Home Spa: Gentle Gel Serum

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:30 minutes
  • Yields:10 tins

Relieve tired eyes with a serum part of the Home Spa collection of tutorials. The ingredients in this formula were specifically selected for their skin-loving properties. For example, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, which some studies suggest provides a natural source free-radical-fighting antioxidants, is wonderful for mature skin. Additionally, the Evening Primrose Extract is extremely gentle and is often used to treat acne, eczema and  psoriasis. The Bulgarian Lavender provides an element of aromatherapy, and it’s all held together by a combination of nourishing oils and waxes. Finish off your creation with our vintage label design. Download the free PDF template here.

What You’ll Need:

1.5 oz. Chia Seed Oil

1.2 oz. Fractionated Coconut Oil

.24 oz. Evening Primrose Extract

1 tsp. Cera Bellina Wax

3 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

15 drops Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil

2 Droppers

Balm Tins with Twist Tops

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ONE: In a microwave safe container, combine the Chia Seed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil and Evening Primrose Extract.

TWO: After the oils and extract have been thoroughly stirred together, add the Cera Bellina Wax. Place in the microwave on 30 second bursts until the wax is fully melted.

THREE: After the wax has been fully melted into the oils, add the Carrot Seed Essential Oil and Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil and mix well.

FOUR: Slowly pour the mixture into the lip balm tins. Pour until you reach the indented groove in the tins.

FIVE: Place the tins without their lids in the freezer for 30 minutes to an 1 hour. This step is essential or your gel won’t set up!

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22 Responses to “Home Spa: Gentle Gel Serum”

  1. Beth says:

    Thank you for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it! I wonder, could it be made in a lip balm tube?

  2. Would this be good to use as an under-eye gel? The “Yes to Cucumbers” stuff, and similar products, are quite expensive!

  3. Dawnia says:

    Yes, I too am wondering if this is an under eye serum, or all over face??
    Also, Please consider selling that wonderful wax in smaller quantities, like 4 oz.
    What else is this wax good for? Thank you!!

    • Good morning, Dawnia!

      You can use this under the eye and all over the face, it is totally up to you how you use it! The Cera Bellina Wax can be used in lip balms, lotion bars or even emulsions to give them a smooth and very luxurious texture! Thanks for the suggestion, I will pass it onto our Product Development Team. I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  4. Sly says:

    Are there any substitutes for the Cera Bellina Wax? I have white & yellow Beeswax and also Emulsifying wax. Will any of those work? And what is the difference between these waxes?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Sly!

      The Cera Bellina Wax is actually makes this particular recipe gel and emulsify so well. You can try out Beeswax as an alternative, but it is going to be more balm than gel-like if try that substitution.

      While we’ve only done this recipe with the Cera Bellina Wax, you can experiment with a very small batch if you want to try using Beeswax or Candellila and even including a small amount of an emulsifier to help wax and oils mix better together.

      Cera Bellina Wax is actually a hydrophilic (water-loving) derivative of beeswax and works really well with any product that you want to gel. It also works well as a co-emulsifier or thickener in lotion and serum formulations.

      Cera Bellina Wax: http://www.brambleberry.com/Cera-Bellina-Wax-P5642.aspx

      Beeswax is one of the harder waxes we carry and is great to add to lip balms and lotions as a hardening agent. We’ve also used it in candles as it tends to burn longer and more clean than other waxes.

      Yellow Beeswax: http://www.brambleberry.com/Beeswax-Yellow-P4206.aspx

      Candellila Wax is actually a harder and more brittle wax this is a great vegan alternative to the Beeswax. It gives gloss and slip to lip balms and lotion bars.

      Candellila Wax: http://www.brambleberry.com/Candellila-Wax-P4207.aspx

      I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  5. Sly says:

    I also have Candellila Wax…what is the best substitute for Cera Bellina Wax? Thanks!

  6. Cheyenne says:

    I think you can find recipes to make your own Cera Bellina Wax online, but I’ve never tried. If someone has, it would be nice to see the process!

    What oils would sub for the chia oil? Could you replace it with light oils and extracts?

    Thanks for showing us how to make the gel! I look forward to experimenting!

  7. Pooja says:

    Does this recipe require any Preservative? What will be it’s expiry date after making it?

    Thanks
    Pooja

  8. Dawnia says:

    Hi,
    I made this and it turned out great, except……I think I had an older version of the Evening Primrose extract, which was water based. I just didn’t notice, and when I heated in the microwave, it kind of exploded. I cleaned it up, salvaged the rest, adding a few grains more wax, and some Helichrysum EO, and it gelled great!!! Thank you! Think about posting some more recipes using that wonderful wax, which I have a lb of!! I think it would be great in a lotion.

    • Hi Dawnia!

      We are happy to hear that you were able to try this tutorial out, it is really such a soothing gel (I use it everyday). I’m glad that your batch turned out and that the explosoin in the microwave didn’t deter you. Thanks for the great feedback! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  9. Dede says:

    I made this serum/gel and I love it. I gave it to my very picky sister to try, if she liked it everyone would like it. Well, she LOVED it, has already come back for more and is telling her friends about it too! Yay!!! I also had the exploding Evening Primrose oil thing happen to me too, next time I will add that after the oils have been melted. Thanks for this awesome recipe.

  10. Deb Manning says:

    Hello…

    I am just getting into hand made skin products. This sounds wonderful!

    I am wondering a couple of things…

    1. How much does this recipe make?
    2. Is there a way to incorporate grape seed oil into this? The benefits of this oil are said to decrease dark circles under the eye and this would be a nice added benefit to this gel, especially since grape seed absorbs quickly and is non greasy.

    Thanks, Deb

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Deb!

      This recipe makes a little over 3 oz of product. You could certainly add some Grape Seed Oil to this recipe. You could decrease the amount of Chia Seed Oil, and add some Grape Seed Oil! :)

      I hope you love this recipe as much as we do Deb :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  11. Jim says:

    Hi- is this serum considered to be 100% natural??? Thank you

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