How To: Rich Winter Facial Serum
If you're new to the blog, you may not be aware that I am Scandinavian.
Well, I am.
My roots are a mix of Danish and Norwegian, which places me squarely in the Scandinavian category. We Nordic folks tend to both love and hate our part of the world. Our summers are gloriously light and filled with non-stop celebration of the sun and warmth. In summer, it stays light until 11:00 pm in my neck of the woods, dims briefly to twilight, then starts getting light again at 2:00 am. (seriously - how cool is that?!)
But on the other hand, there is winter.
Scandinavian Winter is as Dark as MordorScandinavians endure seemingly endless months of deep dark blackness in winter. Copenhagen is pretty much pitch black by 2:00 pm when it's worst, and if it's a cloudy day (which it often is), then it doesn't get much brighter than twilight during what is mockingly referred to as 'daytime'.
That's where this serum comes in.
Warmth, Coziness and GlowThis serum has warmth, feels luxurious, and has a hint of spiciness to it. Just sniffing it brings a warm and comforting feeling.
A couple of the ingredients are infused oils (one is pictured in this post). If you don't infuse oils, don't fret. You can use oils right out of the bottle and even exchange the oils I am using for your own favorites. I'm just showing you how I make my own winter serum.
This amount will last you all through the winter. It's 50 grams (a little more than 50 ml).
LisaLise’s Rich Winter Serum
|Sweet Almond Oil (coriander infused)||30.0||1.06|
|Nigella Seed Oil||10.0||0.35|
|Castor Oil (rose infused)||4.5||0.16|
|Plum Kernel Oil||4.0||0.14|
|Sea Buckthorn Oil||1.0||0.035|
|Vitamin E Antioxidant||0.5||0.018|
- Weigh and mix all ingredients in a clean container
- Stir to combine thoroughly
- Transfer to final container (dark glass is ideal)
- Enjoy your fabulous creation
About Vitamin EThis is not a vitamin e capsule meant for consumption but a cosmetic ingredient sold under the INCI name is mixed tocopherols or tocopherols. Although I admittedly formulate with food, I don’t recommend using vitamin e capsules as cosmetic ingredients. There's a reason for that. The filler/carrier/base in vitamin capsules sold for consumption consists of one or more 'mystery' ingredients. I'm not a fan of working with unknowns, and since vitamin capsules don't come with an INCI list, I don't use them.
Oil Infusions and SubstitutionsIf you don't infuse oils (or are a little hesitant about giving them a try), then use any carrier oil you like and add 1-4 drops of essential oil to the mix. To approximate the scent of my serum, you could add 1 drop of diluted rose essential oil and 2 drops of coriander essential oil.
But you can also just leave the essential oils out and use the carrier oils listed. The nigella seed and plum kernel oil have a built-in glorious scent that is fabulous.
To UseA few drops are all that is needed for the face and neck area. Apply after washing while the skin is still damp for optimal effect.
Do TellIf you decide to give this serum a try, I'd love to hear your feedback - please feel free to drop a comment below and let me know what you used and how you liked it.
Psst: there's a few books about making your own infusions and extracts in the shop and if you aren't sure where to start, maybe this is for you
About the infused oil, do you use the coriander seeds or leaves to infuse the oil?
Hi ByOly - thank you my friend - you're going to looove the coriander seed oil -- it's absolutely divine :)