Serum: The price tags going North of $150 for most natural and mainstream face Serums are amazing. Even the anhydrous ones. I’m talking blends of rich oils.
Anyway, I received a really nice and fancy rich étoile facial oil. This was a 30ml one by Jordan Samuel
“étOILe is an all-encompassing moisturizer, multivitamin and antioxidant facial oil to make you glow in the radiance of you!” -JS
This particular étoile relies solely on the blend of antioxidant and fatty-acid: rich non-fragrant plant oils. I found it incredibly soothing and moisturising for my dry skin so if you find that your skin is dry and flaky, you’ve got the antidote. The texture is ofcourse, oil. It absorbs quickly though.
While I pair that with it’s Retinol, I decided to make a simple matte étoile version with arrogance and a sense of entitlement. The Serum is particularly lightweight and absorptive while being occlusive.
I have a combination skin that quickly switches to dry and dehydrated skin as it please so I know two things to do: hydrate and moisturise. Once I quickly knew these, my skin got better.
This has most of the ingredients in the JS étoile, which is really moisturising. It was tweaked a lot to match my skin type and need in term of usage. With JS, pairing with Retinol (which is drying- Generally, Retinol is) and it’s a Facial oil/ Serum, I don’t get to use makeup because it is my night routine.
At this time also, my skin is in regenerative and healing mode so I load it with all it needs to rejuvate and replenish HOWEVER, if I need to layer an oil before Sunscreen, I’d have to use a light weight, easy serum that dries matte but still allows the skin look dewy and moisturised. It would make an easy, neat and good makeup application.
Preparing the Luxurious étoile Rose Squalane Face Serum (ingredients are listed in order of hierarchy. Highest percentage at the top most; in descending order).Ingredients for JS étoile Facial oil are a blend of antioxidants, fatty acids, Vitamin C ester and CoQ10 with 8 Vitamin E groups. All star products.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil *Organic, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Marula) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil *Organic, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil (Rosehip) Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil *Organic, Ubiquinone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Squalane
1 fl oz/30e mlThe tweaked/ replaced ingredients are: Cranberry oil, Seabuckthorn oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stable Vitamin C) & *Organic, Ubiquinone.
- 30% Squalane
- 20% Rosehip Seed oil and Grapeseed Oil
- 15% sweet almond oil, unrefined
- 10% Marula oil
- 10% Argan oil
- 2% Frankincense EO
- 2% Rosemary EO
- 1% Vitamin E (I’m using tocopherol acetate)
For me, all DIYs are hugely simplified and Vit E is present to retard the rancidity of the product.
- Simply decant 2drops each of Frankincense and Rosemary Essential oils. I left it all night to sit.
- Into a container, weigh all the ingredients and mix. Shake lightly and then, pour into a bottle with an eye dropper or a small treatment bottle with a pump.
- I always make a small batch and I’m not using a preservative in this product as you do not need one. It is water free or anhydrous.
- I only use a few drops a day and it is great under makeup. I thought to myself “if I don’t love this, I’ll eat my hats”, it’s the easiest thing ever. And guess what? I love it so much.
Have you made a Facial oil too? How do you like yours?