Essential Oils for Dry Skin - Moisturizing Body Oil Recipes

Essential Oils for Dry Skin - Moisturizing Body Oil Recipes

Do you ever get dry, itchy skin? I do and I really hate it. I get bad dry skin on my legs and before I know it, I am scratching my legs like crazy and causing little scabs. Not only is it painful, it is also ugly because then I have dry, scabbed legs, yuck!

I have found a good moisturizer though, it is actually a body oil made with essential oils for dry skin! It has worked exceptionally well at stopping this dry-itchy cycle that I used to go through during the changing of seasons.

There are actually several effective essential oils for dry skin, as well as carrier oils. The best essential oils don't just moisturize, they also soothe and balance the skin.

The key is to achieve normal skin that is balanced, instead of skin that is dry or oily.

When dispensing body oils, lotion pump bottles are the absolute best and easiest way to dispense it. The pump makes application simple and mess free, it only lets out a small amount of oil at a time so you can apply your body oil easier without the risk of spilling your precious oil.

Alternatively, you could also use a glass dropper bottle if you prefer.

10 Essential Oils for Dry Skin

#1. Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

- This versatile oil is on just about every top essential oil list because it treats a wide array of health conditions and aliments. It also blends well with many essential oils. Lavender is always the first oil that comes to mind when skin healing is needed. It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions are extremely soothing and calming to your skin (and your mood!).

#2. Frankincense

Boswellia carterii, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

- Well known for its calming effects and rejuvenating properties. It soothes dry skin and heal irritations, it also offers anti-aging benefits. Frankincense contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial actions important to the skin’s healing process.

#3. Myrrh

Commiphora myrrha, Caution with pregnancy/lactation Buy Here

- This resin oil is anti-inflammatory and has good skin protection and regenerating potential. Do not use if pregnant, it can stimulate menstrual flow.

#4. Helichrysum

Helichrysum italicum, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

- Its regenerative action makes it perfect for treating a wide variety of injuries and skin conditions. It soothes, calms, and has the ability to reduce inflammation.

#5. Patchouli

Pogostemon cablin, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

 - Valuable for treating a wide range of skin conditions and disorders, including dry skin. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions can promote skin healing. Patchouli is fabulous in skin care blends for dryness, inflammation, scars, and eczema.

#6. Roman Chamomile

Anthemis nobilis /Chamaemelum nobile, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

- Well known for its sedative effects, it is also useful in addressing a variety of skin conditions. Roman Chamomile can assist with inflammation and support the skin healing process. Perfect choice for a dry skin bedtime blend.

#7. Geranium

Pelargonium graveolens, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

- An excellent oil for skincare, geranium has regenerative actions that can heal dry skin and anti-inflammatory actions that reduce inflamed skin. Can be a valuable aid at relieving dermatitis and eczema as well.

#8. Palmarosa

Cymbopogon martinii, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

- If you suffer from dry skin, the is one of the best natural remedies to have in your arsenal. Palmarosa oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, both are important for skin healing. It helps balance sebum production and stimulates cell regeneration. It also has skin softening effects. 

#9. Sandalwood

Santalum album/Santalum spicatum, OK for Kids 2+ Buy Here

- Excellent choice for skin problems. It has natural emollient properties that help protect moisture while also reducing inflammation. Sandalwood has anti-aging, skin-softening, itch-relieving actions that make it a wonderful choice for natural skincare. 

#10. Carrot Seed

Daucus carota, Avoid during pregnancy/lactation Buy Here

- One of the best oils to promote beautiful skin. It aids in skin cell regeneration, which helps with dry, cracked, and chapped skin. Do not use if pregnant, it can stimulate menstrual flow.

Best Carrier Oils For Dry Skin

Some carrier oils are better for dry skin, here are my favorites to use with essential oil blends for dry, itchy skin.

Simple Moisturizing Body Oil Recipe

I like to use Vitamin E oil in my body oil recipes for an added boost with skin repair and hydration too!

