The BEST Homemade Facial Serum EVER!

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The BEST Homemade Face Serum |

How many of you spend hundreds of dollars a month on expensive creams and serums for your face? The following homemade recipe for facial serum will be the last one you ever need! Wrinkles, blotchiness, dark spots, light spots, redness, and blemishes..BE GONE!

Experimenting with Homemade Face Serums

For the past few months I have been experimenting with all kinds of face creams and serums. First I made this DIY facial moisturizer with SPF which I do love because it gives me a light sunscreen. But then I started to think: what about just making a serum? First I used just what I had on hand (these two oils came in my starter kit): Frankincense and Lavender. Both Frankincense and Lavender are amazing for the skin. I liked it. But what about some of the other essential oils that were great for the skin? I wanted to experiment.

According to my Essential Oils Pocket Reference, the following oils are excellent for skin rejuvenation and to prevent and retard wrinkles:

  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense
  • Vetiver
  • Lavender
  • Spikenard
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Patchouli

But what blend of essential oils would work BEST for my skin? I really wanted to try Rose and Sandalwood but they are so expensive I figured it was more economical to start at the bottom of the list and work my way up to it. I made blends with Geranium and Patchouli and Myrrh. They were nice but I felt a bit strong on the floral scent for my taste and I did not think they worked any better than just using Lavender and Frankincense. So I started asking around.

The Obvious Choice: Rose Essential Oil

A dear friend who has been with Young Living for a very long time shared her secret: Rose Essential Oil. Alright before you freak out at me because Rose is the most expensive essential oil on the planet and how could it be more economical than buying all kinds of skin care products at the store, keep reading to learn her amazing tip. She told me she bought her bottle of Rose essential oil 10 years ago and she is just now thinking of replacing it. 10 years folks!

Let’s talk about Rose and why it is so sought after…Rose is extremely expensive to produce.

  • Just ONE drop of pure rose essential oil = 60 roses!
  • A 15 ml bottle of pure rose essential oil = 65 pounds of rose petals!
  • One ounce of pure rose essential oil = 60,000 roses!

One 5 ml bottle of Rose essential Oils can run about $185! So why am I telling you about this and why did I end up buying this oil to try? Because…check this out…I am going to provide you with a recipe for a Face serum that costs only $0.01 per drop! Yes! Now do I have your attention?

The BEST Homemade Face Serum |

Homemade BEST EVER Facial Serum Recipe


  • 1 drop Rose Essential Oil*
  • 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil*
  • 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil*
  • 1 oz carrier oil of your choice (I use avocado oil, many like jojoba oil)

*I buy therapeutic grade essential oils HERE.


Add essential oils to a 1 oz amber bottle fitted with a glass dropper. Pour in the carrier oil you are using. I personally use avocado oil as the carrier oil for my face. It works well with my skin. If you prefer another carrier then use that.

So how is this only $0.01 per drop?

Let’s break it down.

Homemade Face Serum Cost Analysis

At $185.50 per 5 ml bottle of Rose (wholesale price), each drop of Rose essential oil is $2.32!

A 15 ml bottle of Frankincense is $71.75 comes out to about $0.26 per drop.

A 5 ml bottle of Sandalwood will run you about $89.75 wholesale and comes out to about $1.12 per drop.

A 16 oz bottle of avocado oil is about $12.50 or $0.78 per ounce.

So a 1 oz bottle of my homemade face serum will run you about $5.87! There are about 550 drops in a 1 oz bottle of oil. So each drop is $0.01! If you use 5 drops per day your daily usage is just $0.05. So how does this work out in terms of your annual costs? I figure I will use about 3.3 bottles of this homemade face serum in a years time. Oh about $20 for a whole years worth! For real!

How do your fancy face creams and serum costs from the store sound right now? Why not use something completely natural?!

And as for using up a bottle of Rose quickly and needing to buy another…At this rate you wouldn’t use your whole bottle of Rose for over 20 years although I am sure you will find other uses for it once you have it. But my savvy friend gave me this other tip: Rose is super potent. There is no need to use it neat. She always dilutes 1 drop to 1 oz of carrier and then uses it that way drop by drop. So let’s all be serious – who thinks a bottle of Rose is expensive now?!

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I am a very busy real food mama! When I am not taking care of my 6 year old, I take time to share my real food recipes on my blog, Homemade Mommy. I find the time for homemade cooking and green living because eating this way has truly changed my family’s life. Ditching processed food has helped us all to live a vibrantly healthy life! I buy organic, from family farms, local and grass-fed. I am passionate about achieving vibrant health and am happy to share tips, techniques and recipes in my eBook, The Real Food Survival Guide for Busy Moms which is an excellent resource for any busy mom (or dad) who wants to cook real food for their family but is not sure how to take the plunge.

3 Responses to The BEST Homemade Facial Serum EVER!

  1. Kelly says:

    Hi Lindsey! How do I know which carrier oil would be best for my oily skin. I have found that oil isn’t a bad thing like I thought all these years! Do you have a guide to carrier oils that would help me? It is still an expense to buy those oils for experimenting– avocado, almond, jojoba, etc. Thank you for the serum recipe…thank you for the research and for doing the math too!

    • I had to experiment myself. But I make all my blends with almond oil but I haven’t found that I hear many like to use it on their faces. I think avocado or jojoba seem to the favorites. I have dryer skin so avocado works for me. Jojoba isn’t as emollient. Maybe that will help!

  2. Crystal says:

    You seriously read my mind! I was looking for a DIY serum for wrinkles and all of the above! I will have to try this. Thanks!!

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