Until a year ago I spent a fair amount on shop bought face serums but one day the serum I used was out of stock so I decided to make my own (wondering why I’d never done it before since I make my own masks, skin tonics and other beauty products).  Familiar with aromatherapy and uses of essential oils, I gathered my army of wrinkle busting helpers.

For my base I chose jojoba oil which not only moisturizes skin, it forms an (invisible) oily layer on top of it that traps water in the skin and as far as I know, no-one’s ever had an allergic reaction to it. Jojoba oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores and the antioxidants it contains soothes fine lines to slow down the signs of aging.

My three essential oil choices were:


Borage is a little known secret for keeping your skin healthy and restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin. There is evidence that Borage oil plays a vital part in restoring the intracellular moisture barrier of adult skin that has been environmentally damaged too, so I couldn’t leave Borage out.


I talk so much about carrots anyone would think we were having a love affair but their value in skin care is phenomenal so I couldn’t leave my lover out.


Geraniums are a lot more than a treat for the senses. Geranium has natural astringent properties that tighten the pores, regulate sebum and firm the skin. In addition Geranium contains anti-microbial properties which help the skin stay young looking – and the smell is delicious.

So how to make it? Easy peasy.

Take 1/4 cup of Jojoba oil and add 4 each drops of Borage and Carrot oil and 8 drops of Geranium oil. Mix together, place in screw top glass jar and gently massage a small amount on clean skin once a day.

The serum’s working such wonders, I could kick myself for spending a fortune on shop bought in the past. The good news is I’ve saved enough money to go to Barcelona.


Stella Ralfini is a professional (online) life coach, beauty guru and award-winning author. She writes for Huffington Post, Consumer Health Digest and various other publications.