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The DIY Essential Oil face serum recipe that rocked my world

by Ruth
Essential Oils, Lemon, LAvender and Frankincense on a wood table with dewdrop diffuser and glass dropper bottle and other premium starter kit oils

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Essential oils for skincare that might just surprise you.

Can I just tell you how much I super duper love this DIY All Natural Essential Oil Face Serum Recipe??

As I get older I'm beginning to look for more products that can promote wellness and healthy happy skin. I'm also looking for products that are simple and not full of toxic chemicals.  I love this DIY Face Serum because I feel it does just that.

I MEAN IT, I LOVE IT and my 40+-year-old skin thanks me every single night for using an essential oil face serum recipe that works.

Are you ready to diminish the look of fine lines?

How about smooth the look of your skin?

Reduce the appearance of blemishes?

Support overall skin health?

Did you know that a face serum DIY can do all that?

*This post contains affiliate links to the essential oils and other products I talk about in the post. Purchasing them here from my blog is no extra cost to you but I do earn a commission that helps in the cost of running this blog. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from Amazon. Thanks for your support!

The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please talk with your medical professional before using essential oils. 

Why I love this Essential Oil for Skin Care Face Serum Recipe

This Essential Oil Face Serum was one of the first DIY projects I did when learning how to use my Premium Essential Oil Kit from Young Living. I am so thankful I did.

One friend was just talking about how she bought a face serum from the department store. I will not name names but, she paid almost what I paid for my Premium Kit for just a little container of serum.

And what else other than reducing the look of wrinkles can that container do? Not one darn thing.

Girlfriend, I can diffuse beautiful smells, clean laundry and bake lemon cookies with what I got in my box. (more on those three in other posts here on my blog) Plus do all the amazing skin stuff I talked about above.

Hello, reducing the look of fine lines!! I'm seriously not ready to look old or my age.

So my frugal mind says, why buy a one-use container? When you can get a whole kit that has a ton of other uses and cost just about the same price. No brainer sister. 

Essential Oils, Lemon, LAvender and Frankincense on a wood table with dewdrop diffuser and glass dropper bottle and other premium starter kit oils

How I use the Essential Oil for beginners Face Serum Recipe

I apply this serum every night after I wash my face. I like to concentrate on any trouble spots.

  • Lightly shake the dropper bottle of essential oil face serum
  • Place about a dime to a nickel size amount in the palm of your hand and apply to face and neck.

I'd say the 2 oz bottle last me 3-4 months. Feel free to also use this on your hands and feet too!

Did you know there are 3 common mistakes you can make when creating a face oil that will make your face serum not work? I wonder if you are doing any of these face serum mistakes like I was.

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Instructions for making the Essential Oil Face Serum Recipe

I mixed and stored my Essential Oil Face Serum in a 2 oz dropper bottle. It makes getting just the right amount out easy.

  1. Place all essential oils listed in the recipe in the below picture in the clean dropper bottle first.
  2. Add carrier oil of your choice to just below the neck of the bottle. This will leave room for the dropper to be added and there to be no overflow of oil.
  3. Shake lightly to mix the oils.

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to make this

Essential Oil Face Serum Recipe

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DIY Essential Oil Face Serum Recipe

Yield: 2oz
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Difficulty: easy

The best homemade serum for glowing skin. This skin serum delivers serious skin loving essential oils.


Place all essential oils listed below in the clean dropper bottle first.

  1. Add 20 Drops of Young Living Frankincense essential oil to dropper bottle
  2. Add 10 Drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil to dropper bottle
  3. Add 10 Drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil to dropper bottle
  4. Add Carrier Oil of your choice to just below the neck of the bottle. This will leave room for the dropper to be added and there to be no overflow of oil.
  5. Shake lightly to mix the oils.


How to Apply-

  • Lightly shake the dropper bottle of essential oil face serum
  • Place about a dime to a nickel size amount in the palm of your hand and apply to face and neck.


This serum does contain Lemon oil which is Photosensitive and should be avoided when spending time out in the sun or using tanning beds. You can still be safe and make this face serum for summer use. Just leave out the lemon oil. It will still work amazing on your skin.

Essential Oils, Lemon, LAvender and Frankincense on a wood table with dewdrop diffuser and glass dropper bottle and other premium starter kit oils

Update- Lemon oil is Photosensitive and should be avoided when spending time out in the sun or using tanning beds. You can still be safe and make this face serum for summer use. Just leave out the lemon oil. It will still work amazing on your skin. Or with summer coming, check out the link to a new summer face serum near the bottom of this post!

