Have you ever investigated how much money you spend annually on skincare? It adds up, right? Here’s the kicker, many of us try new products because they have good reviews. But, good reviews don’t mean good for YOU. Each person’s skin is different. Some require extra care, others do not.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make your own skin concoctions, tailored to your specific needs? After all, you know your skin best! It gets better.... How about making them all natural, organic, and additive-free…? Plus, think about all the money you’d save!

Hello essential oils! There are over 90 different essential oils, and they each provide unique skincare benefits. The first step starts with you. Identify what improvements can be made on your skin, then combine the corresponding essential oils into a concoction made just for you!

This can be overwhelming, here’s a few recipes to get you started. Just start mixing, applying, and expect porcelain skin in a few weeks.

Tip: For best results, store concoctions in glass containers. You can purchase some here.

DIY Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum

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Ingredients:
1 teaspoon GMO-Free vitamin C powder
1 teaspoon filtered or purified water
1 ½ tablespoons aloe vera gel
⅛ teaspoon vitamin E oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil

Instructions:
1. Using a bowl and a whisk, blend the vitamin C powder and filtered water.
2. Add the aloe vera gel -- blend again.
3. Add the vitamin E oil and frankincense. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
4. Using a funnel, transfer serum into a small amber bottle -- to reduce light exposure.
5. Apply at night, making sure to remove in the morning, since it can cause sensitivity when exposed to the sun.
6. Ideally start with every other night, to make sure your skin responds well. Results are usually noticeable within a few weeks, or up to 3 months.
If you have sensitive skin, consider testing on a small patch of skin for the first night.

Benefits of frankincense essential oil for the skin:
-Strengthens skin while improving tone & elasticity.
-Fights blemishes.
-Reduces the appearance of scars and acne.
-Reduces redness and irritation.

DIY Face Wash For Clear Skin

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Ingredients:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
20 drops tea tree oil
2 capsules of live probiotics

Instructions:
1. Mix the ingredients together and blend with a hand blender.
2. Pour the mixture into a convenient bottle and store it in a cool place.

Benefits of tea tree oil for the skin:
-A natural remedy for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
-Reduces inflammation, fights wound infections while reducing wound size.
-Soothe sunburns, sores, and insect bites

DIY Blackhead Removal Mask

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Ingredients:
1 tablespoon gelatin
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons filtered or purified water

Instructions:
1. Heat water in a pan, then place aside in a small dish.
2. Add the peppermint essential oil and stir.
3. Add the gelatin -- blend well.
4. Add the frankincense and stir again.
5. Add the turmeric and stir the entire mixture until well blended.
6. Apply to the nose and cheek area, or you may apply to the entire face and neck.
7. Allow it to dry, then gently peel it off.
8. Rinse with warm water.

Benefits of peppermint essential oil for the skin:
-Calming, softening, toning and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.
-Antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
-Effective at reducing blackheads, oily and itchy skin, dermatitis, and inflammation
-Hydrates sunburnt skin while relieving pain.

DIY Coconut & Tea Tree Oil Face Scrub

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Ingredients:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons organic raw honey
4 tablespoons organic coffee grounds
8 drops carrot seed essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil

Instructions:
1. Pour the coconut oil and honey into a small bowl or jar.
2. Next, add coffee grounds and blend.
3. Add carrot seed oil and tea tree oil.
4. Blend all of the ingredients together.
5. Store in a small jar in the fridge.

DIY Hydrating Face Oil

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Ingredients:
3 tablespoons jojoba oil
1 ½ tablespoons argan oil
2 teaspoon rosehip seed oil
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
4 drops carrot seed essential oil
8 drops geranium essential oil
2 oz. dark dropper bottle

Instructions:
1. Pour the jojoba oil into a dark glass dropper bottle.
2. Add the argan oil, rosehip seed oil and vitamin E oil.
3. Add carrot seed oil and geranium oil.
4. Shake before use.
5. Cleanse your face
6. Apply toner.
7. Gently massage about a 1/4 to 1/2 dropper full of oil blend onto your face and neck.

Benefits of geranium essential oil:
-Antiseptic and regenerative properties.
-Rich in antioxidants.
-Ideal for dry, sensitive, damaged, or aging skin.

Benefits of rose-hip seed oil... plus why Kate Middleton and Miranda Kerr swear by it:
-Hydrates dry, itchy skin.
-Great moisturizer.
-Exfoliates and brightens skin.
-Boosts collagen production.
-Reduces inflammation.
-Protects against sun damage.
-Reduces dark spots, scars, and fine lines.
-Rich in antioxidants

Essential oils can be used in so many more ways by adding other ingredients like shea butter, clay, and charcoal. Combining them with the right carrier oils will deliver amazing results for your skin. As always, a patch test is recommended to avoid a negative reaction to the essential oils. The best place to do a patch test is on the inner forearm. Those who are pregnant should avoid essential oils.