10 Best Face Oils and Serums

10 Best Face Oils and Serums

Plant oils offer a pure and simple way to nourish your skin.

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Loved for their results-oriented formulas, beautiful aromas, and glow-getting phytonutrient rich botanicals, face oils and serums are the darlings of green beauty. Some consider oils and serums one in the same, which they can be, depending on how you wear them and your approach. Do you like to keep it simple? Or are you all about layering? While I love a great all-in one product, I admit that I’ve been known to layer, especially during my nighttime routine. I believe that skincare is all about what works for you.

1) Nectar Vital Rose Drops


All-organic Nectar strikes an elegant balance between a face oil and serum. Prickly pear and pumpkin seed oils absorb quickly to smooth lines while rosehip seed oil repairs sun damage and scarring. Wild-grown Australian sandalwood, Bulgarian rose, and jasmine offer the skin and the senses a bouquet of beauty bliss. ($98)

2) Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Face Serum


The bold hypnotic aroma of jasmine (a powerful skin healer) alone makes this liquid-gold serum concentrate worth every penny. In the mix are 21 additional organic or wild-crafted botanicals that layer on the effects of antioxidant protection, increased circulation, lightened hyper pigmentation, and redness relief. ($185)

3) Vitality Elixir


Rich and potent Vitality Elixir infuses skin renewing powerhouses like sea buckthorn, turmeric, and carrot seed into omega-rich kukui and chia super-oils making it the perfect all-in-one treatment serum and nourishing oil for all skin types. Clarifying black cumin, tamanu, and helichrysum, also in the mix, keep breakouts at bay. ($110)

4) The Super Couple


Dubbed the “super couple” for it’s unique marriage of ultra-omega rich chia oil and antioxidant mega-star astaxanthan, this pinkish lightweight oil is a potent day and nighttime glow-getter. Oils of jasmine, rose, sandalwood, carrot seed, and chamomile add to the reasons to love this skin youth-protecting face serum. ($85)

5) Mangosteen Beauty Drops


Don’t let the short ingredient list fool you. These ultra-pure beauty drops bathe skin in natural free radical fighting xanthones, beautifying essential minerals, and cell renewing phytonutrients. Featuring only two, superior quality cold-pressed oils, Southeast Asian mangosteen fruit and South African baobab, this sweet smelling oil is like beauty sleep in a bottle. ($85)

6) Night Serum with Retinol


The use of mild microencapsulated retinol blended with organic botanicals and marine derived peptides make this a leading antiaging nighttime treatment serum. This clinically studied formula smoothes, repairs, and evens skin tone without the side effects of prescription retinol. ($150)

7) Sun Damage Repair Serum


Laurel blends her serums by hand and this, my personal favorite whole plant Beauty Hero, holistically addresses skin discoloration, dark spots, and collagen loss. Never holding back with her formula, as evidenced here, Sun Damage Repair Serum blends 27 lightening and brightening organics like scarlet pimpernel, licorice, gotu kola, cranberry seed, raspberry seed, carrot seed, and marshmallow, just to name a few. ($72)

8) Extra Nourishing Face Formula


Bottega Organica leads the way in the farm-to-skin movement. This unisex anti-aging formula begins with the highest quality organic olive oil from the Bottega Organic farm in Liguria, Italy. Anti-aging prawn sage extract, scientifically proven to aid in cell repair and regeneration is infused and topped off with organic vanilla fruit oil to make the ultimate liquid balm that smells good enough to eat. ($78)

9) Complexe de Fleur Cellular Renewal Complex


For those who prefer a silky face serum to face oil, In Fiore delivers a golden infusion of 12 of the most potent, carefully sourced botanicals shown to increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen, and brighten skin. A few drops of Complexe de Fleur, featuring French Neroli, Bulgarian Rose, and Omani frankincense, softens skin on contact and absorbs to leave the complexion non-oily and radiant. ($160)

10) Breakout Blocker Clarifying Serum


Chinese herb Huang Qi (astragalus root), tea tree, and probiotics work synergistically to get to the root of acne and inflammation. This treatment serum works wonderfully to calm, clear, and heal blemishes from the inside out to avoid scarring. Apply this light milky serum as a spot treatment or smooth over inflamed areas for rapid relief. ($75)

Jeannie Jarnot is a former spa director, green beauty expert, and founder of

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