Saturday, May 12, 2012

Oils: 100% Natural Face Moisturizer

When I ditched my commercial facial cleanser a few months ago and started washing my face with olive oil, I also said good-bye to my Mary Kay moisturizing cream that I loved and had been using for years. Now I'm using pure oils to hydrate my skin. Do I miss mainstream moisturizer? I sure don't miss the ingredients. Like many commercial moisturizers, the main ingredients are mineral oil and petrolatum. Both are a by-product of crude oil and lack any nutrients. Pure oils, on the other hand, are loaded with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that your skin will love.


Here is a list of oils that make a great moisturizer. Each is quickly absorbed so your face won't feel greasy. Go with cold pressed, unrefined oils when you can. They are less processed so there will be more nutrients to benefit your skin. You should be able to find these oils at your local health food store, Amazon, or Mountain Rose Herbs. If you have a tight budget, less expensive refined oils are still way better than the garbage in commercial moisturizers.

I use avocado oil at night before I go to bed and jojoba or sweet almond oil in the morning. But you don't need multiple oils. Just start with one. A little goes a long way. I use about 3 drops on my face and 2 drops on my neck. I've hardly made a dent in my bottles of oil and I've been doing this for three months now.

Moisturizing Oils

  • Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba)

    Skin Type: all skin types; especially acne-prone, oily, sensitive, aging, or normal skin

    Properties: lightweight, rapidly absorbed, penetrates skin easily, non-greasy, rich in vitamin E, very similar to the skin's natural oils, odorless, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, helps prevent excessive oil production making it ideal for oily skin, good for scars and stretch marks, indefinite shelf life
  • Sweet Almond

    Skin Type: all skin types; especially dry, itchy, or normal skin or those suffering from eczema

    Properties: medium-lightweight, absorbs semi-quickly, slightly greasy until absorbed, rich in vitamins A, B, & E, has been found to reduce dark circles under eyes, 12-month shelf life
  • Avocado

    Skin Type: all skin types; especially dry, itchy, sensitive, or aging skin or those suffering from psoriasis or eczema

    Properties: medium weight, able to penetrate deep into skin for better absorption of nutrients, slightly greasy until absorbed, rich in proteins and vitamins A, D, & E, anti-inflammatory, 12-month shelf life
  • Apricot Kernel

    Skin Type: all skin types; especially dry, sensitive, aging, or normal skin

    Properties: very lightweight, easily absorbed, able to penetrate deep into the skin, non-greasy, heavier than sweet almond oil but more easily absorbed into skin, high in vitamins A, D, & E, used as a base in most baby care products, 6-12 month shelf life
  • Grapeseed

    Skin Type: all skin types; especially acne-prone or oily skin

    Properties: lightweight, quickly absorbed, non-greasy, high in antioxidants like vitamin E, possesses astringent and antiseptic properties, chemically extracted so not my top choice, 12-month shelf life
  • Kukui Nut

    Skin Type: all skin types; especially dry skin or those dealing with psoriasis or eczema

    Properties: lightweight, easily absorbed, high in vitamins A, C, & E, excellent relief for sunburn, fairly expensive oil, good for scars and stretch marks, 12-month shelf life

Customize with Essential Oils

You can make your moisturizing oil even more luxurious and customized to your individual skin type by adding essential oils. Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from parts of plants, flowers, and trees. They have been used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. They are extremely concentrated so you only need to add a few drops to your bottle of oil. Never use undiluted essential oils on your skin, except lavender and tea tree oil. Click here for more essential oil safety. You can find essential oils at your local health food store, Amazon, dōTERRA, or Mountain Rose Herbs.

  • Mature Skin/Wrinkles: frankincense, helichrysum, geranium, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, carrot seed
  • Dry Skin: rose, lavender, geranium, sandalwood, rosewood, ylang-ylang, chamomile
  • Oily Skin: lemon, cedarwood, cypress, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, grapefruit
  • Acne-Prone Skin: tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, geranium, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood

Saves Money

By switching to oils, I save money AND stop worrying about all the chemicals in commercial moisturizer. I use less oil per application than I did the Mary Kay cream, so the cost savings is even better than the numbers below.

