It’s cold, it’s dry, it’s that season when your skin flakes out; so why not learn how to make your own natural homemade body and face oils? Below are some of my favorites. I use them daily instead of moisturizer during the coldest, driest times of the year. Add the right essential oils and you’ve got custom made skin!
What you’ll need:
A choice of oils. I often use sweet almond oil, but other favorites are avocado and olive oil. While the almond and avocado soak into the skin faster, olive is much heavier. If you’ve got extra dry skin, though, that may be just what you want!
A selection of essential oils. The blend I use most of the time is a mix of patchouli and ylang ylang, which is an amazing combination to eliminate wrinkles and reverse sun damage. These really do work, especially if you’re able to get some good quality oils.
A 4 oz. bottle. I like to reuse bottles and jars for this, preferably something with a small opening. Order something beautiful or reuse something you have on hand. In my experience, there’s always a good container somewhere under the bathroom cupboard filled with something you don’t like, anyway. Just make sure it is cleaned out thoroughly and doesn’t smell of something else before you add your oils.
So, which essential oils will you choose? I’ve provided a partial list below. (I have a much more extensive list in my book Beauty Gone Wild! which, incidentally, will be free from December 17 to 19, 2013.)
Acne: Bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, Clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, myrtle, patchouli, petitgrain, ravensara, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sage lavender, sandalwood, spearmint, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, yarrow.
Cellulite: Basil, cedarwood, cumin, cypress, fennel, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, oregano, patchouli, rosemary, rosewood, sage, spikenard (increases metabolism to burn fat), tangerine (dissolves), thyme.
Dry: Atlas cedar, carrot seed, chamomile, davana, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, patchouli, rosewood, sandalwood, spikenard, vetiver, ylang ylang.
Mature/Wrinkles: carrot seed, cistus, Clary sage, cypress, elemi, fennel seed, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, myrrh, neroli, orange, oregano, patchouli (prevents wrinkles), rose, rosehips (slows wrinkles), rosemary (verbene type), rosewood (slows wrinkles), sandalwood, spikenard, thyme, ylang ylang.
Now for some simple instructions. Pour your carrier oil (almond, avocado, olive) into your container. Then add either a single or a combination of essential oils, about 10 to 12 drops of essential oil per every ounce of carrier you use. For example, if you’ve chosen a 4-ounce bottle, you’d use a total of no more than 48 drops of essential oils.
Cap and shake before use.
That’s it! Enjoy some healthy, glowing skin this winter. I’m sure you’ll notice a difference in the feel and look of your skin after you’ve given your natural homemade face and body oils a try.