DIY Facial Serum with essential oils - doTERRA Dawn Goehring, Desert Naturals

DIY Facial Serum with Essential Oils

Get beautiful, glowing, healthy skin and save tons of money by making your own DIY Facial Serum with essential oils

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This super fast and easy DIY Facial Serum recipe is an easy and cost effective way to treat your skin to nourishing essential oils. Take your skin care routine to the next level with your very own customized homemade face serum.  

Use essential oils in your custom serum to benefit your specific skin type. Whether you have dry skin,  acne prone skin, sensitive skin, need anti aging wrinkle prevention or have normal skin you can use this serum.

Learn how to make your own Facial Serum in just minutes with essential oils that will give you beautiful, glowing skin. 

There are only 2 steps to make this homemade facial serum.  Super simple.   No need to spend your hard earned money on pricey bottles with fancy ingredients. 


The essential oils you will be adding to your diy facial serum will cost only a few cents per drop.  Yes, there are a few oils that cost a bit more than others, but what's nice is you can choose which essential oils you are using.  

The carrier oil is generally inexpensive as well, and can be used for other DIY projects.  All together, this serum will likely come in at under $10.    

Another benefit is that I know exactly what I am putting on my skin.  There are no unnecessary fillers, synthetic ingredients, or preservatives that are not good for us.

There are many choices when it comes to the essential oils to use in your diy facial serum.  You can customize this serum to your skin's specific needs.

You may need acne fighting essential oils, or perhaps you need anti-aging oils, or like me, maybe you need hydration.    I have extremely dry skin, and I live in the desert with about 8% humidity, so I really need to give my skin extra hydration.  

And let's be honest.  At my age, I need all the wrinkle fighting help I can get.  So I chose some specific oils to help with those needs.

Go with what your skin needs.  I've got some more specific recommendations for different skin types below.

What You'll Need for your DIY Facial Serum

You only need 3 items to make this Serum.  Keep scrolling to read about each or click to jump straight to that section.

  1. Dropper Bottle
  2. Carrier Oil
  3. Essential Oils

Just want the directions?

1. Dropper Bottles

First, you'll need a 2 oz dropper bottle.  These are cheap and easy to grab from Amazon.  Whatever your taste.  

These are some I have bought in the past and love. 

2. Carrier Oil

You'll need a good quality carrier oil for your DIY facial serum.   Since this is going to be used on your face, you don't want to skimp and use a cheap carrier oil.  

You'll want to get the best carrier oil you can.  It's also important to choose the right carrier oil for your skin type.

While many people automatically reach for the Fractionated Coconut Oil in their essential oil DIY projects, I do not recommend FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil) for use in this facial serum because it can clog pores.

Carrier Oil Recommendations

Jojoba Oil is a good all around carrier oil for the face.    

You may decide you want to choose something even more hydrating for dry skin such as Sweet Almond Oil or Sesame Oil.  

If you have acne prone skin, you may want to choose Grape Seed, Argan, or Sunflower oil.  

Check out this blog post on carrier oils

for more help on choosing a carrier oil for your skin type.

It is totally fine, and beneficial even, to combine carrier oils!  

Experiment and find out what your skin loves the most.  


A few words of caution

First, please be sure you are using a high quality essential oil, and not an inexpensive fragrance oil from the drugstore.    

never buy doterra essential oils on amazon because of tampering

Second, be wary of ordering on Amazon because most of these have been tampered with.  If you've ordered from there and your oil has smelled or looked "off", then you've experienced this.  These can damage your skin because you don't know what's in them.

They are frequently diluted with low cost coconut oil which, as I mentioned above, clogs pores.




make your own anti aging  diy facial serum with doterra essential oils of geranium, blue tansy, copaiba, and frankincense

I recommend using Frankincense and Lavender as a good all around, inexpensive choice for your serum.  



You can use as few as 1 or 2 essential oils in this, or as many as you like.   Use what you have.  There is no need to run out and buy a bunch of essential oils in order to make this.

You can work on adding more oils to your collection for this serum in the future. 

When I make this serum for myself, I typically use about 6 different essential oils in my serum.   

Here are the essential oils I chose to use:
  • Frankincense ( I consider this one a must in this recipe) - It has been used since the time of ancient Egyptians and Biblical times.  They knew even thousands of years ago the amazing benefits of Frankincense.  
  • Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils of all time and with good reason.  It has incredible benefits for the skin.    It has anti-inflammatory properties that help your skin heal from irritations, sun burn, insect bites, or bacteria.    It's a superstar!
  •  Blue Tansy -  This essential oil is popular in many commercial beauty creams, lotions, and serums because it is full of calming, soothing benefits for our skin.  It's packed with anti oxidants and can calm inflammation and reduce redness, and can benefit many skin types including dry, irritated skin and acne. 
  • Helichrysum  - This is a beautiful healing oil that is great for inflammation, cell regeneration, and can help diminish scars.  It is called “The Everlasting Flower” because of its ant-aging rejuvenating benefits for the skin and ability to improve the complexion.
  • Yarrow | Pom - This is so wonderful for skin all on it's own that many people will slather this all over their face to reap the benefits.  It has a beautiful blue tint to it that may turn the skin a bit blue at first, but will go away in a few minutes. 
More Essential Oil Choices

There are many other skin nourishing essential oils you could choose to use in your serum.