$11.11/oz. Mary Kay Moisturizing Cream ($20/1.8 ounce container on eBay)
$1.21/oz. Mountain Rose Herbs unrefined sweet almond oil ($10.25/8.5 oz. bottle)

Do you use oil to moisturize? Which oils are your favorites?

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**UPDATE**Jan 15, 2013**
I've been using pure oils (avocado oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, etc.) as moisturizer for almost a year now. At first the oils worked great but as time went on I noticed the oil was clogging my pores and causing bumps on my forehead. It was also causing me to break out when normally I don't break out. Unfortunately, I don't know which oil was clogging my pores since I was using multiple oils. Once I stopped using oil as moisturizer, the bumps went away and I haven't had a bad break out since. So unfortunately, I'm not able to recommend using oil as moisturizer anymore. Boo.

I do, however, still recommend using oils to wash your face. Because the oil is washed off, it doesn't clog my pores. The oil dissolves make up and dirty oil from my face, without stripping all the natural protective oils like soap does. It's very gentle and moisturizing and I LOVE it. You can read more about it here.

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**UPDATE**Feb 8, 2013**
I had given up on using oils as facial moisturizer, but then I came across this article. Maybe I've just been using the WRONG oils! I've been hearing some buzz about grapeseed oil, which is one oil I have never tried on my face. According to this article, actress Emma Stone uses grapeseed oil as moisturizer and loves it. Also, 100% Pure sells a facial oil that is made with mostly grapeseed oil. So I am going to try grapeseed oil as a facial moisturizer and will report back in a few months with the results. Other celebrities swear by rosehip seed oil. So I'll try that one next if grapeseed oil doesn't pan out. Here's hoping . . .

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**UPDATE**May 29, 2013**
So I've been using grapeseed oil since February but it's causing bumps on my forehead like other oils have. I will try rosehip seed oil next but I'm expecting it will do the same thing. I'm thinking about trying this recipe next from Potholes & Pantyhose. It's 4 Tbsp pure aloe vera (drinkable kind from juice section), 1 tsp vegetable glycerin, 6 drops jojoba oil, and 1/4 tsp sweet almond oil. I would probably replace the sweet almond oil with more jojoba oil since jojoba oil is very similar to our natural facial oil. I'll keep you posted.

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82 comments:

  1. This sounds very cool. Do you mind if I ask where you go for the essential oils? Do you order them online? I do like that my commercial moisturizer has sunscreen in it, but I guess I'll just wait for your post on homemade sunscreen. (jk) You rock!

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    1. Hi Brittany,
      I order my essential oils online through doterra. I get them 25% off so if you are interested, you are welcome to order some through my account. You won't have to pay for shipping because you can go to their warehouse in Orem and pick them up. They are pricey but they are super concentrated and last a long time. If you are going to use them for therapeutic purposes and plan to ingest them or use them for aromatherapy, I would use a top quality oil, like doterra EOs.

      Most health food stores have essential oils. Don't mistake essential oils for fragrance oils. They are not the same thing. If you are using EOs for non-therapeutic purposes like in cleaners or in your skincare, I think a cheaper EO would be fine.

      crunchybetty.com has a great basic essential oil guide:
      http://www.crunchybetty.com/21-things-you-should-know-about-essential-oils

      I used to use sunscreen in my moisturizer. Now I wear cute sun hats. Great questions Brittany!

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  2. Love to hear how all this kind of stuff is working out for you. Have you ever tried a lotion bar? AMAZING! I have never heard of using oil as face wash but here in NM that sounds like it would be perfect with all the dryness. Great posts!

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    1. I haven't tried a lotion bar but they sound awesome. I've been too lazy to actually make one. Do you make them?

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  3. Hi, I just bought a bottle of Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil . Can I use it directly on my face ? What is this oil for ? Thanks.

    I am delighted to go to your blog and found so many good ideas and useful tips. Thank you for posting, I'm sure those who entered your blog will keep coming back to learn more !!

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    1. Hi Mrs. Lee, Most essential oils should not be used undiluted, but tea tree oil is one of the few that is widely acknowledged as safe to use undiluted (but not on children or babies). Essential oils are very concentrated, so use sparingly. Tea tree oil's anti-bacterial properties help get rid of acne. Thank you for your kind words!

