Shoot, you guys. I owe so many of you an apology. For years, so many of you have been asking about what I use to moisturize my face. Every time, the conversation goes like this:
Curious Person: “Hey, Betty? What do you use to moisturize your face?”
Me: “I use a blend of oils.”
Curious Person: “What kind of oils? Can you give me a recipe?”
Me: “Oh, a whole bunch, blended together. I’ll blog it soon, I promise.”
Fast forward to eight thousand years later, otherwise known as today, I was mad beautying around in the kitchen, experimenting with blends for the perfect facial oil to sell on the Crunchy Betty Natural Market for oily and blemishy skin (I finally found the perfect blend and it is my Royally Flawless Facial Oil). Anyway, as I’m blending and shaking, I realize this is something I should probably blog about.
Before I do, lest you think I was kidding about being a mad beautyist today, this is what my kitchen counter looked like after the experiments, full of my personal oil stash. I never realize how much bloomin’ crunchy stuff I have until it’s overtaking my kitchen:
Now, the reason why I haven’t blogged my personal facial oil blend is because, well, it uses upwards of eleventy thousand ingredients. Precisely: Argan oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip seed oil, frankincense essential oil, roman chamomile essential oil, rose geranium essential oil, carrot seed oil, and vitamin E. Sometimes, I’ll even add a little tamanu and emu oil in there, as well.
I was afraid that if I shared this information, no one would ever want to make their own facial moisturizing oil, so I kept putting off writing about it. Because it’s better to NOT mention it and have it not occur than to mention it and have at least one person actually try it? I don’t know. Whatever. You’re going to want to make this now, so it’s all water under the bed. Or bridge under the coyote. Whatever that expression is.
Because the truth of the matter is, you don’t have to have all those fancy ingredients to get a great facial oil.
And, before those of you with oily skin run away, let me tell you this: Do not be afraid of oil. It is your friend. ESPECIALLY if you wash your face with something that strips your natural oils. Replacing those oils with something nourishing should make your face very, very happy (and potentially less oily and blemishy).
Your Simple 3-Ingredient Homemade Facial Oil
Crunchy rule: Never, ever use facial oil or moisturizer on a dirty face. Always cleanse in some way first – whether it’s with cleansing grains, honey, the oil cleansing method (though you may not even need moisturizer if you do that), or your favorite prepared facial cleanser. If you put oil or moisturizer on top of a dirty face, you’ll just help seal in all that dirt and grime and old, nasty oil, which will make your face decidedly UNHAPPY.
See how pretty that looks? If you want to buy a bottle like the one I have pictured, you can find it here.
Ingredient Number One – Your “Base” or “Carrier” Oil
In all actuality, you might want to just buy a base oil to begin with and test it with your face. See if your skin loves the base oil you choose, and then you can build on that. And, in even further actuality, just one ingredient may be all you ever want.
Your base oil is going to be the main ingredient in your facial oil blend, so choose well, young jedi.
My two favorite base oils are argan oil and/or jojoba oil, because they’re both verrrrrrrry healing and nourishing, they’re both very light and they sink into your skin without any feeling of greasiness, and they’re great for all skin types.
Here are the base oils you could choose from (this is not an exhaustive list, but it’s most of ’em):
- Argan oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
- Jojoba oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
- Apricot kernel oil (great for any skin type, but especially good for normal, dry, and aging skin)
- Sweet almond oil (just an all-around great facial oil, but it takes a bit longer to “sink in” than the first two)
- Grapeseed oil (great for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
- Avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin)
- Hemp seed oil (great for any skin type, also very light)
Plan on your base oil being at least 2/3 of your facial oil mixture (we’ll talk about mixing at the end).
Ingredient Number Two – Extra Nourishing Bonus Oils
These are the oils that are a little more pricey, but with that price tag comes a beautiful kick in the pants to your troubled skin. Your skin wears pants, right?
If you want to skip the nourishing oils, that’s just fine. Maybe some day in the future you’ll want to add one. In fact, I’m sure you will. Because once you start rolling around in crunchiness, you never want to stop.
So here are some ideas for the more nourishing “bonus” oils:
- Tamanu oil (wooooooooooonderful for acneic or oily skin, or skin with scars)
- Sea buckthorn oil (powerfully nourishing, this is a great oil for all skin types, but especially aging or dry skin)
- Rosehip seed oil (incredibly regenerating, this oil is known for it’s firming and anti-aging abilities – it’s good for dry, aging, and normal skin)
- Carrot seed oil (you only need a small amount of this oil, but it’s superb for any skin type – is there anything it won’t heal?)
- Borage oil (crazy high in oleic acids, this oil is great for most skin types, but especially oily and acneic skin)
- Evening primrose oil (acne, aging, normal skin, you name it – and evening primrose oil can even be taken internally to help with acne)
- Emu oil (emollient like you wouldn’t believe, emu oil is protective and nourishing for dry or aging skin)
Now, you might want to add a little bit of “flava” with an essential oil!
Ingredient Number Three – Add Your Skin’s Favorite Essential Oil
Remember! You only need a couple of tiny drops of essential oil to get an amazing benefit for your skin. Essential oils are potent (and they last forever when you use them this way)!
There are FAR too many essential oils with skin benefits to list them all here, so I’m just picking and choosing a few of the more widely available or commonly known essential oils.
- Lavender (acne, oily, or even dry skin – lavender is healing, but a little, tiny bit goes a long way)
- Peppermint (like lavender, peppermint is great for oily and acneic skin, and like lavender don’t use much! It’s very astringent, but it might also tingle your skin right off its bones)
- Chamomile (my favorite chamomile is Roman – and roman chamomile is wonderfully healing and soothing, so it’s great for ALL skin types. Really. Very, very great, but also very expensive)
- Rose (wonderful for aging, dry and normal skin, it’s also pretty expensive, unless you find the “mixed with jojoba” kind, which just means it’s diluted and you can use more in your blend than if it were “neat”)
- Rose geranium (another great, all-around healing essential oil – this is especially good for dry, sensitive, aging, and normal skin)
- Palmarosa (my skin loooves this oil, and it’s great for any skin type, but it does seem to work well for breakouts, in addition to being softening and soothing for aging skin, which, yes, I have)
- Lemongrass (brightening and toning, this is a great oil for normal, oily, or acneic skin)
- Rosemary (got acne and oily skin? You might just want this)
Okay, quickly, here’s how you mix ’em.
Creating Your Custom Homemade Facial Oil
This is where the fun starts. You get to experiment with what type of blend works best for your skin, but here’s the BEST place to start.
We’re going to assume you’re using a 1-oz bottle (for essential oil purposes), but if you use a smaller bottle, be sure to adjust your essential oil additions downward as necessary.
- Fill your small bottle just under 2/3 of the way with your base oil
- Add your “bonus nourishing” oil until the bottle is just about full (unless you’re using carrot seed oil, in which case just put in a few drops)
- Add ONLY 4-7 drops of essential oil. Less if you’re using peppermint, especially. Cap and shake well after each drop, and you can gauge, very roughly, just how much essential oil you’ll need. You should be able to smell it, but it should not be overpowering. Just faintly identifiable.
And that’s it!
Keep your facial oil out of the sunlight, and it should be good for 8-12 months.
Where Can I Buy These Oils?
I know, you regular readers are probably sick of my “buying guide” sentences at the end of some of these posts. But, without fail, whenever I write a post with an ingredient that might be difficult to find, if I don’t mention WHERE you can get them, someone always comes along and asks in the comments.
You can find almost all of these ingredients at the two places using the links above. And those are affiliate links, by the way, so if you click ’em and then order, you’ll be supporting Crunchy Betty (yay!).
ANNNNNNNND … yes. Yes, I do sell facial oil as of right now at the Crunchy Betty Natural Market. This Royally Flawless Facial Oil is my personal favorite and the best blend I’ve found of all of the luxurious ingredients above! One day, I’ll put some of the other blends I love in the market.
Just not today.
I have to clean the kitchen.
I have slightly sensitive combination skin WITH Rosacea, and my current concerns are texture and dryness. I have been using the Somaluxe Redness Repair Cream as the last step in my skincare routine (about 2 pea sized amount for face and neck), and I find that it sinks in very well.
When I wake up, my skin feels very hydrated and I have no flaky red patches. There has been a small improvement in my skin texture and a huge improvement in hydration.
Nice post but Palmarosa not for my skin
Do you add Vitamin E to the mixture inside the glass flask to preserve it & avoid rancidity? If yes, could you gently provide the amount of Vitamin E for a 15 or 30 mL flask? Thank you!
Could you please suggest an oil blend to fade pigmentation spots? I’m not sure what oils to blend. I was thinking of using almond oil, rose hip oil, tree tea oil.
Would appreciate your suggestions.
Do you think its better to buy my facial oil at amazon store or any local store ? and which brand you suggest me to buy.
I stumbled upon your site and absolutely fell in love! Thank you for all of the amazing creations you share. I am a newbie to the essential oils world and was wondering if I were to mix lets say Grapeseed oil as my base and 4 different Nourishing Oils (am I going overboard) with a combination of 6-7 different Essential Oils (would I build for a total of 6 or 12 drops based on 1% or 2% percent dilution). Also, what would be the breakdown ratio for a 30ml (1oz) bottle between the nourishing oil and base oil? … I hope that makes sense.
oh, my god. Finally, i have found the article i want to read. This is such a good instruction for me.
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Very detailed instructions here. Thank you :*
i have jojoba oil, lavander oil and vitamin e oil… can i use the vitamin e as the second step nourishing oil?
In order to obtain emu oil, emus must be killed for the fat on their backs. The meat does not taste good and they are never eaten. They are killed purely for cosmetic purposes, which is extremely unnecessary considering there are many other oils that are far better, like calendula oil, which isn’t on this list and is great for sensitive skin. Be kind and please remove emu oil from this list. <3 Thank you.
I’m not sure where you got your information but emu oil is frequently a byproduct of the emu meat industry. Emu meat is similar in taste and texture to beef and very tasty. It is also an incredibly healthy red meat having very little fat in it.
Hey dear, your information is really helpful. After reading your outstanding blog, I have learned some new things and I just want to share my favorite Experience Fresh’s Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil. It’s really helpful to get smooth skin.
Hello. I’m fairly new to using facial oils and haven’t quite found the right mix for my skin unfortunately. Everything so far has made my sensitive skin break out 🙁 just curious about your suggestions above. What mix would you recommend for dry,sensitive and breakout prone skin? Thank you.
