Hydrating Serum Recipes

Serums can be moisturizing or hydrating. To learn more about the difference between them, see this link. For moisturizing serum recipes, go here.

Natural hydrating serums must contain hydrating ingredients such as honey, or Hyaluronic acid, and/or other water based ingredients such as hydrosols or aloe vera juice in an emulsion.

Hydrating serum recipes are often a bit more complex to make than moisturizing ones. Moisturizing serums contain only oil based ingredients, which will seal moisture in the skin. They make wonderful overnight skin treatments, and work well for daily applications.

When using a multi step skin program, you will want to apply hydrating serums right after washing your face, and right before applying an emollient oil such as Kalahari seed oil or Raspberry seed oil, or an occlusive such as shea butter or cocoa butter.

After some years in Arizona’s high desert north of Grand Canyon, I found that moisturizing oils alone were no longer doing the job for my skin. I began using this serum recipe, and immediately (I mean right after the first application!) I noticed that my skin looked younger, smoother, and less leathery. I was sold.

You will need a stick blender to make the emulsion combining watery and oily ingredients. I like this one, but I am sure that many others would work too. It is a bit more complex, but so very worth it to know how clean and pure this serum is. No hidden ingredients, no “filler” ingredients, no missing ingredients, just the ones that you put in!

Hyaluronic Acid Emulsion Serum

1/4 tsp. Hyaluronic acid (This is a naturally derived, vegan product.)

100 ml distilled water

Put both ingredients into the stick blender. Blend slowly, lifting the blender up and down until the emulsion is thickened and smooth.


20 ml jojoba

2 drops carrot seed oil

5 drops rose hip seed oil

1/2 tsp. raw honey

2 drops Leucidal (a natural preservative made from fermented radishes, approved by Eco-cert and approved for use in Whole Foods products)

2 drops Linatural (a combination of 3 ingredients, made from non-GMO corn, also approved by Eco-cert as a natural preservative)

1/8 tsp. ascorbic acid

Once the serum is complete, and since this is a recipe (and not a formula measured in grams), I always test for the best ph and adjust if necessary. If the ph is too high, you can add a bit more citric or ascorbic acid. If it is too low, you can add a tiny amount of natural sea salt, (only 1/32nd of a teaspoon to start with), or sodium lactate. The final ph should register at 4 to 6 for most serums. Vitamin C serums (with ascorbic acid or citric acid) should measure between  3 to 4.5. To easily test ph values of your home made products, get these!

Simple Hydration Serum

Distilled Water       2 cups                      

Hyaluronic Acid Powder     2 tsp.        

Linatural or Leucidal   10 drops

Add all ingredients into the stick blender cup. Blend until smooth and well mixed. Place in light blocking bottles and store unused portion in the refrigerator.

Even though Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is also made by the human body, it should be used with awareness. Do not use it for children or infants, or during pregnancy, unless approved by a health care professional.

Disclaimer: None of our products are recognized or approved by the FDA.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.  This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only.  It is not meant to be taken as medical advice.  See a health care professional for medical advice.


  • Laura Monfore December 2, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    The photograph of you with this oils offering says more than any words. Absolutely beautiful
    flawless skin. Not even a hint of a wrinkle! And beautiful teeth with your happy smile. The work and dedication to health and healing are so very well demonstrated here. You have co-created
    so many healing and healthy products and methods that work deeply and beautifully. Thank you!


    • White Sage Admin December 5, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Hey Laura, Thank you for the lovely comment! However, the above image is a stock photo using a professional model (not me!).

      These facial serum recipes using the finest quality oils, really do have a dramatic impact on skin health. I love using them, and when I look in the mirror and see that I look good, I feel good too!



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