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  4. This is a great post! I will link to it when I publish the one I've been writing about using coconut oil. It's my facial moisturizer of choice, but I love your list so I'll link to it! Found you at Nature's Nuture's link party and will be come a fan!

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    1. I have been using Coconut Oil on my face for a few months now and just recently noticed my skin having dryer patches where my skin gets more oily. Any thoughts on this?

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  5. I linked to your post! http://www.mymerrymessylife.com/2012/05/coconut-oil-as-natural-face-moisturizer.html

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  6. Super interesting...I never knew this. I've used Mary Kay for years....will have to think about trying some of the things you mention here. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  7. I started doing this and my skin is so smooth, soft, and glowing. I only wish I'd heard of it in my teens!

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  8. Hi Kendra! can you tell me please what kind of oil should i use around the eyes? i have deep wrinkles and I'm only 30 years old :( your website helped me a lot. One more question...what kind of sunscreen do you recommande?

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    1. I would use an oil high in vitamin A since it is known to help reduce wrinkles. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070521162324.htm
      I suggest using unrefined apricot kernal oil since it has the most vitamin A out of the oils on my list.

      I like the Badger brand sunscreen for my body. It's made of all natural ingredients. It's a little hard to blend in so it has a white hue. I don't use sunscreen on my face. I wear cute sun hats instead.

      Good luck!

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    2. Thank you so much for your response:)

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  9. Since you use olive oil to clean your skin do you follow it with a natural toner or just follow it with your oil for moisturizing? If you do use a toner, what do use?

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    1. I bought some $6 rose water from the beauty section of my health food store to use as a toner, but I always forget to use it. I usually just wash my face with oil and then moisturize with oil.

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    2. I know that some people use witch hazel which I have seen at the health food store. Do you have any info or opinion on that. I have heard it is a safe option.

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    3. From what I've read, witch hazel is a good option for a natural toner. Lots of people really like using apple cider vinegar. Whichever you choose, dilute it with water. Straight witch hazel or ACV would be too drying and strip your face of its natural oils. You've inspired me to try a toner. I'm going to use a touch of apple cider vinegar mixed with my rose water that I already have.

      Here is a great article about toners that might answer your questions better.
      http://www.crunchybetty.com/whats-a-facial-toner-anyway-with-a-bonus-recipe

      Thanks for your questions Deb!

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    4. Just a few days ago, I decided to ditch my Olay moisturizer. Like Kendra, I have been using commercial moisturizers for years. I am tired of having to buy Olay fairly often... and always on a lookout for sales and coupons for the $20 stuff that I am not even sure works that well. I have always been curious about olive oil for face and hair. I have tried it just a few times on and off over the years for facial moisturizer, but stopped because I was concerned it would clog my pores and make my oily skin even more oily. So far, I have read many websites that say olive oil does not cause acne. As far as the greasiness, to me olive oil is indeed greasy after applying. Maybe I am using a bit too much, but I find it difficult to spread just a tiny amount. However, I am going to use it from now on and will just have to carry those oil-absorbing sheets in my purse. I am excited about olive oil! Yay!

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  10. Thank you for this post, I'm looking into natural moisturizers and using oils sounds like an affordable and healthier alrnative to commercial smoisturizers. If I may ask, how much of the oil do you use for the entire face?

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    1. Hi Fiona, I use about 4-5 little drops on my neck/face. A little goes a long way.

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  11. I have been using olive oil as moisturizer for several years, and I love it. I also spread it on my legs after shaving. :)

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    1. Hi Jeannine, Sounds like you've known for years what I just found out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Thank you for your post! I just ran out of MK moisturizer and decided I was going to try coconut oil. After using it, I thought it would be wise to look it up lest I wake up tomorrow with bad results. This blog was very helpful and reassuring.

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    1. Hi Loretta, I love using coconut oil to moisturize my body! I haven't put it on my face since I've heard that it can clog pores. But some people swear by it. Let us know how it works for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Hi, Kendra! I just found your site and it's exactly my cup of tea! I've been curious about sweet almond oil for a while, and my biggest question is: Does it smell like almond??? I love the smell of almond (sometimes take whiffs of almond extract when I'm perusing the pantry). So if the oil smells like the extract, I'm getting some!

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    1. Hi Elsie, I hate to disappoint, but it doesn't smell like almonds. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Thanks for your great post Thank you....................

