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  1. Hey 🙂
    very informative! Did not know most of the oils. What do you recommend for dry skin? More Fat or moisture?
    And what do you think about mango butter, shea butter, coconut butter and coconut oil? I just mixed myself a cream out of these four oils/ fats and it smells soooo good. Feels like covering your face in chocolate 😉
    Thanks and greetings from Germany,

    • I think you’ll like the Moringa Replentish Elixir, it is beautifully moisturizing! It contains the moringa oil, jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and essential oils. Apply it on dry skin for the moist moisturizing effect. You’ll find it here: I think the combo you’ve created sounds wonderful! But you’ll also notice improved skin tone, etc. with the Enessa elixir because of the essential oils it contains.

    • Hey ladies
      I was born with naturally normal skin with a little bit of oil here and there I’m currently 18 years of age and always in the ocean/sun i have noticed my pores are way more noticible and I’m more prone to small black heads everywhere so I used to wash my face constantly now I have realised over washing it and being in the sun has stripped my natural oils and now have dehydrated skin/ a little bit of dermatitis skin was wondering which oils Would best suit me to fix my dehydrated skin and get that natural glow again thank you

  2. I really like these different skincare oils. The most important part of all these different oils are that they contain natural ingredients. There’s no hard chemical in these oil and I really like it. I will definitely suggest this post to all my friends and natives and share it on social networking sites.

  3. Hi! Thank you for you useful share. I agree that skin is one of the most important organ inside our body as it plays an important role of protecting our body and fighting against the harsh of climate. I love the tips you released above because they are really simple to apply and sound effective. Again, thanks a lot for what you gave.

  4. Fabulous info, Lauren. I have wondered about the “newbies” like argan. Gives some options for what works for Selfie. (for me, Retin A and DMAE, some of the alpha and beta peelers and collagen not so much).

    Shared tips: 1) Treat yourself to some ORGANIC cotton balls..nix on GMOs when playing with our face. 2) I do a monthly cleanse with rubbing alcohol of lipsticks, the outside and rims of cherished oil and cream bottles grabbed without hygiene thoughts and likely bacterioid. 3) Cotton and natural fibers in washcloths will grow microbes if left damp, synths do not, which may be a plus. Oops time to mild soap wash the makeup brushes.

  5. I definitely need to try something for cystic acne – though mostly it flares up before my period then goes away – and always reflects my diet – if I eat out a lot then I have a massive flare up

    So is this replacing the honey and oil method you were using?

  6. I started using your skin regimen with honey to wash my face, your toner, and your moisturizer. Why did you stop using this and now go to using Enessa? Do you really see a difference with this brand?

  7. You can purchase high quality oils (and teas and essential oils and herbs…) in bulk from \Mountain Rose Herbs and make your own mixes. I’ve purchased from them and actually visited their site – they’re just outside of Eugene, Oregon.

    I recommend generally storing your oils in the fridge so they don’t go rancid.

    I usually stick with jojoba oil because it works for all skin types and naturally is SPF 15.

    To the person asking above, shea butter is generally for dry skin, so are avocado and apricot. Coconut oil has controversy since it’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal, while others say it doesn’t allow the pores to breathe.

  8. Hi!
    Discovered your blog through my mother in law, and I’m loving it. I was wondering what kind of make up you use. I have somewhat sever acne that I’m only now starting to remedy naturally. I’m also looking for ways to not make it worse. I love make up and prefer having it on because of all the blemishes and scars, but I’m not sure which brands to trust now. Suggestions?


  9. Hi! I love your website and all the wonderful advice! Two other places to buy great skincare products are and I’ve used products from both sites and I’ve never had a problem with anything I’ve used. Garden of Wisdom, you can buy base ingredients to make your own products, though they also sell ready-to-use products. Herbolution has incredible ready-to-use products. You should definitely look into them!! =)

  10. hi Lauren,

    i have oily facial skin [especially the T area] and tends to be darker after an hour after shower, kindly suggest me some facial oil to solve this problem. thanks a lot.

  11. Hi

    What oil would you recommend to get rid of those annoying little red bumps on arms, shoulders & legs known as “chicken skin”? I have used a lot of different creams & nothing seems to erradicate them.


