Essential Oils

Organic Skincare

Essential oils contain a vast array of healing and skin-supporting benefits and are characterized by the most important antioxidant properties. They do contain potential allergens, but they are not sensitizing to all people. Most people have no issue with pure, organic, and unadulterated essential oils. Essential oils are powerful and extremely effective, but they can also be used wrong or be adulterated.

Be cautious when reading articles or statements about you should not use essential oils, they are not good or even toxic. This is absolutely not true and misleading about adding essential oils to skincare products. The essential oils, if they have been appropriately sourced and are unadulterated when formulated professionally, they can be incredibly effective for many skin issues.

Essential oils are effective in skincare, and the keys are the purity/quality, and dilution in the formulation. Pure, organic essential oils are incredibly therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, and regenerating to the skin. Essential oils are extremely complex and powerful and must be formulated professionally. This is why it is important to know how to handle and apply essential oils

How to use essential oils in natural skincare is the use in an appropriate concentration.

If you want to learn to make your own organic skincare using essential oils and other natural ingredients, Essential Oils for Organic Skincare takes you to step by step through which plant oils, essential oils, and natural ingredients can help you customize a routine for your specific skin type.

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Safety Notes: Using Essential Oils for Organic Skincare

Before adding essential oils to your organic skincare routine, be aware of some safety guidelines. If you want to experience the therapeutic benefits of essential oils without causing adverse skin reactions, please do not apply undiluted essential oils to your face. 

Essential oils are generally used in low dilutions when making skincare. They never form more than 5% of the final product, but a more common dilution is somewhere between 0.1 – 4%. General guidelines for the dilutions of essential oils commonly used in different scenarios by Robert Tisserand.

It is also good to find out the dermal limits for the individual essential oils and make sure you stay within those maximum levels. If you are interested in working with essential oils, I highly recommend investing in a copy of Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young.

Alternatively, you can grab a copy of my Essential Oils For Organic Skincare, which will also cover the dermal limits of the individual common essential oils that can be used in making your own natural, organic skincare. Essential oils can help protect, soothe, and even restore the skin if you know how to use them safely.

What Will You Learn:-

This e-Book is NOT an essential oil recipe book where you can find essential oil blends to address your skincare needs. This over 100 pages of e-Book aims to equip you with the knowledge you need to find out your skin type, and how you can use essential oils safely to formulate your own organic skincare. You should be able to tweak or design the 3-steps basic skincare formulas to meet the specific needs of your skin at the end of this book.

This eBook provides you with information on the benefits of the carrier and essential oils as well as the vegetable butters, hydrosols, and other natural ingredients suitable for different skin types.

The key to using essential oils in your own skincare is dilution in the formulation

Essential oils are strong and very highly concentrated, this is why never apply them undiluted to the skin, especially the face.

The general guideline is 0.2 – 1.5% dilution of essential oils for facial leave-on products and slightly higher percentages for rinse-off products, i.e., 1-4%. It is best to start with conservatively at 1% if you have sensitive skin and 2% if you have dry skin and gradually work your way up to 3%. Below is a very general guide of dilution in drops.

For 1% dilution add:

– 1 drop of any essential oil to 5 ml of carrier oil 
– 2 drops to 10 ml
– 6 drops to 30 ml (1 oz.)

For 2% dilution add:

– 2 drop of any essential oil to 5 ml of carrier oil
– 4 drops to 10 ml
– 12 drops to 30 ml (1 oz.)

For 3% dilution add:

– 3 drop of any essential oil to 5 ml of carrier oil 
– 6 drops to 10 ml
– 18 drops to 30 ml (1 oz.)

However, the best way to make skincare is to measure using weight (in grams). Different essential oils have different density. 5 drops for one essential oil that might be 0.3 grams can be 0.6 grams another essential oil, and the risk of causing skin sensitization is high. Essential oils have dermal limits (you will able to learn from Essential Oils for Organic Skincare), and these limits should be respected when making your own skincare. Invest in digital scale 0.01g to help you start measuring your skincare recipes in weight. 

Essential oils are not water-soluble; they are oil-soluble. Essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (plant/vegetable oil). And each type of carrier oil has its own benefits and can nourish different skin type – you will learn more from Essential Oils for Organic Skincare.

A very comprehensive list of vegetable butters and oils and its comedogenic scale for each skin type


Carrier Oils and Essential Oils for Each Skin Type

When applied to the skin, essential oils has direct healing actions on our skins. When the essential oils absorbed into the skin, the chemicals of the essential oils help to maintain and improve the skin overall health and wellness as well as look and feel.

You must first determine your skin type so that you can address your skin concerns adequately.

