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Calendula-Infused Soy Oil

Improve your skin with DIY specialty oil from Farmaesthetics founder Brenda Brock. Massage it onto your face or body for a moisture-rich glow, or use it to make luxurious Hot Toddy for the Body exfoliant.
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2012


  • 1/2 cup dried calendula flowers
  • 3/4 to 1 cup organic soybean oil
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Orange essence oil

Calendula-Infused Soy Oil How-To

  1. Place flowers in an 8-ounce Mason jar; pour in soybean oil until jar is nearly full. Drizzle with Vitamin E oil and mix with a wooden stirrer. Seal jar tightly.
  2. Place in a paper bag or cool, dark cupboard for at least two weeks to let herbs infuse the oil.
  3. With a wire mesh strainer, strain oil into a sterilized jar. Strain again through a cheesecloth or coffee filter.
  4. Drizzle finished oil with 2 to 3 drops orange essence oil, if desired.


Infused soy oil is available for purchase from Farmaesthetics.

Comments (1)

  • danikac 23 Jan, 2012

    In the show they used almond oil rather than soy, which is a much better option as most soy is genetically modified and you don't want to be absorbing that into your body. Also, most Vitamin E is genetically modified, so be sure to use organic there as well.