This article was so helpful! Thank you so much for sharing! I have struggled with acne for so long and I’ve been using the jojoba and tamanu oil with a couple drops of lavender and it has been heaven on earth for my skin. I couldn’t be happier. I can’t remember my last breakout and it moisturizes so well it’s incredible and no icky oil feeling after like coconut oil. I’ve shared this with my sister and MIL and they love it as well. Thank you, thank you!!!
Beside these, I really like the natural moisturizers!
I have a chocolate skin. Where is Coconut oil and Shear butter in these list
both are Moisturizer and humectants
I’m thinking of adding in some Bog Myrtle essential oil. What sort of effect do you think it would have on my skin?
I have been using lytera for my blemishes. Is it okay to use rosehip seed oil and evening primrose oil as an alternative?
I am a bit confused about what you have covered on “choosing the best essentail oil for your skin” section. I use essential oils with diffusers everyday to keep my indoor air fresh and vibrant+fresh. But i have never thought of using essential oil for skin care. But after reading your post i am thinking of visiting my doc to get reference on best essential oil for to take care of my skin.
i’ve used the method in this article !!! and yeah it works for me in 7 days !!! this is brilliant
finally I found what I needed and perfect for dehydrated skin, and doesn’t bother allergies. you just need to search the Internet, and there you will find what is right for you!
Can my oil blend lasts several months even with rosehip oil in it? I thought that oil was perishable. Thanks!
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Would this work as eye cream/oil as well?
Yikes, I just combined Grapeseed Oil, RoseHip Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Tamanu Oil in equal parts – is that too much, or can I still use it? I hate to waste it!
Knock knock! Hello crunchybetty! Your sincere advise please, Quick question: Can I mix more than one nourishing oil to my body lotion because I have got some new stretch-marks on my body… And I’m falling in love with some nourishing oils at the same time… Hope to get a reply from you soon…
So I disagree. I am a HUGE fan of cleansing oils which instruct you to use them on a dirty face. They are more effective this way. They stick to every inch of makeup and remove it. Even using a toner afterwards leaves you with zero residue. It doesn’t “seal in” anything, quite the contrary, it pulls everything out leaving the skin clean and hydrated (assuming you’re using the correct oil).
I agree Dru, in fact I use coconut oil to cleanse and it’s fab! All the ingredients in coconut oil make it the best option for cleansing!
If you read a little more carefully, she does say that other oils could be used for cleansing, and then you use this for moisturizing. The blend she is giving us isn’t a recipe for cleansing oils- it’s for moisturizing oils. I always do both- a blend of grapeseed and castor for cleansing, followed by rosehip for moisturizing.
I want to try this product but I did not see any link for buying online.
Thanks for sharing your cleansing oil recipe. I’ll have to try that.
Very very similar to what I make and use. I use 1/2oz Jojoba, 1/2oz Argan and 1 ounce of Rosehip oil. I add about 5 drops of lavender oil. Add it to a 2oz treatment bottle. Been about 4 months of using it and I LOVE the way my face looks and feels. Friends/family also purchase it off of me as a way for them to save money and it helps me keep the oils on hand. Its a win win! Note: after 2 months of use, my mom was asked if she got botox…lol.
Can i mix both lemongrass oil and lavender oil. Or is one better than the other.
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My skin is often dry in cold weather so can I use your recipe?
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Its a great recipe. I will give a try today.thanks for sharing!!!
So I saw that you said these ingredients can be used for an oil moisturizer, but can I use these also for my oil cleansing method?
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I’ve never really tried making my own facial moisturizers before but I swear by pure argan oil! I have relatively clear smooth skin but I wonder if creating a blend of a few essential oils will improve it further…
Hi, can you please suggest me a blend for dry and blemished skin
Which company do you recommend for the Essential oils? I got them from Amazon, but if you have any better recommendations please share.
Hello I just made a face oil using avocado oil, tamanu oil, and lavender oil but the lavender oil smells kind of weird like eucalyptus. Can you check for me to see if It was bad for my Face or not pure? This is the one I got: http://amzn.to/2aB6fra
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Hi! Is there any possibilities that the oil will become rancid after mixing them?
I read this article and I am feeling very enthusiastic to go and buy the oils I need, but first I have a question.
After I cleansed my face, I am to apply this to my face, but how? And what do I use in that step?
I don’t want to waste any, and at the same time I would like the best and effective way of applying it to my face.
Thank you ! 🙂
Is it okay to use more than one of the oils or the essential oils at a time?
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Wow, you just let me know that we can do essential Oil by myself, look simple and easy to make. Thank you so much! I will try and let you know the result.
I am looking for a pre-shave moisturizer that doesn’t use anhydrous lanolin. If add Beeswax to your recipe would that work just as well? My husband loved what my batch did for his face before he shaved but hated the “wet sheep” smell.
At 50+ years old my skin condition can be tumultuous to say the least. Dull, dry in spots, dry all over, oily areas, oily all over, broken out in huge pimples as well as red and itchy – that was the state of my skin on any given day until I started using Made from Earth products. I first tried the Made from Earth Firming Serum – the product work. I saw a major difference in the lines in my face in 2 weeks…and I thought there was nothing I could do. I also used their Green Tea Cleanser which removes dirt without irritation. Both products have pleasant, interesting, mild scents due to the plants utilized. I am a huge fan now of Made from Earth and since you have a similar situation to mine – Be patient! You’ll notice the difference.
What are the best oils for reversing/healing sun damage?
Comments are fine and dandy but when posting a question to you, where are the answers?
is it possible to be using too many of these? i have a toner with witch hazel, a few drops of neem oil, a few drops of rosehip oil, and a few drops of black wallnut hulls.
i am using this facial moisutizer with jojoba as my carrier and then tamanu as my bonus oil and lavendar as the drops. i also included just a few drops of the neem and rosehip in this as well since i had it handy.. my skin was looking great but suddenly i had a small breakout its only been one day but iunno..
I have used every expensive lotion for the face from Kinerase to Clarins but the Made from Earth Vitamin Moisturizer really is the best. It has the crucial ingredients, collagen and elastin and really replenish my skin and make it look and feel like I am 20s again (I am 41). The scent is also very light and very pleasant as I am trying to avoid heavy, perfume laden creams and lotions.
What are yur thoughts on adding a few drops of orange oil? Is that any good for combination skin?
Noo. Orange oil is photosensitive. Shouldn’t use this on skin, especially the face. It can cause severe irritation when you go out in the sun.
I just wanted to tell you that I been using your formula. So far it has worked for me. but i have a question. Could i use more than one essential oil? and also add a little more of other bonus oil? My blend is usually jojoba oil, rosehip and lavender. but Could I add some Tamanu oil and other essential oils to my blend like rose absolute and peppermint? Thank you so much for your help and your blog.
I have found here an OZ a site that is great to source oils and other goodies.
The website is AWO – Australian Wholesale Oils. It sells all hard to find oils on their site; pricing and shipping is reasonable.
Hi I have been on this journey of doing everything natural for my skin for the past 2-3 weeks. I just absolutely love your site and all your oil combinations.I am wondering what oil combination you can recommend for a daytime moisturizer and a nighttime moisturizer?
I take my makeup off with olive oil and then wash my face with Dermalogica Scrub until I’ve used it all because it was expensive. But I’m also waiting for my all natural essential oil soap with the main ingredient being GOATS MILK.(As an all natural food and everything lover you should definitely check out the soaps Bend Soap Company). After I wash my face I use rosehip oil under my eyes and all over my face but it’s not enough moisture for my face. so it’d be great if you could recommend one of your field combinations as a AM and PM moisturizer.
Hi, thank you for your amazing article. I have acne and here the combo I want to do and alternate : argan + tamanu + lavender or Jojoba + borage + peppermint !
What do you think ?
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I use tamanu oil and spf 50 sunscreen, I rub the sunscreen on my neck then the tamanu oil
I love your recipes Betty..!! Have a quick question, canthis be also applied around the eye area n lips or do you have separate recipes for the around eye area n lips?
Hi there, I purchased cold pressed Tamanu oil, but the consistency seems to be pretty thick. Would this be ok to add to jojoba and Eucalyptus oil? thanks for the great guide.
Can I use Evening Primrose Oil as a carrier/base with Rosehip Seed, Lavender oil?
Those are the oils I like most, have used some of them separately, love the scent
If I’ll have to mix 5-6 oils to get the most benefits. Will it work? Like coconut, rose hip seed, rose, grapefruit, olive, argan and jojoba oils in same quantities?
Please, please, PLEASE anyone who is pregnant or might be pregnant soon – do not go ANYWHERE NEAR neem oil! It can cause the loss of your pregnancy! I kid you not – this stuff is used as a pesticide by rendering mice and rats infertile. I purchased some recently and am so glad that I researched it before I opened the bottle, because my husband and I are going through some extremely expensive fertility treatment and hoping for a miracle baby. I would have been utterly devastated if I found out later that I lost a pregnancy due to an oil. DON’T EVEN TOUCH NEEM OIL IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR TTC!
Would you recommend adding green tea?
Question do you have a YouTube,because I like seeing it ,how to make them
I tried neem oil and want to warn others it smells terrible. I would not recommend using it unless maybe a few drops. I have tried pouring half out twice already and replacing with sweet almond oil that barely has a smell to it and it still is awful. I have added lavender and grapefruit and it is just horrible. I’m going to pour it all out and just not use anything but the almond and lavender. Neem oil was one of the worst things I have ever smelt.
I started out using rosehip oil with palmarosa – now the blend is going to be rosehip, argan and jojoba oil with palmarosa, rose geranium and carrot seed essential oils and I am so looking forward to it. I have ageing skin and acne – who would have thought the two skin types could coexist! Crunchy is taking over my life, and I couldn’t be happier 🙂
Hi – I have acne prone skin and I am just now experimenting with Jojoba oil in a product I am sampling calling Herbal Face Food – however it has a little bite to it when I initially put it on and I am now looking into creating my own moisturizer now that i know jojoba oil won’t break me out. I am looking into doing jojoba oil as a base but when it comes to adding the bonus oil and essential oil- can we use more than one? (ex. tea tree essential oil, and lemon essential oil) Also have you posted an article on the best possible oils for acne prone skin yet? Just curious.
Hey Courtney – just saw your comment and thought I could help. You can absolutely use more than one. The more the merrier! Everyone is unique in what works best for their skin. I have acne prone and oily skin and finally came up with the combination that works best for my skin. I use coconut oil as the base with Melaleuca (commonly known as Tea Tree Oil) and Cedarwood Essential Oils. Then I use Frankincense as a spot treatment on top of the moisturizer. This combination is like liquid gold for my skin. But again, what works for one person might not work at all for another. It’s all about finding the right combination for you. So I definitely encourage you to play around with multiple oils! Have fun and good luck!
