Essential Oils And Skincare

Essential Oils Collective Kate Dixon Doterra

Before my move to Tasmania I worked for one of Australia’s much coveted skincare companies that heavily feature essential oils in their products. Pregnancy and hormonal skin sensitivity has led me to completely overhaul my skincare regime. I now create all of my own hydration serums using high quality base oils and doTERRA essential oils. Not only do I find the creating a incredibly satisfying process I love that I know exactly what I am putting onto my skin.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, constantly changing to suit its environment and more often than not it is a great indicator of what is going on internally. There are so many different factors that affect our skin, weather, hormones, diet and toxins to name a few.  Keep in mind that the cleansers and hydration blends you create for use in Summer may not be appropriate to use in Winter. Our skin is a living thing and its requirements change throughout the year. 

When thinking about creating your own blends for the skin I urge you to do your own research and always start with blending the oils with a high quality, unrefined, organic base oil.

Please note, I am not a dermatologist or aromatherapist. The information below draws on my own personal experience and research. A full reference list can be found below.

Base Oils

  • Jojoba Oil - unclogs pores, is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, wound-healing, easily absorbed into the deepest layers of the skin, hydrophilic and rich in vitamin E

  • Rosehip Oil - high in essential fatty acids and helps to regenerate damaged skin tissue. It stimulates collagen production, is sebum regulating, moisturising, anti-inflammatory and wound healing.

  • Shea Butter - high in vitamin A and E. Intensely hydrating, aids in skin cell regeneration and has anti fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Argan Oil - highly moisturising, nourishing and rich in antioxidants and vitamins A & E. It stimulates cell activity and boosts circulation.

For Normal Skin 

All of the oils listed below can be used on normal skin. I use doTERRA Salubelle (called Immortelle in the USA) diluted with jojoba oil as my day time hydration serum and then create a more specific blend for evening use. The Salubelle blend is unique to doTERRA. It is a beautiful combination of Frankincense Resin, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lavender Flower, Myrrh Gum Resin, Helichrysum Flower, and Rose Flower essential oils. This is one of my favourite doTERRA products!

For Oily Skin

  • Wild Orange - rich in vitamin C and Limonene, powerful antioxidant, anti inflammatory and antibacterial. 

  • Rosemary - antibacterial, antiviral, sebum regulating, stimulates circulation. 

  • Lemon - antibacterial, antiviral, cleansing, rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. Bergamot - relaxing, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-spasmodic

  • Geranium - anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, anti-fungal, wound healing, healing properties. 

  • Cypress - anti-spasmodic, astringent, improves circulation and can aid in reduction of varicose veins

For Breakouts and Blemishes

  • Melaleuca (tea tree) - anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, skin regenerating, stimulates blood flow, wound healing, alleviates itching and can strengthen the immune system.

  • Geranium - as above.

  • Vetiver - Soothing, healing and protective properties. Potent antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Rejuvenating.

  • Lavender - anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, wound healing and soothing properties

  • Roman Chamomile - anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, wound healing, skin regenerating.

  • Patchouli - anti-inflammatory, cell regenerating properties, antiseptic and stimulating.

  • Frankincense - Incredibly versatile essential oil, it is not called the “king of oils” for nothing! Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, strengthens skin, improves tone, great for scarring. When in doubt - use Frank!

For Dry, Chapped Skin

  • Cedarwood - anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. 

  • Helichrysum - So many great things about this oil! Soothing and healing properties. Anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.

  • Geranium - as above

  • Myrrh - Soothing. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a potent antioxidant. 

  • Sandalwood - Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. 

  • Frankincense - as above

  • Roman Chamomile - as above.

For Aging Skin

  • Patchouli - as above

  • Helichrysum - as above

  • Cypress - as above

  • Sandalwood - as above

  • Lavender - as above

  • Frankincense - as above

  • Rose - promotes healing. Potent antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. It also smells heavenly!

For Combination Skin

  • Patchouli - as above

  • Wild Orange - as above

  • Ylang-ylang - as above

  • Lavender - as above

  • Bergamot - as above

Caution - it is important to remember that citrus oils when used topically can cause photosensitisation of the skin. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. Use at night and follow in the morning with adequate sun protection. You can read more about that here:


If you would like to find out how you can obtain doTERRA essential oils at wholesale prices, please check the ‘essential oil’ and ‘workshop’ page of this website. Alternatively, drop me an email and I will be happy to chat xx

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