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Luxurious and Rejuvenating Facial Serum Recipe

Updated on August 16, 2013
Luxurious and Rejuvenating Facial Serum Recipe
Luxurious and Rejuvenating Facial Serum Recipe | Source

To Botox or Not, That is The Question

say goodbye to those wrinkles and hello facial paralysis and no facial expressions
say goodbye to those wrinkles and hello facial paralysis and no facial expressions | Source

Too High a Price?

Would you pay $295.00 for a face serum?

Would the fact it contained a synthetic chemical based on the snake venom of the Malaysian temple viper sway you?

Well, on a recent survey of face and eye serums this was one of the startling ingredients I found listed (Syn-ake).

Said to give a Botox like effect similar to a snake bite venom which can cause paralyzes in its prey, it is an ingredient a handful of cosmetic companies now include in their anti-aging products.

Temple Viper Snake Tropidolaemus wagleri

the synthetic compound Syn-ake is said to mimic this snakes venom and found in some cosmetics
the synthetic compound Syn-ake is said to mimic this snakes venom and found in some cosmetics | Source

Homemade Serums ~

I know what way I sway and having a real problem with this I decided to put together my own luxury “high end” face serum. The oils being used have proven benefits for the skin and cost a fraction of $295 for the same quantity. In fact if you spent that amount you could buy all the ingredients, bottle and 22 oz worth of product!

I used three carrier oils and four essential oils for my serum but you could create your own based on your own skin type, skin needs and budget. If you intend on making more beauty products for yourself, for friends, as gifts or for a spa night then these are definitely cost effective.

Another great way of minimizing cost is to get a few friends who are interested in making it, buy the ingredients and split the cost (including post and packaging if buying online) between you.

Pomegranate Seeds

rich in antioxidants and a natural skin efoliator
rich in antioxidants and a natural skin efoliator | Source

What is a Face Serum?

Serums are oil based liquids with active ingredients including antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. They will have smaller molecules than moisturizes and therefore are designed to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin.

Chamomile

two types of chamomile oil are available; German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile
two types of chamomile oil are available; German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile | Source

Luxury Mosturizer and Serum

making your own without the toxic chemicals has to be more beneficial
making your own without the toxic chemicals has to be more beneficial | Source

What is The Difference Between a Moisturizer and a Serum?

This is a common question asked and one I have been asked numerous times over the years. Is it necessary to use both? Can I use one or the other?

Serums whilst adding a degree of moisture are primarily designed to absorb and penetrate into the three layers of skin, the Epidermis (top layer), the Dermis (the middle layer) and the bottom layer known as the Hypodermis.

The tiny molecules present in oils make this possible and why in homemade serums it is base or carrier oils and essential oils that are used.

Moisturizers are generally thicker creams or lotions with larger molecules that may only penetrate the top layer of skin where they can hydrate the skin and seal in moisture. Serums can really benefit skin conditions at “ground root level” such as skin elasticity, wrinkles and dehydration.

Serums work best when applied after cleansing and toning the skin when the skin is still slightly damp.

Follow with your regular moisturizer which you can think of as locking in your serum and all the nutritional benefits in the layers.

Use serums whenever you feel your skin needs an extra boost or incorporate it into your daily routine morning and night or once a day (night preferably when the skin is at rest).

Rosehip Seeds

works at cellular level to rejuvenate the skin
works at cellular level to rejuvenate the skin | Source

Facial Serum With Camu

Luxurious Face Serum ~

½ oz Rosehip Seed Oil

¼ oz Jojoba Oil

¼ oz Pomegranate Seed Oil

1 capsule or ½ tsp Vitamin E Oil

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

6 drops Geranium Essential Oil

3 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

2 drops Neroli Essential Oil

1 oz dropper bottle (dark color)

small funnel (optional)

Method:

  • Pour the oils one by one through the funnel (if using) into the dropper bottle.
  • Screw on top and give a good shake to mix the oils.
  • Let it sit for a day in a cool dark place.
  • Shake before each use.
  • If stored correctly, this serum will last approximately 6 months.

To use:

  • Apply 2-4 drops into the palm of your hand and rub your hands together.
  • Start massaging in on a cleansed neck and face, working from the base of the neck upwards. This is to prevent stretching and dragging the skin down.
  • Avoid using on the eye area but if you wish apply a small amount under the eye or use a specific eye serum as in my recipe above.
  • Wait about 5 –10 minutes and then apply your usual moisturizer.