I love this post. Thank you so much!!! You write a post that is so much fun to read and I feel like I know you too. I love how you share information. This is officially my favorite page and blog. Thanks again!
For years I struggled with those “patches” that post-pregnant women can get. They would be especially bad anytime after being in the sun. My dermatologist told me to wear sunscreen to keep them away. They would go away in the winter but come back by midsummer even with the sunscreen. Then I somehow found out about ART from Youngs Living Oils that works WITH the sun, does not contain sunscreen and DID’NT cause (or allow) those unsightly sun patches. However, it has become prohibitively expense and I am willing to blend my own but do you know if there is an added ingredient for sun protection. Will any of these oil keep those patches away? I would be SO GRATEFUL for any advice you can give me. Thanks, Lori J.
So…. I ordered some Sea Buckthorn oil. Is it normal for it to be REALLY orangey/red? You can’t put ANY of it in your moisturizer unless you want to look like an oompa loompa!
I was wondering if this facial oil moisturizer would be ok too use if you have rocesa & is there anything that could be added too it to help lighten up age spots. I have age spots on my face & my grandmother had them bad all the way across her face & forehead. I don’t want my face end up like that. Thanks
Where have you been all my life? Im so excited to have stumbled across your website. Cant wait to check out more of your idea. Yay.
How often can we apply this Natural Homemade Facial Moisturizer (finished product) to the face. Will it be safe using it on daytime especially during summer?
I heard that DMAE is wonderful and it’s quite cheap when purchased on its own. Do you recommend putting some of that into your three ingredient facial oil? What about vitamin C? Thank you!!!
is carrot seed oil the same as carrot seed essential oil?
Can you mix both argan and jojoba oil?
I didn’t see any mention of olive oil as a base oil. Any inputs about that?
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I made this facial oil and I love it. But the problem is that it smells too strong. Can anyone give me a solution for that? I was thinking of adding a bit of vanilla oil to make it smell better?
You should probaly take out the ” nourshing oil “.
Are you able to identify which oil it is that smells too strong? It sounds to me like you overdid it on the essential oil (the 3rd step). If that is the case, try increasing your “base oil” and your “nourishing” oils proportionally to cut the strength of the essential oil and balance out the overall composition. Hope that helps!
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Hey just a quick question, can I mix primrose oil and tea tree oil?
For combination skin with acne, what carrier oils and essential oils are suitable? it’s so hard to find a facial oil blend sold outside which is suitable for this skin type.
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Hi Betty, I’m kind of new to the homemade beauty products scene and I was wondering if you could use vitamin E oil as the extra nourishing oil. I’m also buying some for another project, but I only need a little bit and will have a lot let over. I was hoping I could find other uses for it, like in my facial moisturizer.
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Thank you so, so very much for sharing this. This is a high quality helpful article for all those trying effective DIY oil blend.
Is it OK to use olive oil if I have combination skin? I researched it and it is ‘moderately low’ on the comedogenic scale.
I love this! What if I want to add a bunch of the bonus oils for more of the positive attributes? Should I just measure them out in equal parts? I want tamanu, sea buckthorn, and Rosehip. Thank you!
Hi! I was wondering if you’re able to use more than one base oil in the oil blend? I was thinking of making an oil blend with the base oil of mainly jojoba, then followed with a bit of avocado, almond and hemp oil, then followed by my extra oils, being rosehip, argan, sea buckthorn, tamanu, borage, carrot and neem oil. Is that too many base oils? Should I just stick with one base oil, for instance jojoba? Thank you for your help! 🙂
I was thinking the same for me, maybe blending jojoba and argan for the base oil I don’t see why you couldn’t as long as you keep the ratio the same (about 2/3 of the mixture being base oil) go with what oils you think work for your skin type. I would think the same rule would apply if you wanted to add more than 1 essential oil too
LOVE the 3 ingredient facial moisturizer! Can you post a recipe for a light weight body lotion for use during the warmer months? I have seen some on-line but would prefer to have your recipe. Thanks, Paula
I would say that you could use a similar recipe and just use more of the carrier oil for a body oil
Hi Betty Crunch Blog. I reently started making my own face mositurers. I wondered about using virgin olive oil is it good? Also I’ve been using almond oil with shea butter mixes. Notice it take longer to sink into skin. Thank you 4 advice re argan & jojoba oil sinks in quicker. ps I mix my unrefined shea butter & oil with a mini tool propellor attached to engraving tool which my friend made me. works brill. Must try it your way & melt it. Thanks again from UK beauty therapist.
You homemade “make your own” facial oil mositurizer … is there a way to make it more of a lotion consistency? When i make body lotion I melt oils/ingredients then let in solidify and then whip with a hand blender.
if you use coconut oil you could probably get closer to that consistency just be careful with the coconut oil as it doesn’t wrok out for everyone
Is castor oil not a good one to use as a moisturizer? I just bought it and plan on using it for OCM but was hoping to also use it as a serum at night.
I have just mixed my facial oil combo and realised i used teatree oil instead of carrotseed oil to go with Jojoba. Then added the carritseed oil too. Can I leave this combination or should i ditch and start again with the 2 intended originally???? I have combination/oily skin prone to akne.
This is pretty much the EXACT same formula that I use for my face oil! I wash with unscented liquid Castile soap which many people would advise against as it strips the skin of natural oils. However, I immediately (without even drying my face and neck) follow with a mix of 3/4 jojoba, 1/4 unrefined coconut oil, and a few drops of both tea tree and lavender. My skin has never been clearer.
Hi crunchy betty, i am loving this post after not being able to afford to by my facial oil i am having to make one, I am wanting to use, kiwi-seed, lavender, jojoba and avocado oil, any suggestions on the quantities i should use?
I can’t thank you enough for this awesome post. I have been using this for about 3 weeks– my skin feels wonderful and I even think my chicken neck is disappearing…..maybe not gone yet but it has helped my aging skin —-at 48 I needed help!! I have used jojoba,rosehip seed, and lavender. My next bottle I made today will be avocado, emu, and roman chamomile. Can you tell me if changing every month is good for your skin? I know changing shampoo is good because you don’t want your hair to get used to same thing….does this also apply to your skin? One other question…..I think my age spots are less noticeable ….can you tell me if you know of a specific oil that does this?
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Thank you for the great info! But I now have Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil Organic with Vitamin E and a bottle of jojoba oil. Instruction says that I can use the Rosehip Oil by itself like a serum. So is it still ok to mix the Rosehip oil with my jojoba oil? Do you think my Rosehip oil is pure or should I get another kind of Rosehip oil? Looking forward to your reply, Betty!
hi i love the idea of making my own natural and skin safe moisturizer. However on this list for the #3 ingredient suggesting lavender oil. from what i have read, lavender oil is bad for skin, killing cells and other harmful effects. or more specifically lanilool, found in lavender and others places. do you have any info on this?
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HI!! I have a question? I would really like to use neem oil as the second oil but I have read so many different things about it, that I am beggining to get confused as to how safe it is for skin use?? Also it smells TERRIBLE to me, so how much would I use? I know it is more concentrated aswell so would I use less than if it was say tamanu oil?? Trying to find my perfect oil blend is turning out to be a roungh and bumpy road! Any help is greatly appreciated!! Also, a little info about my skin! I have dry/hormonal acne skin. THANK YOU!
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I have aging skin. I noticed you said your skin loves palmarosa oil. I purchased Palmarosa Essential Oil, 100% Pure Organic (Dr. Adorable) from Amazon. I used a drop of it mixed with some avocado oil. It burns my face quite a bit and had to wash it off immediately with cold water. Is that normal?
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So that is my situation, and I’m really at a loss at what to do to help clear my skin up. Please help. This site is SUPER helpful!
Hey Hannah, I’m also in my teen years, probably a little younger than you. when i was like 13-15 I had oily skin that used to break out so much. I am from Britain though, so i don’t know how your healthcare is in America but I went to the doctor and told them my problem and they gave me a cream called Duac once daily, it contains clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide, both of which are used to treat acne.
So I found that this cleared up 99% of my Acne. The problem with your regime is probably the coconut oil because after I used this as a moisturizer, I found that I broke out terribly. My regime is this; I wash my face in the morning with Simple face wash (i use the green gel one) and then moisturize with Simple Hydrating moisturizer. If you must use a toner, consider trying out rose water which is very gentle. Then at night, i firstly use olive oil to remove all my makeup and then leave it on for 5 minutes whilst i’m in the shower, and then i use my simple face wash to wash it off. My sister found that she broke out when she used olive oil, so i guess you’ll have to try it. if you do, consider using rose water or another type of makeup remover.
Hope this helps, a lot of people say aloe vera gel is good for acne and skin so you could try that too x
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I moisturize using a combination of 1/2 cup sweet almond oil, 5 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of lemon oil, and my face loves it! But I’ve also read about the fantastic benefits of rosehip seed oil – how can I add this to my oil mixture? I’m worried about upsetting the balance and possibly causing a negative reaction…
Could you also use kukui nut oil as a base oil?
Thank you so much for this great post!
I was searching for a natural alternative for so long, and seems I have found it 🙂
I just used my homemade mixture for the first time, and it feels great.
So I purchased your eBook “Crunch Betty’s Food on your face” and am loving every minute of it. I have only one question…where do you purchase your labels to label your bottles? I tried the Avery labels but they don’t stick to my glass bottles that well. What brand do you use? I need it to stick through all the random oil-dripping that my occur on the outside of the bottle, or from my oily hands when reapplying the top. LOL!
I’d like to make a face cream or lotion out of these ingredients. What portions of each oil would you recommend?
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I made my moisturizing oil with grape seed oil, tamanu, rosehip seed, and lemongrass oils. I used theoustueizer for a little over two weeks and then broke out in a terrible rash. It’s finally healing, I know it’s not the grape seed oil because I’ve continued to use that alone. Do you suggest a skin patch test? Is one if the aforementioned oils known to cause allergic reactions more often than others? Should I just stick to the grape seed and stop experimenting, I’m highly sensitive and don’t have health insurance; I’m still making payments for a hospital visit I made last year. I had a terrible allergic reaction to some Chinese herbal tea I was drinking a lot of during a cleanse.
Can the 3-ingredient moisturizer be made into a lotion or cream?
Is there a difference between Carrot Seed Essential Oil and the carrot seed oil in your recipe? Also, same question for rosehip oil. I went to Whole Foods today and bought those tiny little expensive bottles of Rosehip and Carrot seed oils ($19 for a tiny bottle) and they were with all the essential oils so now i’m worried I got the wrong thing!! Did I?
