Aromatherapy Skin Care: Oily Skin

Aromatherapy Skin Care: Oily Skin

Oils and towelsWe all love how essential oils make us feel. And using them on our skin, particularly our face, makes us feel so much better than when we use commercial products. There are a variety of ways to use essential oils in skin care and this article is part of our series on Aromatherapy Skin Care.

We have also published articles on Dry Skin and Combination Skin as part of this series. Other articles are on normal and mature skin as well as acne and other breakouts, skin diseases, and all over body care, so stay tuned! This will be fun!

About Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterized by large pores, a thick and coarse texture, as well as overactive oil glands. Excess oils attract dirt and can breed bacteria. Infections develop easily. It is more prone to blackheads and pimples. However, oily skin is also more supple and doesn’t wrinkle as easily as dry skin.

Best oils

  • Essential oils: Bergamot FCF, Cedarwood, Cucumber Seed, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, German Chamomile, Palmarosa, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Petitgrain, Marjoram, Rosemary, Jasmine, Eucalyptus Globulus, Basil, Sage,
  • Carrier Oils: Almond, Apricot Kernel, Hazelnut, Grapeseed, Extra-Virgin Olive
  • Herbs: Yarrow, Witch Hazel

Types of Cleaners

These are guidelines for the types of cleansers, toners, masks, moisturizers, etc you should use for oily skin. (11)

  1. Cleanser: Cleanse often, twice a day is best. Use a neutral-pH soap or cleansing gel and water to remove excess oil
  2. Steam: Steam your face once or twice a week because it unclogs the pores and releases excess oil. Monitor your skin and reduce the number of steam treatments when sebum production decreases.
  3. woman-exfoliating-skinExfoliation: Avoid vigorous scrubbing because it can stimulate oil production. Use oatmeal scrubs with cornmeal or powdered herbs as a mild abrasive.
  4. Mask: Use masks made with ground oats or clay. These will draw out and absorb surface skin oils. Rinse off clay masks before they begin to feel tight and itchy. Beaten egg whites make a good astringent mask.
  5. Toner: Use Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, and Hydrosols. You can use a slight amount of grain alcohol but it’s best not to dry out your skin too much with alcohol because it will stimulate oil production. Mix some essential oils with either Witch Hazel or Apple Cider Vinegar to wipe away excess oils.
  6. Moisturizer: Use a light oil. Best to use a moisturizer after cleansing skin so the skin does not over-produce oils. Can also use Aloe Vera gel with essential oils that balance oil production.


Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Country Fresh Dairy Cleanser

  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Skim Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 drop essential oil of choice (from above list)

Mix together ingredients until well blended. Pour into a clean container. Pour a small amount of cleansing milk onto a clean wet washcloth and gently massage into your face and neck. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Refrigerate any leftover cleanser. (4)

BowlOfStrawberriesStrawberry Cleanser

  • 4 very ripe, medium-sized Strawberries, sliced and stems removed
  • 1 drop Peppermint or Lavender oil

In a small bowl, thoroughly mash the strawberries with a fork. Press the resulting pulp through a mesh strainer or squeeze through a cheesecloth or nylon stocking into a a small condiment bowl. Add the essential oil and stir to blend. Apply to face and throat, avoiding the eyes, and massage with fingertips for about 1minutes. Rinse with cool water. Follow with an astringent or toner. (Surprisingly enough, this can also serve as a tooth cleanser.) (13)

Deep Pore Cleanser

  • 1/4 medium-sized ripe, peeled, seeded, chopped Tomato
  • Up to 1 tablespoon Water
  • 2 drops Cucumber Seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Meal
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon Sunflower Seed Meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon favorite carrier oil from above list

Place tomato in a blender and add a small amount of water, 1 tablespoon at most. Blend until smooth. Strain vegetable liquid and, in a small bowl, combine enough of the liquid with the meals, carrier oil and Cucumber Seed oil to form a smooth, spreadable paste. Spread paste onto face and neck as thickly as possible and allow to remain on skin for 20 minutes. Rinse skin with warm water. Follow with a moisturizer.  Use 1 – 2 times a week. (13)

Citrus Cleansing Cream

  • 1/4 cup Apricot Kernel oil
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon Anhydrous Lanolin
  • 1/2 cup Distilled Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops Grapefruit oil
  • 20 drops Lavender oil

Place the carrier oils, beeswax, and lanolin in a double boiler and slowly heat until the wax melts. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. In another pan or in the microwave, warm the distilled water and stir in the borax. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Spoon the base oil mixture into a blender and blend on high speed as you slowly drizzle the water/borax mixture through the hole in the lid. Blend for 15 seconds or until it is a smooth consistency. Mix in the vitamin E oil and essential oils and pour into a 2 ounce, dark colored, glass jar. Allow to cool completely before screwing on the cap. Keep in refrigerator. Will last for 3 months.

How to use: Scoop out a dime-sized dollop of the cream and massage into your face. Add some warm water, massage again, then rinse with cool water. (14)

herbalfacialsteamBasic Facial Steam

  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 1 large handful of herbs (from above list)
  • 5 drops essential oil of choice (from above list)

Steep the herbs for 5 – 10 minutes, covered. Remove lid and add essential oils, leaving the herbs in the water. Use a towel to make a tent over the pot or bowl and steam your face for up to 10 minutes. Strain the herbs and save the tea to use as a final rinse water at the end of facial. (11)

Ready-for-Action Mask

  • 1 tablespoon Basic Mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 drops Rosemary
  • 1 drop Lavender

Blend ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave on skin for 15 minutes. Rinse off and apply a facial moisturizer. Dab the face with a tissue. (7)

Basic Mask
  • 2 ounces Green Clay
  • 3 teaspoons Corn Flour

Mix together and keep in a jar, ready for combining with the above formula. (7)

Astringent Moisturizer for Oily Skin

  • 3 ounces Distilled water
  • 5 ounces Rosewater
  • 2 tablespoons Glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • 1 drop Benzoin
  • 1 drop Yarrow
  • 1 drop Sage

Add all ingredients to a sterile bottle. Shake well before every use. Apply in small quantities, massaging into the skin. (1)

Aloe_Vera_PlantPure Aloe Vera Toner

  • 12 ounces Pure, Organic, Aloe Vera juice
  • 2 ounces Distilled Water
  • 15 drops Cucumber Seed oil

Add all ingredients to a 16 ounce glass jar. Shake well before every use. Gently wipe across face with a cotton ball or pad. Store in refrigerator, discard after 3 months. (14)

Normalize Oily to Combination Skin

  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Apply blend to clean face nightly.

Balancing Oil for Clogged Pores

  • 2 ounces Jojoba oil
  • 15 drops Tea Tree
  • 10 drops Rosemary

Combine all ingredients in a sterile, 2 ounce, dark colored, glass bottle. Shake well. Gently rub in and around your nose and T-zone area. Then soak a little cotton pad in Witch Hazel  and gently wipe over area of application. (14)

Oily Skin Care

  • 15 drops Lime
  • 5 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Juniper Berry
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed oil

Combine all ingredients into a dark colored, glass bottle. Wash skin thoroughly and massage a portion of the formula into your skin. Apply daily. (9)

And finally,

What essential oil recipes have you tried on your face? How do you like to take care of your skin naturally? Please share in the comment section down below. All of us would love to hear!



  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  13. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  14. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano

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