Want to know more about Photosensitive oils and how to use them safely? Check out the blog post here! 

Now, that I've given you this fantastic easy to make Essential oil face serum recipe. Are you excited to give it a try?

I love that this recipe will allow you to make one simple change in your beauty routine that will have a huge impact on your skin.

How exciting is that?

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Where to buy supplies for the Essential Oil Face Serum Recipe

My question now is, do you have the supplies that you need? To make this serum a reality in your life. If not, I'd love to help you gather those supplies together and make this happen!

I have only made this essential oil face serum recipe with YL essential oils which can be found in the premium starter kit. I can not say how other brands will work or not work. My suggestion is to go with Young Living because they have a seed to seal guarantee that all their oils are held up to.

Already own your oils but need the other supplies- Check out below what I use-

Love these dropper bottles! I make so many different Essential Oil items for my family that I can run through my stash of bottles pretty quickly at times!

As far as carrier oils I think these two are great options-

Jojoba oil - This is a great oil for acne-prone skin.

 Grapeseed oil- Fast absorbing and for combination skin

First step to getting you all set up with Essential Oils -

Let's gets talking about the three oils. You can buy them separately, or if you are like me and want to save a whole lot of money, you can buy a Young Living Premium Starter kit like the one pictured below!

Young Living Premium Starter Kit

All three oils in the Essential Oil Face Serum Recipe; Lemon, Lavender, and Frankincense, come in the Young Living Premium Starter kit. The Premium Starter Kit also comes with 8 other awesome oils and a diffuser of your choice will run you around $165 depending on which diffuser, where you live (tax) and the shipping you select.

Now hold on...

I know that $165 is a bit of shocker for some of you, I get it.

But have you priced face serums lately?

I have, and they run anywhere from $69- $90 for 1 oz.

Like I said earlier, I'd rather invest my money in buying a product that allows me to easily create multiple nontoxic items to support my healthy lifestyle than buying a one-time 1 oz bottle.

Want a couple other beauty ideas to use these oils on.

How about your eyelashes?

Every woman dreams about long beautiful eyelashes, well Lavender is great for eyelash growth support.

I could give you dozens of kit oil uses just for your beauty routine alone, and guess what, I will! When you purchase the Young Living Premium Starter Kit from me, I will send you an E-recipe book with over 100 Essential Oil recipes from beauty, cleaning your home to daily wellness. I'm here as your oily guru! The Ebook is ONLY available to By Oily Design Members! byoilydesign.com YL member #3177383

Added bonuses!

image of free ebook of Essential oils Everyday uses

Ready to get your kit so you can make the above Essential Oil Face Serum Recipe and start your journey in learning Essential Oils?

Check out my Start Here page that gives you more information on essential oils, Why Young Living, More details of what comes in the kit and most importantly how to buy. Or you can Click the image below to take you there!

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Aubrey March 31, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Hello! How often do you apply this?

Ruth April 1, 2016 - 4:17 pm

Hey Aubrey, In the winter when I wasn’t out in the sun much I applied in the morning after washing my face and then again at night after washing my face. Now that it is summer I will not apply in the morning due to sun exposure. Lemon oil exposed to sun can cause burns. Thanks for your question! Ruth

Bobbie December 14, 2017 - 2:25 pm

Is this serum safe to use under eye erea as well? Or should that be avoided?

Ruth December 27, 2017 - 11:35 am

Hi Bobbie,
I do use it under my eyes but just be careful not to get it too close.

Carrie October 25, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Could you use Coconut or Vitamin E oil as the carrier?

Ruth March 9, 2019 - 10:29 am

you can use coconut but not Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is not considered a carrier oil.

Jennifer L Bonomini April 7, 2016 - 9:36 pm

Hi! Do you have a ratio of the oil drops to the carrier? I never know how much. This is my favorite combo! Thanks for the post 🙂

Jennifer L Bonomini April 7, 2016 - 9:38 pm

Oops! Just saw it in the photo 😉 Love your beard oil post too!

Ruth April 15, 2016 - 2:23 pm

Hey Jennifer! Thanks for commenting. Let me know if you have any more questions regarding the face serum. So glad you love the beard oil, it was fun to find something I could make for my husband that was oil related. What tickles me is now all his friends want some too!