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  15. Great post!
    Could you use apricot kernel around your eyes... Or would it sting & irritate?
    Thank you!

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    1. I haven't tried apricot kernel oil yet, but that's the one I plan to buy next. I don't think it would sting and irritate your eyes. It's often used in baby products because it's such a gentle oil. I've used jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and olive oil to remove my eye makeup and none of them have irritated my eyes. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Okay, thanks very much!
      Also could I use cooking sweet almond oil on my face?? Or would it have to be a well known"good" brand?
      Thanks so so much!!

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    3. It should be fine. It won't have as many nutrients as unrefined sweet almond oil, but I think it's better than all the chemicals in commercial moisturizer.

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  16. ok...i have oily/acne prone skin so this seems CRAZY! but what i'm doing now is not working and i am not comfortable with the ingredients. so, i am going to try out this method. i am also wondering what type of make-up you use? i am currently using mineral make-up. thanks for all the awesome info, i really enjoy reading your posts!

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    1. That's awesome you're going to take the plunge! Acne is caused by bacteria, not oil, so OCM still works for people with acne-prone skin.

      When my face broke out last month from some medication, rubbing banana peels on it at night seemed to help a lot. I know it sounds crazy, but it worked! http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/07/01/treat-acne-other-skin-conditions-with-banana-peels/

      I don't wear foundation. I have a Dr. Hauschka liquid concealer stick that I use under my eyes and on blemishes. I wear Clinique powder that I'm finishing up. After it's gone, I'm going to buy powder with more natural ingredients. I'll probably buy it from my Whole Foods store that sells Dr. Hauschka, Zulu, and Mineral Fusion brands. Good luck with OCM!

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    2. Actually the bacteria that cause acne feed on sebum and than multiply and clog pores. So one has to be careful about choosing oil for the face.
      Any oil should not be left on the face for more than 8-10 hours in my experience. it is better to wash it off and put a new bit again after 8-10 hours rather than leave it on for maybe 24 hours.

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  17. Hi Kendra,
    Do you have to mix the oils with anything before using them on your face?

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    1. Are you talking about essential oils? If so, then yes, you need to mix them with one of the moisturizing oils (jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, etc) before you apply them to your face. I've done it two ways. I've added about 5-8 drops of frankincense EO to my 4 oz. bottle of avocado oil. I've also done it where I put jojoba oil or sweet almond oil or whichever oil I feel like using into the palm of my hand and added one drop of essential oil, usually lavender, and then applied to my face.

      If you are talking about the moisturizing oils, then no, you don't need to mix them with anything. I just use straight oil. I use just a little so my face doesn't feel greasy once the oil is absorbed, which happens very quickly.

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  18. I started my own natural skin care business , I use only natural ingredients and the best essential oils. I am loving these natural products and at 54 years of age I am very happy with the results I get from using my own products. Please check my site out.www.airbrushbymarjorie.com

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  19. I am in my late sixty and my face is very dry and blotch, I have used moisturizer all my life and now they are not working due to my aging. Please help. Geri

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    1. I suggest avocado oil or apricot kernel oil for dry, aging skin.

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    2. you can also try rose hip oil. aubrey organics make a good one.

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  20. I have been using apricot kernel for a couple of years now and i swear by it, i use rose hip oil on my face then i use apricot kernel on top of it at night i am nearly fifty and do not have any blemishes, i also put it all over my body after my shower and i am so happy with the results.

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    1. I just bought some apricot kernel oil and I can't wait to start using it! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  21. I just found your post after trying bunch of expensive moisturisers with zero result . I'm definitely gonna try but one quick question, how do you wash your face with olive oil?

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    1. You can read this post about it. http://www.ourhomemadehappiness.com/2012/04/all-natural-moisturizing-facewash.html

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  22. I just tried aztec healing clay mixed with apple cider vinegar as a face mask. It was so great! I have been using cocnout oil as a face moisturizer on and off and think i'm ready to completely dive in to natural face care (though the sunscreen issue does concern me. I dont think i'll be wearing a sun hat in winter, even though i am exposed to a decent amount of rays commuting to work in nyc). I was wondering if you've ever tried NOW essential oils? They have both apricot kernel oil and lavender oil for very reasonable prices on amazon (links below), but i am not sure how to know if they are good quality. Any help would be much appreciated!

