After finding out about all of the crazy things found in many different beauty products (click here if you haven’t read my blog post about how common it is to find gluten in make-up), I decided to simplify my beauty routine by using products with less and better quality ingredients. One item I love and have total control over the ingredients going into it is my GLOW SERUM MOISTURIZER that I make from essential oils and jojoba oil. Some people simply call it “Glow Serum” or “Glow Moisturizer”. There are so many different variations that you can customize for your own skin type. I’m sharing my favorite recipe below for that fresh faced dewy look and breaking down all of the best supplies that go with it.
- Test different variations – you can’t go wrong! Make a small mixture based on the essential oil properties that you’re looking for and see what you think. I recommend testing for at least 1-2 weeks to see if you like it and/or notice a difference.
- Apply AM / PM to clean skin – use it after you wash your face at night. Then again in the morning after washing your face once more and before putting on your makeup or without makeup for a clean and healthy glow. The glow serum moisturizer would be in place of a lotion or moisturizer depending on the mixture you make and is a perfect base before putting on makeup.
- Remove makeup with jojoba oil – jojoba oil doubles as a makeup remover, so it’s perfect to use to remove your eye makeup before washing your face. Make sure you do not use your Glow Serum Moisturizer to remove eye makeup as the essential oils in the mixture are not the best for your eyes.
- Extra glow in the AM – a friend of mine is an avid morning exerciser, so she puts the glow serum moisturizer on her face again when she wakes up, then works out. She’ll shower off and start all over again!
- Pair with a Jade Roller – If you’re obsessed with jade rollers or have been wanting to try one, I recommend using these two products together to optimize the results of both! Authentic jade rollers help with anti-aging, anti-wrinkling, drainage and firming of your face. Putting on the Glow Serum Moisturizer allows for the jade roller to glide easily on your face as your doing your face yoga!
- Create seasonal mixes – even though the weather doesn’t change too much in Arizona based on seasons, my skin definitely does! I seem to be oily in the summer and dry in the winter. Plus, with those monthly hormonal breakouts, I tend to apply Purification directly to my blemishes. If you’re in a similar boat, it might be wise to switch up your glow serum moisturizer for different seasons and for different skin needs.
I love this blurb from the Young Living blog and know that I couldn’t have said it better myself,
“For centuries many cultures have looked to essential oils to enhance their daily lives, support wellness, and wear as perfumes. Not only are essential oils extremely versatile but many also contain naturally occurring constituents that are practically made for one particular usage: beautifying the skin.
Unlike skin care products that rely on harsh and synthetic ingredients, essential oils used se their natural properties to brighten, smooth, and moisturize the appearance of skin in a way that leaves you feeling perfectly pampered”
Supplies | Dropper Bottle + Labels:
If I knew how easy it is to make your own Glow Serum Moisturizer and other essential oils products, I would have started a long time ago. I’m part of a Young Living community on Facebook that is over 19 thousand different members who have all been using essential oils for years, so it’s great to connect and learn about the various uses and combinations that I can make. In Facebook Groups there is a search bar that allows you to type in a topic or keyword and it pulls up any related posts, discussions, photos, files, etc.
Vessel: I find all of my supplies on Amazon like the vessel that you put the product in. For this product, I use a dropper bottle because it’s an easier and more accurate way to drop the right amount of the Glow Serum Moisturizer into your hand. For this recipe, I used a 2 ounce bottle, but you can divide the ingredients in half and use a 1 ounce bottle. Also, when using essential oils, the darker the glass bottle the better in order to preserve the essential oils. I typically always use dark amber bottles. Some people use dark blue, or dark green too. There are a ton of cute bottles that are clear, white, or another color, but if you use those bottles make sure that you’re using all of the product between 3-6 months. I’ve linked both bottles to my Amazon Storefront in the “EO Recipe – Glow Serum Moisturizer” Idea List for easy shopping.
Labels: Another item I use for each of my DIY essential oil products is water-proof labels that I can print at home. I’ve found that 2″ square labels work best for 2 ounce and 4 ounce bottles. They also fit 1 ounce bottles, but you might want to trim the edges. You can always purchase labels on Etsy that are already designed and printed for you, or even purchase only the design and still print at home too. However, I find it more cost effective for me to create a basic design on Canva (free website) and use the easy online print template that the label company offers. I make so many labels and different mixtures that I’d spend a fortune on Etsy. Plus, I like to include the name of the mixture, the ingredients in the mixture, and the size of the bottle so that I don’t forget what I’m using. This makes it much easier when it’s time to refill the bottle too.
Essential Oils | What I’m Using + Benefits:
Let me break down for you why I’m using these three oils! Again, through my Young Living community on Facebook, I was able to find this specific recipe along with multiple other variations based on specific skin care needs. To reiterate, you can always make different versions of this oil based on your skin needs and use each one at different times. This is not a one fits all recipe, which is the beauty of controlling how you make it! If you’re unsure of where to purchase quality essential oils, I recommend Young Living – see the end of the blog post for more info!
A great glow serum moisturizer starts with the base of Frankincense and Lavender. Those are two “jack of all trades” oils that generally work for most in terms of skincare, but again if they don’t work for you there are so many other oils with different properties that might do a better job. I recommend starting with these two oils, which also come in the starter kit, test them on your skin and then add a third or fourth oil.
FRANKINCENSE – brightens and tightens skin, fights blemishes and promotes healthy, glowing, younger looking skin. Before I created my glow serum, I would apply Frankincense directly to my fine lines.
LAVENDER – helps to reduce redness, blotchy patches, and acne scarring.
