DIY Face Oil Recipe for Dry Winter Skin

The winter season may bring picturesque snowfall and cozy evenings by the fire, but it also ushers in a less enchanting guest: parched, lackluster skin. As the cold air settles in, our facial skin becomes a battleground, fighting against dryness and dullness.

But don’t worry, we can find simple solutions and support directly from nature. In this blog post, we'll uncover the secrets of how vegetable oils like jojoba, marula, baobab, argan, and rosehip step up as heroes, rescuing our skin from the harsh winter elements. Let’s explore natural skincare, where nourishment and radiance go hand in hand.

Winter temperature and weather patterns can strip our skin of its natural oils, leaving it craving moisture and tenderness. So, here’s where vegetable oils can help. Think of vegetable oils, also known as carrier oils, or skin oils, as precious elixirs, rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Jojoba, marula, baobab, argan, and tamanu oils are the unsung heroes that possess remarkable hydrating properties, replenishing lost moisture and revitalizing our skin. But that's not all – these oils work in harmony with our skin's natural oils, balancing its moisture levels and leaving it soft, supple, and radiant.

But those amazing benefits don’t stop there. Imagine enhancing the potency of these nourishing oils with the aromatic properties of essential oils. When carefully selected essential oils like lavender and frankincense are combined with these carrier oils, they create a synergistic blend that not only amplifies the hydrating effects but also addresses specific skin concerns. From calming irritated skin to promoting a youthful glow, essential oils add an extra layer of luxury to our DIY face oils.

In this post, we'll explore the art of crafting your own winter face oils, tailored to your skin's needs, using these natural ingredients. Let’s transform your winter skincare routine into a pampering ritual, where the power of nature restores your skin's vitality and beauty. Say goodbye to winter-induced dryness and hello to a radiant, nourished complexion – all thanks to the magic of DIY winter face oils!

Face Oil

What is Face Oil?

A natural face oil is a skincare product derived from plant-based oils and extracts, like essential oils, carefully formulated to nourish and enhance the skin's health and appearance.

Unlike synthetic alternatives, natural face oils harness the power of botanical ingredients such as jojoba, argan, or rosehip oils, along with essential oils like lavender or geranium.

These oils are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and fatty acids that moisturize, soothe, and protect the skin. Natural face oils are versatile, suitable for various skin types, and can address concerns like dryness, aging, and uneven tone. They promote a radiant, youthful complexion, all while steering clear of harmful chemicals, making them a preferred choice for those seeking a clean and holistic approach to skincare.

5 Benefits of Using a Face Oil in the Winter

Using face oil in the winter season offers a range of benefits tailored to combat the specific challenges that cold winter weather presents to the skin.

Here are five advantages:

  1. Deep Hydration: As the temperature drops, and snow and ice, bitter winds and dry indoor heat bombard our skin, our faces can start to feel parched, and dull. Face oils provide intense hydration, locking in moisture and preventing dryness, flakiness, and tightness.
  2. Barrier Protection: Winter weather can be harsh on the skin, with chilly winds and temperature fluctuations. Face oils create a protective barrier, shielding your skin from environmental stressors, such as wind burn and cold air, while keeping it soft and supple.
  3. Soothing Irritation: For those with sensitive skin, winter can bring about skin irritation due to changes in temperature and humidity. Plus moving from heated indoor spaces into cold outdoor spaces can cause reactive and sensitive skin to really act up. Face oils containing anti-inflammatory properties that come from the combined blends of carrier oils and essential oils can soothe redness and calm irritated skin quickly.
  4. Preventing Premature Aging: The winter season often comes with a decrease in humidity, which can accelerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Face oils, particularly those rich in antioxidants like vitamin E or rosehip oil, help combat free radicals and protect against premature aging.
  5. Radiant Complexion: Winter face oils can help rejuvenate and revitalize dull dry skin, making it look and feel more vibrant and radiant.  Many of the properties found in rosehip, jojoba argan oils have been shown to provide deep nourishments resulting in skin that glows and looks more youthful.

Incorporating a 100% pure and natural face oil into your fall skincare routine can make a significant difference in maintaining healthy, beautiful skin throughout the winter season.