Bonnie Knoxville February 2, 2017 - 3:41 am

What picture did you see the ratio in? lol I think I need essential oils for my eyes maybe. :p

Bonnie Knoxville February 2, 2017 - 3:47 am


Ruth February 3, 2017 - 3:28 pm

🙂 Bonnie, I get asked that A lot I will try and do an update to this post soon. Maybe redo the image so it’s more noticeable. or just put the ratio in the post it self and not on an image.

Kenna April 21, 2016 - 2:11 am

Hi! I’m new to oils. How much should I use? Do I apply only to problem areas or all over? Thanks!

Ruth April 21, 2016 - 5:28 pm

Hi Kenna! I apply to my entire face. I do make sure that I rub in a little extra to my problem areas. For the few scars that I’m using this serum on I only apply to the scar itself. Let me know if you have any other questions. I am happy to answer them.

Ronni April 30, 2016 - 7:32 pm

Hi could you use almond oil rather than jojoba oil?

Ruth May 1, 2016 - 7:38 pm

Hi Ronni, This past time I made the recipe I used grapeseed oil. I haven’t have not tried it, but I imagine Almond oil will also work well.

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Sharon May 22, 2016 - 5:55 am

hi! did it have a difference when u used grapeseed instead of jojoba? so u apply it in replace of the moisturiser? 🙂

Ruth May 24, 2016 - 12:43 pm

Hi Sharon, Thanks for the great questions.
For me I did not notice a difference when I used grapeseed. I now use grapeseed pretty much on all my mixes that are not solid. And yes, I use it in place of a moisturizer. Although, on days I feel like my skin is extra dry, I will add moisturizer on top. I don’t feel like it made my skin any extra oily.

Judee@gluten freeA-Z Blog May 30, 2016 - 8:06 pm

You have convinced me. I can’t wait to try this- I’ve got lines, spots, and dryness..
Getting my oils out as we speak!

Ruth May 31, 2016 - 11:06 pm

Let me know how it works for you!

Anna Smith July 22, 2019 - 11:17 am

Can you use under makeup?

Ruth July 24, 2019 - 10:53 am

I use it all the time under makeup. Now I do use the Young Living Savvy make up so I’m not sure how it will work with other makeup brands. I would test in a small area first to make sure the essential oils don’t react to a chemical found in other makeups. Let me know how it works! Ruth

Cathy June 5, 2016 - 9:31 pm

Hi Ruth
I have oily skin and can break out with wrong oil. Is Almond oil and grapeseed oil good for oily skin?

Ruth June 9, 2016 - 1:49 pm

Hi Cathy, Both Grapeseed and Almond oil are low on the Comedogenic (acne causing) rating scale. Both are a 2 which is considered moderately low. To answer your question, I can’t honestly say if they will be okay for your skin. Some options that are 0 (will not clog pores) are Sunflower Oil, Hemp Oil and Safflower Oil. You may want to try one of those oils if you tend to break out easily. Thanks for the great question! let me know if you have any more, I’m happy to help!

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Tiffany June 21, 2016 - 11:08 pm

How much do I apply each night? Do you just drop it on your fingers and rub in or use a cotton ball? I’m still pretty new to using the oils so any help is appreciated.

Ruth June 22, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Hi Tiffany, I make and store this serum in a glass dropper bottle. I use it nightly. The way I apply is by putting about a nickle size into the palm of my hand. using my fingertips I apply by gently rubbing the oil on to my face and neck. Concentrating on any wrinkles or blemishes. If i think I need more I will just put more in my hand and apply. Any extra a just rub on to the tops of hy hands or neck. It is beginning to really make a difference on the tops of my hands now. I have switched to the summer serum and love it, recipe is here. https://www.byoilydesign.com/2016/05/15/best-natural-face-serum/

Let me know if you have any other questions! Ruth

Tjax July 12, 2016 - 10:07 pm

Hi! I’m new to oils, and would like to make this serum. What would the recipe be if I’m using a one ounce dropper bottle?

Ruth July 21, 2016 - 7:36 pm

Hi Tracee, Thanks for finding me on FB so glad now we are friends. I hope I was able to satisfy your question. let me know if you need more info.

Deb August 1, 2016 - 11:11 am

I found you on Pinterest!! My addiction as well!! Love your blog! How do I find you on Facebook? Would love to follow you! I just purchased YL oils about a month ago and you have some awesome recipes!! I too am overwhelmed and have begun the process of reading everything I can on these fabulous oils!! Thanks so much and I look forward to following you and getting lots of info!