    -Lindsey

    http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Apricot-Kernel-16-Ounce/dp/B00028MLG6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1MF86AUYLC58J&coliid=I1Z2E08MZQNLMH

    http://www.amazon.com/NOW-Foods-Lavender-Oil-ounce/dp/B002N0PY8S/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348585154&sr=1-1&keywords=lavender+oil

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    1. NOW is a big name brand I see at health food stores all the time. I would trust their products. I've tried NOW sweet almond oil and was happy with it. They don't advertise if their carrier oils are unrefined or refined, which I find annoying. That makes me think their oils must be somewhat refined, but I don't know how much. I've never tried their essential oils so I can't compare them to other oils, but they seem like a good economical choice.

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    2. thanks so much! I just placed an order :)

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  23. I am so excited I found this article! I am 19 and I have super dry skin, but is still a little sensitive. I was looking for a cheaper alternative to my more expensive moisturizer since I am a broke college student. What would you recommend? And since I am fair skinned what is a good way for me to incorporate SPF into my skincare routine using this method? I am so excited to try this out, I am going to my local food Co-op today to see what they have to offer!

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  24. Thanks so much for your site! It's the bomb!

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  25. I have heard that essential oils such has lavender, etc can be a irritant to sensitive skin...I am using emu oil and many times exchange for grapeseed oil but I just use it alone not with essential oil....Do you know of a natural toner for the face....Thanks!

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    1. Here's a link to my post about homemade toner.
      http://www.ourhomemadehappiness.com/2012/08/homemade-facial-toner.html

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  26. Hi all,

    A lot of these oils actually have SPF naturally in them - they have to be completely absorbed before going into the sun though. Link:
    http://www.ehow.com/list_7557101_natural-oils-contain-spf.html

    I am currently transitioning into all natural/home-made products and selling all my old branded stuff to help fund it. I have just bought a bottle of raspberry seed oil with summer coming up in New Zealand so will see how that goes, looking forward to it! (We have very harsh sun).
    I have been using Wheatgerm oil and apricot kernal as moisturisers and like them both. I also use them to take off my eye-makeup - works better than my remover did! I'm using ACV and water as a toner, but think I'll add a bit more water as it feels a bit strong today. Great website!

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  27. This is a great post,its so informative yet simple..thanks for the informations on these oils...I've recently switched on to these as I was getting very concerned over the loads of chemicals I was using on myself.

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  28. I loved your post, it's really informative:)
    I was wondering if you could recommend a ratio between the moisturizing oils and essential oils? I want to create my own using jojoba oil and 2 other essential oils but I don't know how to mix them together.

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    1. Add about 2-5 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of oil. Try it out and add more drops if you want it stronger.

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  29. What kind of mineral makeup do you use?

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    1. I usually get Dr. Hauschka, Mineral Fusion, or Zuzu brand make-up because that's what my Whole Foods store sells. Another blogger recommended 100% Pure makeup which I'm interested in trying.

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  30. Hi Kendra,

    What a fantastic site.

    I currently use an E45/Eczema cream with a few drops of essential oil in as my daily moisturiser. I though this would be the most natural choice (before oils). Would that be right?

    I am 30 - do you think that the Apricot Kernal oil with some essential oils added would make a good facial moisturiser? to help with eye wrinkles and firm skin a little?
    The only time I used an organic oil, my skin felt like it was chapped and desperate for more moisture.

    Also, I would be interested to know if anyone else here reads the back of products and be nonethewiser! I always seem to get irritated that nothing in main stream stores are natural...they are all packed with ingredients I cant even say!

    Thanks
    Laura



    Thanks

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  31. I've been using a mix of 3/4 Jojoba oil and 1/4 Tea tree oil as a facial moisturizer for probably 2 months now, but since I started, I have had much worse, persistent acne on my chin and forehead where before I only had occasional breakouts. I am 22, but still seem to have teenage, acne-prone skin. Any alternative ideas for homemade, chemical-free facial moisturizers? I want to avoid commercial products if at all possible, but not at the cost of having bad skin again... HELP!

