Blending your own facial oils is a great way to cater to your specific skin type, giving it the tender love and care it needs. Scroll through to read some tips and tricks how to do your own facial oils and serums at home.
What you will need:
– Oils, antioxidants, essential oils (kept in their original packaging)
– A scale
– A glass measuring bowl with spout
– A glass cocktail stirring stick
– A small funnel
– A glass bottle (with spray atomizer or dropper)
– Label of some sort
1. Preparation – First things first, decide what you are formulating for.
If you are looking to create a deeply moisturizing oil for mature or dry skin, think about using slow penetrating oils such as avocado, neem, castor, coconut or olive.
If you’re wanting to create a light facial oil for youth preserving properties, consider quick absorbing oils high in antioxidants such as flaxseed, rosehip, meadowfoam, hempseed or argan. These types of oils are known as ‘dry or drying oils’ because they do not feel oily when applied onto the skin.
Researching different types of oils and their unique properties will make a perfect blend curated uniquely to you. While researching oils, look for their specific uses, properties, shelf life and whether they are quick absorbing or slowly absorbed by the skin. To make a facial oil, you need high-quality plant-based oils, essential oils (optional) and an antioxidant which prolongs the products shelf life and protects it from going rancid. Antioxidants also help fight free radicals which add youth preserving qualities to your oil formulation.
Tip: Some organic, cold-pressed oils to consider before formulating your facial oil:
– Meadowfoam (moisturizing, anti-aging, absorbs at a fast rate)
– Evening primrose oil (anti-aging, wound healing, absorbs at a fast rate)
– Seabuckthorn seed oil (high in antioxidants & fatty acids, absorbs at a fast rate)
– Argan (anti-aging, high in antioxidants, absorbs at a fast-medium rate)
– Borage (anti-aging, high in essential fatty acids, absorbs at medium rate)
– Jojoba oil (high in antioxidants, long shelf life, absorbs at medium rate)
– Sunflower oil (moisturizing, absorbs at a medium rate)
– Pomegranate seed oil (anti-aging, rejuvenating, absorbs at slow rate)
– Rosehip seed oil (high in essential fatty acids, anti-aging, absorbs at a slow rate)
– Olive (high in antioxidants, moisturizing, absorbs at a slow rate).
2. Preparation – Formulate Your Facial Oil
I generally use this formulation when creating a facial oil:
95% plant based oils (can be a blend of different types)
4% or less antioxidants such as tocopherol (vitamin E), rosemary oleoresin, grapefruit seed extract
1% or less essential oils
Please keep in mind that if you are formulating a facial oil with essential oils, you need to be weary of how much essential oil you are adding to the product. Essential oils add great properties and scent to facial oils but too much of it can actually burn the skin, create rashes or cause inflamed irritations. Usually, you would never exceed 1% – 2% of the total formulation for essential oil use. If in doubt, use less than you think. I usually only use 0.1%-0.5% of the total formulation for essential oils. Keep in mind as well that even a safe sounding oil such as rose essential oil contains a compound called methyl eugenol which is a suspected carcinogen. Rose essential oil should never be used in leave-on products in higher amounts than 0.2% of the total formulation. It is beneficial to research which essential oils you will use before creating your facial oil/serum. For those of you who want to know more about this subject, look into essential oil dermal limits guides online.
3. Preparation – Clean up and Disinfect
Before making the product, clean your work space as best you can. This will eliminate chances of contaminating your final product and avoid the production of bacteria in your facial oil. Disinfect with vodka the counter top, the instruments you will use and the bottle that will hold the oil.
4. Blend The Oils
Using the scale, measure out the oils and mix them with the cocktail stick. Once blended thoroughly, add the essential oils and antioxidants. Unless you have a high-quality scale, a regular scale won’t measure smaller than one gram. If you have a regular scale, a rule of thumb is 1 gram = approximately 20 drops of essential oil or antioxidant. So if I am making a small amount of facial oil calling for 0.5% frankincense essential oil, I add 10 drops to the mixture. Mix all of the ingredients together.
5. Store Your Oil
Take the funnel and place it into your bottle, pour the formulation into it and voila! A beautiful facial oil awaits you. Store your bottle of oil in a cool, dark place.
To use your facial oil, apply 2-3 drops to the face and neck, massage into the skin. A little goes a long way, a 30 ml (1fl oz) bottle usually last me between 4-6 months.
Note: By taking the time to research your ingredients, practicing safe essential oil use and good manufacturing practices, you will be able to create your own beautiful blends of facial oils that can last up to 2 years depending on your formulation. The oil combinations are fun to play with not to mention the endless different types of oils to choose from for creating such beautiful, simple and effective products.
Raphaelle Gagnon, is the owner of a mobile off-grid skincare company called Boreal Folk apothecary specializing in natural wild harvested skincare products. She is a modern day nomad, van dweller, traveler, fermenter, wildcrafter, forager, skincare formulator, herbalist - always looking to spend more time among wild plants deep in the Canadian wilderness. With her wild and free ways, she is challenging the conventional way of life as well as redefining new ways of doing business.