Carrot Seed

this underrated oil is known to alleviate skin conditions including acne, psoriasis and eczema
this underrated oil is known to alleviate skin conditions including acne, psoriasis and eczema | Source

Customize Your Own ~

Making your own serum could not be easier and takes no time in making apart from adding the oils into a dropper bottle. You could do it with your eyes blindfolded!

The fun is customizing your own blend with as few or as many oils as you wish between gorgeous base oils and fragrant, therapeutic and skin benefiting essential oils.

Combine what you may have already with one or two more to cut down on the cost and still make an effective rejuvenating serum.

Vitamin E oil I try to use as it is so good for all skin types and may be used in most recipes from lip balms to body scrubs. Use 1 capsule or ½ teaspoon per 1 oz bottle.

Fresh Vitamin C Serum

Hazelnut Oil

lightweight oil excellent for oily skin
lightweight oil excellent for oily skin | Source

Base Oils:

Chose from your skin type or if, for example, you are mature and dry you may want to pick from both lists. Base oils should total approximately 2 tablespoons (1 oz or just under).

Normal Skin – Apricot Kernel, Evening Primrose, Almond, Jojoba or Hazelnut.

Dry SkinOlive Oil, Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Almond, Wheatgerm, Carrot, Evening Primrose, Soybean or Jojoba.

Oily Skin – Grapeseed, Jojoba, Hazelnut, Apricot Kernel or Almond.

Mature SkinPomegranate, Carrot, Apricot Kernel, Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Wheatgerm, Jojoba or Almond.

Rosemary Essential Oil

don't underestimate the benefits of this herb
don't underestimate the benefits of this herb | Source

Popular Oils

Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender
Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender | Source

Did You Know . . .

There are approximately 250 - 300 drops of essential oil in each 10 ml bottle?

Essential Oil:

Essential oils should be between 20 – 30 drops in total, do not exceed this.

Normal SkinCarrot Seed, Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Lemon, German Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Fennel or Frankincense.

Dry SkinPatchouli, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Geranium, German Chamomile, Rosemary or Calendula.

Oily Skin – Clary, Juniper, Calendula, Ylang-Ylang, Lavender, Grapefruit, Neroli, Geranium, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Frankincense, Peppermint, Patchouli or Lemon.

Mature SkinRose, Myrrh, Carrot Seed, Patchouli, Lavender, Cypress, Geranium, Frankincense, Rosewood, Sage, Sandalwood, Neroli, Clary, Citrus or Fennel.


Food for Thought . . . .


Serums are deemed the ultimate in luxury skin care and judging by the price tags of the majority, you would have no cause to argue this fact. All the skin care giants including Estee Lauder, Clarins, Elizabeth Arden and Kiehls have serums. In fact it was Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair which was my guilty pleasure for years.

The idea of making your own may not instantly appeal or you may be asking "how on earth could regular vegetable oils or essential oils have the same benefits?" I can tell you that these homemade solutions are pure lush, luxurious and do work!

By choosing quality raw products is your first step in reaping the very best out of your oils and let's be honest, do you REALLY want chemicals and synthetic snake venom flowing through your bloodstream all for the sake of a few laughter lines? I know what I want!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was interesting!

      I have nothing silly to say on this one. I'll just say nice job. Keep doing what you are doing and rewards will arrive in the future. I believe in that and you should too.

      Have a great weekend Suzie!

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You are so darn fast it is unreal! LOL Appreciate you taking time to continue supporting me, I am certainly enjoying and hopefully going in the right direction. I know if I steer off course you will be there to give me a swift kick in the ass! LOL

      Have a great weekend yoda, love as always from us to you two plus the chickens!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Snake venom? Ewww. I never understood the botox thing anyway. Women who pump up their lips look ridiculous!

      Good info, Suzi. I'm going to go check out your eye serum hub and your website. Thanx!

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      This sounds wonderful, Suzie. After you read some of the ingredients in cosmetics and other products, it gets to the point that you are not surprised by anything cosmetic companies use. Snake venom is not something you would ever guess, but nothing seems surprising anymore. Voted up and shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Botox I never felt comfortable with and even less so now! Synthetic snake venom is gross and cannot contemplate having it in a beauty product. Glad you enjoyed and found a few new things! Have a great weekend in Florida and thanks for your support and commenting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gail,

      Many thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. I know just when you think nothing can top something, along comes more unthinkable surprises. Nothing is surprising anymore, agreed! Cheers for your interest, share and thumbs up!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      this sounds alluring....Ahah! I love the name serum as it sounds like it will cure all facial flaws...Love all the oils...May have to include this as a beauty recipe...easy enough and for one who looks for optimum beauty and skin. Love it as always...Up and share, and pin...

