THREE tried and tested Essential Oil Recipes especially for the Eye and Face.
“Holistic” Aromatherapy originally developed primarily in the domain of beauty therapy. The ancient world discovered the power of Essential Oils in beauty and health long before laboratories, technology or chemicals. As early as 2000BC, Cleopatra, one of the most beautiful women of the ancient times knew how to use the beauty secrets of her time 🙂 the essence of plants (Essential Oils)
Blending and ‘playing’ with Essential Oils is a bit like cooking*. Except that I get a lot more fun from blending and diluting than I do slaving over a hot stove. It’s less time consuming, less messy, smells good and you get to enjoy the finished product for MUCH longer.
[*NB*The reason I liken blending EOs to cooking is because:
- There are plenty of skincare recipes out there
- You would need to experiment a little to work out what suits your needs and your skin better – what appeals to your ‘taste buds’
- There still needs to be a ‘rough guide’ to follow until you know your ingredients well enough to devise your own recipes
- You have the option of varying and substituting ANY of the ingredients… within reason ]
So… after a good year of experimenting with the different carriers and reading up on the uses of the Essential Oils AND finding the ingredients available in Kuching (which believe me was not exactly easy to start with as it wasn’t like I could just pop down to the local supermarket to find these things…), I am now confident to share my tried and tested essential oil recipes for a face toner, skin serum and an eye gel. AND more videos than I should ever include in an article, but I was having difficulty narrowing it down to 2 as I loved the different ideas and application method that these ladies were sharing.
1) Essential Oil GENTLE FACE TONER for acne prone skin
You will need a bottle that holds more than 60mls for this. A glass bottle is recommended but to be honest, mine sits in a recycled Body Shop plastic bottle.
Fill the bottle with 30mls of distilled water. Add 15ml of Witch Hazel and 15ml of Rosewater to it. Witch Hazel has powerful astringent properties while Rosewater helps to maintain the skin’s pH balance and control excess oil secretion. Most importantly, I use them as ‘carriers’ of the Essential Oils that I want to add. You may opt to substitute 15ml of water for 15ml of aloe vera gel to make a slightly thicker consistency; or go half water and half witch hazel; but again, that is up to personal preference.
Add 20 drops of Melrose, which is a blend of 4 EOs (rosemary, tea tree, clove and niaouli) with antiseptic properties to cleanse and refresh. Add a further 10 drops of Roman Chamomile for its anti-inflammatory to calm any redness in the skin. Gently shake it in the bottle and voila – it’s ready to be used.
Caution: Possible skin sensitivity with Melrose
Ingredients & Method:
- 30ml distilled water
- 15ml Witch Hazel
- 15ml Rosewater (whoops! I forgot to add it to this photo but see Rosewater in Eye Gel below)
- Melrose 20 drops
- Roman Chamomile 10 drops
- Mix and use
2) Essential Oil FACE SERUM
30mls of your favourite carrier oil: I like to use 15ml rosehip, 10ml almond and 5ml jojoba as I find rosehip a bit too thick and oily on its own. You can consider any other Carrier Oils for the face as long as the Comedogenic value is 2 or less.
Put 7 drops of the following oils into the carrier oil (in no particular order):
- Sacred Frankincense – unique healing and anti-inflammatory properties
- Frankincense – wrinkle reducing
- Lavender – soothing
- Sandalwood – regenerating
- Geranium – balances oil secretion
- Myrrh – diminishes scars and pigmentation
- Ylang Ylang – balances hormones (think yin yang=balance)
I use 7 drops of 7 different oils \ 49 drops in total. I find that this is sufficiently effective for my skin (less is more, for my sensitive skin) though I’ve seen recipes that halve the amount of carrier oil (so 15mls) for 49 drops of oils.
I personally think 3-7 different types of Essential Oils for the face is enough for my own serum but if you’d like to add 8 or more, then do so but adjust the ratio accordingly. For example, if you wanted to you wanted to add Melaleuca Alternafolia (tea tree) to the serum for acne prone skin, I would put 6 drops of all the above oils \48 drops and maybe an extra drop of your favourite oil such as frankincense.
I use this serum only at night as being in a hot and humid climate means that my skin starts to feel sticky and oily very early in the day, unless you happen to be working in an air-conditioned environment. Also, it’s satisfying to know that the ‘food’ for my skin is doing its job to rejuvenate and revitalize my skin while I sleep AND the fragrance from all the floral oils is just divine – my little girl cuddles me at bedtime every night and says “mummy, I LOOOVE your smell”.
Ingredients & Method:
- 15ml Rosehip Oil
- 10ml Almond Oil
- 5ml Jojoba Oil
- 7 drops of sacred frankincense, frankincense, lavender, geranium, myrrh, sandalwood and ylang-ylang in no order preference. Gently rotate bottle in palm of hands and allow mixture to sit for at least 24 hours to allow the oils to mix.
How to use:
Apply to clean skin after toner. Place 2 drops of the serum (a little bit goes a long way) in the palm of your left hand. Then taking the serum with the fingertips on your right hand, gently apply it to your face. Your skin will instantly get a bright glow. I like to rub the remaining oil on the palm of my left hand onto my neck, in a downwards direction to decrease the sagging and wrinkles there too.
3) Essential Oil EYE GEL
Finally, my very important Eye Gel. They say the first signs of aging shows in your eyes. I’ve had bags under my eyes for as long as I can remember and have always blamed it on genes. This is my recipe as I prefer gels to creams and it can feel a little ‘sticky’ on application but feels good in less than a minute. If I bump into you town, please tell me my eyes look good 🙂 Well, to be honest – it is ALOT better but alas, still directly correlated to how much sleep I get at night.
In a 50ml glass jar, put 20ml of Aloevera Gel and 10ml of Rosewater. Add 3 drops of Sacred Frankincense and Lavender, 1 drop each of Sandalwood, Myrrh and Helichrysum. Gently mix it with a small spatula, leave it for 24 hours and use!
Ingredients & Method:
- 20ml Aloevera Gel
- 10ml Rosewater
- 3 drops Sacred Frankincense
- 3 drops Lavender
- 1 drop Sandalwood
- 1 drop Myrrh
- 1 drop Helichrysum
- Gently mix with a spatula and leave for 24 hours before use
There you go. My standard homemade essential oil face care products currently on my dresser. I hope you enjoy concocting them as much as I do. Please do share any good recipes that you might have with me in the comments below. I’m willing to try anything once, write it up if it works for me and credit it to you 😉 I am right now in the process of trialing my natural face scrub using ordinary sea salt and baking soda but have yet to find the perfect solution so you will have to watch this space – share share PLEASE if you’ve got a good one. The options are endless and lots of fun. Once you start, you won’t stop.
Important guidelines to remember:
- Do not apply pure, undiluted essential oils on the face until you are certain of your tolerance to it.
- Each person’s skin in different, so apply oils to a small area first.
- Apply one EO at a time to determine sensitivity.