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Yes, you bought the right thing. The reason they are in such tiny bottles is because you use them by the drop…so, in effect, if you have a 15 ml. bottle, you have approx. 250-300 drops…which can make a lot of different products! Hope that helps. I know you asked the question a while back, but since no one else responded I figured I’d try to help ya out. 🙂 Happy oiling!
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Actually, this page shows potentially infinite moisturizers. If you’re talking about the general concept of using oil to moisturize, please remember that oil isn’t the enemy, and your skin will produce its own oil if it’s feeling deprived and parched. The oils Crunchy Betty listed above are highly unlikely to clog your pores.
I was wondering what you thought of coconut oil and using it as a base. If you do not like it, could you tell me why
Do I need to refrigerate the unused oils? Such as the evening primrose oil?
Hi! I found evening orimrose that is 95.5% primrose and 5% vit e. Is this ok??? Thanks!!!
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I have quite sensitive skin, and so finding anything that I can use on it, particularly my face, is difficult. I agree – Evening Primrose is such a critical ingredient to have in a moisturizer. My face has been very happy with using the Somatique Moisturizer – it has evening primrose in it. I apply it after a shower, and I’ve had a lot of compliments on my skin since using the Somatqiue Moisturizer, including compliments from a cosmetologist!
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I am investing in some of your recommended oils right now and am looking forward to mixing them up!
Hello there! I have 4 oz. cobalt blue dropper bottles that I am ready to put my lovely ingredients in. Is this size too big? Any way you can give me an idea how much of each to put into a bottle of this size?
Too big, unfortunately. A 1 oz. bottle is recommended in the recipe.
So do you use a cream too?
I don’t use creams because they make me break out. I only use rosehip oil on my face. Would you recommend getting a moisturising cream too?
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I have argan oil, tamanu oil, and rosehip oil. Can I mix those three together and just those three? Is mixing two nourishing oils (tamanu and rosehip) too much? And thanks for this helpful post!
Quick question about rosehip seed oil: I want an oil that will help heal acne marks, and I’ve heard that rosehip seed helps with anti-aging (another thing I want to work on) and healing scars. I have combination skin and since using OCM it isn’t really oily any longer, but I do have occasional blemishes still and rosehip seed oil is for dry/normal skin. So…my question is can I use this oil on acne-prone skin? Is there another oil you would recommend for healing scars rather than this oil? Maybe use primrose oil instead with carrot seed oil?
I also have combination skin and have a few acne scars. I’ve been using this for about a month and it really has improved my skin. I use a mixture of Argan oil, rosehip oil and lavender essential oil and apply after honey cleansing and pure witch hazel for toner. I probably use it about 5/4 a nights a week. Hope this helps 🙂
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I do not understand “Never, ever use facial oil or moisturizer on a dirty face. Always cleanse in some way first – whether it’s with cleansing grains, honey, the oil cleansing method (though you may not even need moisturizer if you do that), or your favorite prepared facial cleanser. ”
Please explain. I use a 5+ oil cleanser each evening….. Thanks!
In your recipe I don’t recall seeing how often is use my moisturizing oil. I used an organic cleanser to remove my makeup. then a gentle exfoliator. and applied the moisturizing oil. I’m using this moisturizing oil along with a skin care regimen (juice beauty) but idk if I should do the oil every night or every other night.
What are your thoughts on using camellia (tea tree) oil in this mix? I’ve heard it’s great for the skin.. If so, which section would you substitute it in for?
Hi! I just came across your blog and this post recently and have been All up in the homemade face oil.
For my mixture, I bought some absolute rose essential oil which is 5% rose combined with grape seed oil.
Since buying it, I’ve seen a couple of Internet sites that specifically say not to use absolutes on the skin because they’re made using a solvent… I know it’s been ages since you originally posted this, but could you advise me on whether or not it’s actually a horrendous idea to use an absolute oil on my skin?
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Just got all of my oils in the mail and I’m SUPER excited to start! I got jojoba, tamanu, and lavender. Is it normal that the tamanu is more of a solid rather than a liquid? Can’t wait to get it all mixed and try it out!
Okay, I take back the solid part. Maybe it was just because it had been outside. But it is not the dark color as described.
Thank you for posting this! I’ve tried other so-called “natural” facial cleansers and moisturizers, and they all make my skin feel tight and patchy and dry, and still don’t take care of my blemishes. I put together Almond oil, Neem, and Rosemary, and I use this moisturizer after I’ve washed my face with honey and toned with a witch hazel/apple cider vinegar mixture, and my skin feels AMAZING! I used to get horribly dry skin in the winter, I’m in Ohio, and no matter how much moisturizer I would use, my skin never felt hydrated. No more dry skin problems here! The one concern I have, though, is with the neem oil; it’s got a very strong odor, and even with 10 drops of rosemary, the smell is pretty strong. Do you know of a better essential oil that would neutralize the neem oil smell? I love what the neem is doing for my breakouts, but my face smells like garbage. Help!
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Hi, Can I use this as a daytime moisturizer, like after I shower every morning? Because I see that you recommend it for night time use.
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Hi! Love you and this recipe. I had neem on hand (I use it in my toothpaste), so I used that. Is there anything I can do about the smell? It’s so awful! 🙁
I have been using apricot kernal oil as a moisturiser after exfoliating and cleansing my face and my skin has never looked better, but it is starting to cause the tiny white hairs on the side of my face to become thicker, and slightly longer, although still pure white. Are there any other oils I can use for moisturising that won’t encourage hair growth on my face. Thanks!
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Agreed! No need to exploit animals for our own greed and luxury (its not something we need!) when there are so many cruelty free ways to help ourselves! 🙂
Just made my first batch, and ran off to wash my face so I could try it out straight away. I used 1/2 jojoba and 1/2 grapeseed oil, with tamanu, evening primrose, lavender and rosemary. It absorbed straight in without my face feeling oily and my skin feels so good. Glad I found this page!
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I know this post is now over a year old, but I found this oil blend from Homestead Skin Care marketed as Eczema Oil. I bought it for my husband to try (and he never really did). It comes in a roll on 1 oz. bottle. I started using it a few weeks ago on my face, and I am totally sold. I have actually seen the skin on my face start to change (for the better). It’s not greasy… anyway, it is three oils Kukui Nut, Emu, and Jojoba. I am unsure if this company is staying or going at the moment, so I want to be prepared to make my own. I love the roll on bottle idea as well. Most of it gets on my face, I rub it in a little, and I’m good. I have no idea what their ratios are, but it is amazing. Just thought I would share, because I haven’t heard much mention of Kukui Nut Oil.
PLEASE CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME!!! I made a mix of: jojoba oil, borage oil, vitamin E, cedarwood oil and lavender oil. I put it on my face and my face felt tingly and it went red!!! I then poured a quarter out and added more jojoba oil to dilute it and make it less strong but it still does the same thing! Help I dont know what to do (i’m definatley not allergic to nay of these products because ive used them before with no reaction) I think I used too many drops of essential oil but I dont know how to dilute it and make it less strong. Please can somebody help!
I was about to write a comment on here in general about not using Lavender in a Day facial cream….It’s fine for night cream, but stay away from sun sensitizing essential oils in day creams…Lavender is one of those…You may also have used too much essential oils…It’s recommended to stay in the 1% range for most EO’s in any given concoctions..as a very little bit goes a long way!
If you’ve used each of these oils individually and had no allergic reaction, then it must be the mix or the amount of each individual oil you’re adding that is causing you problems. I’d recommend first removing cedarwood from your mix. I know it’s meant to be useful for skin conditions,but it IS also used as an insect/ flea repellent, so it could just be way too strong for your skin.
You could go back to the beginning and using the jojoba oil as your carrier base, just add one other oil at a time, noting your skin reaction.You need to remember that just because something is natural doesn’t mean that too much of it won’t harm you! I’d say in about 2 oz of base oil, you should only add about three drops of lavender, three drops of borage a couple drops of vit c and if you decided to add the cedarwood maybe only one drop.
Incidentally, if you are allergic to iceberg lettuce you will probably be allergic to lavender.
Hope this helps. I just found this great web site today and saw your message, so maybe you’ve already worked things out. Good luck!
I think cedarwood can cause that reaction in those with sensitive skin when used in excess, so maybe you just are using too much. what was the concentration you used these ingredients before (i.e. was it too small to show a reaction)
the one I use is jojoba, lavender, vitamin E, carrot seed, tee tree, peppermint, rosemary, and basil. I noticed a major decrease in acne when I added the basil, probably because it decreases immune overreactions to things such as acne. maybe you should just try a different blend. I don’t really know. (sorry)
Please reconsider your use of emu oil. Apart from the fact that it is no more nourishing than the other oils you have mentioned, the fact is that most emu oil on the market, especially in the US, is adulterated.
That aside, the fact that an entire bird is killed only to be used for the fat pads on its feet is repugnant to me and just totally unnecessary.
Emu Oil is the modern day version of snake oil. Don’t believe the hype and avoid animal cruelty. Thanks.
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So after cleansing, then apply the oils and leave on? Or do you rinse? And do you apply evening or morning? And every day? I’m a little clueless, but trying to learn! Thanks!!
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I need you opinion. I used MK skin care for 25 years, have great skin and was relatively comfortable with the products UNTIL they discontinued them without telling me. I just ran out of moisturizer. I have been contemplating switching to a more herbal approach for about a year. No time like the present! So I had almond oil, I purchased rose hip oil and rose EO. I figured since everything about me is extremely sensitive I would start with 2 drops of the almond oil only for a week in the AM and PM. Then add the rosehip the next week and the EO the following. The first 4 days were great with the almond oil, today I noticed 5 break outs. I am panicking. My skin maybe has one breakout a month…maybe. I am a WF age 54 with combo. skin but moving to drier (menop) skin. Please advise.
Thanks so much.
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I tried this today and the oil didn’t really soak in? My face was left really oil even after an hour of putting it on. I have naturally oily, acne prone skin so I mixed Jojoba, carrot oil and chamomile. I only used a small amount. I put it on after washing my face when it was dry, should I have done something else? I really want this to work, any suggestions on what to do to make the oil soak in and not just sit on top of my skin.
I’m having the same issue. Does anyone know what to do?
Try messaging it in when your face is wet, then gently pat dry. Some gets removed this way. I have never tried this, but I read it works for other people. I also read, that if your skin doesn’t “drink” up the moisture, it is a sign that your skin simply doesn’t need any extra moisture. Despite what you read online, I think this is true. I am 47, and still do not need any moisture for my skin, even though I want to use all these neat creams and oils so much! I also look 30 years old. There are ups and downs of producing enough of your own oils.
