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Facial Serum Recipe for Wrinkles

by JT

Q: Ok, so a friend of mine told me about aromatherapy oils for the skin and I was excited to learn what to do and where to start.

I want to know how to mix the following for a face cream: Frankincense, Patchouli, Rosewood with Avocado oil as the carrier. What is the parts ratio? She didn't know and sent me to your website.

A: That will make a wonderful anti-aging facial serum! Here's the recipe I'd suggest:

1/2 cup (125ml) avocado oil
4 drops Frankincense essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
3 drops Rosewood essential oil

Put all the oils into a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. It should last for 3 to 6 months if kept in a cool, dark location.

You could substitute small amount (1 or 2 teaspoons) of specialty oils for some of the avocado oil. Kukui Nut, Sea Buckthorn and Rosehip oil are especially good for aging skin. Take a look at the aromatherapy carrier oils page for more info.

The carrier oils page also recommends that avocado oil only comprise about 10% of a recipe because of its oily residue. I personally would use mostly jojoba oil and add a teaspoon or so of one or two of the other carrier oils.

Also, Rosewood is an endangered species (if plants are species???) so I substitute other oils to try to help preserve it. If you do buy Rosewood essential oil, make sure you get it from a reputable supplier who obtained it legally. (There are laws regarding how much can be made and sold per year.)

If you decide to swap out the Rosewood, try Helichrysum, Rose or Sandalwood.

One thing: with essential oils you get what you pay for, especially with the more costly oils. If you buy an inexpensive bottle of Rose, for example, you can be pretty sure it's an inferior quality or diluted with a cheaper essential oil like Palmarosa or even a synthetic fragrance oil to stretch or boost the scent.

You have to be willing to pay for the good stuff for a better scent and better results. Here's a bit more education on essential oil grades.

I hope that helps - good luck with your new aromatherapy adventures!

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