My new Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum is a fantastic way to lighten up your skin care routine for warmer days (I’m calling it my PrimPom Serum for short, ha!). It is silky and light, absorbing into your skin quickly and leaving it beautifully hydrated, and it smells amazing—like fresh air, light spice, and warm apples and hay. I am loving it as the humidity rises (ever so slightly, at least) and the sun stays out longer every day. I think you’ll love it, too.
It’s been about six months since I first added evening primrose oil to my skincare routine, and I am sold. This stuff is fantastic. I first gave it a go in my Magical Primrose Argan Serum and quickly fell in love as my complexion improved immensely over the first few weeks of use (and continues to improve!). Evening primrose oil is rich in two special fatty acids—linoleic (~72%) and gamma linoleic acid (~10%). Gamma linoleic acid “has been shown to be one of the most effective agents for the treatment of skin disorders and for the maintenance of healthy skin… based on the strong research showing that it is of benefit in the treatment of various skin conditions, including dry skin, eczema, inflammation, wounds, and dermatitis” (Source). After six months of using it, I’d agree. This stuff is fantastic. I recommend it to anybody with any kind of skin woes.
Evening primrose oil is pretty heavy, though, and it’s got a fairly distinct oily smell that’s not… awesome. I don’t hate it, but from what I’ve read my bottle might be less fragrant than some. That’s where the pomegranate oil comes in. Pomegranate oil is pressed from the seeds of the pomegranate, and it’s beautifully light oil that helps counter the heaviness of the evening primrose oil. I’d never used it before and picked up a bottle from New Directions on a whim back in December.
Pomegranate oil is said to help reverse skin damage and improve the texture of the skin. It’s rich in antioxidants and punicic acid (it’s about 78% punicic acid!), a fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also soothing and, of course, hydrating—all without feeling heavy or greasy. I’m really enjoying this oil, and since it’s relatively shelf stable (~2 years if stored well) I’m looking forward to working with it in other projects (perhaps hair things… it’s supposed to be great for hair!).
A blend of equal parts pomegranate and evening primrose oils is topped off with a fruity, warm blend of bright, spiced cardamom essential oil and apples-and-hay, calming South African chamomile oil. I find the South African chamomile is juicier smelling than other chamomiles, but unfortunately New Directions has stopped selling it, so I’m not sure where you’d go about finding a bottle. Roman or German chamomile would also be lovely alternatives—if you have a variety of chamomiles, choose the fruitiest one you have, otherwise whichever one you’ve got will be lovely. If you have neither of these essential oils you can definitely feel free to create your own blend that’ll suit your skin. This blend is a great all-purpose mix with calming and anti-microbial benefits, but you could look at adding cedarwood to help with eczema or carrot seed oil for mature skin (or whatever your favourite essential oils are—just be sure to avoid citrus).
And that’s it! Four simple ingredients, a wee shake in a bottle, and you’re off to the races. Enjoy!
Pomegranate Primrose Summer Facial Serum
6 drops drops cardamom essential oil
10 drops drops South African chamomile essential oil
See note in pre-amble about alternatives if you don’t have these essential oils
Measure all the ingredients out into a 30mL/1 fl oz glass bottle with a matching eye-dropper-top lid, cap, and shake to combine. That’s it!
To use, smooth a few drops over your face. I like to use the dropper to place a drop on each cheek and my forehead and massage that into my skin. Don’t forget to pair it with a good, safe sunscreen for SPF!
Because this serum is 100% oil based it should last for at least a year before the oils go rancid; we’re not concerned about bacterial spoilage since there’s no water.