Boketto Ritual | Choosing Your Facial Serum

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Acting as a daily supplement for your skin, facial serums are a wonderful post-cleansing treatment to moisturize, protect, restore and heal. Our bodies are made up of approximately 80% water and since the skin is the last organ to receive nutrients internally, it’s important to give our external layer an additional hydration boost. Using a serum is essentially like adding water to the skin, where specific carrier oils combined with essential oils help to balance oil production while calming, soothing, rejuvenating and repairing your outer layer, especially overnight as cells regenerate.

The support of a proper serum is beneficial for those working with dry skin types, as it plumps the skin so that any moisturizer you apply on top can absorb much more deeply. At the same time, a hydrating serum is equally beneficial for those with oily skin types because it both reduces the appearance of the pores and helps the skin to better absorb and retain the natural oils that it creates.

As there's a multi-step process to a consistent and effective skincare regemine, our focus for the first installment of Boketto Ritual will be in choosing the right facial serum, as we constantly receive so many questions and curiosities from our community on which are best suited for specific skin types and skin conditions.

Below, we highlight the current serums that we carry in-store along with their distinct ingredient profiles and skin types + conditions that they are best suited for. Of course, we believe that intuition plays a big role in choosing the right serum for you, so we encourage you to follow your nose, do your own research on specific carrier and essential oils and give yourself a grace period to test and try new skin products, especially as you implement any type of new routine into your lifestyle.


Apothecary Richmond Carrot & Frankincense Facial Oil Serum | baobab oil, rose hip seed oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, sea buckthorn oil, carrot seed essential oil, frankincense essential oil, petitgrain essential oil, rose geranium essential oil, german chamomile essential oil.

The carrier oils in this locally crafted serum were chosen to protect, restore and moisturize without clogging pores. Essential oils balance oil production, calm, rejuvenate and heal the skin. 

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin

H Is For Love NECTAR Nourishing Face Oil | jojoba oil, argan oil, baobab oil, rosehip seed oil, aqualane (olive derived), raspberry seed CO2, macadamia nut oil, mixed tocopherols (Non-GMO Vitamin E), calendula, chamomile, essential oils of: grapefruit, geranium, carrot seed CO2, frankincense, helichrysum, sea buckthorn CO2, ylang-ylang, rosemary antioxidant CO2

A symbiotic blend of cold-pressed plant oils and steam distilled essential oils that are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, cell-regenerative, astringent and brightening. Daily use helps to balance your complexion while providing all the nourishment your skin needs from the outside in. 

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin
  • Anti-aging

Living Libations Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever | seabuckthorn, jojoba, virgin coconut oil, tamanu oil, lavender, vetiver, grapefruit, palmarosa

An all-in-one cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer that's packed with omega fatty acids, vitamins, lipids, and hundreds of bioactive compounds that restores skin to its natural state of smooth, glowing wonder.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Tightens + tones
  • Post-sun rehydration
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin

Living Libations Rose Best Skin Ever | golden jojoba, virgin coconut oil, rose otto, seabuckthorn, lavender, ylang ylang, vetiver, grapefruit, palmarosa

A rejuvenating serum that also doubles as a cleanser and moisturizer + the resilience of rose otto essential oil that delivers targeted nourishment where tired tissues need it most, helping to hydrate and improve the look of sagging skin.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Improved elasticity
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin
  • Redness + puffiness
  • Dull, sagging skin

Living Libations Royal Rose CoQ10 Serum | rosehip, jojoba, immortelle, sweet thyme, ylang ylang, geranium, myrrh, stone root, lemon

Skin loving botanicals and cold-pressed rosehip seed oil combined with CoQ10, a bioactive essential enzyme (which diminishes as we age) that protects from exposure to environmental elements while improving skin’s elasticity and tone.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Improved elasticity
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Melasma
  • Dry + redness-prone skin
  • Dull, sagging skin
  • Anti-aging

Living Libations Grapefruit Stellar Renewal Serum | aloe vera, rose hips, jojoba, calendula, comfrey, rose petals, horsetail, seabuckthorn, neroli, grapefruit, carrot seed, lemon, tansy, tea tree, sage and rosemary antioxidants

This lightweight, soothing serum is wonderful during the hot summer months and for those that live in humid climates. Especially wonderful for acne imbalances and those looking to soothe fine lines and scarring.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Redness + puffiness
  • Melasma
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin
  • Humid climates + environmental exposure
  • Dull, sagging skin

Maven Made Facial Serum  | golden jojoba, evening primrose, apricot kernel, lavender, carrot seed, german chamomile, geranium

This locally and mindfully crafted oil-based serum can be used as a moisturizer and cleanser to brighten, soothe, smooth and heal in addition to reducing acne, fading scars and reduce fine lines.

