DIY Firming Eye Cream

DIY Firming Eye CreamThere are so many good reason you should make a DIY Firming Eye Cream. One, you could not go to a department store or spa and get this amazing of an eye treatment.  It’s that good. Two, making lotion is so rewarding and fun. Three, there are so many crazy wrong ingredients in over the counter anti aging products but this one is safe, clean and effective. I’ve made this DIY several times because it is one of my favorite recipes to make. I’ve formulated it full of the best anti aging, natural ingredients to firm, smooth and nourish the delicate skin around your eyes!

Proven Anti Aging Ingredients:

Rosehip Seed Oil penetrates deeply into the lower layers of the skin where it regenerates cells and increases collagen production. It is rich in vitamin C, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and retinoic acid. Studies have shown rosehip seed brightens and tightens skin!   It has also been known to fade age spots and reduce the appearance of broken capillaries.

Green Tea  contains caffeine.  It is full of antioxidants and has anti inflammatory properties to help soothe and calm skin. Caffeine will actually tighten skin, too! I’m sure you’ve heard of cellulite treatments containing caffeine, that’s because caffeine is a diuretic. It will dehydrate fatty cells so that water will disappear from the surface of your skin. Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means it tightens skin.

Carrot Seed essential oil contains a HUGE amount of antioxidants, vitamin C and Vitamin K.  It has been found to enhance the body’s immune response to UV rays, which can decrease skin damage from UV exposure.  My favorite benefit of carrot seed oil is that it is so healing and it rejuvenates skin cells. In fact, carrot seed has the ability to stimulate cell growth and repair damaged skin.  It is a common ingredient in eye treatments.

Lavender essential oil is healing and moisturizing as well as anti fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic!  Why I add it in this cream is for the smell.  It has a fresh smell that cuts the scent of carrot!

Sweet almond oil is full of vitamins D, E, B1, B2 and B6, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.   Almond Oil is light and absorbs easily. Using sweet almond oil daily can greatly reduce dark circles under the eyes. It is helpful at nourishing dehydrated skin. Almond Oil is said to be the closest to the oil found in a babies skin!

Vitamin E helps fight wrinkles and has a firming effect on the skin.

Firming Eye Cream with Rosehip

DIY Firming Eye Cream

1/4 cup Green Tea (find it HERE)

1/8 tsp. NeoDefend (find it HERE)

1 tbsp. Rosehip Seed Oil (find it HERE)

1 tbsp. Sweet Almond Oil (find it HERE)

1/4 tsp. Vitamin E (find it HERE)

1 tsp. Emulsifying Wax (find it HERE)

1 drop Carrot Seed Essential Oil (find it HERE)

3 drop Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

Directions:

  1. Brew a cup of green tea.
  2. Fill two medium sauce pans about half way full of water.
  3. Place a glass bowl with a spout in each pot and turn on stove to medium heat.
  4. Add wax, rosehip seed oil, vitamin E oil and sweet almond oil to one pot.
  5. Add green tea and NeoDefend to the other pot.
  6. Heat both mixtures until the emulsifying wax has totally melted.
  7. Check temperatures of both pots with a thermometer. **BOTH mixtures must be the same temp before you combine them or your cream won’t set.**
  8. When both your oil mixture and water mixture reach around 130 degrees, pour your water mixture into your oil mixture.
  9. Use a hand held blender and mix your cream.
  10. Continue to mix periodically (every 10 minutes or so)  until you notice that water is no longer separating on the bottom.  This tends to take about 30 minutes to an hour.
  11. Once fully mixed, add essential oils then pour into containers.

Your cream will continue to thicken in the next 24-48 hours so be sure to pour it into a container soon after it is thoroughly mixes, especially if you’re going to pour it into a pump bottle. 

This recipe makes 4 ounces.  This cream is light and can be used morning and night.  It works great under make up.

When it comes to making highly effective anti aging DIY products, it is imperative to source high quality ingredients. I always us Mountain Rose Herbs due to the quality, sourcing and pricing of all their products. Plus, when making a lotion/cream, I can only guarantee that it will turn out right if you use their emulsifying wax. Not all emulsifiers are made the same. 

Making creams can be tricky, but they are so worth it!  This DIY Firming Eye Cream is rich and fluffy and will absorb quickly and penetrate into the deeper levels of your skin.  Taking care of the delicate skin around the eye is vital in preventing wrinkles and fading lines that have already appeared.  Always be very gentle around your eyes.  Dab a small amount of cream around the eye being careful not to push or pull on the skin. Feel free to apply this cream where you need it most.  

For a much more in-depth tutorial on lotion making go HERE.

