Beauty Oils Recipes with Natural Ingredients

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Nurture Your Skin And Indulge Your Senses With Natural Ingredients

Using Oils for aromatherapy beauty dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and perhaps even before that. This trend has continued throughout history and continues today. A number of commercial beauty products contain essential oils, but they also contain ingredients that I can’t pronounce and that I definitely don’t want on my body!

The solution? Educate yourself, and that’s one of the reasons for this blog.

Oils can enhance the beauty of the face, skin, hands, and feet. Here are Beauty oil recipes for every part of your body.

Beauty Oils Recipe - Cooling Cucumber and Mint Body Oil


In a small bowl, combine the three Carrier Oils and mix well.  Next, add the carefully measured Essential Oils and mix again.  Using a funnel or a very steady hand, transfer the mixture to bottle.

Usage and Packaging
Try packaging this Body Oil in a 4 Ounce PET Bottle with a Disc, Turret, or Snap Cap for easy dispensing.

This cooling, calming Body Oil was designed with shaving in mind.  After shaving your legs, your skin can feel quite dry, and can even become irritated.  Chamomile Essential Oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe your angry skin, while Spearmint Essential Oil provides a gentle cooling sensation.  Cucumber, Aloe Vera, and Camellia Seed Oils can moisturize and condition the skin while also contributing to the cool, calm, experience this recipe provides.  This Body Oil is not only a great aftershave, it will feel great on skin that has been mildly irritated by sun, allergens, or chronic dryness.

Organic Body Oil

2 ounces Organic Camellia Oil
1/2 ounce Organic Hemp Seed Oil
1/2 ounce Organic Jojoba, Golden
1/2 ounce Organic Argan Oil
1/2 Ounce Organic Red Raspberry Seed Oil
10 - 25 drops Organic Lavandula Abrialis Essential Oil (optional)
10 - 25 drops Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (optional)

In a small bowl, combine the five Carrier Oils and mix well.  Next, add the carefully measured Essential Oils and mix again.  Using a funnel or a very steady hand, transfer the mixture to bottle.

Usage and Packaging
Try packaging this Body Oil in a 4 Ounce PET Bottle with a Disc, Turret, or Snap Cap for easy dispensing.

During the dry winter months, your body has to work extra hard to retain moisture.  Using a nutritive Body Oil after showering or bathing can help to lock in your skin's moisture.  This light, penetrating, Body Oil recipe is made with Organic Ingredients, but you can substitute conventional ingredients as needed.  Apply the oil directly to the body, gently massaging into the skin.

Moisturizing Facial Oils

You can double these recipes to make 8 ozs. these facial oils will last for 4 to 6 months.

For normal skin

2 oz aloe-vera oil
2 oz jojoba oil
2 tsp. sweet almond oil
15 - 20 drops lavender essential oil
15 - 20 drops neroli essential oil

For dry, sensitive skin

1 oz. aloe vera-oil
1 oz. jojoba oil
1 oz. sweet-almond oil
1 oz. wheat-germ oil
15 drops palmarosa essential oil
13 drops carrot-seed essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil

For mature skin

2 oz. jojoba oil
1 oz. sweet-almond oil
1 oz. wheat-germ oil
15 drops neroli essential oil
12 drops carrot-seed essential oil
13 drops rose essential oil

For oily, acne-prone skin

2 oz. aloe-vera oil
1 oz. hazelnut oil
1 oz. jojoba oil
14 drops yarrow essential oil
13 drops cistus essential oil
13 drops lavender essential oil

Mix the oils in a small, clean bottle with a glass-dropper top, which prevents the spread of bacteria. Shake thoroughly. Use within 6 mo. for maximum potency. Be sure to shake the mixture again before each use, as the oils may separate while sitting. Do not keep natural moisturizing oils for longer than 2 months at room temperature. If stored in the refrigerator, the oil will keep for 4-6 months.


After thoroughly cleansing your face, Massage about 7 drops of moisturizing oil into your face, neck and throat, using gentle, stroking motions. Continue massaging for about 2 minutes or until the oil is absorbed in your skin.

Ingredient Benefits

Essential oils to protect skin: Neroli essential oil helps to firm all skin types in need of vitality and elasticity. Both palmarosa and carrot-seed essential oils nourish, sooth and smooth dry, mature skin while providing protection from wrinkles and chapping. Cistus essential oil can help to normalize oily skin and reduce puffiness, as it promotes lymph drainage. Itchy skin can benefit from lavender essential oil, which also protects the skin from dermatitis and eczema. Yarrow essential oil's astringent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help dry and heal painful pimples.

Aloe-vera oil for healing: The aloe plant is renown for its healing and moisturizing properties. Oil extracted from aloe leaves and added to a base, such as hazelnut oil, is excellent for all skin types. This double dose of oils replenishes and provides skin with healing ingredients.

Wheat-germ oil to revitalize the skin: Wheat-germ oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and is beneficial for many skin types, but it is especially good for softening and conditioning dry, dull skin. This oil can also act as a preservative when added to other oil formulations.

