How to Make Your Own Body Oil


Today I am going to share with you one of my most coveted (beauty) Secret Weapons of all time.

Have you ever wished your skin had that beautiful glow you sometimes see on women walking down the street or at a yoga class? Have you ever found yourself staring at someone’s skin as they were talking to you and thought “how the heck do they not have any blemishes?! It’s perfect. What the hell?! I wonder what they use…” or do you notice that during this time of year your skin looses its luster and you are constantly battling dryness and rough patches until the spring?

If you have ever wanted healthy, glowing skin year-round without having to spend a fortune then you are in luck, because that is exactly what you are going to get today!

This recipe is a beautiful, luscious cleansing oil, which means you don’t need to use soap to wash your face, you simply apply warm water to open your pores, and then massage some of this oil onto your wet skin. The essential oils will act as a natural antibacterial agent, and as you wipe it off, all the dirt and junk come with it!

Why Soap ain’t so Dope

Here’s the thing: soaps and cleansers can actually do your skin more harm than good. Why? because they strip your skin of all its natural beauty oils.

Our skin is coated with a protective oily substance called sebum, which provides natural antibacterial properties and holds in moisture. Habitually stripping this protective layer from your skin can cause stress and damage.

When cleansing your skin, the aim is to clear away dead skin cells and impurities while encouraging a natural balance of sebum production. Stripping oils from dry skin through using soap will dry it out even more. Additionally, it can actually cause your body to create more sebum if you are naturally prone to having oily skin, and no one wants that!

It’s time to ditch the lotion

When you use harsh cleansers to clean your skin, then you’re left having to spend more money on lotions to get all the moisture back in. This is craziness! Now, I was skeptical at first too, but once you see how beautiful your skin is after using a little of this cleansing oil, you’ll wonder why you ever used the soap/lotion combo in the first place.

Plus, did you know that lotions are basically just oil with water added? This means you are paying for a product that is mostly water! On top of that, water actually tends to dry out your skin rather than lubricate it. So having more water in your moisturizers isn’t always such a good thing.

Maybe you’re saying, “Wait, water is dehydrating? Huh?” To see this in action, just notice what happens if you get out of the shower and head right outside in the cooler air. If you are like me, your skin will start to get tight, you’ll feel like it getting itchy and dry, and you could swear you heard it cracking – no fun, right?

Finding a balance that is right for you

Now that you have some new info and a great new recipe to try out, I recommend you experiment and find what works best for you and your skin type.

This recipe tends to works best for normal to dry skin. If your skin is prone to being oily, you may start by reducing the amount of scrubbing you do and the amount of cleanser you are using. Then bring in the cleansing oil a few times each week and go from there.

I find that what works best for me is to use a tiny bit of cleanser on the “T zone” once in a while if my skin feels extra oily. Other than that, I just use  a washcloth with hot water on my face to open my pours, a few drops of the cleansing oil rubbed in, and then wiped away with a clean piece of cotton. The best part is, you can use this oil on the rest of your body too!

In the comments below I’d love to hear from you: what most resonates with you about this approach? Where do you get confused when it comes to skin care? What have you found that works?




  •  2 oz. canola oil
  • 1 oz. coconut oil
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 7 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 8 drops orange essential oil
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops sandalwood oil (I used sandalwood essential oil that is already diluted in jojoba oil)
  • 1 squeeze bottle or widemouth jar that can fit at least 4 ounces of oil. 


How It’s Done:

Melt coconut oil (if solid) and combine with canola and olive oil (you can melt the coconut oil in the microwave if you are in a pinch or melt it by placing it into a heatproof measuring cup that is in a bath of boiling water). Add drops of essential oils, screw on lid to your jar and shake. Voila! That’s it. Check it out in action below! 

