Here is a simple formulation for an anhydrous face serum, specifically formulated with ingredients to improve the appearance of aging skin by hydrating, enhancing elasticity, tightening and toning, boosting skin cell regeneration and providing a rich source of antioxidants.

Carrier oils: camellia oil, rosehip oil, olive squalane, meadowfoam oil.

Essential oils: frankincense, palmarosa.

Supercritical C02 extract: seabuckthorn.

Facial serum ingredients

Camellia oil offers emollient, astringent and cytophylactic qualities, while giving a light, hydrated feel to the skin. 

Rosehip oil (wild rose) contains tretinoin (vitamin A), to reduce wrinkles, boost elasticity and firm, while fading discolorations

Olive squalane feels very light and absorbs rapidly, yet penetrates deeply to hydrate, improve elasticity, and boost cell regeneration, while offering humectant qualities by drawing water from the surrounding environment into the skin. Read more about olive squalane here.

Meadowfoam oil is a great emollient, which reduces wrinkles and hydrates without a heavy feel on the skin. 

Frankincense essential oil is astringent and cytophylactic; it tightens and tones while stimulating cell regeneration and smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. (Best avoided during first trimester of pregnancy.)

Palmarosa essential oil hydrates and promotes healing, while softening, smoothing and encouraging cell regeneration. (No known contraindications.)

Sea buckthorn regenerates, repairs and retains moisture while reducing trans-epidermal water loss. It enhances skin elasticity and is a very rich source of a variety of antioxidants such as carotenoids, tocopherols and flavonoids.

Facial serum recipe/formula

46% camellia oil

20.9% rosehip seed oil

15% meadowfoam seed oil

15% squalane (olive)

0.1% Vitamin E

1% seabuckthorn C02

1% frankincense essential oil

1% palmarosa essential oil

How to make the facial serum

Use only clean equipment and tools, and always follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making any natural product. 

  1. Measure the plant oils listed above by weight (grams), into a clean glass or stainless steel bowl, according to the following measurements provided in the chart below (for a 100g batch). 
  2. Once all of the oils have been measured and added, gently mix the oils together until well blended.
  3. Decant the facial serum into dropper bottles, and clearly label.

Shelf-life and storage

The facial serum will last for 6-12 months, as vitamin E has been included in the formula as an antioxidant to slow the rate of rancidity. This is an anhydrous product which does not contain a preservative, so be careful not to contaminate the product with water or microbes from hand contact. If contamination of the product is suspected, dispose of it immediately.

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