Base Oils that are Good for your Hair

Many beauty products sold on the market today can be expensive, plus they contain many artificial ingredient and synthetic additives that are not good for your tresses. When you create your own hair oils, hot oil treatments and conditioners, you know exactly what ingredients are included in the final product. Plus, making your own products is fairly easy and can be extremely rewarding. As you experiment with making your own homemade hair care recipes, here is a list of my ten favorite carries hair oils for you can try.

For those of you who don’t know, a carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts. In natural hair care preparations, carrier oils are typically referred to as base oils. Essential oils, on the other hand, are distilled from the leaves, bark, roots and other portions of a botanical, and are generally used for their aromatic properties.

If you have any specific thoughts on certain oils or favorite oils that I didn’t list, please feel free to post your comments below.

1. Jojoba (Great for Moisture)

Jojoba is  a great choice as a  healing hair conditioner in that the molecular structure of  this oil is very similar to the natural oil or sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glands of the scalp. Hair that has been extremely damaged or that breaks, splits or tangles easily usually  responds well to this moisturizer. The beauty of this oil is that you can use it  straight or in a mix and it will work for just about all types of hair. Jojoba is  also very stable and can be stored for years without going rancid.

2. Extra-Virgin Olive (Great for Moisture and Thick Hair)

Extra virgin olive oil has been used by people for centuries as both a cooking oil and a cosmetic aide. This natural oil is great for hair that is dry or damage, and also  works extremely well on  thick, coarse hair.  Olive oil is also suitable for use in the treatment of scalp conditions and dry skin. It does have quite a distinctive color and odor of its own, which not everyone  will appreciate, and it is rather heavy. Some naturals also prefer to use olive oil in combination with another, lighter carrier oil, like coconut or grape seed.

3. Coconut (Great for Shine)

The most commonly available coconut oil is refined, bleached & deodorized oil. This oil is produced from copra which is dried coconut meat. At room  temperature coconut oil is a solid, white substance with only a faint scent. The oil liquefies when it is placed in warm water. This elegant moisturizer and superfatting agent is great for nourishing the hair to give it a healthy shine and helps to also minimize tangles.  Coconut oil is also recommended for the control of dry scalp and dandruff.  Coconut oil can be used alone as a hair and scalp oil or added to shampoo to add special nourishing and softening benefits.

4. Sweet Almond Oil (Great for Moisture)

Popular with the ancient Romans, this very pale yellow and odorless oil nourishes dry, flaky, itchy, sensitive scalps. Although lighter than  olive, this cold burnt oil made from almond kernels provides excellent  lubricating and penetrating properties and it is a favorite carrier oil for hair and skin treatments. Sweet almond oil has also been used throughout history during pregnancy and labor to prevent rips and tears.  While relatively inexpensive, this normally safe  oil should not be used by people who have known almond or nut allegories in  order to avoid an unpleasant reaction.

5. Grapeseed Oil (Great for Shine)

Grapeseed oil is one of the lightest oils and is easily absorbed by the hair and skin. It also can act as a preservative in hair care preparations.  Note, this oil has a slight flavor and a noticeable earthly odor.

6. Aloe Vera Oil & Gel (Stimulates Hair Growth)

The oil produced by the aloe vera desert plant is one of the most precious substances for human scalps, hair and skin. This odorless oil, which is different from aloe vera gel, is rich in enzymes, vitamins, proteins and minerals that support health. Not only does aloe vera oil help maintain proper moisture balances, it stimulates circulation which is helpful for hair growth. Excellent for  dandruff, this oil will also soothe psoriasis and eczema of the scalp.

7. Avocado Oil

This clear oil is made from the fleshy  fruit of the avocado. Touted as a hair growth  stimulant, this oil nourishes and restores softness to dry, dehydrated and mature hair  and skin. Problems, especially  psoriasis of the scalp, respond to its high content of vitamins A, B and E  along with lecithin, proteins and fatty acids. Avocado oil has its own distinct aroma and goes rancid quickly. Buy in small amounts and refrigerate.

8. Sesame Oil

This clear light oil is made from uncooked seeds and is used in many sun care preparations for the hair and body to protect the hair from harsh temperatures.   It can be added to other oils to enrich them. Note, sesame becomes rancid quickly and must be stored in a cool dry place.

9. Safflower Oil

This light oil is made from the seeds and penetrates the hair well. It is cheap and readily available in an unrefined state, making it a  useful oil base for a blend.

Shopping for Base Oils

When shopping for oils, be sure to look for oils that are 100% pure extract and not chemical reproductions. Pure oils are known to be the most effective conditioners for the hair and can be found in health food stores, online and in stores that sell organic products. When shopping locally, be on the look out for dust on the bottles, which can indicate that the oil has been sitting around for awhile.

Watch for my next post, I will be talking about Base and Essential Oils that are good for your skin and I will throw in more Beauty Oil Recipes. I would love to hear from you, comments, share your story and  your favorite Beauty oil recipes.

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. "  ~ Audrey Hepburn ~

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Apr 9, 2012 | Justine Benstead

Great tips!

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