I do better putting essential oils like lavender into distilled water, and misting my face with this, or patting it on with a cotton ball. Rose water is moisturizing too. Good luck.
I’ve been using facial oil for a few weeks now – my skin actually didn’t like it at first, but I persisted – now my skin is loving the new regime! It’s definitely worth buying the best quality oils you can afford though – the cheap versions in plastic bottles probably aren’t what they say they are…..
I tried to purchase some oils on the Vitacost website but none of the links work… not even the one to contact them and tell them about the problem!
I have been trying to clean my face with oils every night for a few months, still struggling to find just the right combo but hanging in there. anyway, should I not wash my face with anything in the morning? I work out first thing in the AM, just a splash of water after that or what is your recommendation?
I use honey on my face in the morning – just massage a little in with damp fingers – and leave it on for as long as you can, then rinse off. I love it, my skin is even softer now than it was when I started using oil to cleanse and moisturise!
Amy, I use OCM at night & a combination of oatmeal & almond scrub (I believe also a C.B. recipe) for mornings & I found works really well on my post-workout skin!
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I would love to know what frankenstein oil does… does it provide relief for stiff joints? improve speech? relief for headaches due to bolts in your head? 😉 (sorry I had to lol)
What would you recommend for eczema?
Eczema and gluten are very related. Eliminating all contact with gluten should make a major difference in your skin….same goes for acne. Any food or drinks or sauces or condiments containing wheat, barley or rye in the ingredients list or those made in a facility which processes those grains should be eliminated from your diet. Other items containing gluten are pet foods, some shampoos and conditioners and cosmetics. There are many lists online which help identify the items to avoid. Some food colorings may contain gluten. Oats themselves do not contain gluten, but unless they are certified gluten free there may be cross contamination from exposure to grains containing gluten through the growing and/or packaging process. Corn can have a similar effect though it doesn’t actually contain the same gluten.
i am following these instructions and i made my facial oil but i came across a video that says your facial oil should go on after washing with the face stil wet….. if this is the best way to apply the oil then how or when do i put on my acv toner? please help really confused and unsure what to do.
It says in this link (DIY ACV toner): http://livinthecrunchylife.blogspot.com/2013/03/diy-apple-cider-vinegar-facial-toner.html you can apply the ACV toner first, allow it to dry then put the moisturizer.
Is it sea buckhorn seed or berry oil?
“As I get older my skin has become much more sensitive. I’m happy an Aveda representative introduced this product to me. It goes on smoothly, my skin feels moisturized, and I don’t break out at all. My only wish for this product is that it had sunscreen in it. Thank you Aveda for another great product!”
Hi. If one has combination skin and acne- prone oily and mild acne with some redness around t-zone and cheeks, the both sides near the jawline is a bit dry and rough.
What kind of carrier and essential oils would be more suitable?
to add, those oily areas arent always that oily, they mostly become oily if ‘m in hot or warm places.
I have recently bought the grapeseed oil and tamanu oil. Is this safe to combine together? If so, what portion should I put for each?
Thank you for your time and information. This is the first time reading your blog and wanted to ask about your recommendation to VitaCost. Were you just recommending the site, or the actual VitaCost brand? The reviews on the essential oils seem VERY scary. Can you give us any additional insight. Thanks so much!!
I bought the Rose oil mixed with Jojoba. You mentioned that I could use more in my blend as it’s not “neat”. Exactly how much should I add to the blend?
I get my jojoba oil from Pure Jojoba. The oil is organic and works perfectly! Pretty good prices too.
Can I add Vitamin C to add that extra boost?
Vit. C is very unstable, and requires a specific PH to do it’s handy work, and to last. If you do add it, do it fresh everyday. Put the oil you wish to use in your palm, and just add 1-2 pinches of fine powder Ascorbic Acid. This will ensure you get the benefits.
That’s a great idea Victoria, it definitely works!
Just made my first batch! Can’t wait to see how my face feels in the morning, so far so good!…other than i maybe should’ve used less neem…the smell its burning my eyes a little 🙂
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This information is great! I’m excited to make my own moisturizer without all the gunk. Is there a mixture you can recommend for SPF?
I couldn’t agree more… it definitely is amazing!
I finally got all of my ingredients yesterday and made my first batch today. I’ve been doing the oil cleanse since Spring but with the colder weather coming I feel like my skin needs a little extra something. I can’t wait to see how this works.
Hey Darlene, how did you get on with the oil? And what mix did you use? I use a store-bought neroli oil at the moment for moisturising but I think my skin could do better.
I tried to submit a follow up about a month ago but it wouldn’t take. I love the moisturizer. My skin isn’t very dry to begin with, I was just looking for something to give it a little boost in this cold season. I used jojoba oil, Rosehip seed oil and Lavender and I really liked the results.
The next time I make this I may change it up a bit and use jojoba oil, Argan oil, Rosehip seed oil, Lavender and Chamomile, vitamin E and see what happens. 🙂
Great! Thanks for the response. My skin really likes jojoba, so maybe that’s the next step. Thanks again 🙂
You mention Sea buckthorn oil as a nourishing oil for your 3-ingredient facial moisturizer. Just wondering which you’re referring to — seed oil or the berry oil version?
Wow! I’m a bit excited! *holds hands out really wide* having been researching ways to go “poo free” I’ve stumbled across your website and it now appears I’m going to get crunchy! Thanks for this amazing info….I’m going to start straight away! Just one question about sun protection, I know a couple of people mentioned it below (*thumbs up*) but wondered what your thoughts are and what you use? I’ve used SPF on my face all my life and would like to continue (I quite enjoy the shock on people’s faces when they think I’m ten years younger than I am! Lol) Oooh, I feel all excited! 🙂
Hello, I love your blog. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of homemade facial products- I make my own moisturizer, and I use raw honey to wash my face (sometimes with organic sugar for a scrub). My next project is to make my own sun care oil- I’ve done a lot of research on carrot oil and have found a lot of sources say it not only protects the skin from burning (not a lot of protection, but some) and also helps the skin get a nice brown glow. I’m outside a lot as I grow my food year round- I’ve been using coconut oil, but I’d like to add carrot oil to it.
I’ve searched locally, online, etc. and I can’t seem to find a place that sells the rich, dark colored carrot oil I’m looking for. The only thing that turns up is expensive tanning oil that says it has it in it- So where do you get your carrot oil from. And my other question would be do you use carrot seed extract or carrot seed essential oil?
Hi, Have a question. I have Rosacea and do not want to give up using oils in the evening. Presently I’m using Primrose Oil (base) and coconut oil. Do you have any suggestions for the people with Rosacea (me). My Dermatologist told me not to use anything but as you know that is impossible. Thank you.
Would a cobalt blue or amber bottle work with has a spray/mist cap? Or would a pump cap be required?
My husband has psoriasis, any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
Wondering if you know which oil would be best for rosacea?
I have the same question? I recently started using Coconut Oil on my face and although I haven’t noticed a change, it does seem to moisturize well since my face is really dry. I have all three effects of rosacea: redness, bumps, and veiny lines. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for sharing! Been buying really pricey products and just had about enough of wasting my money with chemicals that are harmful and synthetic.
I appreciate this!
Hiya Crunchy Betty, I’m contemplating making my own moisturiser and doing the com too. I’m nervous tho as I have sensitive skin and also have a small amount of milia spots on my cheeks, how will the oils affect this? And can I use my bare minerals make up with the moisturiser? Any help or advice you can give is greatly appreciated. x
i have been doing the baking soda and water to clean face and i tell ya i can see a difference now… on day two. and been using apple cider vinegar as a toner and joyoba oil as a moisturizer alone… for now and its done wonders for my blackheads and my face looks alot better. thanks soooo much for all the info. i am still gonna try some of the other stuff thats on here but i just wanted to let yall know that the least that im doing is working. hats off to you crunchybetty.
i have been doing the baking soda and water to clean face and i tell ya i can see a difference now… on day two. and been using apple cider vinegar as a toner and joyoba oil as a moisturizer alone… for now and its done wonders for my blackheads and my face looks alot better. thanks soooo much for all the info. i am still gonna try some of the other stuff thats on here but i just wanted to let yall know that the least that im doing is working. hats off to you crunchybetty.
Thank you so much for this post, I love the way you break it down and added the cute photos :). I was searching high and low for good facial oil mix recipes and this really does the trick. Can’t wait to try my own, I’m thinking of trying out mixes using argan oil, rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, emu oil, and avacado seed oil. (I’ll probably start with argan and rosehip seed with essential oil).
Already have lots of essential oils so that will be fun to experiment with as well. Do you have a favorite essential oil for your facial oils?
I was wondering if there was something that I could add to the oil to provide an SPF of above 20?
Keep up the good work!
Surely borage oil would be bad for acneic skin if it’s high in oleic acid? I though oleic acic was higly comedogenic.
Surely borage oil would be bad for acneic skin if it’s high in oleic acid? I though oleic acic was higly comedogenic.
Are the oils you use to make the moisturizers that you’re selling online organic?
Are the oils you use to make the moisturizers that you’re selling online organic?
Is this okay for daily use?
Oh no I just made a moisturiser with this recipe for my friend cause I was raving about how much I love mine. I made a mistake though and used sunflower oil instead of jojoba as the carrier oil! Is her skin gonna break out? Should I tell her or will it still work? Help!
Hi, My skin is very dry and I tried to use mix of oils to moisturize it. But after using oils (avocado oil, coconut oil and rosenhip oil) my skin became just dehydrated with red blemishes and as a result more wrinkles. I feel a bit frustraited when I read all the success comments…why it doesn’t work for me….I feel oils also clog my pores. Is it any other way to naturally moisturize the skin?
My skin tends to be dry/acne-prone and it responded really well to plain straight shea butter, which goes on a little thicker than the oils that seem to dry skin out even more. I warm a pea-sized amount in my palm until it goes from solid to liquid, then rub both hands together and gently spread over my face starting at my eyes and working out. I’ve lately added a couple drops tamanu oil to the night-time application and my skin’s never looked better! (Or crows-feet less visible!)
Thought I’d share in case it helped 🙂
P.S. I do this following the honey-baking soda face wash, morning and night.
So I went onto Mountain Rose Herbs…they have Carrot Seed essential oil…should this be considered as the essential oil part of the recipe or is this still considered an additional nourishing oil and I add a different essential oil?