Kim August 18, 2016 - 9:28 pm

Hi Ruth,

I’m new to oils and very interested to try this serum. I only have fractioned coconut oil on hand for a carrier. Have you ever tried using this? I’m curious if it will have the same effect.


Ruth August 23, 2016 - 6:38 pm

Hi Kim, I haven’t used the fractionated Coconut but I have friends who have used it with great success with this recipe. Thanks for asking! Ruth

Jenni September 13, 2016 - 4:11 pm

I curious what the benefits are that you see. Reduction in lines & wrinkles? Smoother skin? Faded dark spots? I’m new to oils and don’t use them for very much yet. Am always looking for things like this to try. Thanks for sharing!

Ruth September 20, 2016 - 6:22 pm

Hi Jenni,

Due to compliance with FDA, I can’t list what the benefits are. But let’s just say you are spot on with your question! 🙂 If you want more detail I’m happy to email you a direct response. just let me know if you want me to email you.

nicole October 27, 2016 - 10:09 pm

I don’t see the recipe?

Ruth November 15, 2016 - 2:51 pm

Hi Nicole, The recipe is located in the second picture. let me know if you need me to email you the recipe if you can still not see it.

Melanie October 9, 2016 - 5:57 am

I read your article multiple times but didn’t see the ratio of oils. I make my own night serum but I am always looking to improve it. I use a base of camellia seed oil, grapeseed and sweet almond with a couple of droppers of rosehip seed oil. Then I add my essential oils of choice. Your ratios would sure help me to know if I’m on the right track! I’m fairly new to the all natural naked face truth with essential oils! Thanks so much in advance for any help you can bestow! ?

Ruth November 15, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Hi Melanie, So sorry for my slow reply. somehow I missed your comment. The ratio of oils is in the second picture posted. it’s 20 frank, 10 lemon, 10 lavender and 1/2 cup carrier.

Sue December 8, 2016 - 2:34 am

This may not apply to this situation, however redirect if need be.

What young living oils for dark skin spots. I have used Franinsence alone and with carrot seed and coconut oil. I think I may be allergic to one of them as my reaction is terribly itchy in that area,bumps and then pealing. Is this normal?


Ruth December 8, 2016 - 6:24 pm

Hi Sue,
If the reaction really concerns you I would consult with a Dr. as I have no medical background, so I can not diagnose or treat issues. If it were me and I felt it was an allergic reaction, I would stop using the oils and allow my skin to heal. I wish I could be of more help but I must stay compliant with FDA rules in my response here on my blog. Can you address your concerns to your enroller? They should be able to direct you in what you could do.

Virginia January 12, 2017 - 6:43 pm

Hi!!!! Have you tried or anyone who’s tried this serum given opinions on Almond oil and Avacado oil? I have the Joboa one mixed up. I’ve heard Avacado oil is like a semi natural sun screen, made me wonder if it would be a good mix with your Summer Time serum?


Ruth January 12, 2017 - 7:45 pm

Hi Virginia, So far no one has commented about using Almond or Avocado oils but I’d love to know their experience if they have tried it.

Virginia May 5, 2017 - 6:19 pm

So!.. I’ve been using the essential oil mix with almond oil and I LOVE it!! Just my personal experience though jobjoba has always made my skin feel dryer oddly enough?.. But the almond oil seems to have a rich and smoother texture and the moisturizing effect has been amazing since I’ve been using it ❤️.

Julie June 7, 2018 - 5:05 pm

I’ve made this recipe with frac. coconut oil and it works beautifully. Thank you for the great recipe!

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Sherlly October 2, 2017 - 4:51 am

Hi Ruth, I’m really interesting tO try this serum. But, since i lived in tropical city, How if i modify it become 25 drops Frankin and 15 drops lavender, so i No need tO worry for photoexposure.
Thank you ^^

Ruth October 13, 2017 - 5:28 pm

Hi Sherrly, Your adjustment would fine. I’ve used the same ratios in summer when I wanted to use this recipe. Enjoy your new face serum!

Gracette October 26, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Hi! Thanks for sharing your serum recipe. If I want to make a smaller batch of the recipe say 10ml, how many drops of each oil would I need?

