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DIY Facial Serum with Essential Oils

Save money and make your own facial serum with essential oils like Frankincense to get beautiful glowing healthy skin

This super fast and easy DIY Face 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 essential oil beauty face serum.  

Use essential oils in your custom homemade face 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 homemade beauty serum.

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

   

     

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 to use.  

The carrier oil is generally inexpensive as well, and can be used for other DIY projects.  

All together, depending on the essential oils you use,  this serum will likely cost 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. 

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Supplies for your DIY Face Serum

✅ You only need 3 items to make this DIY Face Serum.     

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

1. Dropper Bottles

First, you'll need a 2 oz dropper bottle.    Whatever your taste.  

I always order mine from Amazon. Fast and easy with Amazon prime.

By the way, did you know that If you don't have an Amazon Prime account you can pick up a 30 day trial here to take advantage of the free shipping!

You can get a basic brown dropper bottle like these that are inexpensive.

You can get a blue dropper bottles  if brown isn't to your liking. 

You can go GLAM with these beautiful gold and amber dropper bottles. Check to see if the 4 pack is available.  You can also pick these up in frosted white which are just as pretty.


Carrier oil to use for diluting essential oil

2. Carrier Oil for your Facial Serum

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.

Carrier Oil Recommendations

While many people automatically reach for Fractionated Coconut Oil in their essential oil DIY Beauty Skin care projects, I do not recommend making your DIY Face Serum with coconut oil  because coconut oil l can can clog pores.  This is obviously not what we want in our skincare, especially if you have acne or oily skin.

Normal Skin

Jojoba Oil is a good all around carrier oil for the face.  It is closest to the natural oil our skin produces, and will work well for dry skin, normal skin, or combination skin.  I love THIS ONE from Amazon.

Dry Skin

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

Oily or Acne Prone Skin

If you have acne prone or oily skin, you may want to choose Grape Seed, Argan, or Sunflower oil for your face serum. 

For more help on choosing a carrier oil for your skin type,  you may want to read this blog post on carrier oils and their uses

It is totally fine, and beneficial even, to combine carrier oils!  Experiment and find out what your skin loves the most.  

Be sure to avoid nut based oils if you have a nut allergy.


3. 

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.

 essential oils I trust to use with my skin and my family are doTERRA essential oils because of their purity, testing standards, and commitment to sustainable practices.  

Grab a starter kit to get a FREE wholesale  account and you can be confident knowing your oils are coming straight from doTERRA.

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

There are many choices when it comes to your personal face serum.   It can be overwhelming trying to choose what to put in your serum.

Below is a list of essential oils that are good choices for skin.

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.

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 like Tea Tree, or perhaps you need anti-aging oils to fight those inevitable wrinkles, or like me, maybe you need moisturizing 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 PLUS I need some help with anti-aging.

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

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

General recommendations for all skin types

If you're not sure where to start, Lavender and Frankincense would be good choices.  

Blue Tansy is very popular in many commercial skin products these days - it is one of the pricier oils.  However you'll get MANY uses out of that bottle and it will still cost you significantly less than buying that serum bottle from the store.

  • 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. 
doTERRA Geranium essential oil is fabulous for skin
Geranium is very nourishing to skin

There are many 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.  

  • 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 is a natural anti-oxidant to help protect your skin from free radical damage.  Helps nourish and Hydrate.  I added a few drops to my serum to help with hydration for my dry skin.

 Snag this one from Amazon with free Prime shipping that is organic and pure.

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


Rose Quartz Facial Roller

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

Save money and make your own facial serum with essential oils like Frankincense to get beautiful glowing healthy skin

DIY Face Serum with Essential Oils

This super fast and easy DIY Face Serum recipe is an easy and cost effective way to treat your skin to nourishing essential oils. Essential Oils like Lavender, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense will give you beautiful, glowing skin.
Take your skin care routine to the next level with your very own customized homemade essential oil beauty serum.  Custom make your own face serum for your skin type whether thats acne, anti-aging for wrinkles, or moisturizing for dry skin.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
ActiveTime: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 oz
Cost: $4

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add your essential oils to your bottle
  • Optional: Add a few drops each of Vitamin E Oil
  • Optional: Add a few drops of Rosehip Oil
  • Top off the bottle with carrier oil. Be sure to leave enough room to add your dropper to the bottle Don't want it to overflow and lose your precious essenial oils.
  • Add your dropper to the bottle
  • Gently shake to mix all the ingredients together.

Video

 


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

Using your DIY Facial Serum

Once you have made your DIY homemade face serum, 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? 


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About the author  Dawn Goehring

Holistic Living Mom with years of experience with essential oils. I have a doTERRA Essential Oil Specialist certification, and Aromatherapy with distinction diploma. Essential Oils enabled my son to live life again to his fullest after struggling to do basic activities like go to school and play soccer. Because his life was so drastically improved, a passion was ignited in me to learn as much as possible about essential oils, including how they are sourced, tested, and ultimately how they work in the body. I love to make my own all natural beauty products and rarely purchase cleaners or otc products from the store. doTERRA is the first essential oil brand I was ever introduced to and it has worked so well for us that I am now a loyal follower and educator.

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