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Essential Oils by Skin Type

What works best for oily, combo or dry skin?


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Essential Oils by Skin Type

A homemade body scrub made from sugar and oil

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A few drops of essential oils in your homemade face masks and body scrubs can turn an ordinary mask or scrub into a luxury one. But figuring out which essential oils work best on skin types can be confusing. We did the research and came up with this list.

Not sure your skin type? Find out what it is in my article, How to Tell What Type of Skin You Have.

You can find these by capsules in health food stores or in bottles with droppers.


Normal Skin

Cedarwood, geranium, bergamot, jasmine, lavender, soy, neroli, evening primrose, almond, orange, geranium, palmarosa, roman chamo, rose, rosewood, Ylang-ylang, tea tree

Combination Skin

Geranium, rosewood, Ylang-ylang, rose geranium hydrosol, neroli hydrosol, bergamot

Dry & Aging Skin

Almond, carrot seed, cedarwood, clary, jasmine, geranium, lavender, orange, Palma rose, neroli, castor, extra virgin, wheat germ, sandalwood, rosewood, rose, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang, bergamot

Oily Skin

Cedarwood, geranium, Clary, lavender, Ylang-ylang, lemon, peppermint, Niaouli, Cajeput, cypress, frankincense, patchouli, Roman & German chamos, sandalwood, juniper, Melisa, coriander, lime (distilled), grapefruit,rose, rosemary, eucalyptus, red mandarine, myrtle, neroli, bergamot

Sensitive Skin

Roman & German chamomile, rose, Palma Rosa, Helichrysum, neroli, rosewood, carrot, angelica, jasmine, Neroli, Chamomile or Yarrow Hydrosols

Where to Buy

Most health food and beauty stores will have a section for essential oils. If you don't have a store near you, or you can't find one of the more hard-to-find oils, I recommend buying online. Shop online.

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