This easy DIY eye cream is made with 100% natural ingredients. It is extremely moisturizing and it also reduces puffiness and prevents wrinkles. But the best part is – it costs less than $2 to make!
One thing I’ve come to realize as I’ve gotten older is eye cream is not an option – it’s an absolute necessity.
The visible difference between using an under-eye cream consistently and not using one at all is mind-blowing.
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There was a period of time when I wasn’t using an eye cream at all and during that time I was really concerned about the appearance of my under eyes.
My under eyes began to have a bumpy-like texture and when I wore makeup it looked 10x worse. I thought it was just due to getting older and I didn’t realize it was due to excessive dryness until I began using an eye cream on a consistent basis.
About a week into using an under-eye cream every morning and every night my under eyes looked completely different. In my opinion, it was like a miracle.
I couldn’t believe the difference it made and now I make sure to never ever skip the eye cream.
That said, the eye cream I was using wasn’t very cheap and it wasn’t 100% natural. But to be honest, I didn’t care because it worked so well!
But after carefully examining the ingredients I became convinced that it wouldn’t be that hard to make my own homemade eye cream.
It also cost around $34.
I decided to make my own version of the eye cream using the same good ingredients and leaving out the bad ones.
So I did and I absolutely love it.
Now I’ll admit that it’s not 100% the same as far as the consistency goes. The store-bought brand I was using is super-duper creamy and my homemade version is a bit more oily than creamy.
But it still works great nevertheless.
How Do You Make Homemade Eye Cream?
Making your own homemade eye cream is actually very easy. You just need a few ingredients and also a double boiler.
A double boiler is used to safely melt the ingredients so they can be easily blended together.
If you don’t have a double boiler you can warm up some water in a saucepan and place a mason jar inside the saucepan. Add your ingredients to the mason jar to melt them fully.
Before I purchased a double boiler I used to use the microwave to melt down my oils and butters but I don’t recommend that at all anymore.
Microwaves destroy vital nutrients in the oils and butters (and also in food for the matter). We definitely want the nutrients to stay intact.
Homemade Eye Cream Recipe
As I mentioned earlier, I chose the ingredients for this recipe based simply on the ingredients used in my favorite store-bought eye cream.
Shea butter is the base for this eye cream. It is what gives it a nice creamy consistency. It is absolutely amazing for dry skin. It can restore suppleness to even the dryest under eye area.
Castor oil is loaded with antioxidants and has many skin benefits. It is incredibly moisturizing. It also helps to reduce puffiness and prevents wrinkles.
You can click here to learn more about the amazing benefits of castor oil.
Another cool thing about jojoba oil is that it may help promote collagen synthesis which is essential for young-looking, healthy skin.
You can click here to learn more about the skin benefits of jojoba oil.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant. It helps to protect cells from damage including skin cells. It also helps to soften the skin.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is the secret ingredient in this homemade eye cream recipe. Carrot seed oil contains beta carotene which has many anti-aging properties. It helps to protect the skin from damage and is also a precursor to vitamin A (retinol).
How To Make Easy DIY Eye Cream
To make this eye cream simply add the following ingredients to a double boiler.
- 1 tablespoon of Shea Butter
- 1/4 teaspoon of Jojoba Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of Castor Oil
- 1/8 teaspoon of Vitamin E
- 1 teaspoon of Carrot Seed Oil
I like to add the shea butter first and let it melt completely. Then I turn off the heat and add the remaining ingredients one by one.
After you’ve added all the ingredients, blend them together. Then pour them into a small glass container. A 1-ounce jar like this one is the perfect size for this DIY eye cream.
Allow it to cool completely before using. You can place it in the fridge if you would like to speed up the cool-down process.
Once it’s completely cooled, I use a small utensil to mix it up. This gives it a whipped, creamy consistency.
Store in a dry, cool, dark place.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Use This Easy DIY Eye Cream?
You can use this eye cream day or night. I use it for both. Just take a small amount and gently apply it to the under eye area.
Keep in mind it does have an oily consistency so you’ll want to let it fully absorb into the skin before applying makeup to your under eyes.
Does this Homemade Eye Cream Have a Scent?
This homemade eye cream doesn’t have very much of a scent. I wanted to keep this DIY eye cream recipe as simple as possible. But if you would prefer it to have a scent you could add 1-2 drops of frankincense essential oil.
Frankincense helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections such as discoloration.
It can also improve the tone and elasticity of the skin.
When Does This Homemade Eye Cream Expire?
This homemade eye cream will expire whenever the ingredients used expire. What that means is – if your shea butter expires on January 2025 then that means your eye cream expires on January 2025.
So check all of the expiration dates on the ingredients you plan to use and take note of the one with the soonest expiration date. That is the expiration date for your homemade eye cream.
Just be sure to keep it in a cool, dry, dark place.
How Much Does It Cost To Make This Homemade Eye Cream?
So I did the math and I can’t believe it but this homemade eye cream costs less than $2 to make!
If you don’t have any of the ingredients on hand then your initial investment in the ingredients of course will be a lot more money. But keep in mind that you are using very little of each ingredient.
To figure out the actual cost of this DIY eye cream I first figured out the number of teaspoons that were in each ingredient and divided the price of the ingredients by the number of teaspoons of product it contained.
For example, the carrot seed oil is approximately 4 ounces. One ounce is equivalent to 6 teaspoons. So that means it contained 24 teaspoons of carrot seed oil. I divided the cost of the bottle ($17) by the total amount of teaspoons (24) which equals $.70. That means each teaspoon costs $.70
Since I only used 1 teaspoon in this recipe that means the total cost of the carrot seed oil for this recipe is $.70. I hope that makes sense.
The complete cost breakdown is below.
- Shea Butter: $.45
- Jojoba Oil: $.13
- Castor Oil: $.04
- Vitamin E: $.21
- Carrot Seed Oil: $.70
- Total: $1.53 (I really hope I did the math right!!)
The eye cream I had been using was half the size of my homemade eye cream and it cost over $30.
So I’m pretty excited about that because I really love this eye cream and find no good reason to go back to using the store-bought one.
I love it when I can ditch the toxins and save money!
If you have any questions about this homemade eye cream please let me know below!