I don’t sell creams in my Etsy shop but I do offer THIS Anti Wrinkle Eye Stick Roll On that contains some of these ingredients and then some. It is an incredible product and since it does not contain water, it is POTENT. Shop it HERE.

xx, Jenni
 

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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47 Comments

  1. Marci
    February 14, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    Hi Jenni – would love to try this too – my last order was out of this world awesome – you are a dear to let me try it.
    Let me know when you have this available to purchase on etsy.com
    Marci

  2. Kristin
    February 19, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    Out of curiosity, would any of these firming creams work as a good breast firming/lifting cream? Do you have a recipe for one if not? I love homemade goodies but my girls need some loving too!

    • February 20, 2014 / 4:48 pm

      Kristin-that is a great thought! I would give it a go-you could also add Cypress Essential oil because it helps firm as well. Caffeine is more of an instant gratification thing but your idea is definitely worth a try!

    • Angela Elise
      December 7, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      THANK YOU Kristin for asking & of course Jenni for answering! While I know this post was a few years ago, I have been making my own skin care products (mostly facial), but have wanted explore what might help the breasts mostly in texture, appearance & who wouldn’t want firming too right!!?? Lol
      I have read oils are good for the breasts, and an added benefit for monthly self checks because things are easier to feel. However, my question is:
      what would be the most beneficial blend to use for firming & tightening? I know what to do internally, as well as balance and exercise. I’ll take as many suggestions as I can! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!
      Angela Elise

  3. arti
    February 21, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    I love the idea of making my own cream! I have never used anti-aging products before for fear of what would happen when I stopped using them. I figure the wrinkles would come back rapidly (& maybe even more wrinkles than before) since anti-aging products falsely “healed” them. Whether that is true or not, would this cream require continual use or would I be able to stop using it after a while without any reversal of what the cream accomplished? I’m not even sure if this makes sense! I have this same question for your brow thickening serum & the lash lengthening serum. Thanks for any info on this!

    • February 21, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Arti-Hi! Because there are no artificial ingredients or chemicals in my recipes, you don’t have to worry. Caffeine works short term-it will tighten once it’s applied but it is not going to give you long term results. Long term results come from regular exfoliation and nourishing. Keeping skin happy and hydrated goes a LONG way in combating wrinkles.
      The brow and lash serum work because they are nourishing the lashes and revving up circulation. You don’t have to worry about any reversal or hair falling out-everything in those serums, your hairs will love!

  4. Angie
    February 23, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    I really love this recipe! I was wondering if you could put this in your etsy shop for sale. I am a new mom and do not have time to make it but my face desperately needs it. Thank you!

    • February 24, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Hi Angie-I have gotten a lot of requests for this so I for sure am! I am waiting on the jars to put them in, once I have those I will post them on Etsy! Thanks!!

      • Jeri
        March 19, 2014 / 1:12 pm

        Can’t wait for that one!

        • Marci Swetmon
          March 19, 2014 / 3:59 pm

          Can’t wait to try the firming eye cream. Please let us know when available Jenni……Marci

  5. Marci Swetmon
    March 26, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Hi Jenni – looks like I missed it – please tell me again how to make a custom order so I can place an order for your next batch.
    thanks….Marci

    • March 27, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      Marci-I’m making a new batch asap. I’ll let you know when it’s posted!

      • Marci Swetmon
        March 27, 2014 / 3:34 pm

        Thanks Jenni – I’m looking forward to it. Please give me a heads up the before you plan on listing it if you can so I will know to be on the lookout for it.
        Thanks again…..Marci

  6. Wendy
    April 16, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Hi Jenni, I have been trying the link to the firming eye cream, and I cant get through.. Any way you can you send me the recipe?? I read it yesterday, and bought most of the ingredients, was hoping to try a batch soon.. I cant wait! Looks AWESOME! I used to use dermalogica as well, loved it, but I started doing research on the actual ingredients, and was super bummed..parabens are b.a.d.!

    • April 17, 2014 / 10:40 am

      Wendy-I had a hard time getting to Primally Inspired’s sight yesterday-Here is the recipe-

      1/4 cup green tea (find it HERE)
      1/4 tsp. citric acid (find it HERE)
      1 tbsp. rosehip seed oil (find it HERE)
      1 tbsp. sweet almond oil (find it HERE)
      1/4 tsp. vitamin E (find it HERE)
      1 tsp. emulsifying wax (find it HERE)
      1 drop carrot Seed essential Oil (find it HERE)
      3 drop lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

      1. Brew a cup of green tea.
      2. Fill two medium sauce pans about half way full of water.
      3. Place a glass bowl with a spout in each pot and turn on stove to medium heat.
      4. Add wax, rosehip seed oil, vitamin E oil and sweet almond oil to one pot.
      5. Add green tea and citric acid to the other pot.
      6. Heat both mixtures until the emulsifying wax has totally melted.
      7. Check temperatures of both pots with a thermometer. (like this ONE)
      **BOTH mixtures must be the same temp before you combine them or your cream won’t set.**
      8. When both your oil mixture and water mixture reach around 130 degrees, pour your water mixture into your oil mixture.
      9. Use a hand held blender (like this ONE) and mix your cream.
      10. Continue to mix periodically (every 10 minutes or so) until you notice that water is no longer separating on the bottom. This tends to take about 30 minutes to an hour.
      11. Once fully mixed, add essential oils then pour into containers.