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    • Hey Becky, yes! This works really well for taking off makeup. I suggested getting most of it off with warm water if you wear foundation and a decent amount of eye makeup, then use the oil to get off the remainder by wiping away with a soft piece of cotton. If I were wearing a lot of makeup I might use a touch of cleanser with the warm water, then follow up with the oil. This way you’ll break up the makeup and get most of it off without wiping it back into your pores. I will also say that I don’t use foundation (using this oil makes my skin look great without it!) if you do, you may need to adjust the regimen so it works for you. Let me know how it goes! xo

  • Krissy, is the canola oil necessary or can you supplement it with a different type of oil or leave it out all together? I don’t use canola oil.

  • SQUEE! I LOVE homemade beauty supplies! LOVE! It’s funny you mentioned it: I’ve never noticed my (normally) oily skin to be dry before but just this morning I noticed a dry patch. I’m totally going to make this when I get home and start using it tonight. Thanks, Krissy!

  • I LOVE this! Rosemary is now my new favorite scent. I used a mixture of jojoba, sweet almond and olive oils for mine. Right when I saw this post I knew I had to try it because I love the oil method and, I personally know how beautiful your skin is <3

  • I love this recipe! Thank you! I used what I had on hand–orange, rosemary, tea tree, and frankincense (all Young Living oils), and Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex. I can’t wait to see the results! Thanks Krissy!

        • Hi Jillian, this is hard for me to say because everyone is different. My skin took really quickly to this approach. I didn’t notice any breakouts or anything like that when I made the switch. An approach you may choose to try is to just use your soap or cleanser like you normally do, and then while your face is still damp apply a little oil and massage into your skin and then wipe dry with some cotton. In this way, you’ll just be substituting the moisturizer.If that goes well, go ahead and try nixing the soap all together. Hope this is clear, let me know how it goes! xoxo

          • Thanks, Krissy! Will do. I am getting a little breakout and I imagine it’s from switching. Whenever my body or soul goes through some healing, there’s usually a “detox” reaction. Or it could be hormones…or overindulging in holiday sweets. Time will tell! <3

  • I’ve been using this ten days. I added jojoba oil in place of some of the canola oil but followed the recipe otherwise. My skin looks AMAZING. It’s less oily than it used to be and it looks fab! I’ve been removing my makeup with coconut oil, washing with warm water and then using your recipe as a moisturizer. I’m in love. Thanks, Krissy!

  • Happened to have almost all of the ingredients…replaced canola with jojoba, and patchouli with sandalwood. Love love Rosemary. I love body oils, but I think it’s mid winter and my face is due for done special Tlc 🙂

    • Hi Adena! Thanks for your comment. The patchouli sounds divine! But then again, I am always a sucker for patchouli 😉

  • This is the divine intervention that my skin has always needed…. thank you, Krissy!! After years of trying many different facial products, I have finally found the winner! I’ve used body oil, in place of body lotion, for quite some time but was always afraid to put oil on my face. Krissy- you inspired to me to take the leap and I am so grateful for this! My normally super dry (even flaky) winter skin is soft and supple and most importantly NOT shiny or greasy. I am using facial oil as my moisturizer morning and night and have stopped using harsh cleansers (I once thought that these were helping….boy was I wrong) and as you suggested, have been just using warm water. I have continued to use rose water infused witch hazel as a prep for oil application if my skin is super grimy (hot yoga, long day at work, etc). Any thoughts on witch hazel use?
    I am officially hooked on facial oil and my skin and I thank you! xo

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experience here Cristina! I love this. So happy it is working well for you. As far as witch hazel goes, it is also antibacterial and so it will offer some cleansing properties like the essential oils in the luscious body oil do. It may be helpful like you said if you have some build up. Witch hazel is also astringent, which means it can also have the ability to tighten and dry the skin. I would not recommend using it regularly if you already have dry skin as we want to keep the natural oils intact. I used to use witch hazel because I liked the “tightening” feel it gave but have since stopped because it dried out my skin too much. I think moderation is ok here, especially if you like the results you are getting from it. xoxo