Natural Skincare for Oily Skin

OILY SKIN is characterized by the grease on the tissue or blotting paper. Skin looks shiny and feels slick to the touch. Oily skin is more prone to acne breakouts and may feature a plethora of blackheads and whiteheads. Oily skin pores may be more visible because of their size expansion, and the skin may appear greasy throughout the day. 

3 Carrier Oils for Oily Skin

Hemp Seed Oil reduces large pores and is anti-inflammatory. And is often used in products for acne-prone skin as it has a dry texture whereby when applying to skin, the skin does not feel heavy or overloaded with oils, hence an excellent moisturizer for oily skin. 

Meadowfoam Seed Oil can unblock pores, so there are fewer breakouts. It keeps your skin in that balanced zone of not too oily and not too dry so that your skin looks hydrated and fresh.

Tamanu Oil contains naturally occurring antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents that combat the bacteria and leading to a clearer complexion. It helps to control oil secretion. 

3 Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Bergamot FCF Essential Oil is a natural cleanser, particularly suitable for oily skin, helping unclog pores and balancing sebum levels to get skin glowing for all the right reasons.

Cypress Essential Oil is an ally when drying, and toning actions are needed. It can help condition pores, so they do not produce excess oil.

Sandalwood Essential Oil can help to clear excess moisture without stripping the skin’s nutrients.

Natural Skincare for Dry Skin

DRY SKIN feels tight, scaly, or rough. It shows flakes of dead skin. It is associated with small pores. Dry skin generally has almost invisible pores and may suffer from premature wrinkles and regular irritation to the skin. Moisturizing is important.

3 Carrier Oils for Dry Skin

Almond Oil is effective on dry and itchy skin to ease the itch and alleviate dryness and sore skin. It gives good lubrication and does not sink in too fast, an excellent choice to use on dry skin as a daily moisturizer.

Olive Oil reduces the signs of aging, smooth skin texture, and hydrate dry skin conditions. It reduces inflammation and brings down redness, making it perfect for acne sufferers who lean more on the drier side.

Rosehip Seed Oil is a nourishing oil that is perfect for dry or aging skin, rich in vitamins A, C, and E. It penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture. It can be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer.

3 Essential Oils for Dry Skin

Geranium Essential Oil balances the production of sebum in the skin. If your skin leans dry or oily, it helps to regulate the moisture and oil levels in your epidermis to leave your skin re-balanced and rejuvenated.

Jasmine Essential Oil boasts strong moisturizing properties and replenishing your skin, and it provides natural hydration that won’t clog pores.

Lavender Essential Oil is rich in antioxidants, protects and promotes the skin’s natural barrier as well as drawing out toxins and balancing pH levels for the ultimate skin detox.

Natural Skincare for Combination Skin

COMBINATION SKIN is most common, and it exhibits traits of all three of the above skin types. Usually, the skin has an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and is normal to dry elsewhere (cheeks). Many mistakenly believe they have oily skin when they have a combination skin type. Unless an individual’s skin is oily all over, there are likely portions of the skin that are dry or normal, which would qualify under combination skin.

3 Carrier Oils for Combination Skin

Jojoba Oil is the only oil that closely resembles human sebum. It gets in the pore, mixes with the hardened sebum plug, dissolves it, and unclogs the pore.

Rosehip Seed Oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, and it penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture.

Sunflower Oil is considered to be an affordable all-purpose carrier oil. Most skin types respond well to sunflower oil as it helps keep your skin balanced and moisturized.

3 Essential Oils for Combination Skin

Cedarwood Essential Oil is the ultimate ingredient to give dull, lacklustre skin the boost it needs. Repaired, strengthened, and re-energized, your complexion will look rejuvenated.

Frankincense Essential Oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, is an effective natural remedy to calm the complexion.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil works wonders to help regulate your sebum production. It helps correct the amount of oil your sebaceous glands produce, ensuring your complexion has just the right amount of moisture.

Natural Skincare for Acne-Prone

ACNE-PRONE SKIN tends to develop comedones and pimples. Acne or Acne Vulgaris is a non-contagious skin condition caused by the inflammation and infection of the sebaceous glands in the skin. Although most common among adolescents, some symptoms may persist into adulthood.

3 Carrier Oils for Acne-Prone Skin

Argan Oil has a relatively low chance of clogging pores with its ability to treat acne and acne scars. Argan oil regulates the production of sebum, which helps prevent further breakouts and its Vitamin E content helps fade scars and smooth out the skin’s texture.

Grapeseed Oil is rich in Vitamin E, which helps tighten and moisturize the skin. A non-allergenic, astringent oil, reduces inflammation, redness, and accelerates the healing of acne.

Safflower Oil is ideal for hydrating dry or acne-prone skin while soothing irritation, rashes, and inflammation. It works effectively to eliminate whiteheads, blackheads, and ultimately acne, reduces signs of blemishes while preventing future breakouts.

