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How To Make an Herbal Collagen Serum?

Updated on February 2, 2014

Rosehip Seed Oil & Dried Hibiscus Flowers in a Face Serum

Do It Yourself-Herbal Collagen Face Serum

We are making a very gentle facial serum that is light crème base, ideal & perfect even for the most sensitive skin!

Each herb we will use here are recommended for sensitive skin, just make sure to practice proper cleansing & preparation before attempting to create any crème, lotion or serum. Remember-you're using this for skin care!

According to studies. Rose hip seeds are rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and Vitamin C. The herb ingredients I particularly chose in this serum, rosehip seeds and hibiscus flowers are vital in the restoration process of our skin and the repair of our skin tissues. Hibiscus extract (as a hydrosol or floral water), is an organic substance that has a valuable antioxidant properties, which blends well and is highly ideal to be partnered with Rosehip Oil, this tandem provides significant source of vitamin E or beta carotene.

A Facial Serum Using Herbs & Rosehip Oil

Rose hips are commonly used as an herbal tea and you may sub dried herbal teas if not making a hydrosol. But, in this tutorial we will use 'organic rosehip oil' as our oil base. Rosehips are often blended with hibiscus which you will find in most of the Asian Shops. This herb tea combination contain vitamins A, D and E, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids. based on proven studies, Rosehip oil is an ultra-fine oil that instantly absorbed by the skin, making it an ideal oil for any skin preparations, allowing the skin to breathe as it does its magic! It helps to minimize & lighten scars, fine lines and giving lots of moisture to our skin.

Hibiscus or 'Gumamela' as it is also know of, is believed to work best on skin cleansing, tones and balances our skin's pH. It is also believed to tighten skin that it is called 'a natural botox plant', rich source of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and amino acids, the reason for that tightening effect to the skin without drying.

More recipes for Rosehip Seed Oil?

Like this photo on the right. there are other ingredients you may use for your type of skin and for the benefits you would like to achieve!

3 Herbs Crème Touch of Foundation by Lee Strachan

How to use this face serum?

Apply to face and neck after cleansing. Wait for 3-5 minutes until the serum is fully absorbed by your skin, it should feel a little oily but, will soon disappear and sink in, leaves a soft silky touch. Then apply a moisturizer. as you would. I normally use my 3-herbs moisturizer with a touch of foundation for the day, and just apply & leave as it is during bedtime.

-- I also make a 'GEL' out of Rose hip and two (2) more herbs like chamomile & lavender for 'ROSACEA SKIN CARE', see photo:

Rosacea Care Gel

Rosacea Care Gel
Rosacea Care Gel

Recipe Formulary in Percentage (%) per Batch

80% Water Base

14% Oil Base

6% Conditioning Emulsifier

100% Total

Face Serum Ingredients:

Water Base

47% 470g Distilled Water

10% 100g Aloe Vera Extract or Fresh Aloe Vera Gel (use stick blender to incorporate with distilled water)

20% 200g Hibiscus (Gumamela flowers) Hydrosol or Floral Water (you may use organic teas)

3% 30g Vegetable Glycerin

*Water Adjustment: add in 250g-300g warmed distilled water (you may add this to the Water Phase), to adjust thickness of the serum. The serum has to be like the consistency of a light lotion.

Oil Base

14% 140g Rosehip Oil

Emulsifier & Binder

6% 60g Conditioning Emulsifier (BTMS)

2% 20g Stearic Acid (Oil & Water Binder)

Additives: (Not included in the total 100%)

  1. 0.5% 5g Potassium Sorbate (Natural Preservative)

  2. 0.6% 6g ACNIBIO or Phenoxyethanol or use Geogard Ultra

  3. 0.5% Fragrance

    5g Rose Geranium Essential Oil

What is a Conditioning Emulsifier (BTMS)

INCI Name: Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol

Is an excellent cationic self-emulsifier and conditioner for both hair and skin care. It is a white pelletised emulsifier, naturally derived from Colza oil and is noted for its exceptional mildness. BTMS Conditioning Emulsifier offers innovative properties to formulations as both a mild primary emulsifier and an excellent conditioning agent. Creams and lotions made with BTMS Conditioning Emulsifier leave a soft, powdery feel on the skin.


Step by Step How To?


  1. Prepare, weigh the following and POUR on one Container (could be stainless steel, ceramic pots or PYREX glass, as long as it is resistant to heat. Slowly MIX all the liquids before heating on a DOUBLE BOILER.

    50% 550g Distilled Water

    10% 100g Aloe Vera Extract or Fresh Aloe Vera Gel (use stick blender to incorporate with distilled water)

    20% 200g Hibiscus (Gumamela flowers from your garden) Hydrosol or Floral Water (you may use organic teas)

  2. Preparation for Hibiscus (Gumamela Flower) Hydrosol: Please check Recipe Tutorial on –

    How to make a Home Made Hydrosol?

3. Prepare and weigh the following OILS, Palm Stearic Acid & Emulsifier. POUR on one Container (could be stainless steel, ceramic pots or PYREX glass, as long as it is heat resistant. Heat/warm on a DOUBLE BOILER.

Oil Base

14% 140g Rosehip Oil

2% 20g Stearic Acid


6% 60g Conditioning Emulsifier

4. While heating the WATER BASE & the OIL BASE, weigh your ADDITIVES.

The Water base and the Oil Base does not have to BOIL, once the water base was heated (it only took me 3 minutes in the microwave), remove from heat and add in 5g Potassium Sorbate. When the Oil base with the Stearic Acid and emulsifier has melted, remove the OIL BASE container off the double boiler.

5. Pour the heated Oil Base to your heated Water Base with potassium sorbate, stir manually and give a few short burst of stick blender to incorporate the water completely with the oils. Make sure everything was fully mixed. This should look opaque this time due to stick blending. Add in SILK MICA and stir.

6. When your Oil & Water mixture has cooled just a little bit, stir your preservative. Mix well using your stick blender.

6g Phenoxyethanol

7. At this time your serum mixture has cooled down a bit, time to stir in your FRAGRANCE/ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS.

0.5% Fragrance Blend

5g Rose Geranium Essential Oil

8. To help your serum cool down to room temperature and see the thickness of your mixture, place it in a basin with cold water.

9. When your serum has cooled down completely, you may bottle or place in cosmetic jar, and label accordingly.

- and your Herbal Face Serum is ready for use!

'Be beautiful naturally...'

Learning to make 'Floral Water' will make all your skin care creations luxuriously natural!
Learning to make 'Floral Water' will make all your skin care creations luxuriously natural!

A video on making a natural & organic face & neck cream

Check out this video tutorial on 'How to make an all natural anti-aging face & neck crème?' to give you an idea on how this serum is made.

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      23 months ago

      hi. how long would this product last?


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