Who knew we had so many spa chefs among us? When we asked on Facebook what your winter essentials are, one of our readers, Karin Rose, was quick to share that she made her own little serum. Bravo! Thankfully she was willing to share her recipe so that we may all be able to salvage our skin this winter. No fancy tools needed – just some jars and your hands. You can customize the serum by adding specific essential oils to address your skincare needs. Let’s meet this wonderful woman.

Hi there,

My name is Karin Rose. I make my own face products.

I make my face serum a little different each time depending on the weather, my skin, and my supplies at the time. That said, I taught a class recently and here’s the recipe we used (all women in their late 30s to mid-40s).

Karin Rose’s Moisturizing, Anti-Aging Face Serum Recipe


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Virgin Coconut Oil This is one of the oldest and most trusted moisturizers
  • 1 teaspoon Rosehip Seed Oil This promotes collagen and elastin levels for firmer, smoother skin.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Apricot Oil It’s good for dry, dehydrated  skin and promotes anti-aging.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil Vitamin E promotes the healing of blemishes and scars, and also fights against wrinkles.
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Jojoba Oil This oil is very structurally similar to human sebum, providing natural moisturizing protection.
  • Optional essential oils: Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender



  • 1 ounce Amber Glass Bottle with a glass dropper
  • Teaspoon measure
  • Clean baby food jar (or similar)


  1. Measure 1.5 teaspoons of virgin coconut oil (VCO). If it is solid (75 degrees and below), then place it in a clean small glass jar (e.g. baby food jar or smaller) and warm it in your hands or on a sunny windowsill while you gather the other ingredients.
  2. Pour VCO  into Amber Glass Bottle.
  3. Add the Rosehip Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Apricot Oil into the Amber Glass Bottle.
  4. NOTE FROM KARIN: Add up to 5 drops of Essential Oils total (any combination). Use Frankincense Essential Oil to counteract dullness, Geranium Essential Oil to help restore naturally oily or dry skin back to normal) and use Lavender Essential Oil to stimulate healthy new cell growth.
  5. Top off the bottle with the Jojoba Oil (leaving a little bit of space at the top for mixing).
  6. Cap the bottle and slowly roll and turn end over end to mix.

To use:

  1. Wash and rinse face as you usually would.
  2. Spritz face with hydrosol or floral waters (see Stephanie’s DIY Rose Toner) (NOTE FROM KARIN: rose, geranium or carrot seed waters are quite lovely).
  3. Apply 1-2 drops of the face serum to clean fingertips and lightly spread it all over face and neck.
  4. NOTE FROM KARIN: Always use an oil-based serum on a damp face. The oil works by trapping the moisture. It doesn’t clog pores as long as you use the minimum amount your skin needs. I have “normal” skin (neither oily nor dry) and I only need 1-2 drops in the mild winter in San Diego.

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