Ruth November 2, 2017 - 10:46 am

For a 2% dilution in a 10ml bottle is about 3 drops each. So you can put 2 drops of each oil and be okay. Hope this helps! Ruth

Loretta Terpening November 10, 2017 - 5:14 pm

I have recently started losing weight and have noticed my skin looks loose and fine wrinkles are noticeable. Will this serum help or is there something else I should be doing? I love my young living oils!

Ruth November 28, 2017 - 10:25 am

I think with consistent use it has the potential help make your skin appear tighter and more youthful. YL also has a massage oil you may want to try called Cel-lite Magic- “Cel-Lite Magic™ Massage Oil tones and nourishes the skin with pure vegetable oils, vitamin E, and authentic essential oils. Grapefruit oil improves the appearance of skin texture, while Juniper oil helps cleanse.” from the YL website. hope this helps. Ruth

Emma December 15, 2017 - 11:00 pm

Have you ever used Sacred Frankinscense instead of regular?

Ruth December 27, 2017 - 11:34 am

Yes and it works great!

Divesha December 28, 2017 - 1:37 pm

Hi I don’t understand this recipe. Isn’t half a cup 4 ounces? If so how did you store it in a 2 ounce bottle?

Ruth January 26, 2018 - 10:21 am

Hi Divesha, Your right 1/2 cup is 4 ounces. You are going to put your essential oils into the bottle and then fill the rest of the way with carrier oil. I’ve updated the recipe to show 2oz. thanks for catching that! Ruth

Mikaeya December 29, 2017 - 12:08 pm

Ruth I couldn’t agree more!!! My face serum that I make with my oils is one of the first DIY things I did and still to this day it works like a charm and I always have people ask me what I use on my skin because it glows!! Great post!

Tarah December 30, 2017 - 6:42 pm

Would vitality oils work in this recipe?

Ruth December 30, 2017 - 6:54 pm

Yes, you can use Vitality oils. Vitality oils are the same oil as the regular one. They have different labels so they can be labeled by FDA standards for ingestion. thanks for asking, Ruth

Ruth January 26, 2018 - 8:20 am

Once you follow the recipe instructions you can use this straight on your skin because it is diluted. Frankincense and Lavender can both be applied neat but I would use a carrier oil with lemon. Hope this helps!

Vera March 17, 2018 - 5:26 am

Would it be fine if I use Young Living V6 oil instead of Jojoba for the carrier oil? I have a combination type skin (oily on the T-zone), I’m just worried if V6 oil would feel too greasy if applied on the face?

Ruth March 9, 2019 - 10:33 am

I could do a small test of just the V6 carrier and see how that feels before you make it. But the V6 is an option for this.

Jane October 22, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Hi, I’ve tried this recipe in a 2ml sample bottle and it’s working great. I want to make it in a 5ml bottle, how do I know how many drops per oil?

Ruth March 9, 2019 - 10:30 am

Hi Jane, I would just double the recipe. Hope this helps.

Jessica December 30, 2018 - 11:53 am

Can you store the face serum in a plastic bottle or does it have to be in a glass bottle.

Ruth March 9, 2019 - 10:22 am

I would store your face serum in a glass bottle. the concentration of oils can be high enough depending on the recipe to break down the plastic in a plastic bottle.

Jessica December 30, 2018 - 11:56 am

Hey this is Jessica. Can you store the face serum in a plastic bottle or does it have to be in a glass bottle.

Ruth January 1, 2019 - 9:46 am

Hi Jessica,
Great question! With the amount of oil this recipe calls for, I would stick with a glass bottle. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can break down plastic containers so glass is the safest option.

yvonne July 7, 2019 - 2:01 pm

I have been diagnosed with rosacea. Can you please help me with a GOOD mositurizer?
Thank you

Ruth July 17, 2019 - 9:29 am

Hi Yvonne!
I’m not a Dr. so I really can’t recommend a good moisturizer for Rosacea. But I can tell you that I really love the Young Living Rose ointment and ART Intensive Moisturizer for my face and trouble spots. Have you given those a try? Ruth

Sharon July 10, 2019 - 2:20 pm

Could you send me recipe for this wrinkle serum using coconut oil that you

Ruth July 17, 2019 - 9:32 am

Hi Sharon,
You can use the same recipe just swap out coconut oil for the Jojoba oil. Thanks, Ruth

rohit aggarwal August 16, 2019 - 3:50 am

thanks for the information


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