If you are trying our Renew Mab Tabs for the first time – each with 9 concentrated extracts of skin loving herbs – I highly suggest pairing them with a very high quality face oil.  It’s a powerful way to feed your skin from both the inside out, and the outside in.  Make this duo a daily habit and you’re on your way to wildly happy and nourished skin.

As I mentioned in a previous post about our Renew Mab Tabs, before Mab & Stoke, I co-founded and led a nontoxic skincare startup. The star of that business was hands down, its face oil. A good face oil can transform skin – no exaggeration. For those who don’t know, face oil can actually help regulate oil production in oily skin (not intuitive at all!), or if skin is dry, the smaller molecules in certain oils can penetrate deeper to get to those layers of skin that haven’t seen decent moisture in decades.

Some people stress bake, but I stress make. Face oil, specifically. And just about every friend who has passed through my front door has left with a bottle at one point or another. Getting the face oil right wasn’t all that easy at first, and many of my friends can attest to versions that seemed to slip right off their faces or ones with an absolutely overpowering scent of rosemary.  Version 6A was the absolute worst of these experiments because I scented it with geranium. Yuck! Great for bug spray, but definitely not for face oil.

After more than 20 iterations of face oil, how did I know I had arrived at the final one? The very special one? It was the consistently repeated moment when the same friends I’d been pushing face oil on for months – even as they tried to claim full hands, no bags to carry etc – now made little fist pumps or jazz hands when I’d dig into a cabinet to fish out one last bottle for them. At the end of the day, your face oil formula is done when people want it really really bad, and ask you to please make more for them. A lot more!  

So what exactly is in my face oil?  First answer, only organic ingredients because they are not grown in pesticides. Second answer, not just any oil, but oils that come from trusted purveyors and are mega-hydrating and rich in fatty acids like Jojoba, Hemp, and Rosehip Oil. Another key set of ingredients are the oils rich in antioxidants and which help control inflammation and oil production such as Borage Seed oil, Grape Seed oil and Red Raspberry Seed oil.  I infuse them over a period of several weeks with Chamomile and Calendula flowers from Oshala Farm, a wonderful family run sustainable farm in Oregon. I then blend in astaxanthin from Hawaii, a super antioxidant red pond algae that gives the oil its reddish color, and essential oils like bergamot and neroli that make it smell divine.  

Here is the full list of ingredients:

  • Apricot Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Astaxanthin (from red pond algae)
  • Bergamot Essential Oil
  • Black Cumin Seed Oil
  • Borage Seed Oil
  • Calendula flowers
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Chia Seed Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Milk Thistle Seed Oil
  • Neroli Essential Oil
  • Pomegranate Seed Oil
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Squalane Oil (from olives)
  • Sunflower Oil

Like so many things in herbalism, there is an abundance of choice of plants that can be used in a face oil to make it wonderful. The focus of my formula is hydrating, soothing and feeding the health of the skin’s barrier without clogging pores. It soaks in almost immediately because so many of the oils have smaller molecules that penetrate deeply. If you’ve ever tried putting something like coconut oil on your face, you’ll notice that it sits there like vaseline. This oil is not that. Each of the oils in my formula is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) and gentle on skin. After about 2 weeks of use, this oil makes skin baby-bottom soft.  And who doesn’t want that?

One thought on “Face Oil for Wildly Happy Skin

Comments are closed.