil

Dry:  avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil

Acne:  jojoba, sesame oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, evening primrose

Sensitive:  sunflower oil, jojoba, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, rose hip seed oil, avocado oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, evening primrose

Oily:  jojoba, argan oil, grapeseed oil

Mature:  rose hip seed oil, jojoba, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, tamanu oil

 

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 

What are the best essential oils for your skin type?

Normal:  lavender, frankincense, geranium

Dry:  geranium, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, rose, frankincense, ylang ylang, cedarwood, clary sage, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, jasmine

Non-Cystic Acne:  geranium, cedarwood, lavender, patchouli, tea tree, rose, Roman chamomile, lemongrass, rosemary

Sensitive:  helichrysum, lavender, rose, jasmine, geranium, frankincense, sandalwood

Oily:  frankincense, geranium, lavender, patchouli, tea tree, ylang ylang, clary sage, Roman chamomile, cypress, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood

Mature:  rose, frankincense, myrrh, helichrysum, sandalwood, geranium,  lavender, patchouli, cypress, jasmine, rosemary, ylang ylang

 

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 

 

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 
click here to get a FREE PRINTABLE with all the face serum recipes, instructions, and charts of the best carrier oils and essential oils for each skin type

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Suggested Recipes — DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Your Skin Type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

Below is one suggested recipe for each skin type.  Don’t have an oil or essential oil?  Or don’t care for the scent of a particular oil or essential oil.  That’s no problem.  It’s easy to substitute.  Simply refer to the charts above and find another carrier oil or essential oil that also works well for your skin type and substitute it in the recipe.

 

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Normal Skin

To a 2 ounce or larger glass bottle, add…

2 oz. apricot kernel oil

8 drops lavender essential oil

8 drops geranium essential oil

4 drops frankincense essential oil

Put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil.

To use: cleanse face then apply drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin.  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes.

 

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Dry Skin

To a 2 ounce or larger glass bottle, add…

2 oz. rose hip seed oil

5 drops rose essential oil

5 drops jasmine essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

Put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil.

To use: cleanse face then apply drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin.  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes.

 

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Acne-Prone Skin

To a 2 ounce or larger glass bottle, add…

2 oz. jojoba

5 drops tea tree essential oil

5 drops lemongrass essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil.

To use: cleanse face then apply drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin.  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes.

 

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Sensitive Skin

To a 2 ounce or larger glass bottle, add…

1 oz. jojoba

1 oz. sweet almond oil

5 drops helichrysum essential oil

5 drops sandalwood essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

Put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil.

To use: cleanse face then apply drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin.  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes.

 

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Oily Skin

To a 2 ounce or larger glass bottle, add…

1 oz. jojoba

1 oz. grapeseed oil

10 drops cypress essential oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

5 drops rosemary essential oil

Put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil.

To use: cleanse face then apply drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin.  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes.

 

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Mature Skin

To a 2 ounce or larger glass bottle, add…

2 oz. rose hip seed oil

5 drops rose essential oil

5 drops helichrysum essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

Put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil.

To use: cleanse face then apply drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin.  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes.

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil for Combination Skin

To a 2 ounce or larger glass bottle, add…

1 oz. jojoba

1 oz. rose hip seed oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops Hawaiian sandalwood essential oil

Put lid on bottle and gently roll the bottle in the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds to mix the essential oils in with carrier oil.

To use: cleanse face then apply drop of serum to forehead, each cheek, and chin.  gently massage in using small, soft upward strokes.

 

don’t forget– be sure to also check out my recipe for DIY foaming face wash using essential oils.  Just like this DIY face serum, there are versions of the foaming face wash for each skin type {normal, dry, sensitive, acne, oily, and mature}.

 

Easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum with Essential Oil -- Love that the recipe can be customized for your skin type {normal, dry, acne, sensitive, oily, mature}

 

Where to get supplies to make face serum for your skin type

Apricot kernel oil  (cold pressed, organic, 100% pure)

Argan oil (cold pressed, organic, 100% pure, extra virgin, and I love that you can make your face serum right in this glass bottle- it even has a dropper!)

Avocado oil  (non-gmo, expeller-pressed, and packaged in tin to help avoid oxidation and prolong its shelf life)

Evening primrose oil (cold pressed, organic, 100% pure, 1 year money-back guarantee, and I love that you can make your face serum right in this glass bottle- it even has a dropper!)

Grapeseed oil  (cold pressed, 100% pure, and I love that you can make your face serum right in this glass bottle- it even has a dropper!)

Jojoba oil  (cold pressed, 100% pure, unrefined, organic, money-back guarantee, and I love that you can make your face serum right in this glass bottle- it even has a dropper!)

Rose hip seed oil (100% pure, unrefined virgin oil, organic)

Sesame oil (from raw seeds- don’t use toasted sesame oil, 100% pure, cold pressed, organic)

Sunflower oil  (cold pressed, organic, 100% pure)

Sweet almond oil  (organic, 100% pure, premium grade)

Tamanu oil  (cold pressed, organic, 100% pure and I love that you can make your face serum right in this glass bottle- it even has a dropper!)

 

You might also like these other recipes and posts on using essential oils…

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  1. Sherry September 14, 2016 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah, Interested in your DIY Serum. However, I only have few thing with me. Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, frankincense EO, lavender EO, Thieves EO. Can this make Serum?

    • Sarah Lewis September 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Hi, Sherry. Yes, frankincense and lavender combined with either jojoba oil or argan oil would make a great face serum. I wouldn’t use the Thieves as cinnamon and clove (oils in Thieves) can irritate skin. – Sarah

  2. Sury February 15, 2017 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah, can i substitute rose EO with other EO?

