One of my favorite songs, “Laughter Lines” by Bastille, was released when I was just shy of turning 40. I don’t normally take life-changing wisdom from rock bands, but these lovely lyrics really spoke to me,
“I’ll see you in the future when we’re older
And we are full of stories to be told
Cross my heart and hope to die
I’ll see you with your laughter lines.
Changes on our hands and on our faces, oh, oh
Memories are mapped out by the lines we’ll trace.”1
The song reminds me that my aging skin represents memories of a well-lived, well-enjoyed life. (Never mind that the members of the band can’t possibly be worrying about wrinkles, yet!) Though I’ve come to embrace how different I look post-40 versus my youthful 20s, I still feel the need to nourish my aging skin.
I’m currently enrolled in Aromahead’s two year Certified Aromatherapist program and am an avid fan of Dr. Robert Tisserand’s decades of research in the field of aromatherapy. Through what I have learned so far, I’ve come up with this DIY Nourishing Salve for Aging Skin that has added a youthful glow to my face, according to my husband. Of course, after 21 years of marriage, he also knows how to say the right things, haha! But, I agree with him on this one!
More About The Ingredients…
Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera) – High in several essential fatty acids with a light silky finish, doesn’t clog pores, and is suitable for all skin types
Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis) – High levels of GLA essential fatty acids, which makes it particularly beneficial for mature skin as it nourishes skin cells
Learn more about various carrier oils in this extensive carrier oils post here on Scratch Mommy
Beeswax Pellets – To help solidify your finished salve, and for its moisturizing properties (use pellet form for easier melting)
Carrot Seed EO (Daucus carota) – Rejuvenates the skin
Organic Frankincense EO (Boswellia carteri) – Can rejuvenate and soothe the skin, also known as an anti-inflammatory
Australian Sandalwood EO (Santalum spicatum) – Can help reduce scarring and stretch marks
From DIY Foot Powder Deodorant to DIY Skin Lightening Serum for Acne Scars & Hyperpigmentation, find more recipes on Scratch Mommy using Australian Sandalwood
Organic Lavender EO (Lavandula angustifolia) – May help reduce scarring
We have almost 60 posts using lavender essential oil here on Scratch Mommy)
Organic Patchouli EO (Pogostemon cablin) – Known for helping with wrinkles and stretch marks
Mmmmmm, patchouli! Find Scratch Mommy recipes with patchouli right here
Geranium Bourbon EO (Pelargonium x asperum) – Nourishes the skin
I’m planning to put together several batches of this recipe in gift jars for close friends and family this upcoming Christmas and Chanukkah season – it’s that luxurious. Try it out for yourself and share this recipe with your friends as well. They’ll no doubt thank you for sharing this ‘Laughter Lines Salve’!
- ¼ cup organic grapeseed oil
- ¼ cup organic evening primrose oil
- 3 T organic beeswax pellets
- 30 drops organic carrot seed essential oil
- 20 drops organic frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops organic Australian sandalwood essential oil
- 10 drops organic lavender essential oil
- 10 drops organic patchouli essential oil
- 10 drops geranium bourbon essential oil
- Place a shallow pan on your stove filled ¼ of the way with water on low heat.
- Place an empty 6-8oz jar in the water and add your grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, and beeswax.
- Once beeswax pellets have melted, remove jar from heat and allow to cool until only lukewarm (but before the beeswax has begun to solidify – if this happens, remelt for a few minutes).
- Add essential oils and mix.
- Then, so that the essential oils don’t evaporate from the warmth, place the lid loosely on the jar while the salve continues to cool.
- When it’s completely cooled down, it’s ready to use. Apply as needed, using gentle, upward strokes.
This salve is by no means the fountain of youth, but it may help us age more gracefully.