Anti-Aging Serum

This amazing serum by ila is super luxurious. It retails for $109 for 1 oz. I love making facial serums and have made a much less expensive serum that is very effective. I love my homemade anti-aging serum and I love that I spent about $109 for 12 ounces instead of 1 ounce!

Ingredients: wild-grown argania spinosa kernal (argan) oil*, rosa canina (rosehip seed) oil*, santalam spicatum (sandalwood), rosa damascena flower (rose otto) oil, tocopherol extract (vitamin e oil), citronellol, farnesol and linalool.

My Ingredients

Argan oil 3 TBS

Rosehip seed oil 2 TBS

Jojoba oil 2 TBS

Borage seed oil 1TBS (optional)

60 drops vanilla essential oil

40 drops grapefruit essential oil

40 drops tangerine essential oil

10 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)

2 capsules astaxanthin (optional)

This recipe is so simple! Pour all ingredients into a pyrex measuring cup and stir! If you decide to use the astaxanthin, poke a hole in the capsule with a pin and squeeze it into the mixture. It will be very dark red when it comes out. This mixture will fill 3 1 oz bottles.

How to Use

Rub this serum all over face and neck morning and night. I love the amazing vanilla citrus scent. It reminds me of eating an orange cream popsicle!

Where to Buy Ingredients

I buy most ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. The vanilla essential oil I purchased from Amazon and bought the NOW brand. It is diluted with jojoba oil. I recently purchased 16 ounces of argan oil at Making Cosmetics for $37.00 plus shipping. I was very impressed with the sweet, nutty scent of this oil.

Mountain Rose Herbs Shopping list:

Argan oil 4 oz. $24.50

Rosehip seed oil 8 oz $18.50

Jojoba oil 8 oz $24.00

Amazon Shopping list

NOW vanilla oil 1 oz $17.00

NOW grapefruit essential oil 1 oz. $5.69

NOW tangerine essential oil 1 oz. $5.39

By spending $95.08 on the above ingredients you could make 12 ounces of serum! Compare that to 1 ounce of Ila serum for $109.

Optional Ingredients

Borage seed oil 4 oz $16.50

Frankincense essential oil 0.5 oz $17.00

NOW Astaxanthin $10.82

Why Use Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant. It is 65 times more powerful than Vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, and 14 times more powerful than Vitamin E. It heals the skin from free radical damage. There are not many products using astaxanthin since it is a relatively new discovery. That is one of the reasons that I love making my own products. I can incorporate the newest ingredients without paying a big price tag.

Substitutes for Ingredients

This serum is super flexible. You could substitute several different oils and essential oils. Try adding some almond, grapeseed or coconut oil. Add a few drops of sandalwood, helichrysum or rose essential oil. Play around with it until you come up with your own amazing serum!


I purchase brown glass bottles at Specialty Bottle and Sunburst Bottle. I like putting this serum in a 1 or 2 oz bottle with a treatment pump. I buy these online at Sunburst Bottle.

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