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.
My moringa experience started earlier this year with a bag of moringa powder and a face mask, and I was finally able to try some of the oil when I found it at Swanson’s. Moringa oil is pressed from the the kernel of the moringa seed. It’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E (ace!), and it feels wonderfully rich and smooth on the skin, absorbing quickly to leave your skin feeling silky smooth. It has a lovely sweet nutty scent that’s reminiscent of almond butter—I love it. It would be a great addition to anything that you want to smell nutty, and without actually including any nut products!
Out next awesome-for-skin oil is sea buckthorn seed oil. You can purchase sea buckthorn seed oil that’s been pressed from the seeds and from the fruit, and while they are fairly similar, there are a few differences. The most obvious one is that the seed variety is significantly less orange than the fruit stuff, greatly reducing the oompa-loompa effect of everything it’s used in (a definite bonus in my opinion).
The seed oil is rich in linoleic and alpha linoleic fatty acids, which are great for troublesome skin (acne & eczema in particular) and help boost healing and cell repair. The fruit oil is rich(er) in carotene (hence it’s very vibrant oompa-loompa hue), and is also beneficial for acne-prone skin, helping boost healing and hydration. Both are great for the skin, but with the pylon-like effect of the fruit oil, if you want to use as much of it in a serum as we are here… you’re going to want the seed oil. If you’ve already got the fruit oil you can use it, but I would halve the amount and make it up with more jojoba oil to avoid dying yourself orange. (Psst… you can also enter to win some sea buckthorn seed and moringa oils!)
I included jojoba for its excellent hydration abilities (it closely mimics the sebum our skin produces), and so we had an oil in the mix that doesn’t smell like much. Both moringa and sea buckthorn seed oil have fairly strong, nutty scents, so I wanted to dial that back with a milder oil. A touch of fragrant rose wax brings the rose scent—make sure you keep yours well sealed! I found mine had lost its scent from a hole in the bag, so I had to move onto my backup batch. Some soothing chamomile, calming lavender, and bright cardamom round out the scent blend.
And all in all, this lovely selection of precious oils gives us a fantastic serum. It’s a bit cloudy in the bottle, and smells wonderful. A few drops glide over the skin beautifully, leaving my skin feeling fantastic. After a day or two or use I noticed some stubborn blemishes were quickly fading into the sunset. I’m really enjoying this Moringa Rose Serum as autumn sets in, and I think you will, too.
Moringa Rose Serum
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer in a small saucepan. The water should just be steaming hot, with a few small bubbles; it shouldn’t be jumping around at all.
Weigh the moringa oil, jojoba oil, sea buckthorn seed oil, rose wax, and vitamin E oil out into a 30mL/1oz glass bottle that has a dropper top. Cap the bottle and place it in the water bath. Check it every five minutes or so, turning the bottle to stir everything around, until you can see that the rose wax has melted (hold the bottle up to a light source to see if you can still see any solid bits).
Once the rose wax has melted, remove the bottle from the heat, dry it off, and leave it to cool.
When the serum has cooled to room temperature, add the rest of the essential oils.
If you’re using rose absolute you can skip the water bath step—just combine everything in the bottle, cap, shake, and you’re done!