Carrot seed oil is different. Here is a link to one http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/product.asp?product_id=OILCARROTCP&affiliate=34336
I am new to all things crunchy, and the DIY moisturizer was one of my first projects. I’ve made a dropper bottle with 1/2 jojoba and 1/2 sweet almond oil. I’ve been using it after washing with 100%raw, unfiltered organic honey (omg-LOVE) and ACV toner. I am never one of those lucky people that things like this work for- but seriously, my skin has NEVER (EVER) looked or felt better! I have always had mild to moderate acne, but pretty normal (not oily or dry) skin. Ive had no new zits in 2 weeks- that must be some kind of record or me! I’ve also started the “no poo,” and until the third day, my hair looks soft, shiny, and beautiful. I’m hoping I can train my hair to be less oily- so I’m going to stick it out! I love knowing how natural and pure the ingredients to my every-day products are! Thank you!
AWESOME info here- thank you!!!
Hi, How can I make these moisturizers with added sunscreen?
Though I haven’t tried it myself, I know that titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are both naturally occuring and oil soluble sunscreens. Maybe adding one or the other would work for you?
@crunchybetty:disqus , could i apply these oil around my eyes too?
Heather Schroeder Zwicker
Make sure you are using essential oils that are safe for internal consumption. Aura Cacia oils are not. I found that out after I bought some. 🙁
Aura Cacia doesn’t believe any essential oils are suitable for consumption, as well as many aromatherapy books. It’s not that Aura Cacia is less pure, but more true to their beliefs in how essential oils should be used. Topically is far more potent than ingestion due to acids during digestion.
Thanks for sharing. I also mix&match my own babySKINelixer, as I call it 😉 Do you already use the pomegranateseedoil? Very expensive but once you start reading about the benefits… 🙂
Wow I stumbled across your blog and love it! I just started the Grapeseed oil + Tamanu Oil + Rose oil for my acneic and scar skin. So far few days in and it’s going okay…time and patience will tell. Oil is amazing…
I have a question…Should I wash my face with the honey and then use the facial oil afterwards? Im new to the homemade moisturizers. Also what size bottle should i buy and where to buy them?
I wash my face with honey every morning, rinse it off in the shower, then use my facial oil whilst my face is still damp. My skin looks fab!
You can buy the bottles on Amazon – the size of the bottle is dependant on how much you want to make up.
What do you do about SPF? apply it under?
Hi. Thank you for sharing these information. What would you recommend for combination skin for young adult woman age?
Hi CB! I would love to learn from you! I too am in CS. I’m very new to organics and homemade, but I’m eager to learn. Do you have an email I can contact you?
this was fantastic. thank you! big QUESTION though… What happens if you go out on a hot bright summer’s day with this wonderful concoction on your skin? I mean, can all those oils react badly on your skin during sunny summer days? What do you suggest? Please let me know. I am switching to homemade everything now and all I’m missing is the facial daily moisturizer thing… But I worry about the sun. Thank you!
Some oils have a natural SPF so actually protect you from the sun! Double bonus!
What oils & essential oils would you recommend for acne scars? I’ve currently been doing the OCM, & switching out between vitamin E, jojoba, sweet almond oil & coconut oil as a moisturizer. Thinking about purchasing some lemongrass oil to (hopefully) help out with my acne scars. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated, as I am fairly new with the “crunchy” lifestyle.
What oils & essential oils would you recommend for acne scars? I’ve currently been doing the OCM, & switching out between vitamin E, jojoba, sweet almond oil & coconut oil as a moisturizer. Thinking about purchasing some lemongrass oil to (hopefully) help out with my acne scars. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated, as I am fairly new with the “crunchy” lifestyle.
What would be good to help with rosacea
Funny girl with alll the essential info; I love it and thanks so much!
Hi peeps n miss crunchy betty. What a fantastic site. Im so glad to have discovered it. I have been looking into natural prod for myself and my 16yr old daughter. Unfortunately, she has inherited my oily/acne skin. Yes, I’m 38 and still have bad breakouts especially in the summer in sunny south Africa. My daughter also suffers with sunspot problems during the summer months, and the white spots and acne on her face stands out more on her brown skin(I’m Indian). We have just started a regimen of forever living liq soap and baking soda as cleanser and milk of magnesia applied lightly on after. No moisturizer in the day as its extremely humid and the face gets oily. The evening we do the same cleanse, use forever livings activator as a toner and then apply plain grapeseed oil. Before bed we put on milk of magnesia and sleep with it.
Is there anything I should change in this regimen? Your advise would be appreciated as we don’t have much peeps we can ask here as they mostly old school and stick to shelve products.
Thanks, Fatima, JHB, south Africa
Hi! I am looking into buying avocado and sweet almond oil. Which brands make it cold pressed and extra virgin?
Would you please take the time and recommend an oil blend for me? I have some red spots on my face (between my eyebrows) and I find that my skin around my chin and mouth area is more yellow than overall. I’m Caucasian, 26yrs old and I find I’ve always had this, unless I get a tan. Then everything is perfect! Do I need a toner to get rid of this?
Also what would you recommend for a body oil to help with mild keratosis? I think most of us have this but don’t know what it is lol
Thank you soooo very much! I’m trying to go green but there’s so much crap out there.
I have used oils you mentioned for years. I love sweet almond oil! I use it everywhere. About a year ago I discovered a cold-pressed oil by Tarte called maracuja oil. I am very extremely particular about what I put on my face. I absolutely adore this maracuja oil! It is healing, hydrating w/o being oily. I could go on and on, its 100% pure and it comes from the maracuja fruit and is native to the amazon. I believe there is a short video about how it is extracted from the fruit by woman who are indigenous to the area and they earn a goof wage as they should. Its a program Tarte has worked out with the people, as I mentioned, who are indigenous to the area and it benefits these people. Check it out, in my book it trumps argan oil! Have a blessed holiday.
I was looking for such a neat instruction. Thanks a lot! One question though, how do you ever put the final mixture on your face? I mean so the stuff won’t end up mostly on my hands or whatever I put it on with.
I know I’m commenting way after the fact, but I wanted to say that I bought a small dark-glass dropper bottle for my batch. It’s great because I can control the amount I use (usually just three drops) and because I don’t end up contaminating the oil.
Can you use few essential oils together?
Wow! I think I’m suffering from essential oil jealousy! Just kidding! Thanks for the tips!
This is such a great post. I learned alot. I was previously just using coconut oil as my moisturizer. I ventured out and bought some rosehip seed oil. I haven’t yet picked my carrier oil I’m thinking of trying argan but I’m nervous it won’t work and it’s pricey. I tried a jojoba oil mixed w/ jasmine I bought from Whole Foods but it was way to oily. I may just stick w/ the rosehip oil. So far it’s been working out great.
And from the recommendation of the lady below talking about Emu or Camel oil I purchased some of that also for my dry scaley hands (you totally made me LOL, btw)
I have been searching for something like this. Thanks y
Crunchybetty, Just wondering if you have ever had any complaints about Frankincense mixed in your oils? Never visiting any web or following any recipe, just what I put together for myself, after studing oils. A friend asked what I was using on my face because it looked so good–wanted to try some. She used it for 6 weeks and then complained she was having all sorts of pain/burning in her stomach, rash on feet and hands. She said it was the oil I gave her, but never had a patch test done by a dermatologist. She swears it was the Frankinsence. I have used this mixture on my face for over 2 months with no problems at all and I love it, my face has never looked better nor felt better. Any insight would be greately appreciated. I really am concerned for my friend.
Thank you for this recipe!! I have eczema on my face (of all the places it could bother me with), and I used your recipe. Of course I had to search for all the oils and their benefits and decide on them. And now I have the 3 ingredients to make the oil and my skin is so much better now!!
You can’t understand how thankful I am to come across this site! I hope I can make my own facial cream instead of relying on the moisturizer the dermatologist gives me. Slowly cleaning out my beauty regime to more natural things..
This is awesome. Thank you so much.
I have acne and I use olive oil helps me but if I wanted to mix tea tree oil with it what are the amount I need?? Or it’s bad idea?? I also use reatnaol so do I. Use oil before or after reatnaol??
Kerri Elizabeth Wolfe
I have been using tamanu and have found that it is very drying to my skin (especially in fall in Colorado). I swithed to Sea Buckthorn Oil in hopes that I could replenish some moisture but the oil is staining and leaves a yellow-ish tone to my face. Any suggestions on a better moisturizing oil or a way to make the Sea Buckthorn less like a bad spray tan? Thanks a bunch!
Just use a few drops of sea buckthorn oil with other moisturizing oils.
Fresh cosmetics has a very expensive line with sea buckthorn oil which they have renamed seaberry oil and removed most of the color. Making your own is a much better value.
How long does this keep? Thanks!
Since June, I have been going back and forth between crunchy and non-crunchy products because of an allergy. an eczema patch broke out right under and on the sides of my nose. I tried to use my oil cleanser and it just kept getting worse and I finally broke down and went to a dermatologist. She prescribed a steroid that only half worked and gave gave me acne! I stopped using it and started putting shea butter on the affected area and voila…the eczema patch disappeared and faded the dark spot the eczema was leaving behind. Well now I had to deal with the acne. the meds again had crazy burning side effects along with extreme drying and flaking of my skin. I went back to my oil cleanser and again…voila…the peeling was just short of stopping. I have tried the ACV and tea tree oil to get rid of the acne but it’s not working. They would get rid of the Texas sized pimples but it’s the finer, itchy acne bumps that are irritating me—NEVA had a skin problem like this before. The reason I was bouncing back and forth was the dermatologist told me that my “natural” products were probably irritating my condition. the prescriptions were irritaing my face and my pocketbook! I use a combo of grapeseed oil & peppermint oil as a moisturizer. My cleanser consists of Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond OIl and Tea Tree or Peppermint Essential Oil (depending on how I’m feeling). my cleanser is a WOOONDERFUL makeup remover! LOVE YOU AND LOVE IT!!
Just because something is natural does not mean it cannot irritate your skin. Many people have allergic reactions to nut oils. Sweet almond oil and peppermint oil can be irritating.
Thanks for this,its a highly recommended post!!
But I have a question why U don’t mention olive oil or sesame oil in your recipes ????!
Hi CrunchyBetty! Thank you so much for this godsent of a post; I’ve been sitting on wanting to make my own moisturizer for a while now and this, which has been the least vague of all the posts out there, has been galvanizing. I have a couple questions for you, and since I cannot find conclusive information on this elsewhere, I would love it if you could offer your two cents:
1. Is fruit juice or fruit essential oil a better source of enzymes that could dissipate acne scarring/marks, brighten skin, and/or even skin tone (can they even do this?)? If fruit juice, is there a way to stabilize the juice in the oil? And most importantly, which fruit essential oils/juices do you know that are helpful for skin resurfacing?
