DIY Facial Serum - Everyday Essentials

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DIY Facial Serum

This week we will be looking at proper skin care. Today’s DIY is how to make a facial serum and we’ll follow up on Friday with a facial steam. In no time you will have flawless, glowing skin!

First we’ll take a look at our carrier oil choices as they will make up the bulk of our serum. Since there are so many great choices, I have chosen just 4 to look at today. Included in the description is the best skin type for each oil, how it feels on the skin, and any specific properties you may consider in a skin care product. You are not limited to using just one! The carriers are excellent all on their own, but when you add in a few essential oils you can really see amazing results. Get creative and combine carriers to supercharge your skincare routine!

Plant Therapy Carrier Oils

Carrier oil: by definition, this refers to an oil that is used to effectively dilute the essential oils you wish to apply to your skin.

Evening Primrose
  • best used with dry or mature skin
  • contains high levels of GLA essential fatty acids, useful for reducing signs of aging and eczema
  • leaves an oily feeling on the skin, use sparingly
  • 98% fatty acids (with long-chain carbon atoms)
  • very stable ingredient results in longer shelf life
  • UV protection properties
  • absorbs easily, leaving a silky smooth feeling on the skin
  • best for all skin types
  • high-quality oil, enhanced with vitamin E
  • useful for scars and stretch marks
  • promotes healthy skin through cell regeneration
  • not the best choice for acne-prone skin, as it can make the issue worse
  • absorbed quickly & easily, leaves no greasy feeling

Now onto the essential oils! Once again there are so many great choices, and while I will go over a few here this is not an exhaustive list. The more you read and find out about essential oils, the better you will be able to choose exactly the right combination for your skin. I have listed a few below, complete with the how and why they can work for your skin.

Geranium Egyptian
  • very strong aroma, a little goes a long way!
  • balancing, to even out dry yet oily skin
  • re-hydrating
  • rich, deep scent
  • good for acne, eczema or dermatitis
  • good for dry or mature skin
  • light, floral scent
  • good for acne, especially if skin is dry
  • good for sensitive skin
  • earthy, fresh scent
  • good for scarring
  • very healing
Frankincense Carterii
  • deep, rich scent
  • rejuvenating for mature skin
  • anti-inflammatory
Carrot Seed
  • rejuvenating for all skin types

Or use a pre-blended synergy such as Soft Skin or Anti Age which both come in undiluted form for use in your own personal lotion or cream and in pre-diluted form which is ready to use.

Rules on dilution rates for skin care products: Since you will be using this product daily, it’s best to keep the dilution low and  have alternatives so you can rotate products.  I recommend a 1% dilution for daily, extended use.

Ok, onto the good stuff: how to blend your personal facial serum!

I will give you a few pointers, none of these “rules” are hard and fast you have to find what works for your skin! Of course you can add in other oils besides those listed here. Just be sure to stick to no more than 9 drops (total) of essential oils per ounce of carrier.

Rejuvenating for sensitive skin: To 2 ounces of Meadowfoam Carrier Oil add 4 drops Lavender, 3-4 drops Carrot Seed, 2 drops Neroli

For Oily, Acne prone skin: To 1 1/2 ounce Grapeseed Carrier Oil and  1/2 ounce of Rosehip Carrier Oil add 4 drops Tea Tree, 4 drops Lime and 3 drops Geranium Egyptian  (please note, do NOT use more than 4 drops of lime per ounce of carrier. Using above the recommended amount can cause a phototoxic reaction)

For Dry or Mature skin: Use up to 9 drops per ounce of Anti Age synergy in carrier of choice -OR- to 2 ounces of Evening Primrose carrier add 3 drops Patchouli, 4 drops Helichrysum Italicum, and 4 drops Frankincense Frereana.

The key here is to do your research on what each carrier and essential oils have to offer. There are so many wonderful options. Plant Therapy strives to provide the most accurate information with each product listing on the website. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]


64 thoughts on “DIY Facial Serum”

  • I recently purchased primrose oil, rosehip oil. And egyptian germanium oil. How much would I use of each? I have eczema on my face

    1. Hi Sol! Those are some fantastic ingredients. However for Evening Primrose Oil, it’s best used at only 20% of your carrier oil blend. And Rosehip Oil can be used at full strength for small areas, but we usually recommend 5-10% in your carrier oil blend. You could try 80% Rosehip, 20% Evening Primrose and then dilute Geranium to 1% in that mixture and use it as a spot treatment. Or you can combine Rosehip and Evening Primrose with another carrier oil like Jojoba or Argan.

