DIY Skin Care Part 3: Oily Personals

Enhance, customize, and personalize your DIY skin care recipes.

One of the most daunting aspects of diving into the DIY skin care movement is the unfamiliarity of the ingredients. When I cook, I have general notions of how using onions and peppers or adding herbs and sauces will impact my dish. Starting out, I was clueless when it came to why one essential or carrier oil might be preferable over another. As I splashed (flailed!) around in a virtual ocean of recipes and possibilities, my shopping list began to resemble the inventory list of a medieval apothecary.

My goal for this tri-part post is to simplify the jumping off point for others.

  • Oily Pantry (Click here for Part 1, a list of oils and unguents to keep on hand.)
  • Oily Starters (Click here to explore Part 2: four basic skin-care processes to help you get your toes wet oily.)
  • Oily Personals (Part 3, which follows below, is a set of charts with information to help you customize your DIY skin-care venture.)

The Oily Personals are quick references or cheat sheets that will help you make purchase and blending decisions. The information was collected from close to 100 resources. When information was contradictory and I could not resolve the contradiction, I excluded it. This post includes fourteen charts focused on specific conditions, problems, or areas. This will be expanded later with two additional charts of that list the properties of essential and carrier oils that are popular for DIY skin care.

Oily Tips:

  • Use cold-pressed, unrefined, organic oils.
  • Lavender and tea tree oils can be applied neat (undiluted and directly to skin). But most other essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil. A 1% or 2% ratio (essential to carrier oil or total emulsion) is a good rule of thumb.
    • 1% = 6 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. carrier oil
    • 2% = 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. carrier oil
  • Most essential oils have about a 2 year shelf life, but the shelf life of a carrier oil can be as brief as 3 months. Do not use rancid oils. Quinessence Aromatheray and Viva Woman offer information on why oils go rancid and tips on how to prevent that from happening.
    • Store oils in a cool place. They can be stored in a refrigerator, but a cool, dark pantry or cabinet is sufficient. Keep in mind some carrier oils become cloudy when refrigerated.
    • Keep bottles tightly closed.
  • Always test oils on “tough” skin before applying them liberally elsewhere, especially if you have nut or other allergies.
  • Avoid these citrus oils if you’re sensitive to the sun or will be exposed to it for a long period of time: bergamot,  grapefruit, lemon (cold pressed), lime (cold pressed), bitter orange (cold pressed).

Oily Personals Cheat Sheet List

These charts are provided for informational purposes only, not in lieu of professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

To jump to a cheat sheet, click on the title.

  1. Improving Skin Appearance
  2. Treating Skin Conditions
  3. Treating Aging/Damaged Skin
  4. Treating Acneic Skin
  5. Treating Fungal Problems
  6. Treating Injuries, Infections, Growths
  7. Treating Diseases and Infestations
  8. Treating Disorders and Inflammation
  9. Treating Muscle, Joint, Nerve Problems
  10. Treating Blood-Related Problems
  11. Treating and Protecting Against Exposure and Bugs
  12. Treating Feet
  13. Treating Mouth Problems
  14. Treating Hair

1. Improving Skin Appearance

Improve Elasticity

Regenerate Tissue

Rejuvenate Skin

Smooth Skin / Fine Lines

Tighten Skin

Tone Skin

Essential Oils
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Argan
  • Hazelnut
  • Hemp Seed
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
Carrier Oils
  • Hazelnut
  • Jojoba
  • Rose Hip
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Clary Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Safflower
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Rose
  • Patchouli
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Argan
  • Camellia
  • Jojoba
  • Rose Hip
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Clary Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
Carrier Oils
  • Grape Seed
  • Hazelnut
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Carrot Seed
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lemon
  • Neroli
  • Rose
Carrier Oils
  • Evening Primrose
  • Grape Seed
  • Hazelnut

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2. Treating Skin Conditions

For normal skin, oils that nourish and regenerate are advisable, for example frankincense, geranium, chamomile, lavender, neroli, and rose essential oils with carrier oils such as sweet almond, hemp seed, and jojoba. The chart lists oils for other skin types and conditions.