    • Sarah Lewis February 16, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Hi Sury, yes, you can definitely substitute another essential oil for rose. Lavender, geranium, and jasmine are good substitutes, but others will work, too. Take a peak at the chart that lists essential oils by skin type. In the row for your skin type there is a list of essential oils that work best. Any of those could be substituted for the rose in this face serum recipe. Hope that helps. – Sarah

  3. Lesley February 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I have Helichrysum in a 10% dilution in jojoba oil. Would I still use 20 drops in 2 ounces? or does this only apply to pure EO?

    • Sarah Lewis February 24, 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

      Hi Lesley.
      That’s a great question. 20 drops is for pure EO.
      With yours being a 10% dilution, 1 tsp will have 10 drops of essential oil and the other 90 drops will be jojoba oil. So if you wanted to use 10 drops of Helichrysum, then add 1 tsp of the diluted Helichrysum to the face serum. If you wanted to use 5 drops of Helichrysum, then add 1/2 tsp to the face serum.
      Sarah

  4. Barbara March 9, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah do one need to wash the serum of after a certain time or does it stay on, I have dead skincells on my cheeks and forehead will it remove tose dead skincells, thanks Sarah.

    • Sarah Lewis March 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      No need to wash the serum off. Only use a few drops and then gently massage them into your skin.
      The oils should help a little with softening the dead skincells; however, you’ll likely also need to do some additional things to gently exfoliate the dead skincells. Try a warm washcloth and a small amount of exfoliating cleanser, gently rubbing in small circular motion to loosen up the dead skin.

  5. Candice March 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I love the ingredients for you the dry skin but I do have a serum I like that I use so my question is can this be used in place of a moisturizer after my regular serum OR is there a way to add an ingredient to make this into a moisturizer?

    • Sarah Lewis March 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Candice,
      There isn’t an easy way to turn it into a moisturizer, but it should be able to be used after your other serum. I would try a patch test to make sure your skin reacts well to the two serums being used together. I’d apply the first serum, then let it soak in for a bit, then apply this dry-skin serum.
      Sarah

  6. Shalima March 24, 2017 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah I’m a mature person with oily skin… can I use both serum for oily and mature skin.

    • Sarah Lewis March 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Shalima,

      Here’s what I’d do. I’d look at the charts for carrier oils and essential oils that are great for BOTH mature skin and oily skin.
      carrier oil great for BOTH mature and oily skin => jojoba oil
      some of the essential oils great for BOTH mature and oily skin => lavender, geranium, sandalwood, and frankincense (there are other EOs great for both)

      here’s a suggested blend for oily & mature skin:
      2 ounces jojoba
      7 drops lavender essential oil
      7 drops geranium essential oil
      3 drops frankincense essential oil
      3 drops sandalwood (if you don’t have sandalwood, substitute 3 more drops frankincense)

      Hope that helps. Let us know how it works for you.
      Sarah

  7. Debbie April 15, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Sarah
    What are your thoughts about using Emu Oil? Or is it better to use it in other things like sugar scrubs?

    • Sarah Lewis April 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I haven’t used emu oil yet myself, but my understanding is that it would be great in a face serum. It has a very low comedogenic rating, so it shouldn’t clog pores. It’s supposed to be good for inflamed skin. And it’s touted for it’s moisturizing and anti-aging properties.

  8. Ankita Patil June 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have an oil acne prone skin with a lot of scars and pigmentation left behind from the previous acne.. should I go for the acne prone serum?

    • Sarah Lewis June 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      for oily acne-prone skin with scars, I would try something like this:
      carrier oil: jojoba, argan oil, or grapeseed oil
      essential oils: tea tree, geranium, frankincense, and Helichrysum
      My experience is that Helichrysum and frankincense can help fade scars, but it seems to work better for me with newer scars than older ones.

  9. Stacey Yurgel Perone June 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Can you combine two different carrier oils such as argan and rosehip seed oil?

    • Sarah Lewis June 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Yes, definitely. Combining carrier oils gives the benefits of both oils. Argan and rosehip seed oil is a great combination!

  10. Whitney June 12, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m trying to recreate a serum I got a sample of that works amazing for my skin–
    carrier oils: jojoba, sesame
    eos: ylang ylang, lemongrass, patchouli, rosemary

    Should I split the carrier oils, 1 oz each? Should I do 5 drops of each eo, or another combination? Do I drop the eos directly from their bottle into the 2 oz glass bottle I have or use a dropper?

    Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis June 13, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Hi Whitney,

      When I’m trying to recreate a homemade recipe for a product I’ve bought. I look at the ingredients list just list you’ve done. Then I start to experiment in small batches. The ingredients should be listed in the order of how much they are in the product, with the ingredient that’s most in the product listed first and the ingredient that used the least in the product listed last.

      Given that and the strong scent of sesame oil, here’s what I would try first (makes a half batch):
      5 teaspoons jojoba
      1 teaspoon sesame oil
      4 drops ylang ylang
      3 drops lemongrass
      2 drops patchouli
      1 drop rosemary

      Then from there you can adjust as needed. Does the mixture smell sesame enough? If not, add 1 more teaspoon of sesame oil. Does it smell enough of rosemary and patchouli? If not, add one more drop of those. That’s how I try recreating products I’ve bought. Take notes along the way, so that once you’ve got the mix right, you can make it again in the future.

      Have fun and let us know how it goes. Sounds like a great serum!
      Sarah

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