Lately, I’ve been enjoying playing beauty alchemist at home with my abundance of botanical elixirs, mixing and matching potions to enhance simple DIY solutions or add a touch of extra healing power to some of my existing favorites.
This mixologist mannerism was brought upon by two things: The idea of smartly layering and combining products thanks to the tip of a favorite brand founder and the introduction of Odacite’s Facial Serum Concentrates into my life.
As part of Odacite’s “Pure Elements” collection, these 0.17-ounce glass dropper bottle serum concentrates are available in 18 specially targeted formulations that are designed to be used on their own for intense treatment or mindfully mixed into your current skincare products.
Each of Odacite’s serum concentrates packs a potent dose of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories all based on your skin’s needs.
Skin looking lackluster? There’s a serum concentrate for that.
Skin feeling imbalanced? There’s a serum concentrate for that.
Skin getting fussy? There’s a serum concentrate for that.
By now you can probably guess which serums I chose to test in their full-size, one-month treatment sizes:
- Blueberry Jasmine because I must have all the jasmine things and am approaching the last year of my 20s and need to get my anti-aging, antioxidants on;
- Peach Cypress because I’m combination/oily and need some balance in my life;
- and Black Cumin + Cajeput because despite turning yet another year older, I still deal with acne breakouts on a regular basis.
The first set of Odacite’s Facial Serum Concentrates I tested and finished were the Peach Cypress and Black Cumin + Cajeput based on my skin type and persistent acne issues.
I used 2-3 drops of the Odacite Peach Cypress Facial Serum Concentrate in the morning, mixed into my daily face oil, to encourage my skin to start off in balance for the day.
The light serum didn’t add any bulk to my already-nutrient-packed daily oil, yet seemed to help my skin feel plumper and healthier. The combination of skin-loving sea buckthorn oil (I need more of this oil in my life!) with naturally astringent cypress and grapefruit kept my skin feeling hydrated yet never over-oiled.
With that said, I think this skin booster is more on my “nice to have, but do not absolutely need” list, as I didn’t see mind-blowing results with it. It was just a nice booster to my normal daily facial oil.
Here’s what’s inside Odacite Peach Cypress Facial Serum Concentrate:
Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin Peach (Prunus persica) kernel oil, Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil, Cypress, Pink grapefruit, Lavender, Bisabolol, Ylang ylang (Cupressus Semper- virens, Citrus paradisi, Lavandula angustifolia, Vanillosmosis erythropappa, Cananga odorata) essential oils. Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.
In the evenings, I used the Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate. Again, I would mix it in to my regular nighttime oil, but I would also spot-treat with this powerful skin booster and even do an intense all-over treatment (i.e. I wouldn’t mix it in with anything) and WOW is this one a winner!
Odacite says its Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate is formulated to absorb deep into pores to help clear and smooth the complexion, and they weren’t lying.
I found that the noted purifying properties of black cumin oil really did help control the spread of breakouts. Case in point: I tested this during a crazy stressful time that resulted in tons of tiny red pimples along my hairline and even further into my hair area near my temples.
After deep-treating my skin with this oil alone, those little suckers cleared up faster than usual, and I didn’t experience any additional breakouts after that time.
Sold and sold.
Odaciate explains that cajeput gets to the source of your problematic skin with its potent antiseptic properties to helping to prevent further breakouts.
Another thing to note is that cajeput is a star ingredient in our beloved Osmia Organics Spot Treatment (reviewed here) that works so well for many of you.
If you haven’t tried Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate and react well to the Osmia Organics Spot Treatment, you MUST add it to your wish list. It’s absolutely on my repurchase list.
Here’s what’s inside Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Facial Serum Concentrate:
Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin organic Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) oil, Certified organic Cajeput (Melaleuca minor) essential oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Toco- pherols) oil.
Now that it’s winter in Kansas City (did you know winter comes a month early here?), I’m adding heavier oils into my routine but don’t like to completely shun my lighter-weight oils, especially when it comes to pre-makeup skin treatment and priming.
Currently in the mornings, I’m adding Odacite Blueberry Jasmine Facial Serum Concentrate to a particularly smelly facial oil I’m testing.
As a part of the “Age-Defying” collection of Odacite’s Facial Serum Concentrates, Blueberry Jasmine is prized for its ability to liven up the skin’s cell energy. Jasmine coupled with blueberry offers the skin a burst of free radical-fighting defense thanks to a healthy helping of antioxidants.
Jasmine is also said to help heal burns and promote new cell growth on topical level; from an aromatherapy lens, it’s absolutely divine at calming the nervous system and promoting a sense of happiness and beauty with every sniff.
If you’re an Odacite fan like me and own “A Summer in Hossegor,” you MUST blend it with that beauty. Blueberry on blueberry love is just beautiful, and your skin will thank you.
Here’s what’s inside Odacite Blueberry Jasmine Facial Serum Concentrate:
Highest-grade cold-pressed certified organic Vaccinium corymbosum (Blueberry*) seed oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower oil, Litsea cubeda fruit oil, Acacia decurrens (mimosa) flower extract, Certified organic Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.
The most expensive of the three Odacite skin boosters I tested, Blueberry Jasmine is well worth the price and experience. You’re getting very expensive, effective ingredients without a huge base of a cheaper carrier oil (see what the first two ingredients are?!) and an instant shot of radiance every morning. Approve and repurchase!
Besides these three skin boosters that I had the privilege to test out in full sizes, I’m intrigued by more from the age-defying collection of concentrates (this turning 29 thing is starting to mess with me).
Specifically, the Wild Carrot Facial Serum Concentrate, loaded with antioxidants, is screaming my name. Acai Rose Facial Serum Concentrate is singing the same siren song, with its ultra-strength of antioxidants and superfood, acai, doing a little youth dance before my credit card.
I’ll be sure to update this post as I test out more of these full-sized serum concentrates (they last a month, which is a great testing time and low cost commitment for these potent oils!).
If you have similar skin to mine (combo/oily and acne-prone), Odacite has some nice little sets of skin boosters at a discounted price that you can experience, too.
The Combination + Pimple Prone duo includes the Black Cumin + Cajeput I raved about earlier as well as Jojoba + Lavender, which is designed to unclog pores but is a simple DIY.
The Oily + Pimple Prone set also has the Black Cumin + Cajeput, but with the addition of Grapeseed + Grapefruit, formulated to clear existing acne but another simple DIY depending on if you keep grapeseed oil on hand for oil cleansing and grapefruit essential oil in your collection for…whatever you would use grapefruit EO for in your daily life (sniffing to make your happy despite how stupid cold it is?!).
What Odacite Facial Serum Concentrates have you tried, or which ones appeal to you? What is your experience with mixing various oils and serums for a customized treatment? Tell me in the comments section!