My Top 8 Essential Oils for Skin
Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Aromatherapy is a sweet and powerful thing. This word goes all the way back to 1937, to a French perfumer and chemist named Rene Maurice Gattefosse. There’s a famous story in which supposedly he burnt his hand very badly while in his laboratory, and grabbed the first thing he had near him—pure undiluted lavender essential oil. At once his pain lessened and incredibly, it helped heal his hand while having no infection or scar!
Because of Gattefosse’s experiments, Dr Jean Valet used essential oils to treat injured soldiers during WWII.
Fast forward to the 1950’s when Marguerite Maury began diluting essential oils in a carrier oil and using it in message. She was the first person to start blending essential oils for the individual needs of a person.
Yes, essential oils are a gift to mankind. They are holistic in that they benefit the mind, emotions, and body. It seems to me that most people today have heard of and/or use essential oils. We have to keep in mind that essential oils need to be respected. They are highly concentrated and potent. More in this case is not necessarily better. Be sure to always, always dilute essential oils when using on skin. If applies on its own, your skin can develop a sensitisation. The rule of safe dilution is no more than 1% in face products, .1% around the eye area (or none, as your skin around your eye is much thinner than on the rest of your face), 2% for body products. Also, use less for haircare, children, and if you are pregnant. There’s so little research done for safe use of essential oils during pregnancy, please do your homework before using topically.
Okay, time to cut to the chase. Here are my top essential oils for skin:
This citrus oil is not photoxic. It is extracted from the peel, and it is gentle enough for all skin types. However, it is particularly good for acne-prone and mature skin. It brightens skin, and therapeutically it relieves stress and uplifts the spirits.
Tip: if you are having a depressing day, blend 14 drops sweet orange, 8 drops cardamom, and 8 drops Ylang Ylang essential oils together in 1 oz carrier oil. It’s very uplifting!
Tip: For a luxurious face oil serum, add three or four drops of sweet orange and two to three drops neroli essential oils in a 1 oz Rosehip oil or blend of nourishing face oils. This is one of my favorite aromas!
Lavender has got to be one of the most well known and versatile essential oils. And yet, this old faithful remains a favorite. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. Lavender has been know to reduce scarring, aid in sleep, and is a cell rejuvenator—great news for mature skin and prevention! Plus, this oil works for all skin types.
Tip: mix a drop or two of lavender with a carrier oil and glide over your legs after shaving. It really soothes sensitivity and redness!
This oil is thought to have outstanding anti-aging properties. It’s a skin rejuvenator great for mature skin, and has resinous, spicy, slightly citrus scent.
Tip: blend a few drops of frankincense with a couple drops of magnolia essential oil and one drop neroli, in a blend of rose hip, argan, and pomegranate, and Vitamin E oils. So luxurious!!
This has got to be one of the most glorious scents this side of heaven! Unfortunately, the price has drastically gone up in the last while making this essential oil hard to justify purchasing. If you see pure neroli for an inexpensive price, it’s probably not the real deal. However, you can look into pre-diluted neroli oil, such as 10% neroli in jojoba oil that is still wonderful and much more budget friendly.
Neroli is thought to rejuvenate skin cells, a choice addition for anti-aging skin care. It’s extracted from the flower of the Seville orange tree.
Tip: If you can get your hands on NerolI hydrosal it makes the most refreshing face most. Great for oil prone and mature skin too. My favorite way to
use the essential oil is by mixing a couple of drops of it with sweet orange in a face oil serum. See my sweet orange tip above.
This oil has pugnent herbal scent, so it may not be your cup of tea. However, it can be blended with other herbaceous oils (eg lavender, clary sage, chamomile) or camphorous oils (rosemary, thyme, peppermint) to compliment the fragrance. It contains chamazulene, which makes it indigo blue. Yarrow is anti-inflammator, skin healing, and great for sensitive skin and acne.
Tip: Try adding a few drops to your day cream (If it’s unscented or contains no other essential oils). It’s the star ingredient in Mubarak Sea-boost Hydrating Cream I formulated for my final project at Formula Botanica.
This is my favorite alternative to rose essential oil, as the latter is so expensive and uses so many petals to produce. Also, rose otto oil has a dermal limit of .2% because it has high methyl eugenol content, a suspected carcinogen. So geranium is a wonderful alternativ! Geranium oil smells very similar to roses, is extremely affordable and is great for skin. It is said to balance sebum levels— help keep oil levels in check for those whose skin over-produces, or help produce more optimum levels for those who don’t produce enough oils.
Tip: Aside from helping correct sebum levels in skin, it can also help relieve mensural cramping. Here’s a recipe I find helpful: dilute 12 drops in 1 oz jojoba or other carrier oil. Message onto lower abdomen, hips, and partially down your bottom crack...ahem, sorry about that awkward moment there.
I apologize about the screen shot, but I recently ran out of my Roman chamomile. Well, I guess that shows you how much I use it! This sweet and herbal oil is last on my list today, but far from least. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and is very safe. Great for soothing skin conditions like eczema, bruises and burns, as well as helping babes drift peacefully off to sleep when put in a diffuser with lavender.
Tip: I created a diaper cream for my second baby girl using coconut oil, butters, and 2% Roman chamomile. It worked beautifully!
I‘d love to know, do you use essential oils and what are your favorite essential oils for skin? Let me know in the comment section below!
Thanks for joining me today.😊