Oils List for Skin and Hair: A Helpful, Comprehensive List

Last updated on March 8th, 2022 at 01:24 pm

Below there’s a list of oils and what they can help with in terms of both skin and hair. I got this list from Naturally Thinking in London. I like this list because even though I know there are literally millions of comprehensive lists on the internet about what each oils is good for, I like this one from Naturally Thinking because of the way it’s been organised. I completed their Make Your Own Cosmetics course and it is an honour for me to feature their list here.

**You’ll know when an oil is not an essential oil because I’ve added brackets to it. Also, please note there will be other things mentioned like floral waters**


Oils for Normal Skin

Essential Oils:Cedarwood, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Roman chamomile, RoseRosewood, Ylang Ylang

Oils for Dry Skin

Essential Oils:Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Clary sage, Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Palmarosa, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Rosewood, Neroli, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Vetivert, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Base Oils:Calendula (Macerated)

Oils for Oily Skin

Essential Oils: Roman chamomile, German chamomile, Cedarwood, Geranium, Clary sage, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Peppermint, Niaouli, Cajeput, Cypress, Calendula, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Juniperberry, Melissa, Coriander, Petitgrain, Lime, Thyme, Lavandin, Spike lavender, Rose

Oils for Combination Skin

Essential Oils: Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli

Oils for Sensitive Skin

Essential Oils: Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli, Geranium, Rosewood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tea tree, Lemon, Black pepper, Grapefruit
Base Oils:Jojoba

Oils for Mature, Ageing Skin

Essential Oils: Carrot seed, Elemi, Frankincense, Fennel, Geranium, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Clary sage, Rosewood, Cypress, Fennel, Lavender, Neroli
Base Oils: Sea buckthorn, Rosehip, Avocado

Oils to Help with Acne

Essential Oils: Tea tree, Lavender, Spike lavender, Thyme, Geranium, Petitgrain, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Vetivert, Basil, German Chamomile, Cedarwood, Rosewood, Palmarosa
Base Oils:ArganJojoba

Oils for Pimples/Blemishes

Essential Oils:Tea tree, Lemon, German chamomile, Thyme, Cajeput, Niaouli, Rosemary
Also Manuka floral water

Oils for Large Pores

Essential Oils: Lemongrass, RoseCedarwood

Oils to Help with Chapped/Cracked Skin

Essential Oils: Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetivert, Cajeput, Roman Chamomile, Lavender

Oils to Promote Warming Effect

Essential Oils: Black pepper, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Ginger

Oils to Help with Cleansing

Essential Oils: Basil, Juniperberry, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Peppermint

Oils for Thread Veins

Essential Oils: Lemon, Cypress, Rose, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile
Essential Oils:Calendula (Macerated)

Oils for Eczema

Essential Oils: German chamomile, Lavender, Bergamot, Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Juniperberry, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tea tree, Ylang Ylang
Base Oils, Hydrosols & Butters: Baobab, Kukui butter, Geranium floral water, Hemp oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Andiroba seed oil

Oils for Psoriasis

Essential Oils: Bergamot, Cajeput, Carrot seed, German chamomile, Roman chamomile, Lavender, Juniperberry, Sandalwood, Tea tree
Base Oils: Calendula (Macerated), Hemp, Pomegranate, Andiroba, Flax seed

Oils for Rosacea

Essential Oils: Lavender, Rose, Chamomile, Tea tree, Geranium, Sandalwood
Base Oils: Rosehip, Borage, Jojoba, Evening Primrose

Oils for Hydrating

Essential Oils: Palmarosa, Orange, Mandarin, Tangerine, Rose

Oils for Scars

Essential Oils: Carrot seed, Lavender, Petitgrain
Base Oils: Rosehip, Coconut, Tamanu, Jojoba, Tamanu

Oils for Inflammation

Essential Oils: Carrot seed, German chamomile, Roman chamomile, Clary sage, Myrrh, Rosewood
Base Oils & Hydrosols: St. John’s Wort (Macerated), Witch hazel

Oils for Itching

Essential Oils: Jasmine, Lavender, Peppermint, Roman chamomile
Hydrosols: Witch Hazel


Oils for Normal Hair

Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Geranium, Cedarwood, Thyme, Clary sage, (Jojoba), (Almond), (Borage), (Coconut)

Oils for Dry Hair

Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Geranium, (Almond), (Sesame), (Jojoba), (Borage), (Argan), (Macadamia)

Oils for Curly, Frizzy Hair

(Coconut), (Sweet Almond), (Argan), (Jojoba), Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, Cedarwood

Oils for Fine Hair

(Avocado)​, (Abyssinian), (Macadamia), (Coconut), (Baobab), (Almond)

Oils for Dandruff

Clary Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon, Cedarwood, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Tea tree, Sage, Peppermint, Chamomile, Patchouli, (Coconut), (Olive), (Neem), (Sesame), (Jojoba), (Borage)

*Clary Sage is excellent at controlling oil secretion levels in the hair*Lavender can help soothe sensitive scalps  *Peppermint can be useful in creating a cooling sense, with adds refreshment and a cleansing feel if you make your own shampoo[Source]


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