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I love the idea of this--your work is so creative--and I bet this feels wonderful!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like how you provided us with a basic recipe, but also suggested ways to customize it based on what we have on hand. This looks great, and certainly better than spending hundreds of dollars!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I love all of these ideas! I am not a fan of perfume, and have used essential oils (lavender, rose, patchouli and bergamot are my faves) in carrier oils for years. I am anxious to try this for my face! Thanks for sharing

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      Brenda Kyle 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Always excited to see another one of your hubs. I think I will add a few links to the ones that make great gifts, favors that people can diy for baby showers. I am waiting for your book, fully illustrated!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Pssst..Suzie.....that email I sent you? I meant the 1st sentence in your intro"summary."

      I love this hub. This recipe sounds like a winner for sure! Need to make me some facial serum! UP+++

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I would never consider botox or cosmetic surgery. So I'm glad you provided this wonderful facial serium which we can customize to our own needs and liking. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      very creative, voted up.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. To answer your first question the answer is NO. Snake venom? Amazing what's in some of these products. All the more reason why your DIY home products hubs will pay big dividends in the future.

      Another great addition Suzie. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc.... Have a great weekend.

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Very interesting information. I know a woman who gets botox shots regularly and wears her sunglasses inside as well as outside, so she won't squint and get wrinkles. I hope I never become this vain! I will be investing in some of these oils for your serum though. (My smile lines are showing!) LOL Voting this up and useful! :)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Another amazing entry in your arsenal of beauty recipes. You truly get to the heart of the matter and give us all the information we need. I love how you broke down both oils for different skin types. Of course there's nothing wrong with saving money and with your help we certainly can.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for the thumbs up on this serum, I adore it and my skin does too! I am a bit of a serum junkie if truth be known, even if I only use at nighttime it really has made a difference to my skin. A great inclusion into the regime for everyone. With winter looming for many of us it is a great recipe or gift idea to take us through the cold months. Cheers as always for the votes, share and pin, you are such a support :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      Delighted you enjoyed this one and yes it is divine!! Give it or your own unique version a try you will not be disappointed . . . honest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Lovely to see you, hope all the job hunting is paying off for you, been thinking about you. Customizing is great and makes sense when we all have different needs. Simplifying skin care makes sense and too many products is overkill in my book. This idea makes a super gift idea if you are planning on making some gifts for Christmas as most skins will benefit and it is not a product many may invest in for themselves. I am planning on doing one for family over 30 who love pampering themselves! The shelf life makes it perfect too and can made up in advance. Have a great weekend in Boston! Thanks again for your comment and visit!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Theater Girl,

      Lovely to have you visit and comment, great to hear about your use of essential oils. Those 3 sound gorgeous too! I have made perfume (liquid and in solid cream form) which is so good too. i have the recipes here too if you are interested. Thanks so much for your interest and I hope you do give this a try, the oils you have already could be perfect together.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi bridalletter,

      Great to see you! That would be fabulous if you link, I would be honored! Delighted you enjoyed this serum, it makes for such a good gift idea and if making for a few is so cost effective. My camera broke a good time ago and I have not been able to replace it yet (penniless writer that i am! LOL) which I do find frustrating as i have so many ideas to make my recipes interesting and love taking snaps but hopefully soon! Thanks for the support and interest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ah Paula,

      Many thanks for that email, you are a star for giving me a helping hand! LOL

      So good to see you my great buddy and delighted you found this a winner! Get those oils out girl and work it baby work it!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Many thanks my friend, i am not a botox fan either having seen some dreadful results. The thoughts of a poison being injected for vanity . . . not for me anyway! Cheers for your continued support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi girishpuri,

      Many thanks for your lovely comment, delighted you enjoyed. Thanks for the thumbs up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      It is a synthetic form of snake venom so the mind truly boggles. Appreciate you taking time to visit and comment as you always do, you are a rock in my corner and I do thank you from the bottom of my heart. Cheers for the votes, shares and pin - have a great one too!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sg,

      How spooky, I was only thinking about you this morning when I was just up. Thinking it was about time I paid you a visit and here you are! Many thanks for your comment, what an extraordinary lady wearing her shades inside thinking it will prevent wrinkles. Each to their own but it is a bit out there! Give me smile lines any day, I'm with you on that! LOL

      Appreciate your votes greatly!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Another friend well overdue a visit from me so apologies my friend! Thanks so much for commenting, it is always a cause for a big smile on this face (wrinkles and all) when you do! Glad you found it interesting and made sense, hopefully you may give it a go sometime. Many many thanks for your votes and for pinning, have a lovely weekend!