3 Essential Oils for Acne-Prone Skin

Neroli Essential Oil comprises powerful antibacterial properties, which makes it a prime ingredient to target breakouts and balance the production of sebum.

Tea Tree Essential Oil is well-renowned as a natural remedy for acne and breakouts. This is thanks to its powerful antibacterial compounds which work to deeply cleanse the skin and purify pores.

Thyme Essential Oil has antibacterial properties that are an exceptional element for cleansing skin (especially acne) to leave it more purified than ever.

Natural Skincare for Sensitive

SENSITIVE SKIN reacts unfavorably to a variety of environmental factors. It is prone to irritation like stinging or itching. After each wash, the sensitive skin feels dry and itchy at places, and flaky patches or even redness can occur. Sensitive skin should be treated with mild cleansing lotions and moisturizers that contain soothing and calming ingredients.

3 Carrier Oils for Sensitive Skin

Apricot Oil is a mild oily that is tolerated very well by people with sensitive skin due to its Omega 6 content, which is anti-inflammatory. It is an excellent ingredient to add in a cleanser for sensitive skin.

Borage Oil is perfect for all sensitive skin types due to its high Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) content. GLA is needed by the body to make prostaglandins, which are an essential part of the repair and helps the skin to heal itself quicker.

Neem Oil reduces the redness and swelling in an infected area, and it has excellent antibacterial qualities. It sinks into the skin deeply and forms a protective barrier to help to heal.

3 Essential Oils for Sensitive Skin

Patchouli Essential Oil is known for its ability to drain the skin and regenerate the epidermis to leave your complexion rejuvenated.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is a wonder ingredient to help soothe your complexion. Whether it’s irritation, breakouts, or any other skin concerns, it is a great natural remedy to calm your skin and reignite your radiance.

Helichrysum Essential Oil is used to help repair vulnerable, compromised skin. It will not only take down the inflammation but start to repair any scare and tissue damage, deeply rejuvenating for fine lines.

Natural Skincare for Anti-Aging

MATURE SKIN loses some of its elasticity due to collagen deficiency, and It becomes series as oil-producing glands become less active and tend to be hyperpigmented. To keep the skin soft and well-hydrated, oil-based moisturizers with antioxidants or alpha hydroxy acids are preferred, these ingredients help gold in moisture and prevent flaky, scaly skin

3 Carrier Oils for Mature Skin

Avocado Oil is very nourishing with Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E, a superb emollient that penetrates the skin well and restores flexibility and elasticity to the skin. Vitamin D content is particularly valuable in anti-aging that is under stress or sensitive.

Pomegranate Seed Oil is a rich source of Ellagic Acid, a natural phenol antioxidant that revitalizes the skin tone and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. This natural combination of Punicic Acid and Ellagic Acid makes the oil very regenerative and even helps to stimulate collagen production forming the skin.

Sea Buckthorn Oil has an innate ability to revive skin cells due to the moisturizing fatty acids that buckthorn oil contains. The high content of vitamin E and C reduces the gravity and length of wrinkles while alleviating tough skin.

3 Essential Oils for Mature Skin

Carrot Seed Essential Oil restores a beautiful complexion as it energizes the skin’s natural repair process. It softens and smoothes the skin and promotes elasticity on aging skin.

Myrrh Essential Oil helps infuse tired skin with suppleness. Its sesquiterpene content gives it an affinity for reducing fine lines.

Palmarosa Essential Oil is rich in nutrients and moisture, penetrates deep within the tissues to replenish skin cells. It works to lock in hydration and reignite your skin’s radiance.

It is a great thing to make your essential oils organic skincare, not just that you can customize your own formula, and you can experiment with various essential oils for your skin type, or make a cleansing oil with a different ratio of a few carrier oils and essential oil blends.

More Guides

You might find these Essential Oil Guides Useful

This 1-page printable table lists essential oils that can be helpful for specific skin types. You can use the recommendation to help you choose which oils you want to try in customizing your skin-care products.

This 1-page printable table lists the common carrier oils that can be helpful for specific skin types. You can use the recommendations to help you choose which carrier oils you want to try in your customized skin-care products.

This 1-page printable chart is perfect for natural skincare formulators to refer on what is the maximum dermal limit to add into their skincare formulation.

This 1-page printable chart is perfect for essential oil users as it shows the families used in perfumery by aromatherapists, depending on their botanical origin.

This 1-page printable is on the best practices for essential oils. To confidently use essential oils, there are several safety precautions you need to be aware. This guide is great as a quick and easy reference 

This 1-page printable chart is perfect for essential oil users as it covers the basic applications with recommendations to help you choose which oils you want to try in customizing your skin-care products.

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