Essential Oils, Health + Beauty

My A+ Skin Care Routine Using Essential Oils

Headed Somewhere BlogMy skin has never been perfect. I feel like I am always jumping around, trying this and that, spending $60 on face wash that is supposedly going to accomplish everything I had ever dreamed, leaving my face looking dewey and fresh with a hint of sun kiss… maybe a little like Gisele Bundchen.

I’ve decided to go a different direction with my skin care routine after realizing how LONG and arduous my process was. I am all about simplifying and moving in a more natural direction.

I found this simple recipe and decided to give it a try. Turns out, I am obsessed… It leaves my skin silky smooth, cuts oil, and it smells amazing.


For combination skin:

1 part Castor Oil

3 parts another carrier oil of your choice. (liquified coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil.)

5-10 drops each essential oil. (Lemon, Lavender & Frankincense)

Glass bottle with dropper (Not necessary, but nice to have. I bought mine at a health food store for $3.50)


NOTE: Lemon and lavender do great things for problem acne prone skin, frankincense works for wrinkles and naturally fights aging.


Make sure to use the combination that is best for YOUR skin:

Oily Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 2 parts other oil, or 30% Castor Oil and 70% other oils
Combination Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 4 parts other oil, or 20% Castor Oil and 80% other oils
Dry Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 9 parts other oil, or 10% Castor Oil to 90% other oils


Wet your face with warm water, use dime sized amount of wash. I use a wash cloth to scrub and exfoliate with the essential oil wash. It gives me a really deep clean feel.


I’d love to answer any questions you have about essential oils! Message me for details, or to get a starter kit of your own by clicking here!

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  • Reply Savana

    I have a spin brush that I use to clean my face too and I love it! It always makes my face feel clean and so soft! I can’t wait to try this face wash! I have been on the hunt for a new one since everything I have tried so far leaves my face so dry! Thanks for sharing!

    September 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm
    • Reply

      Yay Savana!

      Excited for you to try! I love it so much, hope you do too! 🙂

      September 20, 2015 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Lorena

    Hi Mary, this sounds amazing! do you thing I could leave the frankincense out and just use Lemon and Lavender? This oil is too dear for me at the moment …

    September 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply

      Hi Lorena!

      Definitely. Lemon and Lavender work great together. Frankincense is just an added bonus for aging/fine lines. Just use a few more drops of both lemon and lavender to make up for it! 🙂

      Let me know how it works and how you like it!

      September 20, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    My brush is on order and my oils are ready and waiting! I have needed a way to get my essential oils worked evenly into my skin as a facewash during my skincare routine and this brush is the perfect tool. I have been humming and hawing about whether to purchase this tool and your post convinced me — Thank you! I have hopes your face wash will work wonders for me as well! xo

    September 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply

      Oh yay! I’m so excited! 🙂

      Hope you love it! let me know!

      September 20, 2015 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Cyndy

    Hi there! I wondered whether you could recommend another oil rather than lavender. My daughter is allergic to lavender and I would like to make an oil for her as well. Hope you can help–

    September 22, 2015 at 3:45 am
  • Reply Amanda

    I definitely need to try this. Every store bought facial cleanser I’ve tried was horrible! They clean your skin but leave it looking and feeling awful. I’ve never tried making my own before so this will be something new 🙂

    September 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    I just made a batch and tried it this morning! So excited to see how it works for me! Thanks for sharing

    October 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Hanna Way

    i am just getting started with essential oils and this was one of the first things i tried and i LOVE it so much!! I’ve tried so many different face washes over the years and this one (well, my variation of this!) has given me the best results. my skin feels clean and refreshed and so soft. thanks so much for sharing!

    October 8, 2015 at 11:20 pm
    • Reply

      That makes me so happy! So glad it worked for you. 🙂

      October 30, 2015 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Ricci

    I’m definitely going to try this face wash as like you I havetried cleanser after cleanser. My question for you is What do you use for a moisturizer?

    January 5, 2016 at 11:32 am
    • Reply

      I don’t use a moisturizer with this cleanser. The oil itself is moisturizing enough. But that is my skin type.

      January 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

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