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Natural Aromatherapy Facial Serums
Treat Your Skin to the Benefits of Natural Aromatherapy Facial Serums
Aromatherapy facial serums are a wonderful treat for your skin that anyone can make at home. Walk into any department or beauty store, and you will find yourself barraged with an overwhelming array of expensive beauty products claiming that they will solve your skincare dilemmas. Most have very impressive looking ingredient lists, and price tags to match! What the big cosmetic companies don't want you to know about skincare is that it is much, much simpler than people realize.
There is no need to spend $50 or even $100 on an aggressively marketed, and oftentimes ineffective beauty product when you can save money and make your own facial serum at home for a very tiny fraction of the cost! Do not be deceived by the fancy packaging and marketing campaigns. You can make simple, effective facial serums at home that will put the department store beauty treatments to shame. It's fun, cheap and it only requires a few simple ingredients to get started making your own facial serum.
What is a Facial Serum?
Potent, Natural & Targeted to Your Individual Needs
An aromatherapy facial serum is an extremely concentrated mixture of beneficial carrier oils and essential oils blended specifically for your skins needs.
It is a natural moisturizer free from waxes, fillers, and toxic preservatives. It contains only what your skin needs to thrive, and nothing else. Why slather emulsifiers and preservatives all over your skin, when only a few drops of serum will do?
Only 1 to 3 drops of a facial serum, when applied to clean, moist skin, is all you need to hydrate, treat and protect.
You can easily blend assorted carrier oils to create a mix perfectly suited to your skin type, the season, and any particular problems (such as acne, sunburn, or rosacea) that you are treating.
Typically a facial serum is a blend of a carrier oil and 2.5%-5% essential oil, or essential oil blend. It is important that you never apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, (unless under the direction of a certified aromatherapist),as they are extremely potent.
Applying "neat" essential oils to your skin can lead to severe allergic reactions and life-long sensitization to the oil in use!
What Do You Need to Get Started Making a Facial Serum? - A Few Quality Ingredients & Simple Tools
- Small Glass Bottle for your finished serum. 15ml (1/2 ounce) and 30 ml (1 ounce) bottles with droppers work very well for this.
- A single carrier oil, or blend suitable to your skin type.
- One or more essential oils.
- Disposable plastic pipettes (droppers) are handy to help with accurately dispensing the essential oils.
Step 1: Select Your Facial Serum Carrier Oil(s) - A Quality Carrier Oil Is the Base of All Facial Serums
When you first set out to create your own personalized facial serum, a high quality "base" or "carrier" oil is where you need to begin. There is a base oil suitable for every skin type and condition.
You can also blend your carrier oils to create a "cocktail" perfectly suited to your individual skin care needs. I have found that these oils are particularly well suited to use a base (or portion of a base) when creating facial serums.
- Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca)-
This oil is very rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A. It is great for aging, dry or sensitive skin. It is very rich, but also is quickly absorbed by the skin. You can use this as a base oil alone, or as part of a blend with other carrier oils at a rate of 10% to 30% of the total oils used.
- Avocado Oil (Persea americana)-
This oil contains large amounts of Vitamins A. B1, B2, Pantothenic acid, Vitamins D and E, protein, lecithin, and fatty acids. It proves excellent as an addition to a carrier oil blend for extremely dry, irritated or aging skin. It is very rich and soothing, although somewhat heavy. I find it best used as an addition to other carrier oils at a rate no higher than 10% of the total oils used.
- Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis)-
This oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, and gamma linolenic acid. It is great for helping with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It can also be helpful when trying to fade scars. It is incredibly rich and I recommend using it at no greater than a 10% concentration in your carrier oil blend.
- Fractionated Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)-
Although this is not a "whole, cold pressed" oil I find it incredibly useful in blends for facial serums. You may find it on cosmetic labels as "caprylic/capric triglyceride". It is very light and fast absorbing. It is also an excellent moisturizer and skin softener, especially during the summer months. It does not weigh the skin down. I find that adding it to a blend of other base oils adds significantly to the shelf life of the blend, as it is highly resistant to oxidization.
- Hazelnut Oil (Corylus Avellana)-
This oils contains in abundance vitamins, minerals, proteins, oleic and linoleic acid. It is a balancing oil that is well suited to oily or combination skin types. It is a fantastic base oil to use alone or in combination with others to treat acne. It is firming and slightly astringent. It may also be beneficial in treating broken capillaries and spider veins. It is non-greasy and quick to absorb into the skin.
- Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia californica )-
This oil contains: protein, minerals, and myristic acid. Jojoba Oil is an excellent carrier oil to use in a serum. It is one of the oils most closely related to the natural sebum secreted by your skin. It is very rich, but also readily accepted by, and absorbed into the epidermis. You can use Jojoba oil as a base alone, or blended with other carrier oils of your choice. It has an excellent shelf life, and can extend the shelf life of other, more fragile oils when combined in a blend.
- Kukui Nut Oil (Aleurites moluccans)-
This oil contains large amounts of the Vitamins A, C & E. Kukui Nut oil has been used in the Hawaiian islands for many years to soothe and protect dry, damaged skin. It is very penetrating, and fast acting. I love the velvety feel that this oil imparts to the skin. It is great used alone as a carrier oil, or when blended with other base oils.
- Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa-
This oil contains large quantities of Vitamins A, C & E, and an abundance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is an incredibly rich oil. It is very useful when treating extremely dry, sun-damaged, or aging skin. It is not recommended for use on very oily or acne prone skin.
Carrier Oils for Your Serums - High-quality is the key!
Step 2: Select Your Essential Oil(s)
Enhance the skincare benefits and impart wonderful aroma to your serum
There are a wide variety of essential oils that are appropriate for use in facial serums and treatments. Always blend these concentrated oils into your carrier oil and NEVER apply directly to your skin.
Do you have a particular skin care concern? Browse through the following information on some of my favorite essential oils for skincare, and decide which ones may be the best for your own custom serum. Many oils have similar properties, in that case let your nose do the shopping!
Find wonderful Neroli Essential Oil here:
- Nature's Gift Neroli Essential OIl
An extraordinarily high quality neroli oil can be found here. Nature's Gift has some of the finest essential oils I have experienced.
Step 3: Blend Your Essential Oils and Carrier Oil Into Your Custom Facial Serum
Now that you have found the oils that you would like to use in your facial serum, your ready to go!
You want to aim for a dilution of 2.5% to 5% essential oil or essential oil blend in your carrier oil.
In my opinion it is best to start out on the weaker end when blending your serums, and increase the concentration of essential oils as needed.
For example, in a .5 oz bottle:
A 2.5% dilution would require approximately 7 total drops of essential oil, with the balance of the serum being your chosen base oil or oils.
A 5% dilution would require approximately 15 drops of essential oil, with the balance of your serum being your chosen base oil or oils.
Add the required drops of essential oil into your glass bottle and swirl gently to blend.
Top off with your blend of carrier oil or oils.
Cap securely and mix well.
Let sit overnight, blend again with a gentle shake.
Your serum is now ready to use!
Just apply a few drops to clean, moist skin. Use sparingly and enjoy your creation!
Caution: Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil. Never apply them directly to your skin!
Here are a few books I recommend for more information on aromatherapy and natural skincare