Frankincense Facial Serum

Frankincense is used in perfumery and aromatherapy. It is also an ingredient that is sometimes used in skincare for its Anti inflammatory, Antiseptic and Astringent properties.

Studies back this application by showing frankincense reduces redness and irritation in the skin and produces an even skin tone.  The extracts have been found to have a soothing effect on irritated skin, which is due to a steroid-like structure shared in different boswellic acid compounds called pentacyclic triterpene. 

In addition, frank is reported to be an effective topical agent to soften facial lines and relax the skin and to have anti-proliferative effects on various tumor cell lines, melanoma, glioblastomas.


About this Recipe

After learning that frankincense has the ability to reduce age spots, I have been using this for about a year now and it has significantly reduced the melasma on my forehead. I used to have a large butterfly shaped mark in the center of my face. I’m still dealing with a couple of smaller spots but I’m very pleased with the results so far. 


    • 15 ml jojoba oil
    • 15 ml avocado
    • 5 drops vitamin E 
    • 10 drops Frankincense essential oi


To make this serum,  you will need about 30 ml of plant based oil. I prefer to use a 50/50 mix of jojoba and avocado. 

Jojoba is considered the closest to the skins own oil so it will absorb deeper into the skin and help to balance our natural oil levels rather than add to it. For this reason, I don’t recommend substituting for this recipe.  Get it here

Avocado oil is highly moisturizing and full of vitamins and minerals and natural fatty acids that promote cell rejuvenation. If you don’t have avocado, you can substitute sweet almond or purchase a bottle here

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It’s often used in skincare to preserve the shelf life of the serum but because of its antioxidant actions, it can help reduce further UV damage to the skin. You can use the capsules for this if that’s what you have on hand. or if you plan to make more skincare products, you can purchase a bottle of  it here

And last but nit least, Frankincense essential oil, the star of this recipe is available here


Add all ingredients to bottle or jar, shake well to combine. 

That’s it folks! Its really that simple! 

To use, apply about 5-10 drops of this serum to your skin after washing your face each night before bed.

Do you want to make your own?  I carry my own line of essential oils you can find them here

I’d love to hear how you use Frankincense! Leave me a comment! If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.

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