The amount of money some shop-bought natural skincare products sell for never ceases to amaze me. You’d think I’d be used to seeing price tags north of $150 for a few tablespoons of something, but I’m not. I’m perpetually astonished to find a blend of oils or a simple lotion enriched with a few posh sounding ingredients can sell for more money than many people make in a day, but I’m also still surprised when I receive an email I literally sent myself seconds earlier, so perhaps I’m just easily surprised/have a rather flighty short-term memory. Anywho, all that is to say that this Luxury Facial Serum is inspired by Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil, which sells for a whopping $170/30mL (1 fl oz). This one features most of the same ingredients, and costs far less than 1/10th of that. BAM.
Rodin’s version is a blend of relatively nice, but not overly carrier pricey oils (the most expensive being argan oil, which is about $13/100mL), infused with calendula and arnica, and accented with jasmine and neroli essential oils. Granted, those essential oils are pretty pricey (both are roughly $60/5mL), but as essential oils they constitute a very small percentage of the overall blend.
The carrier oils can be divided into sweet almond, sunflower, and apricot kernel (which are all fairly inexpensive) and argan, evening primrose, rosehip, and jojoba (which are more expensive, though still fairly affordable). I’ve pared the list down a bit, from seven oils to six, and thrown in some alternatives as well if you want to mix things up.
I’ve used two of the inexpensive oils as the infusion oils. Whenever you infuse herbs in oil you lose some of the oils to the herbs, which absorb it, so I figured it was best to infuse the less expensive oils. Once that infusion is done, all that’s left is to measure everything into a bottle, cap, shake, and voila!
When it came to determining a blend of the oils I used more evening primrose oil than any other single oil as I’m in love with evening primrose oil for its incredible skin benefits thanks to its linoleic and gamma linoleic acid content (sunflower oil is also rich in linoleic acid). From there I went with equal amounts of everything else to keep things simple. In my version I used pomegranate oil instead of rosehip oil as I’m loving pomegranate oil in my Prim Pom Summer Facial Serum, but if you prefer rosehip oil that’s also an awesome choice.
Luxury Facial Serum
5 drops 3% neroli essential oil
2 drops rose or jasmine essential oil
Weigh the sweet almond oil and sunflower seed oil out into a small heat resistant glass measuring cup. Next up, measure the calendula petals and arnica flowers out into a paper tea filter. Place the tea bag of herbs in the oils, press to submerge, cover, and leave to infuse for 24 hours.
Once the oils have infused, grab a 30mL/1 fl oz bottle, your scale, and a small funnel. Weigh 10g (0.35oz) of the infused herb oil into the bottle, and top off with all the other oils and the essential oils. Cap the bottle and shake to combine. Label and you’re ready to rock and roll.
That’s it! To use, smooth a few drops over your face after washing. Enjoy 🙂
Don’t have some of the oils or butters called for in this recipe? Read this for information on how to make good substitutions. I wouldn’t really recommend going nuts with substitutions in this recipe as this recipe is all about this particular blend of oils so I can’t really say if your final product will be terribly comparable if you make a bunch of swaps.
Remember that this recipe is by WEIGHT! Do not use fluid ounces; I’ll always denote fluid ounces as such (fl oz). “Oz” = use a scale 🙂