  12. Hi

    I love all your posts on natural beauty. They are all awesome and very informative. I am looking for a good facial cleanser and toner for my skin, I have a acne prone skin and post acne facial pores. I have tried lot of products and I see no difference. Could you suggest facial products or oils that would help to diminish pores my skin type is combination, I am oily in the T-Zone and my cheeks are dry, may be because of using the medication for Acne. I do not get much acne right now but I do have the pores.

    Thank You

  13. Hi Lauren
    Which enessa oil/gel/moisturizer for day and night would you recommend for dehydrated skin with lots of congestion?

    Hope to hear from you soon

    thanks in advanced

  14. By any chance do you know if any of these oils would work on hyperpigmentation? I am so tired of using hydroquinone (?? Spelling) which is the only thing that slightly lightens these dark patches on my face. I would love to use something natural since I also suffer from hormone imbalance and thyroid issues. Suggestions are welcomed 🙂

    • I would suggest using Rosehip seed oil, because it is know for clearing up hyper-pigmentation, scars, and is considered an anti-aging oil due to its properties. Try plotting some under the eye area daily,,,, I find that it works well under my make-up..

  15. @ Miriam.
    Fir hyperpigmentation. I hear you can use Maracuja oil. Also, Pracaxi oil. Avoid lemon diy. It can be phototoxic. Avoid using essential oils on the face also. They are great but phototoxic e.g lavender. I am about to purchase Maracuja and pracaxi oils on maker is celebratio organics vitae. Will update on my experience during use. Tarte maracuja is also good but pricey.

  16. Hi,

    My youngest son has just developed eczema behind his knees, and I am keen to try and treat it with a natural product rather than the western medication. Can some one tell me what oil I can put on the affected area to try and get some moisture in with out it stinging. The skin is not broken and it doesn’t seem to bother him at all, but would like to get rid of it before it does.


    • Neem oil and calendula oil works well for me and my kids. Thin layer, applied as and when necessary. I’ve also made my own concoction of 2 oz coconut or jojoba oil, then a mix of (in total of 30 drops) tea trea, peppermint, frankincense, lavender essential oils. Creates a temporary relief to the itching. Most importantly, avoid soap in the affected area, keep it moisturised. Good luck.

    • If you want to brighten up your skin, I would suggest trying an detox soap or clay; like, bentonite and charcoal soap or use an exfoliating face scrub, then apply your grapeseed oil to skin..

  17. So going back to your original post on “treat like with like” wouldn’t the oils for the dryer/agining skin be too oily? What would you recommend for normal to dry skin but paranoid about wrinkles lol I’m 28 but I swear I have some and its freaking me out! I want to try OCM again but it always dried me out. I think I’ll try honey cleansing and macadamia nut oil but as a day moisturizer would this be a good product?? Thanks!

  18. Love this article! Thank you for promoting the amazing use of essential oils for glowing skin. We at SaisOrganic are focused on providing the highest quality essential oils from all over the world. We provide absolute transparency from sourcing to blending. We would love it if you could check us out!

  19. I am a New Zealander and I need to correct you on two things in your claim about Monoi oil. Firstly this oil is not from a New Zealand plant nor was it used by the Maori people. It is actually from TAHITI.
    Monoï oil or “scented oil” in Tahitian, is an infused perfume-oil made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in Tahitian coconut oil.
    I would also like to point out that the Maori’s are not the indigenous people of New Zealand. They actually came from a group of islands in the South Pacific. There is a lot of evidence that Polynesian people first arrived in New Zealand around 1250–1300 AD, coming from East Polynesia in canoes.
    Here is a website giving further information….

  20. Hi Lauren, thank you for your post!
    I use only oil blends for skin care ad my question is: do I miss something out by not using face creams? Is there something that cream has and oil blend doesn’t? Is the proper blend of vegetables and essential oils enough for complete skin care?
    Thank you!!

  21. I am a chemist and retired as a professor from UC Berkeley. I have done considerable research in oils and fats. I is very common to use coconut oil for hair in India especially more so in South India. As a matter of fact if one uses coconut oil and then takes bath after having applied on to hair or skin you could see the spectacular difference in skin appearance.