The base for this recipe is avocado oil which is known for its moisturizing properties and is rich in vitamins, especially vitamin E oil which helps reduce scarring and wrinkling. It is also easily absorbed by the skin which is great because I hate feeling like a grease pit after applying body oil. Read more about Avocado oil benefits & uses.

Add ingredients in glass bottle, shake to blend. Apply anytime skin feels dry and needs some extra moisturizing. It is especially helpful to apply after getting out of the shower before getting dressed to help lock in moisture.

This body oil could also be used as a relaxing massage oil, lavender and frankincense oil in this recipe are not only skin repairing but also are very calming essential oils.

Essential Oil Blends for Dry Skin

I know you may not have every oil listed in these recipes. Feel free to try a different carrier oil or substitute an essential oil, you can use these recipes as guidelines or follow the recipes exactly. Some of my best blends have come from experimenting.

Dry Skin Blend #1

  • 6 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • 3 drops Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • 3 drops Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (optional)
  • 1 oz Sweet Almond

Add ingredients in glass bottle, shake to blend.

Dry Skin Blend #2

  • 7 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (optional)
  • 1 oz Jojoba Oil

Add ingredients in glass bottle, shake to blend.

Dry Skin Blend #3

  • 4 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (optional)
  • 1 oz Apricot Kernel

Add ingredients in glass bottle, shake to blend.

Dry Skin Blend #4

  • 8 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
  • 2 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 2 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (optional)
  • 1 oz Argan Oil

Add ingredients in glass bottle, shake to blend.

How to Create A Custom Body Oil for Dry Skin

First, you will need to choose the base oil for your blend. Pick 1-2 carrier oils for from the list of recommended carrier oils for dry skin. I find that rosehip oil and evening primrose are best when added as a second oil and not used as a primary base. So, for example, use 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of rosehip oil (2 tablespoons equal 1 oz).

I prefer to start with 1 oz when making a new blend. This way here if I do not love my new blend, then I am not being too wasteful and stuck to long with an unfavorable recipe. If I especially love the blend, then I can make a larger bottle by doubling or tripling the recipe next time.

Next, pick what essential oils for dry skin you want to include in your blend. Select 2-5 essential oils. Choose oils that you enjoy, have available in your collection, and oils you do not have any sensitivities, contraindications, or allergies to.

Dilution is an important factor to remember when creating a body oil. More than likely you will be using daily over an extended period, 2% dilution is best. This is approximately 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

Deciding how many drops of each essential oil you need in your recipe is really up to you. You will want to note any safety concerns about your chosen oil, like if they are phototoxic or if there is a safe maximum dermal level you need to stay under. Blend your essential oils together before adding to your base oil.

Use a drop by drop blending method, adding and smelling the aroma as you go to get the right combination you will enjoy. Remember this is a custom blend, unique just for you.

Be sure to have a notebook with you when you create your blend so you can write down your recipe. You will want to make it again if you like it, and maybe even share it with others. So many time I thought I would remember a new blend I have made, only to be disappointed when the recipe slipped my mind.

Final Thoughts:

These body oils can be used for more than just itchy or dry skin too. They can be used as moisturizing bath oils for those of you that like to take baths, just add a few squirt in your bath water and enjoy. Be careful when getting in and out of bathtub as it will be slippery.

You can also use body oils as massage oils too. I am sure a special someone would love to be pampered with a nice back & shoulder massage using your homemade body oil :)

When you know the best essential oils for dry skin, it is simple to start adding them to your routine.

Don't want to make your own body oil, Edens Garden has premade body oils that are all natural and made with essential oils. Check them out:

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Jennifer Lane

Hello, I'm Jennifer, Founder of Loving Essential Oils. I have a passion for natural health and aromatherapy. I love making DIY products to replace store bought items and strive for a chemical and toxin free home. I enjoy using aromatherapy and essential oils every day to keep my family and myself healthy and happy. My hope is to help you do the same.

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