The new must-have product in your beauty routine
Just like you, your skin deserves the best! It’s important to choose appropriate products that care for and enhance your complexion, so your face glows as much as you do inside. That’s why we recommend trying out our new solid serum recipe to let your complexion know that you’ve got a Heart of Glow.
In making a solid serum, hardness is the first factor to master. It can’t be too hard or it will be impossible to apply, but if it’s too soft it will feel like play-dough. You’ve got to find the right balance. A serum has other very important properties too: its benefits for your complexion! This solid serum recipe is full of good things: kokum butter to nourish your skin, cornstarch to make the product non-greasy, cetyl alcohol and hazelnut oil to soften your skin, aloe gel to hydrate it, and 10% frankincense essential oil to revitalize it while imparting a lovely scent. This serum truly has your complexion’s needs at heart… You can see why we made it heart-shaped!
So give your skin a little Heart of Glow, it deserves it!
How to make solid serum for normal skin
- 26.4 g (52.8%) kokum butter
- 3.3 g (6.6%) cetyl alcohol
- 4.3 g (8.6%) cornstarch
- 8.8 g (17.6%) hazelnut oil
- 6 g (12%) aloe vera gel
- 1.2 g (2.4%) frankincense essential oil (10%)
- Small stainless steel bowl
- Components to make a double boiler
- Small silicone spatula
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- A few ramekins
- Mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- Basin filled with water (to make a cold water bath)
- Heart-shaped silicone molds (one tray)
- Fridge or freezer
Good to know!
- Kokum butter deeply nourishes your skin and helps harden the final product. You can’t replace it with a different vegetable butter without affecting the texture of the final product and its effects on your skin.
- Cetyl alcohol is an emollient. It also helps incorporate the aloe gel so that it doesn’t separate from the rest of the product.
- The cornstarch cannot be replaced by another starch or your serum may not turn out. This ingredient helps reduce the greasy feel serums may have on your skin.
- Hazelnut oil is softening and non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn’t block pores and cause blackheads). It’s suitable for all skin types. It can be replaced by the dry oil of your choosing.
- The aloe gel is rich in vitamins and minerals that hydrate and beautify your skin.
- Frankincense essential oil is revitalizing. You can replace it with an essential oil suitable for your skin type or the aromatic essence of your choosing.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the kokum butter and cetyl alcohol in the small bowl. Melt on the double boiler. When the mixture has melted, remove the bowl from the double boiler.
- Weigh the cornstarch and add it to the bowl. Mix using the mini-mixer to disperse the powder.
- Weigh the hazelnut oil and add it to the bowl. Mix using the small spatula.
- Weigh the aloe gel and the essential oil. Add them to the bowl and mix with the spatula.
- Place the bowl in a cold water bath and continue to mix with the spatula until the mixture takes on a creamy texture.
- Pour it into the mold. The serum will fill two of the heart-shaped mold cavities. Leave to cool for one hour in the refrigerator or 30 minutes in the freezer.
- Unmold and wait about one hour before first use.
Use and conservation
This DIY solid serum is formulated for normal skin.
To use it, just glide your solid serum directly on your face. The heat from your skin will slightly melt it, leaving a thin layer of product behind. Gently massage your skin to help the serum penetrate, then proceed with your usual beauty routine. You can use it morning or evening, depending on your skin’s needs.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, this homemade serum should keep for three to six months, stored in a cool, dry place.