Welcome to the first DIY blog post on the blog ever!  Dude, I’m super stoked.

Okay, so last post, we talked about mantras and truth-based affirmations.  If you haven’t read it, go back by clicking here.  Essentially, we’re fighting lies that pop up in our minds by finding truths to combat them.  We repeat these little nuggets of truth to ourselves in short phrases called mantras.  I’ve discovered that one way to remember to think truth every day is to link it to action.  That way, every time you do X, you think Y.  

DIY Radiant Face Serum Ingredients
DIY Radiant Face Serum Ingredients

The time that you spend in front of the mirror is an extremely powerful time.  Just by looking at yourself, you start repeating things you believe about yourself: “These bags under my eyes are so poofy!  Why do I still have whiteheads at this age?” or “I love how my hair just works first thing in the morning.”  They’re petty little thoughts, but they add up as you wash your face, do your hair, or put on your makeup. 

As someone who really doesn’t wear makeup or do her hair all that often, the most time I spend in front of the mirror is when I rinse and moisturize my face.  I’ve played around with a bunch of different ways to do this and products to use to help my skin in this dryyyyyy Arizona winter, and I’ve found one that’s absolute perfection for me.  I start by rinsing my face with water and then massage my Radiant Face Serum into my face and neck.  That’s when I tend to think of my daily mantra.  Sometimes, I follow all of that up by using my gua sha to increase blood flow and collagen production* (tutorial here).

What I love about this Radiant Face Serum is that it’s super clean, simple to make, it smells fantastic, and I know that frankincense works both on a physical and mental level to revitalize me.*  It’s a perfect first DIY for the blog because it’s literally made from two ingredients: jojoba oil and frankincense essential oil.  

Note: make sure to research your oil company before using their product.  Many essential oil producers have added fragrances or fillers and are NOT safe to apply topically.  Additionally, test all oils on a small patch of skin before use because there is always a possibility of skin sensitivity.  The only two companies I would suggest for essential oils are DoTERRA and Young Living because of their purity standards.

About Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are used as a vehicle for essential oil application.  In fact, when applying approved essential oils topically, it’s a good idea to use a carrier oil both to make the essential oil absorb over a longer period of time and to help nourish the area.  Each carrier oil has its own uses and benefits apart from the essential oil, so let’s take a look at a few of the options.  

Again, always do a patch test to see if you respond negatively to an oil.  If you have super sensitive skin like me, it might be wise to do a patch test in the same place a few days in a row to see if extended exposure causes issues.

For my winter serum, I chose jojoba oil because of its similarity to the body’s natural oils.  During the summer, I use pure, unrefined, organic coconut oil for its cleansing and sometimes drying capabilities because, let’s face it, I’m sweating a lot more.

About Frankincense

Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil

The kind of frankincense I get from DoTERRA is a combination of Boswellia carterii, sacra, papyrifera, and frereana.  The resin from these trees is collected through steam distillation and then combined to make frankincense, “the king of oils.”  

If you’re going with the one from Young Living, they separate their frankincense by which tree it’s derived from, so one is from Boswellia carterii, and the other is from Boswellia sacra (they call the second “Sacred Frankincense”).  I would suggest going with the first, which is just called “Frankincense” for this particular purpose.

Here are a few things that frankincense is known for:*

  1. Supports a healthy immune system
  2. Skin rejuvenation
  3. Soothes dry skin and might prevent wrinkles
  4. Calming scent promotes feelings of relaxation and satisfaction

See DoTERRA’s site for more information.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s important to dilute essential oils by using a carrier oil, especially when just trying one for the first time.  Here’s the dilution rule from DoTERRA. For more information on safe essential oil practices, click here.

Image from “Essential Oil Safety

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The Recipe

Naming Your Serum

Now that you’ve made this lovely face serum, it’s time to name it.  Yes, you can call it your “Radiant Face Serum,” as I have, but you can also give it another name to gesture back to the intention you want to set for it.  What do you want to think about as you’re nourishing and revitalizing* your face?  Maybe look back on last week’s blog to find a phrase that resonates with you and create a name.  

The more you authentically connect to the name of this daily habit, the more you’ll actually say your mantra to yourself, so get creative!

Let me know what you decide to name your face serum in the comments!  I’d also love it if you’d share a pic of your finished product either here in the comments or on Instagram by tagging @themotionchronicles.  Happy DIY-ing!