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Homemade Hydrating Green Tea Face Serum

A mason jar filled with green tea leaves and organic olive oil left to steep. A wooden scoop in the foreground is filled with green tea leaves and bowls of oil in the background.

For skin that requires a little extra nourishment and moisture, green tea skin care formulations can offer gentle, yet stimulating, hydration support. This skin serum recipe infuses the benefits of green tea leaves into organic olive oil and brings in the goodness of select essential oils for a pampering and beautifully scented blend. This particular recipe is suitable for a wide range of folks, and many find it light enough to use on the face before bed, in the morning, or both. It is also generally friendly to mature or sensitive skin, as the essential oil ratio is quite low.

Moisturizing Green Tea Skin Serum Recipe

You'll notice that this recipe makes approximately one cup of serum, which is quite a bit! You can divide the batch up between friends if you plan to primarily use it on the face, or you can use it as a whole body oil during seasons or occasions when you're bothered by overall skin dryness. The recipe is also easy to reduce, if you’d like to make a smaller amount. The first step is to create an infused oil.

Organic olive oil being poured over dried green tea leaves in a clear mason jar. Bowls of different colored oils are arranged around with a wooden scoop of tea leaves on a white marble counter top.

Green Tea-Infused Oil

Makes about 1 1/2 cups infused oil.



  1. Pour loose green tea into a pint-sized canning or glass pantry jar with lid.
  2. Top tea with olive oil until completely covered.
  3. Allow to infuse 4 to 6 weeks, shaking regularly and making sure tea stays completely covered with oil (push tea down with clean spoon or add more oil, if needed).
  4. Strain oil using a funnel strainer and/or cheesecloth. Discard tea into compost.

Ingredients are arranged in bowls for a green tea serum including a green tea herbal oil, various essential oils, and dried green tea leaves.

Green Tea Skin Serum

Makes about 1 cup.



  1. Combine all ingredients in glass jar with lid and shake well to combine.
  2. Transfer serum into a dark amber or cobalt blue bottle to protect from light and store in a cool, dark place. This serum does not need to be refrigerated and should keep for several months if properly stored.

Skin serum is being dispensed from a cobalt bottle. A dollop of green tea serum in a woman's palm.


Serum Usage Pro Tips:

  • A little skin serum goes a long way! Use an oil dropper or a low-volume pump to add a small amount of liquid to the palm of your hand, then gently spread serum over your face using non-dominant fingers (avoid using your pointer finger or thumb, as they put more pressure onto your skin).
  • Any kind of high quality green tea will work well in this serum. I used sencha in this particular recipe, but I've also infused spring green tea or gunpowder green tea with great success!

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Pinterest link to Mountain Rose Herbs featuring a mason jar infusing a green tea herbal oil, wooden scoop, and dried green tea leaves.

Topics: Natural Body Care, Recipes, Specialty Ingredients


Written by Kendle on June 23, 2019

Kendle is a Product Coordinator with Mountain Rose Herbs. Born in Portland, Oregon, she has called many different places home across the country. After earning her Associates degree in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado where she spent six years working in the herbal supplement and body care industry before coming back to Oregon. Currently she is engaged in extensive independent study and experimentation in the areas of folk herbalism, homebrewing, and painting. She believes that one of the most important methods for understanding herbs is to experience them, and to truly take the time to listen to your body to find what works best for the individual. She and her partner spend their time exploring the wilderness, hunting mushrooms, concocting herbal remedies, and reading voraciously.

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