Occasionally I notice that my skin isn’t the dewy perfection it once was. Not that I noticed it was dewy perfection in my extreme youth 🙂 And I don’t lament at all that I’m a mature woman – I’m stronger and happier now in my 50s than I ever was in my 20, 30s or 40s. And I wanted to make my own essential oil serum for my mature skin.
What I don’t really like is that my skin often feels dry, even though I drink enough water and eat good fats. Okay probably not enough good fats as I used to since I cheerfully waved goodbye to my suddenly-extremely-painful gallbladder in 2016. Now if I have too many fats, the side effects are kind of unpleasant, no need to go into them here, right? 🙂
I’ve been using some lovely rosehip oil serum, various brands, which are enriched with essential oils. I was recently mixing some essential oils for an anti-flu blend to diffuse at home and at work, and it occurred to me that the rosehip serum probably only contains a very few drops of actual oils. Flash: I’m mostly paying a bucketload of $ for mostly rosehip oil.
Yes, it is obvious. Blinding flash of. LOL.
Anyway, now woke, I flipped over my trusty copy of Valerie Anne Worwood’s Fragrant Pharmacy, and voila – a beautiful serum recipe. Or, as it was known when Val wrote the book back in the early 1990s, an essential oil blend for the over 50s. I love this book, it’s been my constant, trusted, reference since I first found essential oils back in the early 1990s. But being me, I went looking for the answer to my original question: how much essential oil is actually in the pricey serum I was buying? I didn’t find that answer, but I did find other recipes, some of which included vitamin e oil. So I decided to add that.
I’ll say one thing for Val, she’s a genuine trained aromatherapist with a life time of experience, unlike me who is a only dedicated hobbyist with half a lifetime of love. As a genuine aromatherapist Val uses the most expensive oils, that I can only aspire to own!
For instance, she uses violet leaf oil. It takes 2500 kilos of violet leaves to make 1litre of oil. No surprise then that a tiny 2ml bottle costs around $40. Yes there’s cheaper stuff, it’s possibly worth a try. Val wouldn’t, I’m sure 🙂 She also uses galbanum and rose – both also in the same stratosphere of cost as violet leaf.
I have 3% rose (it’s diluted in jojoba and still cost $25) so I used that. I also splashed out on violet leaf oil and galbanum oil, which should arrive this week. I couldn’t wait to try the serum though, so I made it without those two and will add it afterwards. Meanwhile, here’s my modified recipe.
Essential oil serum for over 50s
Violet leaf – 5 drops (didn’t have so didn’t use)
Galbanum – 5 drops (didn’t have so didn’t use)
Rose – 5 drops (only had 3% so used 10 drops)
Neroli – 10 drops
Lavender – 3 drops
Myrrh – 2 drops (another stratospheric cost one)
Carrot – 10 drops
Bois de rose – 10 drops (otherwise known as rosewood)
Evening primrose – 10 drops (I pierced a capsule and counted ten drops out of that)
Borage seed – 10 drops (didn’t have so didn’t use).
I added a capsule of vitamin E oil.
Val says to mix into 30ml of hazelnut or apricot kernel oil. I prefer jojoba, I find it less oily on my skin but just as moisturising so I used that instead. I want to try olive squalane – will post about it when I do.
Result – it’s beautiful. It smells amazing and I feel amazing. I’ve mostly used oils for emotional and physical health so can’t help noticing those effects.
After just two days I feel like my skin is smoother and softer. I use the serum morning and night, and a couple of minutes later I add a moisturiser – currently a rose hip one in the same range as the serum I was using. I will try one of Val’s moisturiser recipes after this runs out.
If you try it, let me know what your skin thinks of it 🙂