3 DIY Body Oils For Silky Skin On A Budget

Mixing different fatty acids for everything from fast-drying moisturization to a subtle, self-tanner-esque glow.
Publish date:
September 2, 2014
coconut oil, fatty acids, body oils, essential oils, grapeseed oil, almond oil, diy oils

Oil is a topic I can write about for days. And when it comes to body oil, options tend to be a bit more open, since this skin is not always as reactive or sensitive as the skin of the face.

This is why I am bringing to you, my dear reader, more in-depth info about different types of fatty acids, and why combining them can give you silky skin cells without draining your wallet.

Some of my favorite body oils are blends including Aura Glow, one of my holy grail products. But at $12 per bottle, I can't apply it as liberally as I'd like to. This is where blending comes in. Instead of using one VERY fragrant formula post-shower, I now keep a few different mixtures on hand to suit different situations.

Breakfast Blend

After my morning shower I want to use an oil that's shiny, but won't take forever to dry or leave a slick of oil on my clothes. This is why I reach for grape seed oil. A lightweight and slightly drier feeling oil, grape seed oil is high in many different fatty acids--such as linoleic and oleic acid--that are just great for your dermis.

Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that's required by the human body to function, which makes it an essential fatty acid or EFA. On the face it can help dilute sebum and quell inflamed skin conditions. Oleic acid is an Omega-9 fatty acid commonly found in olive, avocado, and peanut oils. This is not an EFA, as the body makes it readily, but it works especially well on dry skin.

Since grape seed oil is unscented, I combine it with either a scented oil, a few drops of perfume, or essential oils. In this case, my mix is 60 to 70 percent grape seed oil and about 25 percent Aura Glow. I also squirt in a few capsules of flax seed oil to top off the bottle. This blend is not too sticky and sinks in fast so you can get dressed and start your day.

In a clean four-ounce bottle, mix the following:

2.5 ounces grape seed oil

1/2 ounce flaxseed oil

1 ounce scented body oil (I'm using Aura Glow, but Monoi oil would be great, too.)

Shake to mix and massage into skin.

Afternoon Delight

This is my quick fix oil for a bit of color, a great natural scent, and shiny legs. It's a mix of coconut oil, which is rich in lauric and myristic acid, and rose hip oil to add a carotenoid glow.

Myristic acid is a saturated fatty acid most present in nutmeg. This acid is readily absorbed by the skin and is found in smaller amounts in many other oils such as coconut, grape seed, and palm. Myristic acid is used as an emulsifier, surfactant, and lubricant and is 100 percent safe in its unprocessed form. Lauric acid is being researched for its purported antiviral and antibacterial properties. This saturated fatty acid contributes to healthy cholesterol and is highly present in both coconut oil and babassu oil.

Rose hip seed oil has an orange color that spreads lightly on the skin and leaves behind a gentle glow. Make sure to rub it in well and wait a few minutes before putting on clothing or touching fabrics.

In a clean four-ounce bottle, mix the following:

3.5 ounces coconut oil (if solid, warm gently in a water bath)

1/2 ounce rose hip seed oil

Shake thoroughly to mix and apply generously to dry skin to boost shine.

Bathtub Blend

I like to use a fragrant and earthy oil after a relaxing bath. Here I'm mixing sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, and essential oils to soothe any irritated or inflamed skin and seal in moisture. Sweet almond oil is heavy in oleic acid, while evening primrose oil has linoleic acid to counterbalance and lessen residue. Both oils contain a fair amount of palmitic acid, and evening primrose has a skin friendly fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid.

A saturated fatty acid, palmitic acid is found in coconut, palm, and olive oils. It helps other fatty acids in different oils keep skin’s defenses intact by making them more uniform and smooth. Gamma linoleic acid is an important fatty acid for skin care. It helps dilute sebum and is a stimulator of healthy skin and hair growth. This fatty acid is present in black currant oil, borage oil, and evening primrose oil.

I always use a light hand with spicy essential oils--they can be irritating if not diluted properly. Use what you have on hand or order small (read: trial) size oils from LorAnn Oils, which has great prices for oils and other DIY supplies.

In a clean four-ounce bottle, mix the following:

3 ounces sweet almond oil (sub avocado oil if you have a nut allergy)

1 ounce evening primrose oil

2 drops clove essential oil

2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

10 drops of either cedarwood, patchouli, or sandalwood essential oil

Shake to mix and massage into skin, maybe with a friend.

Do you blend your own body oils to save money? I want to hear your recipes if you do!

Photos: Darnell Scott