  • I’m confused when it comes to using rosehip oil. You write that rosehip oil can make acne prone skin worse, yet the acne serum formula has 1/2 ounce of rosehip oil. Other sources also have said that rosehip oil is good for acne prone skin, specifically cystic acne.

    1. I definitely understand how that could be confusing! Rosehip Oil has a high concentration of linoleic acid which can be beneficial for helping with acne. However, it can also exacerbate the issue for some people. We recommend testing a small amount first or using a small amount in a blend to make sure it’s a good choice for your skin.

  • I’m new here and have used essential oils for years!!
    I recently had shingles on my face-I have a big scar on my cheek and I’m so embarrassed!!
    My question is: has anybody used “Moringa” oil as a carrier oil? What is the best oils or mixtures for the scar on my face? Thanks for all the info this site offers-I love it!!
    I live in the US-is shipping expensive?
    Also, money is hard for me-I can’t buy expensive oils as I’m disabled….should I just order a tester size of things? Would it make enough oil to treat my scar for awhile?
    This scar is making me so self-conscious!! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Dawn, welcome! There are some amazing carrier oils that you can use to help reduce the scars on your face. I’d actually recommend our Near Perfection Carrier Oil Blend. It has a combination of carrier oils designed to reduce the appearance of marks and imperfections on your skin. As for essential oils, Lavender and Carrot Seed are both great options to help with scars and they’re affordable. Plus, shipping is always free in the US! If you have any more questions, please reach out to our customer satisfaction team at [email protected] or keep exploring our blog to find more great info on skincare and essential oils.

  • Thanks for this. I have a few EO’s bought specifically for facial serums. Sea Fennel, Frankincense Fereana, Geranium Bourban, to name a few. Also Meadowfoam and Younger Glo Carriers. Hoping to use this info to create some lovely blends to change up things some!

  • Thank you for this information! I have a few new carrier oils that I want to make into facial serums. Meadowfoam, and Younger Glow, for eg. I have sea fennel coming, but just received Frankincense Fereana, Cedarwood H. Geranium Bourbon. Can I use any/ all of these in a blend? And what would the ratio be?

    1. All three of those would great in facial serum blend! We recommend diluting to 1% for facial application. You can find handy dilution chart and how-to information here.

  • I have been looking for something like this! Now all I need to order is Evening Primrose. Thanks for another helpful blog!!!

  • Great Post! I use Evening Primose Oil, Argan, Camellia Seed and Rosehip as my base. Is that too much carrier oils?

  • Hi Christina, thank you for your time and information on your facial serum. I have been dabbling with essentials and carriers for a few years now and I still struggle with essential oil ratio between differing oils in one recipe ie; 3 drops of carrot to 1 drop of patchouli or vice versa. I have a handful of Essential Oil books, Lawless, Wormwood and Keville & Green do you have any that are your favorites and would recommend for understanding mixing and ratio. I know getting certified is the best step in education, but until then any and all support and expert suggestions is highly appreciated.

    1. Argan is a fantastic choice for acne prone skin. You may also want to consider Jojoba or Hemp Seed as well. The Rosehip in this recipe was chosen primarily for its ability to soften and nourish skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines, but it can be absolutely substituted for a carrier oil that works better for your particular situation 🙂

  • How many drops of Frankincense Carteri should you mix with 2oz. of unscented lotion? Thanks for any help. I have some deep wrinkles on my forehead and crows feet. Living in Fl. it’s hard to stay out of the sun…

  • Love all the tips and explanations on each oil here. I’ve been researching serum recipes for some time…interesting to hear that Rosehip carrier oil can cause acne issues. Thanks for this!!!

  • If you are pregnant and will be a nursing mum soon , are you able to use silky soft blend as facial serum? Also is grape seed oil and jojoba oil a good alternative carrier oil for dry skin?

  • For anti aging serum, what is a good recipe? Do i still use moisturiser after the serum? Is store brand moisturiser, not any homemade type. TQ.

  • Thanks for all the very helpful information! My twenty-something sons still have acne breakouts, and also lots of acne scarring. What oils would be recommended in a serum for this combination of problems?

    1. Hi Shelly! You can add more Rosehip to the oily, acne prone recipe and they it should not be drying. Alternately you could add a tablespoon or so of Argan oil.

  • I’m relatively new as well and wanted to try making a few face serums. I purchased the dermisooth for my carrier. My questions are: 1. Do we wash this off after application? If so, how long do we leave it on first? 2. What type of container do we mix these in? Is plastic safe for storage since the oils may leech toxins from the plastic? Glass roller bottles?
    Sorry if my questions are elementary. Thanks for the help!