Face Oil Recipe

Here is a list of our top 7 Face Oil ingredients:

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) is steam distilled from the orchid-like flowers of a very fragrant tree that is native to Polynesia. The oil is loaded with molecules that encourage the skin to balance skin tone and vibrancy, while cleansing and toning.  It also has many benefits to improve our mood, like releasing worry and anxiety, and helping us feel more calm. The jasmine-like floral aroma is immediately soothing to our skin and mind.

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the common lavender plant.  This essential oil has been studied and used for hundreds of years for its remarkable benefits for our skin.  From healing wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns, to soothing inflammation and evening skin tone.  Lavender essential oil is a must have ingredient for any facial product. Plus the aroma is so relaxing, it quickly wipes away all expression of stress and worry.

Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia serrata) is steam distilled from the resin of the unique frankincense species that grows in India.  This particular frankincense has a slightly different aroma than the Frankincense we associate with ritual practice and ceremony, but it shares similar healing benefits for the skin.  Known for its remarkable ability to support the skin’s innate skill to repair and restore, Frankincense essential oil can help balance skin tone, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Argan Nut Oil is a carrier oil that comes from cold expeller pressing the nut from the argan tree. Unlike an essential oil, it is not fragrant, and feels more “oily” when we touch it. The hard shell and nut is pounded away to reveal the kernel and then that kernel is pressed to extract a rich yellow oil that has been shown to have powerful effects on the skin.  It soothes irritation while making the skin feel more supple and and look more youthful.

Rosehip Seed Oil is a carrier oil that comes from cold expeller pressing the seeds from the Rose Hip fruits.  Like Argan it lacks aroma, and feels slightly “oily” - unlike essential oils.  It shares many of the same healing benefits with argan oil, like being soothing to the skin, supporting tissue repair and promoting resilience and elasticity. Plus it is known to calm sensitive skin, and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Jojoba Seed Oil is a carrier oil that comes from cold expeller pressing the seed from the Jojoba plant. Like other carrier oils, it has almost no aroma and feels more “oily” to our touch than essential oils.  Jojoba oil absorbs relatively quickly to the skin and helps boost the strength and resilience of the skin.

Marula Seed Oil is a carrier oil that comes from cold expeller pressing the seed from the marual tree that grows in Africa.  The tree has a long rich history of use amongst the indigenous people because of its many amazing healing benefits.  When the oil is applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly, and leaves a soft, beautiful feeling that encourages the skin to repair and restore itself.

Read below for our DIY Winter face oil with essential oils to make the skin look years younger and more vibrant!

Makes 130 gram/ml (1 oz) bottle:

What you’ll need:

  • Small digital scale
  • Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
  • Stirrers, either metal or glass
  • Small whisk
  • 2 clean glass bottles with a pump
  • Blank Labels
  • Parchment Paper
  • Paper towel


  • 1 tsp of RoseHip Seed Oil
  • 1 tsp of Argan Oil
  • 1 tsp of Marula Oil
  • 3 tsp of Jojoba Oil
  • 4 drops of Vitamin E Oil
  • 6 drops of Lavender
  • 3 drops of Frankincense
  • 3 drops of Ylang Ylang


  • Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter. Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Set out your blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
  • Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
  • Using your measuring spoons, start measuring out each ingredient separately into a beaker or measuring cup.
  • Stir thoroughly using your small mini whisk, or other mixing tool.
  • Once everything is well combined, carefully pour the mixture into your empty glass bottle and cap with the pump closure.
  • Make up a name for your Winter Face Oil, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach them to bottles.
  • Use in the morning and before bed

How to use Face Oil?

The best way to use face oil in order to reap the most powerful benefits is to apply it to a warm damp face after cleansing. 

After cleansing your face, gently pat it dry with a soft towel.  Next, pump out 4 pumps of your face oil into the palm of your hand, and use two fingers to gently massage the oil all over your face.

For an extra boost of powerful absorption, you can then pat your face again with a warm damp towel to encourage the nourishing elements of the oil to deeply absorb into your skin.

We suggest doing this after cleansing your face in the morning and before going to bed.

Let us know how you are enjoying your winter face oil!


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