There are so many lovely essential oils out there that it’s so hard to choose just 9!

Essential oils are the aromatic distillates of plants. They are incredibly powerful so just a few drops in a carrier oil transfer a wealth of natural wisdom and healing. They can give you a natural glow without all the chemicals found in commercial products.

Of course, good skin is also built from the inside. When you combine essential oils on the outside with the benefits of olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and other healthy oils on the inside, you have a recipe for fabulous skin.

My list of the best essential oils for skin:


Lavender is the perennial favorite and for good reason. It is one of the most versatile essential oils and is calming for dry and irritated skin. It is also antibacterial and regenerative for skin cells. Lavender is safe to use undiluted and good for burns.

Frankincense oil

Frankincense oil is excellent for anti-aging because it naturally tones and tightens whilst protecting skin cells. It too is antibacterial and regenerative. It is anti-inflammatory, so perfect for red, dry patches and acne prone skin.

Carrot seed essential oil

Carrot seed essential oil plumps and smooths skin by assisting new cell growth. It nourishes and freshens skin and helps remove toxins. It’s great for use on scars, uneven skin tone, boils and irritated skin. It is antiseptic and disinfectant with antioxidant properties.

Geranium essential oil

Geranium essential oil is another versatile oil. It is nature’s little helper for all sorts of skin problems from acne to bruises, wrinkles, broken capillaries and sun damage. It helps the skin to heal itself by improving blood circulation which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Myrrh essential oil

Myrrh essential oil is the great anti-inflammatory essential oil that has been revered for thousands of years for keeping skin healthy. It maintains elasticity and skin tone, helping to prevent sagging and wrinkles. It is also well known for its wound healing properties.

Neroli essential oil

Neroli essential oil is my choice for sensitive skin. It is gently antiseptic for oily skin but it doesn’t dry it out so much as balance it whilst shrinking the pores. It also has healing properties for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as stretch marks.

Patchouli essential oil

Patchouli essential oil is not only an anti-ager par excellence but a multi-tasking skin doctor. Use it for treating eczema, psoriasis and acne, as well as those pesky lines and wrinkles. It will help smooth out your skin and encourage cell turnover whilst protecting you with its antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal talents.

Rose essential oil

Rose essential oil is one of my favorite favorites. This delightful oil is especially healing for dry and damaged skin. It can soothe the irritation of inflamed skin and help to keep it moisturized, improving skin tone, texture and health. The aroma of rose essential oil is not only heavenly but particularly useful for lowering stress levels. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol negatively affect all of your organs, including the largest one, your skin.

Oregano essential oil

Oregano essential oil. Last but certainly not least, oregano essential oil is a true superstar. Of all aromatic plants, oregano is thought to have the highest phenolic content. If you need an antiseptic, oregano oil is your best bet. As an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-viral and antifungal oil, it can be used for rashes, bites, scratches, stings, athlete’s foot and other fungal conditions. You can even use it in coconut oil recipes for treating calluses and as an all-natural bug repellant.