If you opened my “beauty cupboard” last year and then opened it today it would look completely different. I used to buy every cream, face wash, toner, mask and product that “in” at the time. I bought from Sephora, Walmart, drugstores and even health food stores, but I always seemed to have problems with my skin. I never found my ride or die skin care routine and had just come to accept that I had oily skin that broke out. End of story.
Well, not quite. After I made the commitment almost a year ago to become more aware of what was in my products, I took a good look at what was in my skin care products. Surprise, surprise, my “natural” face wash contained chemicals and synthetic fragrances and rated HIGH on the Think Dirty App. This deception of companies and miss use of the term “natural” makes me so mad. So I threw them out and started looking for a healthier option.
I’ll be honest, I could have very easily purchased the skincare line Young Living sells (ART- my mom uses this and loves it!) but at the time I was still a student finishing up my masters degree, barely working 40 hours a month and it was just too expensive for me. I understand why it is and would love to try it sometime in the future but until then I’ll be making my own using Young Living essential oils – side note – this is one of my favourite things about Young Living – they offer pre-made products AND individual oils that can be more budget-friendly to make a DIY version.
After doing some research I found a recipe I liked and just kind of winged it. I don’t know the EXACT amounts I used but in my 100ml foaming soap bottle I used roughly
- 1/3 of the bottle castile soap
- 2/3 of the bottle distilled water
- Squirt of castor oil
- Squirt of almond oil
- 15 drops YL palmarosa essential oil
- 10 drops YL lavender essential oil
- 5 drops YL orange essential oil (more so just for a citrus scent!)
Both the castor oil and almond oil are KEY for moisture so don’t skip them! Jojoba, Vitamin E oil, Rosehip oil etc would also work.
Why I used these oils…
Palmarosa oil is great for helping regulate oil production and I noticed an almost immediate change in my oily skin once I started using this face wash. I find it doesn’t get as greasy during the day and even when I wake up in the morning it isn’t as greasy as it used to be. Lavender is a calming and soothing oil for the skin and is even good for sensitive skin. I also use purification as a spot treatment for any unwanted blemishes.
Frankinsence and geranium are both oils I would love to experiment with in this recipe once I restock on both of them!
I followed similar steps to creating a moisturizing serum to apply after washing my face. I added both the lavender and palmarosa oil to castor oil mixed with some almond oil in a glass dropper bottle. It has been working great and even though it is very thick and greasy almost I find it wears so well under my makeup! So I use this serum both morning and night, but I skip my T-zone during the day.
Like I said earlier, I thought my oily skin was here to stay. It’s just what I was “blessed” with. But after totally switching out my entire skincare routine I’ve come to learn that my skin isn’t actually so bad. And the products I was using were actually just making it much worse – interesting how products that claim to be beneficial can have the opposite effect! This is why it is SO important to know where your products come from and the company’s standards and ethics!
Anyone else have some tried and true DIY face cleansing recipes?! I love hearing what you all use and am always looking for ways to improve my recipes also.