Ferns and Moss Face Serum

Concentrated oil for deep nourishing and repair

The Story

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 (let's face it, in the world of the best and most potent 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 effects (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. We also offer two other face oils to suit a wide range of skincare needs: Ruby Face Oil and Magical Babassu.

Ruby Face Oil is one of our beststellers, a light yet powerful and nonirritating oil that absorbs very fast, is noncomedogenic, and feels very light even on a hot and humid day. It is one of our top choices for sun damage repair and for treatment of scars.

Magical Babassu Face Oil is the most emollient of our facial oils. It is most appropriate for dry to very dry skin, sensitive skin, winter skin, and eczema, alone or mixed with Ferns and Moss Serum (for maximum healing and repair) or Ruby Face Oil (for added phytonutrients and firming benefits).

Magical Babassu is more geared toward softening the skin and soothing irritations in sensitive skin. Ferns and Moss Serum is thicker, but is a dry oil, while Magical Babassu is emollient. Ferns and Moss includes anti-acne ingredients.

If you are deciding between Magical Babassu and Ferns and Moss Serum, choose Magical Babassu if dryness and sensitive skin are your top concerns, but choose Ferns and Moss Serum if you are foremost seeking healing and repair and your skin is congestion prone.

For dry and damaged or dry and mature skin, you may want to test all our oils. Ruby is most popular in the summer months and Magical Babassu and Ferns and Moss are most popular in the colder months.


This product is going to be my savior this winter . . . I've been using [it] once per week and my skin is very hydrated for at least 12 hours. I'm amazed.



Skin Types

For all skin types, especially dry to very dry, mature, damaged, aged, wrinkled, lacking firmness, with dry eczema, with healing wounds or recent scars, allergy-prone, and sensitive. Noncomedogenic.


Cold-press unrefined Carapa guianensis (andiroba) seed oil†, cold-press unrefined Moringa oleifera seed oil* or †, cold-press unrefined Schinziophyton rautanenii (manquetti mongongo) seed oil†, organic cold-press unrefined unfiltered Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) nut kernel oil, Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi) oil* or †, Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn berry) Supercritical CO2 Total extract†, Calendula officinalis CO2 Total extract*, Copaifera officinalis (copaiba balsam) essential oil†, Ferula galbaniflua (galbanum) essential oil†, virgin cold-press unrefined golden Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Evernia prunastri (oakmoss) absolute†.

*Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted.

All absolutes are hexane free whenever available.

Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, small batch. 


Shake periodically to remix. Massage a few drops or more into freshly cleansed, moist skin day and night. Use alone or over a facial oil primer—an aloe-based primer will merge with the oil and facilitate its absorption. Rub in with fingertips, creating outward, upward circles, to stimulate circulation and enhance absorption. Use less during the day and more at night, or use only at night, more if you feel drier and less if your skin is moderately dry (oily zones can be omitted entirely). This serum can be used on the face, neck, décolleté, and under eyes.

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 a mask, as this thicker, slower-absorbing serum might drip into your eyes.

Freshness guaranteed for 6 months. Full sizes 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) or 0.5 fl. oz. (15 ml); travel/sample size 0.17 fl. oz. (5 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. 

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Finally found a winner for my congested, dry skin

I jumped on the face oils bandwagon years ago, but experienced nothing but frustration. My adult acne was exacerbated and my skin never felt moisturized. As a result, I gave up on oils completely. Recently, I've learned more about my skin and what ingredients it can and cannot tolerate. I've searched high and low for products that do not contain the filler oils that cause my congestion, mostly to no avail. I knew of Earthwise Beauty long ago, but had not tried anything other than the eye serum. Recently reminded of Ava's magic by a beauty blogger, I decided to take a deeper look at the ingredients offered in her products. Finding not a single ingredient of concern, I decided to order Ferns and Moss and I am so happy I did. It is lush, smells like I'm being wrapped in the forest, and does not sit on the surface of my skin like oils I've tried in the past. My skin feels truly nourished, and I have been shocked to find that bumps I've had for eons are now either fading away or finally coming to a head and healing. I've since ordered four other products (Ruby, Thelma, Nap, Resiliency) and am equally pleased with each.

Super luxe

I'm 39 with dry skin and this serum feels like heaven. I got a sample size to test, and fell in love with the thick, rich formula that my skin drinks in. I could wear this during the day under a moisturizer and sunscreen - maybe my skin is really just that dry, but it worked beautifully, keeping my skin nourished and never pilling or feeling greasy. Bonus, the scent reminds me of Titania asleep in her mossy nest in Midsummer Night's Dream. Over the top? Maybe. But it's both rich and secret. Purchasing a full size today!

Beautiful !!

I am thoroughly enjoying Ferns and Moss, such a luscious, beautiful oil . This is perfect for a night time treatment, when your skin just needs that extra boost. I use it for a lymphatic drainage massage, depuffs like a pro. Great as a treatment for undereyes. I use this as a pre- part fix too !! Such a multitasker

Helped my dry skin

I credit this oil with helping my extremely dry skin to not only get better, but to regulate. It feels so nourishing and healthy for my skin. It also seems to be helping acne and scars. The scent is lovely- woodsy and earthy.

Lovely and nourishing

I purchased this as a serum but find it’s definitely more of a moisturizer for my skin. It has a lovely earthy dewy scent and keeps my skin feeling comfortable. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite as I haven’t noticed any real improvements in my face texture. I would however recommend this if you have delicate skin and are seeking a effective and gentle moisturizer.