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    1. Emily, my nephew has the same problem. My dermatologist said that the #1 culprit is SUGAR. Try cutting out as much as possible from your diet (read, read, read labels!)and eat more salads. I sent my nephew some sulphur-based soap (another Dr. recommendation) and he is going to update me on that. Since he's been eating more salads, he says his skin seems to be improving. She also told me that thyme has been studied as an anti-bacterial agent in skin-care products and is more effective than anti-biotics. Hope this helps.

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  32. I know this is not a natural facial product, but in addition to making your own moisturizers, I would add fish oil to your diet. Some have had luck with this....

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  33. I use a mix of neem, palm, jojoba, and shea oil with some tea tree,peppermint and carrot essential oil, or sometimes I put all these mixture in my homemade shea lotion.....I wash my face with grounded neem bark,grounded flax seed and if I want more of a mask I add some of the oil mentioned above with some manuka honey and pure aloe vera and all these work wonders for me.....I don't get pimple anymore and my skin is unbelieveable soft and smooth and it evens out my skin tone......I also use use neem soap from india which i use mosly in the mornings..I've never had such amazing results as i have with my homemade concoction....I dont only use it on my face but on my entire body.....

    I have other mixtures that i make just to switch up every now and again that works wonders but i just wanted to share my staple

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    1. sounds great! but a little complicated for me since i don't find all these oils here in Geneva, Switzerland.. I'm a Filipina, and speaking NO-FRENCH! :o i'm little bit hesitant to ask thinking that they woudln't know these in English :O

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  34. you find it cruel? how about castor oil?
    Animals suffers too much for our pleasure and theres no need, please consider going vegan.
    Blessings.

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  35. I have a bottle of 100% pure coconut oil, and I just applied some to my face. For the past few weeks, my face feels extremely dry (which is really weird because it is usually the opposite). So let's hope this works for me, I'm psyched! I'll also get virgin olive oil and see how that fairs. Thank you for your advice Kendra!

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  36. Hi, I'm 21, and been so confused lately for the best skinCare routine, since I started reading your blog and now your website, I've changed my mind about buying high end commercial products !
    I'm definitely gonna buy sweet almond oil as a moisturizer.
    I just have one question I have extremely sensitive skin and now my under eye area as well as eyelids have become so dry and it's irritating...
    Can you please recommend any homemade eye mask or moisturizer to get rid of it?

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  37. Do I just use unrefined apricot oil as a moisturizer straight from the bottle?

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    1. I don't recommend using oil as a moisturizer anymore. See my update at the beginning of the post.

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  38. I just wanted to share a recipe for a moisturizer for us ladies (and men) who hate that greasy feeling you get from 100% oil.

    http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.se/2012/06/homemade-face-moisturizer.html

    I haven't personally tried this, but it sounds really refreshing and moisturizing, and the ingredients are fairly easy to get ahold of.
    You can also change the oils to get the effect you want. I for example are changing the Jojoba for Argan and the Almond for Tamanu to make it more suited for acne-prone skin.

    I am a toner fan so I guess that's why this sounds so appealing to me :3

    I hope this is a good tip for people who can't use 100% oil on their face.

    /Sandra

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  39. Thanks for all your amazing posts! I am wanting to switch to homemade EVERYTHING. What do you think I should try first?

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    1. How about homemade deodorant? It's easy and works great!

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  40. Eagerly anticipating your report on the grapeseed oil as a facial moisturizer. :)

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    1. It clogged the pores on my forehead. I'm going to try mixing a little oil with aloe vera gel instead and see if that works better. I'll keep you posted.

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  41. So, I don't know much about skin besides that I'm not happy with mine. I have breakouts all the time and would like to see fewer wrinkles and dark circles under my eyes. Is there an oil combination that you would suggest I try? What are your feelings on the facial cream "Lifecell?" Is it worth all of that money? I'm really big on quality over quantity...any thoughts?

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    1. You could use apricot kernel oil under your eyes and on the outer sides. It is rich in vitamin A which is supposed to help with wrinkles. I'm big on quality over quantity as well but I don't think it's worth it to pay a crazy amount for face care products unless you know for a fact it really does something amazing. I've never heard of Lifecell but it looks like reviews on Amazon are just okay.

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  42. I just use coconut oil on my face and have no problems. My skin is so much improved now from when I was using cosmetic moisturizers.

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