Ferns and Moss takes me places, hard to explain, but somewhere back to a true African desert where some form of ritual is taking place. Applying Ferns and Moss is part of that where awareness of the earth healing you is at its highest, and you become one with the earth.
This deeply nurturing, concentrated treatment product in the form of a thick, substantial facial oil was created especially for the skin that needs serious nourishing, repair, restructuring, moisture retention, healing, cell regeneration, or detoxing (a need for detoxing is evident as recurring dark spots or an overall unhealthily dark or dull facial appearance, or as water retention and a puffy appearance), as well as damage and wrinkle reversal.
It is a deeply yet slowly penetrating formula particularly suited for skin that seems to be thoroughly dry into its deep layers, mature, wrinkled, prematurely aged, with recent wounds that need to heal without any scars, chapped, tight, with dry eczema, even itchy, or with a tendency toward puffiness (water and lymph retention).
In short: if your skin is so dry that nothing works, if your scratches or wounds are just healing, or healing slowly, if your skin cracks or lacks suppleness, body, and firmness, this is the product for you. We particularly recommend this serum for ages 40 or older. Start small, rubbing a few drops at a time into damp skin to gauge how much you need without overdoing it. This serum is not designed to give you an instant lift or glow but to thoroughly reconstruct your skin's cells over a longer period of time.
There are no fillers (and let's face it, in the world of the most potent, the best oil-based facial serums, even sunflower, safflower, or grape seed oil have no place), nothing added to dilute, just dense, unrefined active ingredients from the natural world.
Two of the key ingredients in this original formula come from the Amazon rainforest: the medicinal andiroba oil, with a long list of healing properties, from detoxing (removes puffiness) and antibacterial (heals and prevents acne) to skin rejuvenating powers (increases the levels of collagen), and copaiba balsam, with its unique sweet scent and well-documented anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, antiviral (helps with cold sores), and foremost soothing properties. Both of these Amazonian oils have been used and revered as rainforest medicines for centuries. Both of these oils render Ferns and Moss noncomedogenic, a unique quality in a strong anti-aging facial serum.
Next comes the Madagascar tamanu oil, an oil that heals wounds without scarring, rejuvenates the skin into its deep layers, and is also antibacterial.
Our seabuckthorn berry oil is a rich red-orange, derived from the berries. This is one of the most powerful botanicals for achieving a youthful, firm skin.
Calendula is an all-time popular ingredient, but there are many different ways of using it in skin care products, from infusions in water or oil to using powdered flowers or just petals. This CO2 extract from whole flowers uniquely retains the flowers' scent and is the most concentrated calendula extract we have come upon, with a texture of thick honey and a soft red, translucent color.
Manquetti mongongo, a relatively unknown as of yet botanical oil from Africa, is thick and rich for amazing nourishing, wrinkle reducing, and anti-aging benefits. Moringa, the superfood from India, offers a green string-bean-reminiscent scent component and hydrating properties. Iranian galbanum is an ancient skin healer with a dry earthy-leafy scent.
How does this face serum compare to the other facial oils we offer?
This serum is a highly concentrated product whose rejuvenative properties will be best perceived and appreciated by mature, dry, and damaged skin types. While Ferns and Moss repairs and renews, Magical Babassu Facial Oil hydrates and smooths. Both Ferns and Moss and Magical Babassu are two steps more emollient than Green Leaves & Co. or Tangerine Skies Facial Oil, and three steps more emollient than Ruby Facial Oil.
For sun damage repair, Ferns and Moss can be mixed, layered, or alternated with Ruby Facial Oil. And for maximum “punch” for very dry skin, winter skin, or eczema, mix Ferns and Moss with Magical Babassu Facial Oil.
Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, fair trade.
For all skin types, especially dry to very dry, mature, damaged or malnourished-looking, aged, wrinkled, lacking firmness, with dry eczema, with healing wounds or recent scars, allergy-prone, and sensitive. Most acne-prone skin types should find this oil noncomedogenic (we have tested it on acne-prone and blackhead-prone volunteer testers).
Organic unrefined cold-press Carapa guianensis (andiroba) oil, organic unrefined cold-press Moringa oleifera oil, organic unrefined cold-press Schinziophyton rautanenii (manquetti mongongo) oil, organic unrefined unfiltered cold-press Calophyllum inophyllum* (tamanu) oil, wildcrafted Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn berry) CO2 Total extract, Calendula officinalis CO2 Total extract*, wildcrafted Copaifera officinalis (copaiba balsam) essential oil, Ferula galbaniflua (galbanum) essential oil*, unrefined cold-press Simmondsia chinensis (golden jojoba) oil*, wildcrafted Evernia prunastri (oakmoss) absolute.
Massage a few drops at a time onto freshly cleaned, still moist face. Rubbing in with fingertips, creating outward, upward circles, will stimulate circulation and enhance absorption. We also suggest layering Ferns & Moss over an aloe-based facial oil primer; it will merge with the oil and facilitate its absorption. Excellent choices for pairing are Nap in the Meadow Face Serum to boost hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties, Marigold Fields Face Moisturizer to maximize skin softening, smoothing, and skin tissue repair, or Carrot-a-Day Face and Eye Serum to improve acne and reduce scaring. Use day (less) and night (more) or just at night, more if you feel drier and less if your skin is moderately dry (oily zones can be omitted entirely). Also safe to use under the eyes, on the lips (although at first the bitter flavor might be something to get used to), neck, and décolleté, and over breakouts.
In freezing winter weather, rub a little extra into cheeks and the nose in particular to prevent getting frostbitten or chapped or to heal chapped skin. Alternately, use a more generous amount as a nourishing anti-aging face mask and tissue off the remainder after two hours. Avoid using over the eyes as this thicker, slower-absorbing serum might drip into your eyes.
Filled to the brim. Freshness guaranteed for 6 months. Full sizes 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) or 0.5 fl. oz. (15 ml). Sample 0.25 fl. oz. (7.4 ml).
Due to the very high cost of our ingredients and the labor-intensive (highly time consuming) small-batch production process, we are unable to accept returns of opened or unopened products at this time. But most products have a sample size option for purchase, so we encourage you to buy a sample first to ensure that the product suits your skin's needs and that you enjoy the texture, fragrance, and healing properties.