Facial Serum Workshop featuring Maven Made

Facial Serum Workshop featuring Maven Made

Last night I attended a hands-on facial serum workshop where attendees were taught about the magic of plant oils. We discovered how different oils can be used to enhance skin’s natural beauty.

The owner of a local small business (Maven Made), Bethany Frazier, began the workshop with her own personal story including how she discovered plant oils and all-natural skincare. She discussed and demonstrated some of her current beauty and skincare routine including things like dry-brushing, jade-rolling, and using essential oils for healing.

After the introduction and story-telling, Bethany began highlighting the properties and benefits of specific essential oils that would be available to us during the workshop. These oils would be combined with a carrier oil to create our own facial serum. The essential oils were passed around the room of women so that we could smell and get to know them. I watched as the women around me scribbled down the benefits of each of the oils so that they would be able to select ones best fit for specific skin needs. We were then provided an overview of the purpose of carrier oils (jojoba, apricot kernel, and sea buckthorn berry) that would be used as a base for our serums. Bethany is incredibly knowledgeable about natural beauty and plant oils. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions along the way.

Next, we were able to spend some time concocting our recipes. Bethany suggested anywhere from 7-12 drops of essential oil in a .5oz serum container and filling the rest with your selected carrier oil. I used 12 drops (recipe below). I tried to select oils that would be nourishing and also healing. As someone who tries a lot of skincare products, I absolutely loved this part. It was such a great experience being able to make my own serum. Bethany was there to provide suggestions and recommendations based on specific skin concerns/needs.

As the workshop came to an end, attendees were smelling and testing out their newly concocted facial serums. It was an enriching experience watching everyone so excited about their final product.

A few logistical notes in case you were curious. The workshop was held at the Graduate Hotel in Richmond, VA. There were about 20 women in the workshop and we were all provided with snacks and a drink ticket to use at the bar. They also provided hot tea and water. The workshop ticket was $35 dollars which I felt was extremely generous, I would have paid double the price to attend. We were provided with a great deal of information and a full-size (.5oz) facial serum to go home with. The two hour workshop was something I would recommend to anyone. It would be a great friend-date, outing with girlfriends, or opportunity to meet other women interested in healthy/natural living. Bethany also hosts these workshops for small groups and has stands at local markets.

After the workshop I went home and immediately washed off all of my makeup and tried my facial serum. It felt luxurious and earthy. My skincare routine felt like a self-care ritual instead of a quick face wash + lotion at the end of the day. The next morning my skin felt hydrated and glowy. I highly recommend trying out a workshop or blending your own facial serum at home. 

Maven Made has several other products that I love:

Photo credit: Alexis Courtney

My Facial Serum Recipe

Essential Oils

  • Bergamot (2 drops)
  • Geranium (2 drops)
  • Ylang-Ylang (2 drops)
  • Frankincense (2 drops)
  • Vetiver (1 drop)
  • Lavender (2-3 drops)

Carrier Oils

  • Apricot kernel oil (primary base for facial serum)
  • 6-8 drops of sea buckthorn seed/berry oil


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