Well, I’ve found my way back to making my own creams! I stopped for a while because I started second guessing my lotions. To be transparent, I have several requests a day from my Etsy shop to start selling facial and eye creams again. They were seriously my best sellers. To be honest, it really bummed me out that I had my facts wrong about preservatives and pH levels. I ended up doing a lot of research, omitting an ingredient (citric acid) and adding a legit preservative (neodefend). I really wish we didn’t have to use a preservative but it is 100% necessary. Luckily, you need 1% or less of a preservative in your cream and I’ve chosen one that is as natural and gentle as possible.
I’m happy to say, I’ve got my cream makin’ mojo back and have created another eye serum. This one is in a light cream form and instead of adding plain distilled water, I decided to kick it up a notch and add rose water. Let me tell you, this is the best smelling product ever! I’ve made several batches in my experimenting and have been slathering it all over me every night! My skin has never been so soft! I kept with my favorites, rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, lavender and frankincense essential oil but explored a few new ingredients as well. I added Cypress essential oil for added tightening and added kokum butter for more nourishment and an anti aging boost!
I love love love how this DIY cream turned out. I decided to make this cream very light and airy. It’s the perfect consistency for thin, fragile skin. When using an eye treatment, you never want to tug or pull on the skin around the eye. That skin is so delicate that you absolutely have to be so gentle when applying skin care and makeup.
I decided to add kokum butter mainly because it is so rich in Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and is known for it’s firming abilities. Kokum Butter is believed to promote skin elasticity, prevent skin dryness, and restore damaged skin. It also is great for cell regeneration which is perfect for the delicate area around the eyes. Sun damage and aging can really cause the skin to break down more quickly in thin skin.
I also added rose water to this cream. I loved using it in THIS DIY and it dawned on me, whenever you can, use antioxidant rich rose water! Rose water is antibacterial, antiseptic and anti inflammatory. It is extremely rich in vitamins A, C, D, and E. It is amazing for dry, sensitive skin. It is balancing to all skin types and is known for it’s anti aging properties. It has even been known to reduce under eye bags! Ah hah!
Cypress essential oil I have worked with before but I love it for it’s tightening properties. I find it so interesting that it can be used for people that have bladder issues-when applied to the skin over the bladder, it can actually tighten the bladder offering relief! It’s perfect when used in conjunction with Frankincense to help firm delicate skin and regenerate new skin cells.
As you can see, this is a action packed serum! Using it every night will not only rehydrate your skin, it will also plump up those fine lines and wrinkles as well as tighten and nourish the skin!
- Hand held blender
- Thermometer (having 2 helps with convenience)
- 2 glass pyrex bowls
- 1/2-2 ounce glass pump bottles
- 2 medium sized pots
- Measuring Spoons (they double as stirs for me)
Rose & Kokum Firming Eye Serum
After Oil & Water Mixture have cooled:
- Kokum butter is extremely hard. It can be omitted and you could add 2 tbsp. of another oil or rosehip or sweet almond if you like. If you choose to use kokum butter, you need to heat it up first. I put my kokum butter container in a sauce pan of water and turned the heat on low-medium. It took quite a long time to melt enough for me to use. I ended up transferring the rest of my butter into a glass jar for easy melting next time.
- Create 2 double boilers using 2 medium sized pots filled 1/2 way full with water. Place a glass pyrex bowl in each pot.
- In one pot add your oil ingredients: rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, kokum butter, and emulsifying wax.
- In the other pot add rose water and neodefend.
- Heat both mixtures until the oil mixture is completely melted.
- Now your mixtures will be too hot to mix together so you will need to cool each mixture down by removing them from the pot and monitoring your mixtures with a thermometer. This is the tricky part! Both mixtures need to be around 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit. You might have to place 1 or both pots back in the double boiler if you end up with too low a temp. Pay close attention!!
- Once your water and oil mixture are near the same temp., pour your water mixture into your oil mixture.
- Using a hand held blender, blend your mixtures for at least 1 minute.
- Keep returning to your lotion every 10 minutes or so to mix for 30-60 seconds each time.
- I continue to blend my lotion for at least an hour just to make sure it is totally mixed. **If you end up thinking you are done and the next day you find your lotion has separated you can always throw it back in a bowl and mix it more!
- Once your lotion has been mixed and cooled, add your essential oils and vitamin E and mix. (if you’ve already put away your hand held blender, mixing with a spoon is sufficient)
- Transfer to containers. I use THESE pipettes-they make life much easier. Glass is preferable and pumps are best to avoid contamination. I found my 1 ounce glass pumps HERE.
This recipe will make about 8 ounces, so share with friends!! The shelf life is around 3-6 mos. Because I use such a small amount of preservative, I’m counting on my essential oils to help preserve as well. It really will make all the difference to put your eye cream in a pump bottle. Your cream will thicken up after 24 hours. You really want to transfer to your pumps within 4 hours of mixing. After a week it will thicken up a bit more. Emulsifying wax is what thickens up a cream and I really prefer to use as little as possible, especially for an eye treatment. I want it to be as potent as it can be! In a few weeks I’ll do another cream recipe that will be a bit thicker.
I get most of my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herb. They have high quality ingredients that I trust. Your DIY is only as good as the quality of your ingredients. You don’t want to put in all this effort then come up with a crappy product because you skimped on ingredients. I have personally used each of these ingredients that I have linked and I have used cheap brands from Amazon. There really is a huge difference! For essential oils I use Spark Naturals. They provide HIGH QUALITY essential oils that I trust! Feel free to use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD for 10% off your order!
Hope you have enjoyed this recipe! Don’t be daunted by making a cream. It truly is so rewarding! You won’t believe how good this smells and feels!