GERANIUM – promotes cell regeneration and supports smooth, healthy skin. Additionally, “geranium essential oil is used to promote emotional stability [like anxiety, depression, and insomnia), alleviate pain, stimulate healing from burns and wounds, enhance mood, and reduce inflammation,” based on an article from VeryWell Health. In my opinion, geranium smells very earthy and is not an oil that is very pleasing to me, but the lavender and frankincense make up for that.
Carrier Oil | Why Jojoba Oil?
I use jojoba oil for my glow serum moisturizer, but another option is sweet almond oil too. Both oils are great options as neither will clog your pores. Fractionated coconut oil is a great carrier oil when making roller bottles or other mixtures that will not go on your face as it can clog pores. I’ve linked all of my favorite organic and gluten free carrier oils to my Amazon Storefront unde the “Essential Oils – Carrier Oils DIY” Idea List for your easy review! Some people will even add in aloe vera gel into their glow serum moisturizer for extra vitamins C and E to help soothe and smooth skin. I have not tried this mixture before for my Glow Serum Moisturizer, but I have a great organic and gluten free aloe vera that I use for my After Shave Spray recipe and I’ve linked it to my Amazon Storefront through the “Essential Oils – Ingredients DIY” Idea List.
Jojoba Oil Benefits: pronounced ho-ho-ba, it is referred to as an “oil” but it is actually a liquid wax. Here are the reasons I love it!
- Nutritious for Skin – Jojoba is full of nutrients like Vitamin E and B
- Deeply-Hydrating – It is lighter than other face oils and easily absorbed into the skin. It deeply penetrates to soothe and soften while providing an excellent moisturizing effect and adding a healthy glow.
- Long-Lasting Moisture – It doesn’t evaporate like water-based moisturizers, which is very important when your skin is exposed to the environment. Studies have shown that jojoba oil provides a substantial long-acting layer of moisture.
- Gentle + Non-Allergenic – Jojoba oil is recommended for people with sensitive skin (including psoriasis and eczema) because of its gentle nature. Applying Jojoba oil to compromised skin can help reduce flare-ups.
- Recipe is for a 2 ounce dropper bottle. Please reduce the recipe by half for a 1 ounce dropper bottle or double the recipe for a 4 ounce dropper bottle.
- Create your 3-4 essential oil combo and add 10 drops of each oil (at least 30 drops of essential oils) first before adding anything else.
- I use 10 drops each of Frankincense, Lavender, and Geranium.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba oil and make sure you stop right below the base of the neck of the bottle so there isn’t any overflow when you put the dropper in the bottle and seal the lid.
- Alternative: If you want to add a tablespoon of aloe vera, do that before filling the bottle of jojoba oil. The recipe will come out to around 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil (roughly 1/4 aloe vera and 3/4 jojoba oil).
- Drain the dropper before each use and shake the bottle to make sure you get the best mixture!
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If you’re not sure where to purchase your high-quality essential oils from, I recommend Young Living! I’ve been using their oils for 6-years, but recently got into making my own mixtures when I found out that I’m allergic to many of the hidden ingredients found in beauty and household products – the main one for me is gluten! To read more about why I love and exclusively use Young Living oils, read my blog post titled, “Why I’m Using Essential Oils from Young Living“.
A few other reasons why I love Young Living…
- The online community! I have received so much guidance and easy information from this community that it makes learn about essential oils and their benefits fun! Anyone who purchases a starter kit from our community is automatically added via Facebook, which allows you to search and have access to so much great info.
- Rewards program for free product! Young Living has a program called Essential Rewards (ER) that allows you to earn points towards free product if you place a monthly order that is at least 50 PV, which equals roughly $50. You can always stop and pause the program at anytime.
- Premium Starter Kits! The premium starter kit options that Young Living offers have the most popular oils at a drastic discount along with other goodies. You can select between a few different options based on whether or not you want a diffuser, cleaning products, etc. Plus, it allows you to receive wholesale pricing for the whole year without another purchase. At the end of your year membership, a 50 PV purchase will renew your wholesale pricing. To view all premium starter kits, go to oilwith.me/tfk.
All new members who sign-up with a premium starter kit and activate their Essential Rewards membership with me will receive a free gift valued at $15-25. I’m happy to customize this gift to fit your needs and I have some examples saved to my Amazon Storefront Idea List called “Essential Oils – Accessories + Welcome Gifts“. I want you to receive a gift that gets you just as excited about your oils as I am about mine! Plus, I want to gift you something that you’ll actually use. Let me know if you don’t see something that accomplishes that for you and we’ll create a gift package together. Here are some welcome gift examples:
- Authentic jade roller and a 2 ounce dropper bottle that contains jojoba oil, geranium and a label – you would add the lavender and frankincense once you receive your starter kit!
- Small diffuser in case you want a secondary one or in case you are purchasing a starter kit that does not come with a diffuser. I have a secondary diffuser next to my bed that is small enough that I can smell it, but my husband does not. I also have an old diffuser in my office from the first premium starter kit that I purchased 6-years ago. Another diffuser I love was purchased at Target and it’s cordless, so I take it outside to keep the bugs away! Target’s diffusers are so cute too – so if you see one that is within the free gift value I’d be happy to send one to you instead.
- Bottle of jojoba oil along with a 2 ounce dropper bottle that contains geranium essential oil and a label – you would add the lavender and frankincense once you receive your starter kit! Depending on the cost of the jojoba oil, I could include a sample of bottles so you’re ready to make roller bottles and spray bottles of other mixtures.
- Essential oils book for how to use oils with babies/kids, pets or how to use essential oils in general.
- Hanging diffuser that you can use in your car, closet, etc. and/or a handmade oils travel case along with 10 ml roller bottles to fill it with. My favorite accessories are from BaggageandCo on Etsy!
Please comment, email, or DM me with any questions – or if you’re ready to sign up as a new member with a premium starter kit, wholesale pricing, and Essential Rewards, go to oilwith.me/TFK!