2. Would you suggest any particular way to convert this oil mixture into a moisturizer stably? Would the oils still yield the same benefits (besides moisturizing – I want to do this because straight oil on damp skin feels too oily/moisturizing, and because a cream seems more convenient to apply on the go) in a cream as they would otherwise? Can we heat up these oils?
I know this is a lot but I would forever appreciate your time and consideration! And if you put out an oil for acne/oleic skin, you better believe I will be all over that, only partly in expression of gratitude.
omgosh i feel you on the whole using alot of oils! i use argan,apricot kernal, kukui nut, tamanu, seabuckhorn, rosehip seed, borage, emu, kiwi seed, meadowfoam , red raspberry, red palm oil. sometimes its hard to keep track! ahha (:
hello, i really like your post :).. and can i use this before i put make up ? or can i use this blen and mix it to my moisturizer ? thank you before
I love this! I work in a nutrition store so i have a certifiable # Of essential oils. I mixed my favorites into a base oil and my skin keeps looking better and better
Speaking of facial hair (as mentioned upthread), my partner got a free sample of “Shaving Oil,” which he used under the shaving cream before shaving, and it helped make shaving much nicer for him and his sensitive skin. Now, he’s out of it and it’s SUPER expensive. Do you folks think sweet almond oil would have a similar lubricating effect for shaving?
Do you have any thoughts on coconut oil for the face? It has lauric acid in it, which I have read can be good for acne (anti-fungal, antimicrobial). I started using just straight coconut oil as a moisturizer recently (at night after my shower) and I LOVE it. I have used it on my face a few times as well. I was wondering if coconut oil might make a good ingredient for a facial moisturizer?
Coconut oil is great for a facial moisturizer! I use it in my OCM oil as well as body and face “lotion”. I started using it for my body when no lotion was the holy grail, and I knew what was in it (I use Tropical Traditions…gold label…the good stuff). After rubbing it on my body, I would use what was left over on my hands on my face. Soaks in well. Now, I do have dry skin so it might be different if you have oily/acne prone skin. I think probably one of the major factors will be what you wash your face with and any of the “extra” stuff that might be in it. Just like going no poo, if you wash with OCM or honey or some such thing, your face will finally regulate the oil it produces, thus cutting down on acne and making dry skin not as dry. It also means the oil you use on your face will be more beneficial.
P.S. I am VERY partial to coconut oil and use it in so many ways, and there may be a better oil to use than coconut oil, but you won’t hear that from me! *wink*
Thank you for this fabulous post. I’ve gone “clean” for three weeks now and have only been using jojoba or argan oil on my face, but I’ve been looking to take it up a notch, especially for my body oil. Your explanations on different base oils will be especially useful!
made this the other night cuz i was out of my normal, store bought moisturizer. made it with grapeseed oil, 2 drops of lavendar, 1 drop of lemongrass, 1 drop of grapefruit, and 1 drop of clary sage. it is soooo nice and refreshing. i only use 1 drop of my concoction at night, and dont have to use it any other time in the day. my face is clearing up, my pores are shrinking, and it makes me happy. i have even stopped wearing foundation cuz my face has evened up so much! all in all a great experiment.
bit by bit, my beauty and house-cleaning is getting crunchy!
honey wash with baking soda scrub
thyme/witch hazel toner
cocoa powder/corn starch face powder
homemade makeup remover wipes (castile soap and EO’s)
jojoba/sweet almond oil eye makeup remover
thyme/witch hazel toner
1 drop of new FABULOUS facial oil
my face has never been happier!
I’ve been making my own moisturizing oil for almost a year, I think, with jojoba and sweet almond as the base, and a little lavender and rosemary essential oils. It’s great, I use it all over my body and it’s light enough for my (somewhat oily skin type) face while being heavy enough to keep my fingers from getting crazy dry.
When you say 4-7 drops of EO do you mean 4-7 total or for each EO I chose to put in my personal recipe?
LOVE LOVE LOVE Your website btw. I had used the OCM before to no avail and by reading you I realized that I was just using the wrong kind (coconut oil actually, big no no for my acneic skin). I now use castor and grapeseed mixed with lavender as my OCM and it has done wonders for my skin. Thanks for your hard work!
Oups i meant to say jojoba oil and castor oil.
I love you! Can’t wait to try this. I’ve just started the OCM thanks to you and surprisingly enjoy it. I expected to break out but didn’t. I’m ready to make my own moisturizing oil too thanks to this post.
Thanks for this and all of your amazing posts! I have struggled with rosacea for about four years. I tried so many skin care methods, both traditional/derm-recommended and natural/unconventional. I have had the best results since I started oil and honey cleansing about 2 months ago! (oil at night, honey in the morning). I have also been using a blend of jojoba, sweet almond oil and neroli (orange flower) essential oil as a moisturizer with very great results for the last 3 weeks. The redness seems to lessen every day and my skin feels so much better – no more burning pain! Because my skin is so sensitive, I began with just pure jojoba oil because it didn’t irritate. After a week I added the sweet almond oil and then a week later the neroli oil. This way if I have a reaction to any new addition I will know exactly what to avoid in the future. I plan to slowly build my perfect facial oil, with my next addition being evening primrose oil. I would highly recommend this method to anyone with rosacea, and maybe even those with facial eczema, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis. I have also read that some people with inflammatory skin conditions along with acne/oily skin use natural aloe vera gel with a few drops of their oil blend mixed in as a moisturizer, although the shelf life of that may be different than the oil. I have tried this a few times with really nice results when I wanted a lighter moisturizer. I used Mountain Rose Herbs’ aloe because it does not contain carageenan-which can be inflammatory. I just wanted to put this out there for anyone else struggling with rosacea. There’s hope! and although these methods may not work for everyone, it’s a great place to start. I feel so empowered that I can take my skin’s health into my own hands! Thank you, Betty, your blog has changed my life!
I was able to solve my Rosacea with diet alone. A Paleo diet worked great for me, but it’s important to understand that, really, any diet that reduces gluten and eliminates food toxins will work.
I had severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) reactions to sweet almond oil and to apricot oil. Your method of adding a new ingredient every week or two to check for sensitivities is a great idea.
I love this post! I’ve been using avocado oil, vitamin e oil and argan oil for a few months now but was a bit afeared of adding essential oils . . . now I know I can there’s no stopping me!
OK, but neem oil smells really bad. So if I use that, what kind of essential oil can I use to repair the scent? I highly doubt that only 5-7 drops is going to do any good on this issue. Just saying. And I got my neem from Rose Mountain Herbs, so I think it isn’t a problem of brand here. It’s neem in pure virgin olive oil. Seriously, this stuff smells awful. My husband says it smells like rotten onions.
Nope. That’s just how neem smells. It’s not pleasant, to be sure, but it works wonders. Doubtful that you’ll be able to cover the smell completely, but rose geranium or lavender might help a bit. My recommendation? Learn to accept that this is just how the neem smells, and think about all the goodness it’s doing for you. Sooner or later, you won’t even think about it. Luckily, the smell doesn’t “stick around” for long on your skin. (This is the same thing I tell people who swear up and down that they cannot stand the smell of apple cider vinegar … sometimes you just have to readjust your perception of it in order to see the benefits versus the small disadvantage, y’know?)
You could try using Karanja oil. It’s a cousin to been oil, has the same properties, and a less potent smell.
Cousin to NEEM oil. Sorry, auto correct
I’ve been using a moisturizer for about a month now (since I randomly developed a sensitivity some ingredient in most store bought facial cremes) made of whipped coconut oil and lavender oil. It’s worked beautifully despite some original concerns I had.
Oh, stupid Vitacost! I signed up. I got a $10 off code in an email. I put together an order, I used the code. I realized *right* after I clicked the final purchase button that I had misread something. The $9 bottle of oil was NOT grapefruit scented, it was grapeseed based.
So, the website claimed I had a 15 minute window in which I could edit the order. I tried it over and over and over – and got through being able to select that item in my cart, and “remove it” – and as soon as I clicked remove, I was sent right back to the beginning of the process, no confirmation.
I tried calling their 1-800 number and sat on hold for about six minutes. And then I realized I was going to be stuck with something I didn’t want, so I tried canceling the whole order. And that, unlike removing one item, worked.
I was thinking I could go back and re-order the other things I had in my cart that I DID want. And I can. But not with the $10 off code, which is no good now, since I wasted it on my first order that I canceled.
And, being stingy and and on hold for phone call number two for almost 10 minutes, I am now fed up and irked and unlikely to ever buy from them. Grumble. Trust me to screw up something that should be fun and easy.
I would just shoot them an email. In my experience, Vitacost has pretty good customer service and would be able to fix this for you!
That would be definitely irritating, but don’t give up on Vitacost. I have used them for so many things and you have to love that your shipping is going to be $5 (and then free after $49 spent). Definitely try to email them, I have had great success with their customer service. I can’t beat their prices anywhere and there are so many things I can get from there at once (I moved to a place with no Wild Oates, or the like of grocery stores). And no, I don’t work for them, I just order from them every month.
Daisy Chain Mom
Thank you so much for posting this!
I have combination/sensitive skin. I break out and have dry skin. Does anyone have suggestions for a combination of oils to use to help with the breakouts, but won’t dry my skin?
You are so adorable I can’t stand it!! You have broken down and explained everything and made me laugh in the process!! Your humorous personality shines through!! Thank you for the lift!!
Caroline Grove Byrd
Don’t forget coconut oil!
Do you think emu oil is the same as what the ostrich guy at my greenmarket sells as ostrich oil? Because I would be a free spokesperson for that stuff. It was a freezing fall day and my hands were just so dry I was considering chewing them off just to get rid of that feeling. Then the ostrich guy put ONE DROP on my hands and as I massaged it in, my scaly claws turned into baby skin hands. And a teeny bottle lasts forever. It also does wonders for those “fine lines” around your nose and mouth. You have to either leave it on for as long as possible or massage it in for much longer than traditional moisturizer, but boy does it work. It also cured the chapped lips that no other product could. Now I’m psyched to try it in combo with with other ingredients.
Yay! I finally have a simple and straight forward recipe to make my own face oil moisturiser thing! I am one happy grrly 🙂 🙂 🙂 thankyou! xxx
THANK YOU for this post! And I agree w/the “pin it” button.
I have been using plain Almond Oil on my face for a few years. Ever since I got laid off work and found out that a bottle of Almond Oil cost about $5 and would last me almost forever, while my Super Expensive Face Miracle Lotion would prevent me from eating for 2 days and was also not really that great to begin with!
I’m excited to try mixing oils! I did try jojoba oil once and that’s when I found out I’m allergic to it. What a dumb allergy! That’s like being allergic to air. A wimpy allergy. That did solve the problem as to why Dr. Bronners soap makes me itch! Made me sad. I love Dr. Bronners.
