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Ylang Ylang Youth Face Serum recipe from Plant Therapy

Essentials Video: Ylang Ylang Youth Face Serum DIY

The Fountain of Youth may be the stuff of legend, but this face serum is the next best thing! The Jojoba oil and Meadowfoam oil provide much-needed moisturization, while the essential oils get to work rejuvenating and smoothing your skin. Frankincense Frereana is a go-to oil for many skincare recipes because of its ability to help it smooths the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry and damaged skin.

Additionally, Carrot Seed is perfect for helping soften and smooth your skin. And finally, this DIY calls for Ylang Ylang Complete because of its ability to help your skin to retain moisture. All in all, this serum is sure to have your skin looking and feeling positively divine.

Essentials Video: Fountain of Youth Face Serum DIY

Ylang Ylang Youth Face Serum

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Blend essential oils and carrier oils together thoroughly. Massage onto face after cleansing.


86 thoughts on “Essentials Video: Ylang Ylang Youth Face Serum DIY”

  • Have all the oils except Frankincense Frereana. Will either of rose absolute, lavendar, jasmine or sandalwood be a good alternative?

    1. You can use another Frankincense or you can skip it altogether and use a little more of the other oils adding up to the amount of Frankincense drops needed. We hope this helps!

  • Would this be ok to make in a bigger batch? I’m wanting to put it in roller balls or dropper bottles, thank you

  • Is it ok if I doubled the EOs? I calculated for a 4oz. Container (Multiplied drops x8) and then realized it was a 2oz. Container.

    1. This recipe is a 1% dilution, which is what we recommend for daily facial applications as the skin on our face is more sensitive. Even though a 2% dilution for a short time would fine, it would still probably be better if you could find a way to make four ounces and store the excess until needed.

  • Hi, I dont have frank f. but I do have frank carterii and elemi. which would you recommend in place of frank f? thank you!

    1. Both are fantastic option, but for this recipe, Frankincense Carterii is probably your best bet.

  • I have been using this blend for a few months now and really seeing results! I love how soft it makes my skin too. Thanks for another great essential oil recipe!!

  • I have been looking for a facial serum and will be trying this! I’m newer and afraid of some of the dilution ratios so your diy recipes really help. Thank you!

  • This sounds nice. I really didn’t know about ylang ylang being good for your skin. Thank you plant therapy.

  • I have had Ylang Complete for a while, but recently purchased the carrot seed. Meadowfoam came in today and I mixed this recipe up. It is divine! Ty so much for posting these wonderful DIY recipes. Love it PT!

  • Since the essential oils don’t provide spf coverage, are their any carrier oils that do? Should we only use it at night, and use something that provides spf coverage during the daytime?

    1. While butters and carrier oils may offer some sunburn protection, they do not block certain rays from the sun that cause cancer or other concerns. The same applies to essential oils.

      Formulation experts agree that sunscreens are complex and most likely cannot be accomplished at home. For this reason, we would not recommend relying on carrier oils to give you the needed SPF protection. I could still use your serum in the morning and allow it to dry before applying SPF protection

  • Been trying to come up with a recipe for my skin that it won’t revolt against (aging with acne ack!) Can’t wait to give this a try!

    1. Heidi, it would not! Feel free to use either one of those blends in place of the Jojoba & Meadowfoam 🙂

  • I make a serum for my face and love it! The serum is not oily at all and my skin feels so soft. I’ve heard that carrot seed oil contains a small SPF. Is that true?

    1. Michelle, unfortunately, no essential oils have meaningful amounts of SPF. EO Safety Expert Robert Tisserand had this to say about this in 2015: “I have been asked a few times recently to provide evidence that carrot seed essential oil is not an effective sunscreen. I think the onus is on those who claim that it is a sunscreen to provide some substantiating evidence. The purported 38-40 SPF for carrot seed oil is based on some Indian research where they tested a natural sunscreen product that contained “Daucus carota” AND OTHER INGREDIENTS, and the product had an SPF of 38 in one test, and 40 in another. This does not mean that carrot seed oil of any type has a meaningful SPF. It’s more likely that they used carrot seed fatty oil than any other type of carrot extract, but the article does not give us that information. So, carrot seed FATTY oil may be very slightly sun-protective, but it has no known SPF. And, there are no essential oils that meaningfully filter UV rays.” I hope this helps!

  • I thought this recipe looked intriguing so I purchased the carrier oils during your special last week, and then made up the serum in a rollerball. I’ve been using it several days now and love how it makes my skin feel and look. It is so smooth and hydrating it just seems to smooth away lines and wrinkles. I think the aroma is wonderful, great combination of oil fragrances, light and slightly floral. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  • I’ve been wanting to make a face serum and I’m so glad I made this one. Love how my face feels and I can definitely see a difference with my skin.

  • Loved this recipe. I have made it recently and looks like i have to keep making it forever. My skin feels rejuvenated after applying it.

  • I tried this recipe and I love it. My skin feels so good after. I didn’t have Meadowfoam, but I used a different carrier oil and it seemed to work just fine. It’s nice to have another recipe to use with my ylang ylang.

