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.


  • 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)

Martha Stewart Member
January 23, 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.