Geranium is FANTASTIC for the skin.  If you love the smell, I definitely recommend adding it.  

doTERRA Geranium essential oil is fabulous for skin
  • Geranium - Geranium essential oil has fantastic benefits for the skin.  It can help with acne breakouts, wrinkles, skin irritations, and skin infections.   But if you love the smell, I highly recommend adding this one.
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) - Tea Tree essential oil especially good for acne prone or oily skin.   Check out Melaleuca on her list of  beauty must haves in Allure Magazine. It is naturally cleansing and purifying and will help fight acne causing bacteria.
  • Copaiba -  Copaiba essential oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes.  It is high in beta-caryophyllene which has been studied for its affects on skin.
  • Roman Chamomile - Roman Chamomile essential oil is wonderfully moisturizing for great for dry skin.
  • Wild Orange - Wild Orange essential oil has lots of anti-oxidants and is packed with vitamin C, which your skin will love. And you will fall in love with the smell!  Use Caution with Citrus Essential Oils. Most citrus essential oils are photosensitive, so you do not want to apply this to your skin before going out in the sun.  You can get a nasty sunburn.  

Extras that your skin will love

You can also add a few extras that your skin will thank you for.  These aren't necessary but will really add some extra nourishment that you will notice.

Vitamin E oil - a natural anti-oxidant to help protect your skin from free radical damage.    I added a few drops to my serum to help with hydration for my dry skin.

Rosehip Oil - Can help smooth skin and appearance of scars by tightening the skin, keeps is hydrated, and is rich in omegas to help with anti-aging.  

Who doesn't need that, am I right? 

Be sure to invest in organic, pure versions that are high quality and not synthetic.  

Rose Quartz Facial Roller

-  These are really beneficial when used a few times a week with your DIY Facial Serum.  

Directions for your DIY Facial Serum

To make your facial serum, there are only two steps!  Super fast and easy! 

  1. First, add your essential oils to your container.   bottle.  
  2. Optional - add a few drops each of Vitamin E and / or Rosehip Oil if you are choosing to use either of these.  
  3. Second, once you have added your essential oils, top off the bottle with your carrier oil(s).    You don't want to overflow and lose your precious oils.      

homemade diy facial serum recipe for dry skin or anti-aging depending on your needs

Using your DIY Facial Serum

Once you have your DIY facial serum made, you will want to apply it after washing your face, and before applying your moisturizer.  

 I always like to give it a gentle shake before using to make sure everything is mixed. 

  1. Wash your face with your all natural cleanser of choice.
  2. Add a few drops of the facial serum to your clean hands and smooth gently over your face and neck.    Take care not to rub too hard as this is not good for your skin.   Be sure to do this right away after washing your face while it is still damp.  
  3. Gently apply your all natural facial moisturizer once the Serum has had time to soak in.   

Have fun making your own DIY facial serum, and experiment to see what works best for your skin.  You may find that certain essential oils work better than others.  

I would love to hear how you made your own serum and what works for you!  Leave a comment on this post and let me know! 

Feel free to ask any questions you have and I'm happy to help.

never buy doterra essential oils on amazon because of tampering
Why doTERRA and not something from Amazon or Walmart?

Did you know that most essential oils at drugstores are synthetic fragrance only?  And did you know that most oils on Amazon, even doTERRA, are adulterated (tampered with and diluted with coconut oil), and can't be trusted? 

I choose to use doTERRA essential oils.     Why I LOVE doTERRA here  sustainability  hand in hand with the farmers and communities who grow the plants.


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  • Will it be ok, if I use the essential oils available with me right now?

  • Jen Fazio says:

    When you say 15-20 drop of essential oils, it that in total or 15-20 for each essential oil?

  • Toni Atchison says:

    Toni Atchison
    Although you specify to not buy EO’s from Walmart, they do in fact carry a limited selection of some very good ones. These are back in the pharmacy area where the vitamins are. You may have to look for them- our local store has a small display up on the top shelf.
    Also, if you can’t afford doTERRA (like me!)NOWfoods is also a great source of high quality oils.
    And finally, please be careful about certain commonly recommended oils. Frankincense is lovely, but the commercial harvesting for oils and wood is now endangering these trees.
    And the lovely-smelling citrus oils can cause sun sensitivity.

    • Thanks for your feedback Toni. Just be careful and check the testing results. They are out there. So many oils use the term “pure essential oil” on their labeling, but there’s nothing regulating the use of this term and the oils are anything but pure. Msg me if you’d like more info on where to find test results if you’re not sure.

      One of the reasons I love doTERRA so much is their commitment to sustainability. They have done so much for the Frankincense industry. doTERRA has eliminated the middlemen who are only out to make as much money as possible without regard to the longevity of the trees. They work with specialists and local growers who know how to ensure the trees will not be over-harvested and will be around for many many generations. ❤️

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