DIY Face Serum with Frankincense

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This anti-aging DIY face serum is revolutionary! Greedily devoured by the skin – infused with essential oils such as frankincense, lavender and sandalwood.

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I have to say, since using an oil-based face serum these past six months, my skin has greatly improved.

The melasma over my forehead has faded – despite my face seeing quite a bit of sun over summer, and the redness and tiny baby pimples I used to get around the mouth have virtually disappeared.

My skin has a genuine glow! Hooray!

This recipe is incredibly simple – blend together a couple of complimentary carrier oils (jojoba and macadamia), add some vitamin E to preserve it, and a blend of skin-loving essential oils.

The hero of this serum is frankincense, and we’ll talk a bit more about him in a minute.

First – let’s see why each of these ingredients is so special.

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DIY Face Serum Ingredients

Jojoba oil

Almost a third of our skin’s sebum (a substance produced by glands to moisturise and protect against bacteria) is made up of wax esters. Some loss of sebum is quite normal as we age and cell turnover declines. It can also be induced prematurely by chronic illness, poor nutrition and some medications.

Jojoba is actually a liquid wax, not an oil – and is the closest match to our own endogenous wax esters. Because of this, it is able to pass through the epidermis and into the deeper layers of the skin, carrying nutrients with it.

Jojoba oil is a source of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E. Vitamin A is a key nutrient in skin and mucosal healing – promoting epithelial turnover, and vitamin E is a potent natural antioxidant.

It also contains essential fatty acids 6 and 9, which help nourish and balance the lipid bilayer of the skin. Jojoba would be a great oil to use as a hair mask to promote strength and growth – I have a simple recipe here if you’d like to have a play.

Jojoba is useful in supporting skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and dandruff.

It reduces inflammation, is deeply moisturising, promotes wound healing (eg scars and lesions), is non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores), reduces fine lines, slows signs of aging and can help reduce sun damage, pigmentation, stretch marks and age spots.

Macadamia nut oil

Macadamia nut oil is a wonderful skin food, lightweight and non-greasy.

Like jojoba, it won’t clog pores, is rich in essential fatty acids, and is perfect for dry and mature skin.

Macadamia nut oil contains squalene, a natural emollient that will deeply moisturise and boost cell regeneration.

Macadamia nut oil has been shown to slow the signs of aging, and improve appearance of scars, blemishes and minor irritations.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is added as an antioxidant to preserve the shelf life of the serum and keep the essential fatty acids they contain from oxidising.

Because of its antioxidant actions, it can help reduce UV damage. Vitamin E is wonderfully moisturising and softening to the skin.

It can even be applied directly to promote wound healing and minimise appearance of scars. 


Frankincense is our hero ingredient here, and has a long history of use as a natural anti-inflammatory. More recently the essential oil has become increasingly popular for promoting skin health.

Frankincense is known as the King of Oils for good reason. It is able to support a natural inflammatory response in the skin, soothing irritation, modulating the immune response and promoting regeneration of skin cells.

Topical use can see it enhance the appearance of skin, reducing appearance of blemishes.

Frankincense essential oil is ideal for dry and mature skin, scars and wrinkles.

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DIY FACE SERUM Supporting cast:

  • Lavender: cooling, soothing to skin irritations, reduces appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Sandalwood: promotes healthy looking skin, reduces appearance of scars and skin imperfections, smells wonderfully woody but sweet.
  • Helichrysum: also known as ‘Everlasting’ and ‘Immortal’ (hint, hint!), a sunny yellow herb from the Mediterranean. Exceptionally healing to the skin, reduces visible signs of aging, and appearance of blemishes.
  • Yarrow Pom: incredibly rich source of essential fatty acids, and a potent antioxidant. Promotes youthful looking skin – glow in a bottle!

Lastly, a hot skin tip worth mentioning, particularly as we’re in the heat of summer – is to stay hydrated! Good hydration is essential, and as effective as a good moisturiser. Avoid excess caffeine, alcohol and salt, and consider a good magnesium supplement – as magnesium improves cellular hydration. 


I use doTERRA essential oils because they are 100% the best quality therapeutic grade oils on the market. When you open a wholesale account through me, you get 25% off wholesale prices via your own access to their online store, with the potential to receive even greater discounts when you take month in their loyalty rewards programme.

Are you ready to join me in living a toxin free life and get the King of Oils on your skin?!

To join, follow my instructions here, or book a Skype chat if you’d like to know more.

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DIY Face Serum with Frankincense

This anti-aging DIY face serum is revolutionary! Greedily devoured by the skin – infused with essential oils such as frankincense, lavender and sandalwood.

Keyword DIY Face Serum
Prep Time 2 minutes



  • 30ml glass amber bottle with serum pump


  • 15 ml jojoba oil
  • 15 ml macadamia nut oil
  • 5 drops vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops doTERRA Frankincense essential oil
  • 7 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops doTERRA Sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops doTERRA Helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 drops doTERRA Yarrow | Pom essential oil


  1. Add all ingredients to serum bottle, shake well to combine.

  2. Apply one pump (about 5-10 drops) to clean skin each night before bed.

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Hi I’m Lauren, practising Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and essential oils educator in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m incredibly passionate about food as medicine, and helping people connect with the healing power of Nature. I’ve been sharing my recipes and health articles here since 2012.

BNatMed, AdDip NutMed, BCS, Certified FitGenes Practitioner.