    Also another oil that is widely used especially in North India is mustard oil only for body. After applying and rubbing it well when the oil has absorbed and follow it by a good bath you would not have any skin cracking or dullness for many many days. The use of oil goes back to several hundred years in India. Any questions, please email:

  22. thank you so much. you’ve said so much on oil. but i guess a need a help from soap to moisturizers. i think i have a very sensitive skin and its getting dry by the day. pls can u suggest some things to use especially this dry season. waiting for reply. thanks

  23. Hi Lauren,
    Great post above. Well done on some great info.
    I was wondering if you had any info or could recommend me some information on safe emulsifiers etc used in creams, cleansers etc?
    I don’t like putting any chemicals on my skin or my babies skin as they are partial to eczema etc, however I don’t know anything about things like cetearyl alcohols and glycerin etc and whether they are safe .
    Thanks so much for your time.

  24. Hi there!! I just read this and was surprised I haven’t heard of most of these oils! I really love this post and it was super helpful. I have a question. I have had sever cystic acne in the recent past…I cleared it up fully by using whole organic fruits and veggies, getting rid of make up, and only using organic unrefined coconut oil as a “oil cleanse” and moisturizer. Its super hot here in florida and I have really sensitive skin and have dark spots left I want to fad more, I need something a little heavier with the moisturizing and antioxidant level. Would Moringa Oil be good for me?! If so can you point me in the direction so I can purchase it! 🙂


    • That’s funny; I find coconut oil to be very irritating to my skin. Big breakouts and red patches if I use it for more than a day. Most websites I’ve seen seem to say it’s quite comedogenic, and that’s the way it works on me. Different strokes I guess.

  25. What a specific and useful sharing! It really does help me a lot in my skincare routine. I haven’t known much about these kinds of oil (I have just simply used coconut oil for my lips) but I really want to brighten my skin. This post is really informative. I’ll probably use golden jojoba oil for my acne treatment!! Thank you so much!!

  26. Hello,
    Just wondering if one oil is better than the oil for normal/.mature skin….I prefer the oils that absorb into the skin rather then just sit on the face and feel really greasy for the longest time..

    Many thanks in advance

    • After experimenting quite a bit, I’ve found that many of the oils that absorb quickly also dry my skin. These include Argan, Grape seed, Borage, Sunflower, Rosehip. You may have to develop a blend; I blend a small amount of olive oil into the thin oils that absorb quickly into your skin. Right now I use 3 drops of grapeseed oil, and 1 drop of olive oil. I apply this one time per day in the morning. I have middle-aged skin that is much drier than it was when I was young; using some of the fast absorbing oils just leave my skin too dry and tight. Good luck.

  27. Olive oil is GREAT for your face. I dont use the food version because it stains pillows, but I do use the Made from Earth Olive Night Cream, which has the olive oil and olive butter on it. During the day, I use the Lady Soma Argan Oil on my face. I found that Argan Oil is fantastic at removing the flakes you get from the initial Retin-A “flash Burn”.

    One thing to remember is that if you are using a moisturizer, please apply the oil on top of your moisturizer. Moisturizers can’t penetrate oils, but the oils can penetrate the moisturizers.

  28. Hey Lauren, could you please give suggestions on which products I need to use for my 16 year old sons skin- he has oily skin with lots of blackheads and some white heads on the surface sometimes. I’ve looked at all of the products and feel overwhelmed. Any help would be appreciated.

  29. I never knew that ANY oil could actually be healthy for your skin. I too lived in fear of putting ANYTHING oily on my skin for fear of breaking out terribly. It really does make sense that skin needs certain amount of oil, though. I found this post incredibly insightful and well written. Thanks for sharing!

  30. What about Apricot Kernel Oil? Is it a light oil safe for most skin types and would it best blended with Meadowfoam seed oil or Jojoba? Or would Jojoba & Meadowfoam seed oil be a better blend for a body oil. These are the oils I currently have on hand.

  31. Lauren, I really enjoyed your article very informative. I’ve been doing a lot of research myself on oils and butters. I think it’s time we start using what’s provided to us by nature then what is made in a lab. I would like to start making my own products and selling online. I don’t expect to be rich, but folks should be educated about the long term effects of chemicals on our skin .

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I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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