  • Really looking forward to trying this recipe out once I get all the ingredients I need. But before moving forward – is this serum safe for acne-prone skin?

    1. Diana, there is nothing in this recipe that should aggravate acne concerns, but keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different! Just try a tiny bit on your fingertips in the beginning and massage onto your face to learn how your skin will react 🙂

  • Can’t wait to try this, I don’t have meadowfoam but may try it with your Near Perfection Carrier oil.

  • Loved the video. Going to make this serum. Would be using argon oil in place of meadowfoam . Hope it works the same. Thank s for wonderful blog.

  • I made this tonight, but substituted calendula oil for the jojoba. It smells heavenly and feel great on my face!

  • I made this serum and put it in a rollerbottle and it is absolutely amazing! I did use Younger Glo carrier oil instead of Meadowfoam. A lot of people say they don’t like the smell of carrot seed, but in this blend it smells perfect!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Ashley! I think blending the Ylang Ylang with the Carrot Seed really mellows out that Carrot Seed scent a lot of people aren’t fond of, making it a pretty nice aroma overall 🙂

  • I don’t have Frankincense Frereana, could I substitute Fantastic Franks instead and still get similar benefits?

      1. When looking at the chart…ylang ylang is not even on the chart for health skin. What does it do. Or an i reading the chart wrong

        1. Barb, this list is a very basic overview of the primary benefits that each oil can provide. To have a chart that lists the multiple benefits of every oil would be pretty massive. So just because Ylang Ylang isn’t listed under the “glowing skin” section does not mean it does not support this concern. For instance Lavender, which we know has a massive range of benefits, is only listed under four sections. To learn more about Ylang Ylang, visit this blog:

  • I am very excited to make this serum. I try to change EOs in my face regimen on a regular basis…exspecially with the chance of seasons.

  • Thanks for this recipe. i did my own research and came up with almost the same oils so this gives me confidence! Also glad to get the instruction on how to use the ylang ylang. i just bought it and was surprised the scent is SO STRONG! The only difference i have in my own recipe is using the younger glo carrier oil blend instead of the individual carrier oils. Can’t wait to try the combination of our serums!

  • I currently make my face serum the same except I use sea fennel instead of Ylang Ylang..I’m going to give this a try next! Thanks for another great DIY

    1. I am in the process of making my own face serum and ylang ylang is one of about 4-5 oils i want to add. What are you using other than fennel?

  • Thank you for the video! I purchased Ylang Ylang from PT a while back because a friend told me how much she loved it. Other than using it as a fragrance, I didn’t know what else to do with it so it basically sat in my drawer. I can’t wait to put it to good use now!

  • This looks like a great serum and I can’t wait to try it. I also love that it includes Carrot Seed Oil.

  • I have loved all the serums I have tried, I can’t wait to try this one. Ad a reason to try carrot oil!

  • I highly recommend storing your serum in a dark bottle with a dropper. The dropper makes it so much easier to get just the right amount without waste or contamination.

  • Would this be used as a moisturizer, or would I still need to use a regular face lotion after the serum?
    Thanks for the recipe! I have everything except ylang ylang, ordered that today!

    1. Ashley, I would not recommend following up with a moisturizer after using this face serum. You’ll find it is plenty moisturizing for your face without adding anything else 🙂

  • I have never heard of Meadowfoam before ordering from Plant Therapy. I am very intrigued by its benefits and antioxidant quality. I currently use Argan oil in my face serums and I am going to try using a combo of it and Meadowfoam next time, rather than the Jojoba. I agree that carrot seed is not the best smelling essential oil, yet I do feel that it helps my sun-damaged 60+ skin and pairing it with Ylang Ylang does tone down its scent. I love adding Ylang Ylang to my blends.

  • This blend is amazing! As someone who has combination skin this recipe has been a skin saver!

  • I don’t have Ylang Ylang-plus I don’t care for the smell, its there a good substitute for it? Thank you.

    1. Dana, you can substitute the Ylang Ylang for Lavender and get some great skin benefits. However, the aroma of this will change drastically. Ylang Ylang is incredibly strong, I agree, but it does a great job at toning down the aroma of Carrot Seed, while the Carrot Seed takes the edge off the overpoweringly floral smell of Ylang Ylang. Another substitution you might want to consider is Palmarosa. I hope this helps!

  • This makes a wonderful serum, and the ylang ylang definitely helps cover the musty carrot seed scent.

  • I’ve heard rumors that carrot seed doesn’t smell the best. What else would you recommend to replace it?

    1. Kacie, Lavender would be a good oil to replace Carrot Seed with 🙂 Carrot Seed does have an aroma that not a ton of people enjoy, but it really does have amazing properties for skin!

    2. I don’t love the smell either but it’s not awful. To me, it’s sort of a musky, earthy, herbal smell. I use it in my face serum. It’s strong at first but fades quickly.

  • Thanks for this recipe, has my favourite essential oil of Ylang Ylang, devine and Kmy go to skin beautifying EO’s of frankincense and carrot seed. I have to give it a try.

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