As I was looking for something to add a little oomph to my skin, I ran across this recipe by Kendle Moon of Mountain Rose Herbs that I think you will enjoy.
Green-tea skin-care formulations can offer gentle yet stimulating hydration support for skin that requires a little extra nourishment and moisture.
This hydrating green tea face/skin-serum recipe infuses the benefits of green tea leaves into organic olive oil and brings in the goodness of select essential oils for a pampering and beautifully scented blend.
This particular recipe is suitable for a wide range of folks, and many find it light enough to use on the face before bed, in the morning, or both. It is also generally friendly for mature or sensitive skin, as the essential oil ratio is quite low.
You’ll notice that this recipe makes approximately 1 cup of serum, which is quite a bit. You can divide the batch up among friends if you plan to primarily use it on your face, or you can use it as a whole-body oil during seasons or occasions when you’re bothered by overall skin dryness.
The recipe is also easy to reduce if you’d like to make a smaller amount. But, the first step is to create an infused oil.
Green Tea Infused Oil
Makes: About 1 1/2 cups infused oil
- 1 cup organic green tea
- 1 2/3 cups organic olive oil
- Pour loose green tea into a pint-sized canning or glass pantry jar with a lid.
- Top tea with olive oil until completely covered.
- Allow the mixture to infuse for 4-6 weeks, shake regularly, and make sure tea stays completely covered with oil.
- Push tea down with a clean spoon or add more oil if needed.
- Strain oil using a funnel strainer and or cheesecloth.
- Discard tea into compost.
Green Tea Face Serum
Makes: About 1 Cup
- 1/2 cup organic green-tea-infused olive oil (recipe above)
- 1/4 cup organic avocado oil
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 2 T organic sunflower oil
- 12 drops organic rosemary essential oil
- 12 drops organic lavender essential oil
- 8 drops organic geranium essential oil
- 4 drops organic myrtle essential oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar with the lid and shake well to combine.
- Transfer serum into a dark amber or cobalt blue bottle to protect from light and store in a cool, dark place.
- This serum does not need to be refrigerated and should keep for several months if properly stored.
- Use accordingly.
- A little skin serum goes a long way! Use an oil dropper or a low-volume pump to add a small amount of liquid, then gently spread serum over your face.
- Any kind of high-quality green tea will work well in this serum.
- I used sencha in this particular recipe, but I’ve also infused spring green tea or gunpowder green tea with great success.
Use this green tea face serum accordingly and enjoy the hydrating effects it has on your skin.
That’s it until next time. Remember to stay healthy and free.