The secret to a great face oil is to use high-quality carrier oils that suit your skin type. I chose the carrier oils in my recipe simply because they are the best dry oils that I already own. You can follow suit with your own blend. I prefer to use dry oils on my face (i.e. those that absorb well & quickly), and since I have eczema, I usually have oils that are also suitable for sensitive skin. This is one of my easiest & quickest recipes and provides concentrated nutrients for soft and hydrated skin. My winter essential.
You may substitute the carrier oils in this recipe for any other liquid carrier oils. This facial oil is just a blend of luxury carrier oils after all. My only recommendation is that you use the best carrier oils that you have access to (or that you can afford) in order to reap the benefits. Cold-pressed and unrefined oils are best. Some other great carrier oil options include olive, argan, avocado, moringa and carrot oil. If you have oily skin and/or are prone to breakouts, then make sure to use dry oils. You can exclude the essential oils as well, especially if you have sensitive skin. Although you can technically skip the Vitamin E oil, it is recommended in order to prolong the shelf life of these precious oils. Plus, vitamin E will make a huge difference to your skin.
COST & SHELF LIFE
Cost Price: R 130.51 per 50g excluding essential oils (in 2022, based on the best retail prices I’ve found).
Lasted me about: 2 months using a few drops at night on my face, neck and hands.
Estimated shelf life: 6 months if you use vitamin E oil, and store in a sterilised container that is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
- Leaves an oily residue that can transfer to your hair (especially long hair, like mine) – so you may notice that you need to wash your hair more regularly.
- An expensive upfront cost to buy luxury carrier oils if you don’t already have them, as I do.
CHERRY ON TOP
- Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
- Can double-up as a hair oil treatment.
- Making this product is significantly cheaper than buying face oil / serum.
- You can customise the blend with carrier oils that suit your skin’s needs.
- Rosehip oil: (dry oil) contains high levels of vitamin A and essential fatty acids. It is often used to treat scars and reduce wrinkles. (Buy here)
- Macadamia oil: (dry oil) is very high in vitamin E, palmitic, palmitoleic acid and oleic acid – key ingredients for supple, soft & regenerated skin. The effective amount of soothing phytosterols makes macadamia oil ideal for sensitive skin. (Buy here)
- Red raspberry seed oil: (dry oil) contains the highest content of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) of the fruit seed oils, which assist with hyperpigmentation and acne. It is high in vitamin A, E and omegas. It is well-known for its anti-inflammatory benefits that provide relief from skin issues like eczema and rosacea. (Buy here)
- Jojoba oil: (dry oil) is actually a liquid wax. Jojoba suits all skin types, including those with eczema and psoriasis. It is rich in vitamin E, and jojoba oil also helps regulate sebum production – making it great for oily or acne-prone skin. (Buy here)
- Vitamin E oil: An antioxidant that improves the shelf life of oils, and protects the skin from further sun damage, treats damaged skin, and it helps decrease the signs of lines and wrinkles. (Buy Here)
Need help finding these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.
RECOMMENDED RETAIL OPTION
If you don’t want to make it yourself, then I recommend buying Skin Creamery Facial Hydrating Oil. This product uses the following blend of carrier oils: baobab, kalahari melon seed, jojoba, sweet almond and sunflower oil. Their essential oil blend contains rose geranium, pelargonium, patchouli, ylang ylang and pettigrain essential oils. Every Skin Creamery product that I’ve used is superb, and this facial oil is no exception. Pure luxury – in a gorgeous bottle.
Which is your favourite blend of carrier oils to use for a luxury facial oil? If you’ve tried it, please share your feedback in the comments below.