Palmarosie Face Serum
This face serum may look like sunshine in a bottle, but I’d say it’s more comparable to liquid gold. The heavy hitter in this face softening serum is rose hip oil, which is derived from the seeds of the Andean rose hip. This beautiful, orangey-red oil is ideal for skin that’s mature, environmentally damaged (hellooo winter dryness!) or generally feeling lackluster.
There are two essential oils I added to this serum to compliment its juiciness.
The first: palmarosa. This essential oil comes from a sweet wild grass, has a rose-like scent and is said to help soften skin. The second is clary sage (not to be mistaken with garden sage), an herbaceous oil known for its antibacterial properties and used in facial products to help with acne. Palmarosa and clary sage are two essential oils that pair nicely together, both for their complimenting scents and properties. Mix a few drops in with some rose hip oil and you’ve got yourself one uber succulent face serum.
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp rose hip oil*
10 drops palmarosa essential oil
6 drops clary sage essential oil**
* Check the ingredients of the rose hip oil you’re using. Some brands add Vitamin E to rose hip oil because it acts as a preservative. If no Vitamin E has been added to the brand of rose hip oil you’re using, add 1 capsule of 200 IU Vitamin E by piercing the capsule and squeezing the contents into the serum. Otherwise you’ll have to refrigerate the serum and use it within 6 months of the time you purchased your rose hip oil.
** Do not use if you are pregnant. Option to replace with more palmarosa essential oil.
Add all the ingredients to a bottle with a dropper. Close the bottle and shake vigorously to blend.
Label and date.
How To Use:
Shake before use. Rub 3-4 drops of the serum into the palms of your hands and then gently press (don’t rub!) your palms into your face. You should just have a light coating of oil on your face. Use 1-2 drops more if applying the oil to your neck. Option to follow with a facial moisturizer.
Rose hip oil is NOT recommended for those with oily skin or acne. If you have combination skin, you may find this serum too oily for parts of your face. For example, the lower half of my face tends to be more dry and loves this oils. But when it comes to my forehead… not so much. So I only apply this oil to my cheeks, nose and chin, leaving my forehead out. Listen to your skin and do what works best for you!