Properties & Skin Conditions

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin

Maven Made Anti-Aging Facial Serum | camellia, evening primrose, apricot kernel, neroli, lavender, carrot seed, german chamomile

This nourishing serum glides like velvet on to the skin and takes on a lighter floral aroma. The combination of these powerful oils (including camellia and neroli) target aging skin by smoothing wrinkles and promoting cellular regeneration to prevent future damage.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Improves elasticity
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin
  • Anti-aging

Norveda Balancing Oil | sunflower or sesame infused oils with botanicals that include meadowfoam oil, pumpkin seed oil and a variation of rose, fennel, comfrey, ginger, coriander, and/or calendula, depending on Ayurvedic dosha. 

Formulated with an Ayurvedic approach, the combination of sunflower or sesame oil + plant botanicals brings balance to the skin based on your specific dosha skin type.

  • For VATA skin (dry + sensitive), organic sesame oil is the most recommended oil because it's warming and high in oleic fatty acid, providing the much needed moisture that vata skin needs. Infused with vata pacifying herbs including rose, fennel, comfrey and ginger
  • For PITTA skin (oily + prone to inflammation), organic sunflower oil is the most recommended oil for pitta skin due to its fatty acid composition and cooling effect. Infused with pitta pacifying herbs including rose, fennel, comfrey, and coriander.
  • For KAPHA skin (oily + puffy), organic sunflower oil is one of the few recommended oils for kapha skin, because it's light and quick absorbent. Infused with kapha pacifying herbs including rose, fennel, calendula, and ginger.

Pai Instant Calm Redness Serum with Sea Aster & Wild Oat | purified water, orange fruit water, oat extract, sea aster extract, hyaluronic acid, hickory bark extract, may chang oil, paramela oil, sunflower seed oil, tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), lactic acid, rosemary leaf extract + naturally derived emulsifiers and preservatives

This lightweight and hydrating serum is enriched with Sea Aster, a flowering plant that actively calms troubled skin and reduces visible redness and blotchiness that also strengthens surface blood vessels to improve and prevent redness over time. Combined with Wild Oat, a rich source of Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids, it helps to comfort areas of dryness and soothe sensitivity.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Improves elasticity
  • Sensitive + hyper-sensitive skin
  • Eczema and rosacea-prone skin
  • Dry + redness-prone skin

Pai Perfect Balance Blemish Serum with Copaiba & Zinc | purified water, lemon fruit water, organic derived vegetable glycerin, hickory bark extract, zinc PCA, kukui seed oil, copaiba resin, hyaluronic acid, acacia fruit oil, andiroba seed oil, star anise oil, orange peel oil, lemon peel oil, sea fennel essential oil + naturally derived emulsifiers and preservatives

Carefully designed to improve the appearance of persistent blemishes the gentle way and prevent future breakouts, this lightweight hydrating serum helps to reduce visible oiliness for a satin-like finish. Copaiba is one of three potent Amazonian actives that work in perfect synergy to improve the health of acne-prone skin + Zinc PCA inhibits sebum production to reduce skin shine, blackheads and congestion, while hydrating delicate skin and protecting collagen levels.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Sensitive + hyper-sensitive skin
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin
  • Dry + redness-prone skin

Pai Back to Life Hydration Serum | purified water, vegetable glycerin, lactobacilius ferment, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, muntries berry extract, riberry extract, pepperberry extract, sunflower oil, jasmine oil, may chang oil, rose geranium oil, lactic acid, tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), silica + other naturally derived emulsifiers, thickeners and preservatives

Specifically formulated for sensitive and eczema-prone skin + carefully designed to provide hydration without irritation. A blend of three indigenous Australian berries, rich in antioxidants, help support the skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect against moisture loss + hyaluronic acid, which absorbs quickly into the skin and keeps it naturally supple and healthy.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Sensitive + hyper-sensitive skin
  • Eczema and rosacea-prone skin
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin
  • Extremely dry skin

Pan Natural Goods Longevity | jojoba oil, vitamin e oil, olive squalane, carrot seed oil, rosehip seed oil, essential oils of frankincense, lavender, rose geranium, and patchouli

Nourishing and regenerative, this powerful oil blend reduces and prevents UV damage, wrinkles, age spots, and general wear and tear. Longevity is a vitamin rich daily moisturizer that promotes new cell growth as it boosts your skin's collagen production.

  • Moisturizes + hydrates
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Improves elasticity
  • Environmental exposure

Wildcare Wild Melon Facial Oil | watermelon seed oil, black currant seed oil, borage oil, neroli, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, lemon, non-gmo tocopherol (vitamin E), grapefruit seed extract

This lucious facial oil is packed with omega fatty acids and linoleic acids, providing nourishment to the face while aiding in new cell growth & softening the appearance of scars. Created to build a protective barrier against external pollutants, the oil penetrates quickly into the skin, similar in consistency to a dry oil, making it a favorite during the warmer months. Ideal for skin that leans more on the oily side.

  • Oily-prone skin
  • Acne + blemish-prone skin
  • Fine lines + scarring
  • Environmental exposure
Allison Walton