    1. No need to apologize, we all started at the beginning 🙂 I do not rinse off my serums and always use glass bottles. That being said, as long as your plastic says “PET” or “PETE” then it is safe to store your essential oils in them. Additionally if you have oily skin, or want to rinse it off I would recommend leaving it on for 10 minutes, then use a damp cloth to gently wipe off the remainder. I hope this helped and please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

  • Can theses facial serums be made with coconut, avocado or aragon oil. I just purchased these 3 carrier oils including about 30 oi, I did don’t have all of the ones you’ve mentioned I though about Frankensence, Bergamot and or lavender and geranium. Any suggestions with these I also have all the base oils most citrus clary sage and blue tansy. I ordered those carrier oils and hundreds of dollars worth of oils out of excitement and with zero experience outside of diffusing lavender. Can I mix oil to change thickness. I’m really looking forward to making a hydrating syrum that aids in texture,redness, lines I guess just overall mature skin with occasional 45 yr old cystic acne. I know this is a lot but I’m feeling overwhelmed and a bit weary of the money I’ve spent so this blog is amazingly helpful! A little or a lot any advise would be great.

    1. Hi Ashley! It can be very overwhelming in the beginning, but we are always happy to help you with your essential oil journey. You can mix the carrier oils together. Just like essential oils, you get the most benefits when you create a blend. Argan is especially good for mature skin. Fractionated Coconut is not my personal favorite for the face, but you can certainly use it in the blend. Frankincense, Lavender and Geranium would all be great oils to use. Bergamot is good for oily skin, so if you tend to have dry skin I would not recommend using it.

      You can also email [email protected] if you need more specific information when creating blends.

  • hi, im at a loss here!! i have never used essential oils but am going all organic, so my question is…can you add rosehip, carrot and red raspberry seed oils to a premade oil serum or just a hyaluronic acid serum and how many drops should i put in my hand of each oil. are these three oils considered carrier oils or essential oils and do they have to be diluted? can you add these oils to anything, serum, cream etc. and how many drops? thank you, i really need the help so i benefit my skin, not harm it!!!

  • I looked at your dilution chart. How do you get a percentage of a drop? If something is .5 of 1 drop, how would you ever measure that?

    1. You can’t use fractions of drops, however you can add more carrier oil OR simply round down (or leave off that 0.5 drop) 🙂

  • I just started oil cleansing for my oily, acne prone skin using grapeseed and castor oils. I am thinking of trying this serum recipe out for use in the morning. I have grapeseed so I will use that as my carrier, but would it be ok to add the PT Acne-Fighter synergy in place of the oils listed for acne prone skin? If so, how many drops per ounce would you recommend? Thanks!

  • I am interested to know about using lemon eo to lighten dark spots, l have had some success with using L Ascorbic powder mied with distilled water as a toner. My question is would l get a better effect using lemon eo?

    1. I have no experience with essential oils being used to lighten dark spots. I have heard lemon juice can be lightening (in your hair, during the summer).

    1. Hi Ashley, Thanks for your question! The geranium I would choose is Geranium – Egyptian. For the Frankincense we offer boswellia serrate, which is great for skin! I hope that helps!!

  • Do you have to take a break from using them on your face everyday? Should you rotate the different types of eos to avoid sensitization?

    1. Yes, it is a good idea to have a variety of serums or oils to choose from. I like to use one for about a month or so – then switch it up. I try to only make just enough serum to last that long. However, in low dilutions (0.5%-1%) you can use for quite some time without high risk of sensitization!

  • Can you recommend something to use in place of tea tree oil for acne prone skin. I seem to be sensitive to it, but even at age 42 still fight constant breakouts. Especially cystic acne when I am stressed. It’s always been so frustrating. I have gotten so close to clearing it up for the first time ever by switching to Grapeseed oil as my moisturizer, but have tried adding tea tree or Frankincense to it with no luck so far.

    1. You can try Rosemary in place of the tea tree. 🙂 Lemon and/or Lime is also very good for acne.

  • Is there a reason that you chose to use rosehip carrier as the base for the oily/acne prone serum even though you said above that rosehip isn’t the best for acne prone skin because it can make the issue worse?

    1. Thank you for pointing that out! It was a mistake on my part. I have since fixed it 🙂 Rosehip is not good for acne in high concentrations!

      1. I just wanted to clarify this one because it still has Rosehip:

        “For Oily, Acne prone skin: To 1 1/2 ounce grapeseed carrier and 1/2 ounce of rose hip carrier oil add 4 drops Tea Tree, 4 drops lime and 3 drops geranium”

        What would you suggest instead of rosehip for this one?

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