Solid Olive Primrose Facial Serum

This silky smooth, light-as-a-feather solid facial serum is really neat. It has all the satiny, lightweight loveliness of a liquid serum, but it’s easier to transport (no leaks!), and application is even easier thanks to the elimination of the dropper bottle. Lightweight, super-glidy cetyl alcohol transforms olive and evening primrose oils into an oh-so-cool solid facial serum, and I may be a dweeb, but I think this is super exciting.

How to Make a Solid Olive Primrose Facial Serum


Angela’s Calendula Eye Balm

Last autumn Angela wrote in asking for a DIY version of an expensive calendula-infused eye balm she was using in Portugal. The ingredient list was beautiful, and as usual, the price tag was a touch shocking. So, with her enthusiasm for the product I took that ingredients list and went for a bit of a run to create a smooth, lightweight balm. Angela’s Calendula Eye Balm is packed with anti-inflammatory calendula and lightweight oils designed to penetrate and moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes (but it’s also great on the rest of the face as well as on hands and lips).


Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer

If you’re looking for touchable, smooth, soft skin, this Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer is right up your alley. It’s a creamy, orange-hued moisturizer features a few scoops of silky smooth arrowroot starch to give your hydrated skin a beautiful dry touch. It was inspired by a similar product sold by Lush for an unsurprising $40, with a few changes. The reviews on the original varied; some said it was amazing for their skin, others said it was a bit drying, so I thought we could bring some DIY magic to this to make it exactly what you need.

How to make Sea Buckthorn Mattifying Moisturizer


Moringa Rose Serum

I’ve had quite a few requests for this popular rose serum over the years. I think Karen’s was the first, back in 2014, but it certainly hasn’t been the last. The original looks utterly lovely; a blend of fantastic carrier oils like pomegranate and baobab, with rose, lavender, and chamomile. All excellent things. But… I can never leave well enough alone, and with a brand new bottle of moringa oil burning a hole in my pantry, I (unsurprisingly) veered off on my own.

How to Make Moringa Rose Serum


Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm

This juicy, honey-hued Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm is utterly lovely. It has an almost unbelievable dry finish, leaving skin hydrated, but not greasy. It smells of pure, juicy oranges with the slightest hint of sweet, floral Tahitian gardenias. It’s smooth and rich, and it’s vegan. In short, it’s beautiful. I like using it on my face before bed on extra dry days—it’s brilliant for dry patches, and guarantees I’ll have sweet smelling dreams. Yum.

How to make Orange Abyssinian Overnight Balm


Rose Gold Facial Serum

Last week I was watching a makeup tutorial with Adele’s makeup artist, Michael Ashton, and as he was prepping his beautiful model’s skin, he used two products that really intrigued me. One was a fancy-sounding French facial serum; Decleor’s Aromessence Rose D’Orient Soothing Serum. The second was a Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm (which was really a lotion, not a balm, but I digress). Michael raved about both products—the serum for plumping the skin and eliminating redness (the model also says it smells amazing), and the moisture balm for a natural strobing effect thanks to the tiny “gold particles” (gold mica) it contains. Anyhow, intrigued, but certainly not intending to spend upwards of $100 to try the originals, I thought I’d fuse the two ideas into a Rose Gold Facial Serum and see what happened.

How to Make Rose Gold Facial Serum


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