How to Make a DIY CBD Oil Facial Serum

CBD oil topicals are a great way to soothe sore muscles, tattoo artists recommend it for healing, some people even use it to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. We create our own topical salves in three different herbal varieties, but perhaps you want something a little more unique.  

Making a custom formulation not only ensures you’re getting exactly what you’re looking for, but it can be more affordable as well. Here we’re going to give you some pointers on making a blend from scratch, because we love a custom formulation.

Sourcing your CBD Oil & What to Expect

CBD oil is the active ingredient in your blend, so it’s very important you purchase from a reliable source. Look for highly refined, full spectrum CBD oil – not a raw paste, those are great, but will be too thick and fibrous for a topical. We recommend our very own Pharma Hemp Complex 25% Pure Gold Oil which contains approximately 250mgs of CBD per gram. We recommend using half a gram to one gram of the Gold Oil per one ounce of total serum.

This oil is highly refined, so the texture is nice and smooth without any fibers. CBD oil has a very thick, creamy viscosity. Try a small amount on your fingertips to get an idea of the texture. It will hold its form and melt when rubbed between two fingers. Luckily a little bit goes a long way, so when we mix it with some carrier oils it will be much easier to work with.

The 25% Pure Gold Oil smells very much like strong black tea and wheatgrass. The cannabidiol is absorbed into the skin’s pores, and finds surface cannabinoid receptors to link up with. This is how it can provide pain relieving effects. CBD is also a powerful antioxidant, which helps fight aging caused by harmful UV sun rays.

Choosing a Carrier Oil

Carrier oils are what will make up the bulk of your formula – remember a little bit of CBD goes a long way. The carrier oil will help you apply a small amount of CBD to a large area of skin, such as your face and neck. You can use just one carrier, or combine a few different ones for added benefits.

A good carrier oil won’t clog pores, and has its own health benefits. When deciding which carrier oil will be best for you, be sure to try some of it on a small area of skin to test for allergies. Here are some common carrier oils that are gentle enough for facial use.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is similar to our natural sebum, so it won’t clog pores. It makes a wonderful moisturizer on it’s own, and has a thin consistency. This gentle oil is safe enough to use as an eye makeup remover, and moisturizes as it cleanses.

Jojoba oil also contains vitamins, it can also reduce inflammation, and has antibacterial properties. Vitamins E and B delay aging, and help improve healing minor wounds. It doesn’t have a strong scent either, making it comfortable to use. This oil is good for normal to oily skin.

Avocado Oil

Another excellent option for dry skin. This oil is a bit thicker than jojoba oil, and has a faint nutty scent. The color is light green, and will look golden when mixed with CBD oil. There are numerous skincare benefits from avocado oil, it’s also recommended for fighting dandruff. However, we don’t recommend applying CBD oil to your hair. A study from 2007 suggests CBD oil can help prevent unwanted hair growth.

So, if you have dry skin, opt for avocado oil. Avocado oil is what we used in our video demonstration about how to make a CBD oil sugar scrub.

Sweet Almond Oil

Not bitter almond oil, sweet almond oil – there’s a difference. Sweet almond oil has hydrating properties, which help prevent water loss. This makes it perfect for dry skin, sensitive skin. Similar to jojoba oil, sweet almond oil is high in vitamin E. Sweet almond oil has been shown to be effective in preventing the spread of stretch marks and reducing redness and itchiness. It has only a faint smell, despite it’s sweet name. This oil should not be used by anyone with nut allergies, even topical use carries a risk.

Hemp Seed Oil

Unlike CBD oil, this oil is made from just the hemp seeds, and doesn’t contain THC or CBD. It does however contain a plethora of other skincare benefits. This oil moisturizes without clogging pores, and is great for balancing out combination skin. Hemp seed oil is well known for it’s high omega-6 fatty acid content which helps soothe inflammation.

This oil is great for acne-prone skin or for skin conditions like psoriasis thanks to it’s high omega-6 content. It also contains linoleic and oleic acids which promote youthful skin, and the human body can’t produce these acids on its own.

Adding Essential Oils

Essential oils aren’t just for aromatic pleasure, they also contain beneficial terpenes. These are optional, and should be used sparingly as they can irritate skin when used in excess. One or two drops per ounce should be enough. Be sure to test out the essential oil mixed with the carrier oil of your choice on your skin before adding it to your complete formula.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Perfect for acne prone skin, this essential oil is well known for its antibacterial properties. Helichrysum oil is also known for reducing scars, and stimulating cell growth. Use sparingly, this oil has a potent herbal aroma.

Rose Otto Oil

This form of rose oil is made from freshly bloomed roses. It’s powerful moisturizing and antibacterial properties make it perfect for mature, aging skin. Floral aromatic notes are retained in this oil. High in antioxidants, this oil promotes skin cell turnover for a glowing finish.

Frankincense Oil

This ancient essential oil has been used for centuries. Perfect for damaged and irritated skin, this oil has a woodsy aroma. Frankincense oil is cleansing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. People suffering from cystic acne can benefit from frankincense oil as it is an excellent wound healer, some say it even reduces the appearance of dark spots from scarring.

Creating your Blend


  • 0.5-1 Gram 25% Pure Gold CBD Oil
  • 1 oz Carrier Oil
  • 1-2 Drops Essential Oil

Other Supplies:

  • Glass tincture container with eyedropper
  • Tall glass of warm water

Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to mix them together. Start by placing the sealed syringe of gold CBD oil capside up in warm water to soften the oil. Let the sealed cap poke out of the top of the water, just to be safe. Allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes for even consistency.  

We recommend using a glass container with an eyedropper for storing your serum to avoid toxins that can be released from plastic. Add your carrier and essential oils to the container. Test out this blend to ensure it is what you want. Then, add the softened CBD oil.

CBD oil is very heavy, it will sink to the bottom of your mixture. Seal the container tightly, and shake well. You may notice the CBD oil sticks together in particles. Continue to shake the mixture intermittently. Ten repetitions of strong ten second shakes should do. Check the particles as you progress, the particles will not break down completely during this time. However, you can test out your mixture, if you like.

Allow the serum to sit overnight, by the morning the particles will have broken down more and you will have a consistent blend. Shake well before each use, and enjoy!

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