The Best Essential Oils for Every Skin Type

Replacing your current beauty products with essential oils can be a great way to lessen the chemical load on your body. Have you ever read the ingredients in your favorite facial moisturizer or night cream? I’ll bet it consists mainly of a whole bunch of ingredients that you would be hard pressed to pronounce correctly, let alone know what in the world they actually are. I know mine was, and I had always considered my moisturizer to be one of the better ones. After all, it was the same one my mom and grandma used as far back as I can remember.

But here’s the thing-just because you are used to doing something a certain way, doesn’t mean it is the best. I have been making my own facial moisturizer for over 6 months now, and I am loving how supple and smooth my skin is.

In fact, I switched back to my old moisturizer for a couple days and I broke out. I never used to break out with that brand. My skin looked horrible! I guess it was because my skin had gotten accustomed to having all-natural ingredients, so it went haywire when the chemicals were re-introduced.

I am going to share with you the best blends for creating an all-natural moisturizer for your specific skin type. Each of the blends listed will have the amount of drops you should add to about 1/4 cup of your favorite carrier oil. Then you can store the mixture in a glass jar on your nightstand, in your bathroom, or even in the fridge.

Here are some of the ones I like:

-coconut oil

-grapeseed oil

-avocado oil

-sweet almond oil

-jojoba oil

-olive oil

I mainly use coconut oil on my face. It feels greasy at first, but it absorbs very nicely into your skin. I will also add after each blend the carrier oil that I would recommend, although any of the above would work, and if you have a favorite, by all means use that! (BUT…crisco/shortening/canola is not an acceptable carrier oil! I’m sorry if this seems obvious to those more experienced oil users out there, but I just had someone ask me this recently so I thought it would be good to mention.)

For those of you totally new to the essential oil world, a carrier oil is a fatty oil that is used to dilute pure essential oils (because they are very potent!), and they are also useful to help the essential oil to spread over a greater area. In fact, using carrier oils is one of the main ways I save on essential oils. Because they are so potent, you only need a few drops at a time. I have bottles of essential oils that have lasted me over a year. And pure, undiluted essential oils never expire!

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Here are the different blends and the types of skin they are good for. I use many of these blends on my face, depending on the season, and I have taken specific essential oil information from a couple different reference guides (one of which I send to anyone who orders through my link above.)

For oily skin, the best carrier oils are sweet almond and jojoba.

Cedarwood supports oily skin.

Geranium helps maintain the appearance of tender skin, and cleanses oily skin.

The best carrier oil for dry skin is avocado or olive oil.

Lavender may support tissue regeneration.

Spikenard nourishes and regenerates skin and is soothing.

Myrrh may help alleviate chapped, dry skin.

For most of the year I would qualify my skin as combination, so I use this blend with coconut oil.

Frankincense maintains the appearance of healthy looking skin.

Patchouli may improve the appearance of dry, chapped skin.

Geranium helps maintain the appearance of tender skin.

The best carrier oils for aging skin are avocado or grapeseed.

Frankincense may help smooth the appearance of healthy looking skin.

Geranium helps maintain the appearance of tender skin.

Lavender may support tissue regeneration.

Let me know if you have any other favorite essential oils to use on your skin!

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  • Karren Haller

    Thanks for stopping by, so happy that you share your post, I like reading about essential oils. With these combinations how much coconut oil would you use? #OMHGFF

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      As I mentioned in the post, I would add these amounts to about 1/4 cup of carrier oil to start with. You can then adjust based on your specific needs. I have a small jar on my nightstand that holds about 1/4 cup and I find that works very well.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  • Tayler

    What about sensitive skin? I don’t have any of the above, but I do have very pale, very sensitive, eczema prone skin.

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      My toddler also has very sensitive skin. I can use lavender and frankincense on her, heavily diluted, but anything else and I can only apply to the bottom of her feet. When I use oils for her, I usually diffuse or put them on a leather cord bracelet so she can get the benefits.

  • Angie Agerter

    These are great!! I love that there are several different combos for each face type.

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes, I love how versatile essential oils are!

  • Mary

    I hear more and more about essential oils and how good they are for us. I love how you broke down a moisturizer for each skin type. Perfect. I have been wanting to learn more. It is in the back of my mind for sure. Thankful that you shared this at The Weekend Brew.

    • Miranda Gonzalez


      I would love to send you a few samples so you can see how great they are for yourself! Just send me a message through my contact form with your address and I will pop them in the mail for you.

      Have a great weekend!

      -Miranda (Rahab to Riches)

  • The Happy Creations

    Great info here.
    There so many uses for essential oils!!I absolutely love them.

  • Bobbyanne M

    Rose geranium oil is great! I’ll never forget when I dicovered the oil cleansing method – what a huge difference!! Have you ever tried oat oil? I hoped it would be great but my oh my does it stink!!! I have combination skin and rosehip carrier oil is ma fave. Geranium is also good for scarred skin from acne etc. Great reference post, I’ve never used a lot of them! I’ve always wondered what effect the oil has on my retinol serum though.

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      No I have never tried oat oil or rosehip as carrier oils. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • NaturallyBlessedMama

    I have never tried to find out what essential oils are good for my oily skin even though I know I need to. This makes it so much easier to find out! Thanks for laying this out and making it simple.


    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Glad it could be a help to you!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Coconut oil is my favourite carrier oil.

    I love this list you’ve assembled here. So helpful!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  • Erlene A

    Thanks for sharing this info on Merry Monday. I have a few of these oils, but I may need to pick up a few more to fill in the gaps. Pinned.

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the pin! Glad this post was a help to you.

  • Zan Turner

    I love love love using essential oils! I have made homemade moisturizers with them before but haven’t lately. I really need to get back to using them because the skin feels so good. Thanks for the great info….and pinned. tweeted, and going to share on G+ and may even whip up some face cream later thanks to your great post. And yes, I will use Crisco oil..LOL!! Your skin in the profile looks great, by the way!