Dry

Oily

Dull

Mature

Sensitive

Thin

Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Carrot Seed
  • Coconut
  • Evening Primrose
  • Hazelnut
  • Hemp Seed
  • Rose Hip
  • Shea Butter
  • Sunflower
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Niaouli
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang 
Carrier Oils  
  • Camellia
  • Coconut
  • Grape Seed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Jojoba
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Geranium
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Niaouli
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Camellia
  • Jojoba
  • Sunflower
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
Carrier Oils
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut
  • Hemp Seed
  • Rose Hip
  • Sunflower
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Argan
  • Coconut
  • Evening
  • Primrose
  • Grape Seed
  • Neem Seed
  • Sunflower
Essential Oils
  • Lavender
Carrier Oils
  • Avocado
  • Camellia

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3. Treating Aging/Damaged Skin

Age Spots / Discoloration

Cellulite

Sun Spots / Damage

Scars

Stretch Marks

Wrinkles

Essential Oils
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Avocado
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cocoa Butter
Essential Oils
  • Geranium
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Patchouli
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Coconut
  • Hazelnut
Essential Oils
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
Carrier Oils
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Grape Seed
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Jojoba
  • Rose Hip
  • Safflower
  • Shea Butter
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • Avocado
  • Beeswax
  • Coconut
  • Jojoba
  • Shea Butter
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Clary Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
Carrier Oils
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Jojoba
  • Rose Hip
  • Shea Butter

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4. Treating Acneic Skin

Acne

Blemishes

Enlarged Pores

Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Niaouli
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Argan
  • Beeswax
  • Camellia
  • Carrot Seed
  • Coconut
  • Jojoba
  • Neem Seed
  • Rose Hip
  • Safflower
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Myrrh
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Safflower
  • Shea Butter

 

Essential Oils
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemon
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
Carrier Oils
  • Hemp Seed

 

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5. Treating Fungal Problems

Athlete’s Foot

Candida (Yeast)

Jock Itch

Ringworm

Essential Oils
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
Carrier Oils
  • Neem Seed
Essential Oils
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Neem Seed
Essential Oils
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Neem Seed
Essential Oils
  • Geranium
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Neem Seed

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6. Treating Injuries, Infections, Growths

Blisters, Boils, Burns

Cellulitis

Cuts, Wounds

Skin Infection

Sores, Abscess

Warts

Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Carrot Seed
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Niaouli
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Avocado
  • Shea Butter
  • Tamanu

 

 

Essential Oils
  • Geranium
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
Carrier Oils
  • Coconut
  • Oregano
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Niaouli
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
Carrier Oils
  • Avocado
  • Beeswax
  • Grape Seed
  • Hazelnut
  • Hemp Seed
  • Shea Butter
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Coconut

 

Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Tamanu

 

 

Essential Oils
  • Clove Bud
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Oregano
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

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7. Treating Diseases and Infestations

Chicken pox

Dermatitis

Eczema

Measles

Scabies

Insect / Spider Bites

Essential Oils
  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oil
  • Neem Seed
Essential Oils
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Thyme
Carrier Oils
  • Beeswax
  • Jojoba
  • Shea Butter

 

 

Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Carrot Seed
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Beeswax
  • Camellia
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Evening Primrose
  • Jojoba
  • Neem Seed
  • Rose Hip
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Niaouli
  • Tea Tree

 

 

Essential Oils
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
Carrier Oil
  • Neem Seed
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Niaouli
  • Oregano
  • Thyme

 

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8. Treating Disorders and Inflammations