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Well, this looks like another of your fabulous set of recipes! I really am so impressed with the knowledge you share.

      Being a big fan of oils and serums (and of you), I will put this on my list of Suzie recipes to try. Voted up and useful.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cyndi,

      Thank you for your lovely compliment so nice of you to call them fabulous! i love sharing information on beauty ideas I have learnt from my training, experience or by picking up from others. i have seen all sides of the business and feel i may not be a chemist or scientist but I am passionate about this business that I have loved for over 40 years since I was a child and have come to recognize the need for change. If I can do it everyone can, believe me! I loved the expensive brands, used them all, did they really benefit me, some may have but at what cost? I still do love some products and it is hard to wipe them out. I try to be a realist and not a "you must do this or else" . . type!

      Hope you enjoy this one! Cheers for the votes, much appreciate that!

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      Modern Lady 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love the idea of making serums at home instead of shelling out a ridiculous amount of money for them. They can be so expensive! Thanks for all the great info. Keep up the great work.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for explaining the difference between moisturizers and serums! It's great to know that homemade serums are a viable alternative to expensive ones available for purchase. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I was just stopped in the mall where the sales pitch was to convince me to spend $80 on a tiny bottle of serum. He put some on one eye and showed me the immediate results. I managed t extricate myself and noticed that after several minutes, my 2 eyes looked the same! Maybe it was snake venom?! Thank you for always showing us safe and appealing alternatives! Up+++ and pinning!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Modern Lady,

      Lovely to have you comment. I agree with you 100% homemade makes sense on all levels! Thanks so much for being so supportive, much appreciated :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks it is always nice to know something new is picked up in my writing. So good of you to comment as always, you are a great support and I appreciate you greatly!

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Good one Suzie. I really wish I had time to make some of these recipes. Don't you ever make them up and sell them; you should! I's sure you'd make a fortune. Shared upped and pinned.

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      Ilona 3 years ago from Ohio

      I never knew the difference between serums and other products- and appreciate the clear explanation.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      What a coincidence eh? The serums are expensive and they certainly should not be saying you will see an instant change if that is not the case! Cheers for the story, always really good hearing things like that. Thanks for the votes and pinning!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      Appreciate your comment and taking time to visit. Making to sell them believe me is what I want so it is just getting the time and finances together for and that is what I hope to do for ones that have some shelf life. Love that you feel it would be a money spinner! Thanks Sue for votes, shared and pinning on!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi IIona,

      Welcome and thanks so much for the interest by commenting. So good to hear you found it useful!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I certainly no what I want Suzie & it's def not harsh chemicals etc etc..

      You make such good sense & write great hubs that are I'm certain useful & cost effective for many of us..this one is excellent & hotd worthy, great job..VUUAI & shared etc..cheers

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carter,

      Lovely to see my friend from Australia! Delighted you enjoyed this and thanks so much for your lovely comment and compliment, I appreciate it and all the support in votes, shares . .etc. Do give it a go sometime, serums are so good for the skin!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Suzie each and every hub in this series of yours are great and I hope there's a few more to come.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Thanks so much it is so good to hear you enjoy these so much! I will do my best to keep on creating!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I never realized how important serum was in providing deep skin rejuvenation. I am going to have to try to make some of your recipes. I like the fact that it helps with wrinkles -- something I have acquired over the past couple of years. Thank you.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Lovely to have you comment and good to hear this has sparked the interest to rustle one up. Have fun and enjoy, they are heaven on the skin and the one for eyes is lush!! Thanks so much.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      OMG! I hate snake. I can´t imagine using cosmetics with snake ingredients on it. Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub. Voted up and shared to my followers.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Suzie, I bookmarked this hub, as I do with all your hubs when I read them. This is a wonderful article, very informative, and very useful. Thank you so much.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      I hate snakes too but thankfully will be using my synthetic snake venom free serum from now on! LOL The thought of that chemical being pumped through my veins is not one I wish to have. Glad you enjoyed my friend, appreciate your votes and share!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Phyllis,

      So good to see you! You are a doll for bookmarking for later and I hope you enjoy concocting your own recipes, this one is a keeper that is pure heaven on the skin! Cheers for your support and interest!

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