I really appreciate the suggestions for other oils to use. My face loves the almond oil so I’m looking forward to experimenting with some additions!
Long Haired Hippie
Ok not even related though i do love the oil but i havent been able to log into the community section in 9 days. The notifications go to my aol but that log in didnt work neither did my gmail and those are all i use. It wont send me my passsword either so im going a bit bonkers!
Betty, what do you use to moisturize your face during the day? or do you go without?
Hi, Miri. Sometimes I don’t moisturize during the day, but I’ll sometimes use my facial oil blend both morning and night. More often, though, I’ll just use argan oil straight in the a.m. It’s such a good all around oil, so light and my skin drinks it up. I’ve also been futzing around with a blend using argan and some other things as a makeup primer kinda thing. So, yeah. Argan. That’s my answer. 🙂
Oh I can’t wait to try to make this. I just want you to know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your sight…especially your sense of humor. You make me laugh every post. Thank you for helping crunchify the world…it is really helping my family! Thank you so much!!!
LOVE!!! Thank you Crunchy Diva! May I ask your thoughts on Tea Tree? Im currently using the oil cleansing method (castor, olive, and tea tree oil) and I apply pumpkin seed and neem after if i need a little love. I will definitely try mixing it up with your suggestions!! xo
I’ve never used oils on my face, and I’m excited to try. Thanks for this! I love your writing style. I’m also curious how you take such great photos. They always are so crisp and generally have a great background. How do you get such light and a white background? I haven’t quite nailed “great indoor photos” on my blog yet. 🙂
This is awesome, i generally just use straight coconut oil but I’d love to expand my moisturizing oil horizons. Also kind of tired of my cat constantly begging for a lick of coco oil, as she knows the sound of the jar opening and will come running from anywhere in the house!
This cracked me up–my dog was always licking my legs after I put coconut oil on them!
Hahahahahah….me too!!! And almond oil!!
coconut oil is very nourishing for your cats and dogs makes their coats and skin rehydrated and has many other nutritional values. Give him/her a little in their food. 🙂
Peyton Ray Lauderdale
GREAT post!! You need a “pin it” button for Pinterest, btw. 🙂
Well it’s about darn time! I’m kidding…but man have I been twiddling my thumbs waiting for this post. I’ve been experimenting on my own with my ever expanding collection of oils, but I am very grateful to have this list to help me out. I never asked for your recipe because I figured you already had plenty of requests and this day would come soon. My skin thanks you.
Ok, just bought the Crunchy Betty book so yay for me. One thing I wanna ask, what about facial hair? Yep, I have it. I can probably grow a better mustache than my dad. Is there any crunchiness for that?
I’d love to know the answer to this too! Extra hairy myself, from my face to my legs. If I don’t shave every single freaking day in summer I HAVE to wear pants and the dark hair above my lip… well lets not go there. If there was only some crunchy way to solve this I’d be eternally grateful!
I am so glad to know that I’m not the only one with this problem! My dr. said I should go on hormone pills for “balance” well I don’t want to put all those chemicals in my body because I’m pretty sure the birth control pills I used to be on (years ago) is what caused my facial hair anyways. I never had this problem until I’d been on those pills for a few months then hair started sprouting all over my face.
lady hairy of hairy
OH MY GOSH ME TOO!!!!!!! I’ll admit, I’ve been dying to ask this question around but too embarrassed. Women who don’t have this problem can be pretty weird/mean about it. I hate shaving my face but it seems like the only thing to do because dang does facial hair grow fast. It’s a problem and I don’t want to put chemicals on my face and I’m leery of procedures like electrolysis. Some women use epilators, I wonder how long you have to let the hair grow out before it can be pulled out though. The only crunchy way I’ve heard of is sugaring which is like waxing. Like the epilator though, I’ve heard that you have to let the hair grow a little for the sugar to adhere to it and pull it out, which I CANNOT do. I don’t know, maybe I’ll just try it.
Find a salon that does threading
Its all natural, doesn’t take skin off like wax could, no chance of burning your skin either. And I’ve noticed it lasts longer than waxing ever did!
Omg I totally agree! I have black hair that is so noticeable. Threading and waxing both hurt a lot and cause these little bumps and white heads along my upper lip and the sides of my jaw for me. Laser hair removal isn’t bad but its pricey,,, sigh, if only a magical herb would stop the hair from growing….
I have heard of Ayurvedic hair minimising or hair removal methods, such as using turmeric and lemon masks (only to be used in the evening becuase of phototoxicity caused by lemon), or thanaka combined with safflower/kusuma oil (combined with regular hair removal methods that remove the hair at the root), that needs to be applied every night and washed off in the morning. If you get no hair removal results at least you will have the silkiest skin ever, because thanaka and safflower have amazing skincare qualities even on their own. I tried laser on my bikini and underarms and it was a waste of money. I went to a high quality salon for 7 sessions and only got about 40% reduction in hair growth by the end of it. Going to try the thanka and safflower myself, I have nothing to lose! You should look it up online! Other things like papaya might help too, because the papain it contains might weaken the hair follicle.
Great recipe, Betty! Thanks. I’m surprised you didn’t mention EVOO, though! Olive oil’s another great one, and it’s been doing wonders for my dry, red skin lately. It makes my face feel and look so normalized. Gotta love it. <3
I’m totally intrigued by the concept, but feel rather strongly about wearing sunscreen on my face daily. What do you do for sunscreen if you don’t use a facial lotion with it?
You can probably use coconut oil for the carrier..it’s a good sunscreen. Not a big fan of sunblock personally and I have very fair skin.
I use Origins “A Perfect World SPF 25” in the mornings because it doesn’t have aluminum in it (which can be one of the really bad things in sunblock) and use a homemade moisturizer at night.
I can’t put coconut oil on my face because it clogs my pores like mad, so I go for the best quality over the counter stuff I can find.
I wear mineral makeup, so it has a natural sunblock in it. Most mineral makeup is made with titanium dioxide, which provides a natural spf…I think it usually ranks around spf 30. I’ve never gotten a sunburn on my face if I have makeup on that day. I only put sunblock on if I’m going to be at the beach all day. I’m with Susan–I’m not a fan of sunblock if it isn’t absolutely necessary. Too many chemicals…
I’ve also heard about using coconut oil. I don’t know the actual spf of that one, but I do know when I’ve used it on my legs they haven’t gotten a burn (and we were at the zoo or safari park all day those days…no burn).
Sea buckthorn oil is a natural sunscreen providing protection of up to 45 spf.
Heather H :) :) :)
OH, this looks fabulous!!!! I just might have to give this a try…and I have Whole Foods right near my house, too….so I can look for the products there or order them from MRH 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of CAlifornia, Heather 😉
This is how I’ve been making my facial oil for years. My current incarnation: Argan and Coconut oil, with Rosehip oil and Sandlewood and Rose Geranium EO’s. I know “they” say not to use coconut oil on your face, but I love the glow it gives me.
Oops sorry… your name is not Betty! haha.
I am relatively new to reading your blog Betty and I REALLY love it! Your writing is so entertaining and lovely. I love all your beauty recipes. I actually taught a natural beauty workshop in the summer and shared your toothpaste recipe with my students. Thank you for everything you do! You are awesome! Thank you,
Thanks for the recipes Betty! I have to say, I’m enthralled with one of your recipes in the oily/acne book. I think you call it the kitchen sink? Anyway, I’ve been tweaking it, partly because of cost (chamomile ain’t cheap!) and partly because of sensitivity. Apparently just about any eo doesn’t make my face happy. Carrot oil is okay. Lavender is okay. Anything more than that (thyme, rose geranium) and my face gets really pissed off.
So…a couple questions for you. Have you tried Macadamia Nut oil? I’ve read it is as close to our natural oil as jojoba is, and it’s less expensive. I have some, I want to try it, but after my recent fiasco with thyme eo (I’m soooo disappointed that my face didn’t like it), I am afraid.
Second question…do you have any specific suggestions for cystic acne? This is the one that I haven’t been able to solve. Honey makes it worse, as does too much irritation (read: scrubby things). I do OCM at night, and that works, but not quite deep enough (I use 2/3 castor and 1/3 hazelnut), and I use a grapeseed tomato bar from Chagrin Valley in the morning in the shower. My face is REALLY happy when I use your strawberry oatmeal mask recipe (and so is my tummy! yum!) but I can’t really do that every day. French green clay also works, but does tend to over-dry/irritate my skin (and I even put a drop of lavender eo and carrot oil in it).
And FYI, tamanu oil totally rocks my world, and argan is alright but doesn’t seem to make much difference for my skin. I’m thinking about adding some seabuckthorn to my mix…any thoughts?
hello dear …. hv u try used black seeds oil on ur skins??? can i used it instead of the tamanu ???
Horaaay! I have a non-crunchy facial oil from the Body shop which I love but have said I will not replace when it runs out, well now I can make my own and use the pretty pink bottle and dropper it came in too 🙂
Kristi aka FiberFool
Wonderful! Thank you, perfect timing as I was prepping an order at Vitacost. And, I’ve used the maca cleansing grains I ordered a few times and love them – thank you!
I do have one question – how do you clean your bottles of oil between batches? I’ve been using Ecover dishwashing liquid in hot water, then boiling them for 15 minutes and then dry them out in a low convection oven. But, I seem to still have oily residue in the bottles. How do you cut that oil to get the bottles perfectly clean?
In these categories, where would tea tree oil fit?
And castor oil as well.
Hey Samantha, tea tree would be an essential oil, castor oil would be a base oil I reckon, although its probably not so commonly used in moisturisers as it can be a bit drying compared to some of the other ones listed here. Hope that helps!
Castor oil is usually used as a cleanser, not a moisturizer. It can be very stripping to your skin if it is undiluted, and I think if left on, it can clog pores? Betty has a post about OCM (oil cleansing method) floating around somewhere on this site–I highly recommend reading that.
I have gotten away from YOUR recipes for cleansing and pampering my face and…. when the stress and hormones of life hit, my face complained. The itchy, unattractive break outs are unbearable. Off I go this afternoon to get some base oil to re-do my OCM and I’ll be pulling out the raw honey as well. You ROCK!!!
I just…I just freaking LOVE YOU. And so does my face! Since I started OCM/honey wash a couple months ago, my face has never been softer, cleaner, and just so clear. I use castor/grapeseed/vitamin E/honey to wash, and a couple drops of straight Argan oil afterward to moisturize only when I need it. My face looks fantastic because of you and your posts. **dances around giddily with awesome-faced excitement and coffee overdose**