Hives / Inflammation

Itchy Skin

Rosacea

Psoriasis

Heat Rash

Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Castor
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Jojoba
  • EV Olive
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Avocado
  • Beeswax
  • Carrot Seed
  • Neem Seed
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
  • Oregano
  • Rosewood
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Evening Primrose
  • Jojoba
  • Rose Hip
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Carrot Seed
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Camellia
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Jojoba
  • Neem Seed
  • Rose Hip
  • Shea Butter
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Evening Primrose
  • Neem
  • Shea Butter
  • Sunflower

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9. Treating Muscle, Joint, Nerve Pain

Aches, Muscle Pain

Neuralgia

Sprains, Strains

Arthritis

Gout

Rheumatism

Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Clary Sage
  • Niaouli
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Clove Bud
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • EV Olive
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
Carrier Oils
  • Avocado
  • Evening Primrose
  • Tamanu
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Carrot Seed
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Juniper Berry
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary

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10. Treating Blood-Related Problems

Broken Capillaries

Bruises

Chilblains

Nosebleed

Varicose Veins

Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Lemon
  • Neroli
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Evening Primrose
  • Hazelnut
  • Rose Hip

 

Essential Oils
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Evening Primrose
  • Hazelnut
  • EV Olive
  • Rose Hip
  • Sunflower
  • Tamanu

 

 

Essential Oils
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Evening Primrose
  • Hazelnut
  • Rose Hip

 

Essential Oils
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
Essential Oils
  • Basil
  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Oregano
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Evening Primrose
  • Hazelnut
  • Rose Hip

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11. Treating and Protecting Against Exposure and Bugs

Chapped Skin

Sunburn

Sunscreen

Windburn

Head Lice/Mites

Insect Repellent

Essential Oils
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • EV Olive
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Neem Seed
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Carrot Seed
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Coconut
  • Grape Seed
  • Jojoba
  • Neem Seed
  • EV Olive
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
Carrier Oils
  • Coconut
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
Carrier Oil
  • Neem Seed
Essential Oils
  • Basil (Sweet)
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Neem Seed

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12. Treating Feet

Athlete’s Foot

Corns

Sweaty Feet

Essential Oils
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Tea Tree
Essential Oils
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree
Essential Oils
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium

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13. Treating Mouth Problems

Bad Breath

Canker (Cold) Sores

Gum Disease

Mouth Infection

Sore Throat

Toothache

Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Myrrh
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
Carrier Oils
  • Coconut Oil
Essential Oils
  • Bergamot
  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree
Essential Oils
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Coconut Oil
Essential Oils
  • Clove Bud
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Tea Tree
Carrier Oils
  • Coconut Oil
Essential Oils
  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Coconut
  • Jojoba
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Clove Bud
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

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14. Treating Hair

Oily

Normal

Dry/Damaged

Dandruff

Fine

Thinning

Essential Oils
  • Basil
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Patchouli
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Avocado
  • Grapeseed
  • Jojoba
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
Carrier Oils
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Jojoba
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Argan
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Coconut
  • Grape Seed
  • Hazelnut
  • Hemp Seed
  • Jojoba
  • EV Olive
  • Evening Primrose
  • Shea Butter
Essential Oils
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Aloe Vera
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Avocado
  • Jojoba
  • Neem Seed
Essential Oils
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Avocado
  • Grape Seed
  • Jojoba
  • Sesame
Essential Oils
  • Basil
  • Carrot
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang
Carrier Oils
  • Sweet Almond
  • Avocado
  • Camellia
  • Coconut
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Jojoba
  • EV Olive

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One thought on “DIY Skin Care Part 3: Oily Personals

  1. Lisa Froman

    Girlie, so much great information here! I will keep as a reference. I started reading up on essential oils last year and took a class at the Red Shoes. As is the case in many things, I just dabble. I bought some oils and use in a diffuser but have never mixed with them carrier oils. Thanks for the percentage breakdowns; I might try to mix them now.
    Mostly, I just sniff them (wild orange and Rosemary) or put lavender on my feet or behind my ears at night. And I do use peppermint essential oil on my tummy when it hurts. Thanks again for all of the content in this series.

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