      • Gina
        January 28, 2016 / 12:32 pm

        When I try to ( Find It Here ) nothing

        • February 1, 2016 / 1:15 pm

          Hi Gina-I just corrected the post. I made a limited batch and sold it in my Etsy shop. I found that I prefer selling my Anti Wrinkle Eye Stick-find it HERE because it is more potent and pure. I still love this recipe because sometimes you just want a light cream that soaks in quickly but I just won’t be selling it. So sorry!

      • Undrakh Gurbaatar
        November 14, 2020 / 2:32 am

        Hi Jenni- are you using citric acid or neodefend for preservatives?
        Please
        Una

        • Jenni
          Author
          November 14, 2020 / 8:16 am

          Undrakh-I’m using neodefend for the preservative.

  7. Laura
    June 17, 2014 / 8:01 am

    Hi Jenni,
    I was looking on the Mountain Rose Herb website to gather my ingredients to make this recipe. The emulsifying wax is not considered “a benign and natural additive because of its heavily manufactured nature and alcohol content”. Is this safe to use? Especially around the eye area? What about using Cree Bellini wax? Or something else? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks, Laura

    • Laura
      June 17, 2014 / 8:04 am

      Sorry. Should say cera bellina wax. Very annoying when the computer decides to spell for you!

    • June 17, 2014 / 9:40 am

      Laura-I dislike using emulsifying wax. It is highly processed and has no benefits for the skin. The problem is, if you want a cream, it’s necessary. No other “emulsifiers” I’ve found bind oil and water without leaving you with a huge mess. I use as little as possible and often get complaints that my recipes are too thin and watery but I wanted to provide a recipe for people that just prefer a cream. The best option is to create a serum for your eyes with no water. It won’t penetrate as well but it is very pure. If you want to do that, just omit the water, wax and citric acid. I have never heard of cera bellina wax-I will be checking it out though! Thanks!!

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  9. Diane
    August 5, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    What is the benefit of the citric acid? Thanks!

  10. Diane
    August 8, 2014 / 8:09 am

    I have all the ingredients except the Citric Acid. Is this essential? What properties does it have? Thanks.

    • August 8, 2014 / 9:17 am

      Diane-The citric acid lowers the pH. It allows this cream not to have a preservative because the lower the pH, the less bacteria grows. If you omit it, your cream will be fine but the shelf life will be much less-like possibly only a week.

      • Diane
        August 8, 2014 / 9:38 am

        Got it. Makes sense. What is the self life with the Citric Acid? Should I use this in all DIY creams?

        • August 8, 2014 / 12:01 pm

          It’s really hard to say. Bacteria and Fungus growth depends on how sterile the process of making the cream was and the amount of essential oils you use. Plus testing your pH will give you some insight too. A pH of 3 will inhibit quite a bit, where as a pH of 6 you have more chance of bacteria growth. I have written more about this HERE. I have included citric acid in all my cream recipes on this blog. If you aren’t using a strong preservative (which I don’t condone!) then you need to use a pH adjuster.
          I have recently tested my products and am finding very low bacteria levels on a cream that is about 2 mos. old with no preservative, just citric acid. Hope this helps-preserving creams is a very complicated issue!

          • Diane
            August 8, 2014 / 12:20 pm

            All great info to know! Thanks so much!

  11. beth
    February 16, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Hi! thanks for this wonderful recipe. I was wondering if I could use Aloe in this particular recipe,,and if so, about how much?
    my eye area is so sensitive and I’m pretty sure the aloe may be more soothing for me

    • February 21, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Beth-You could-I would use it in place of the water! You want to keep the same amount of water in the recipe so you could do 1/2 aloe and 1/2 water as well!

  12. Cheri
    February 23, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    I’m interested in making this cream, but I have a nut allergy. What would be the next best thing to Sweet Almond Oil?

    • February 28, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Cheri-You could use Evening Primrose, Meadowfoam Seed, Apricot Seed, Pomegranate Seed or even Olive Oil.

  13. Tracey Brummer
    February 28, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Hi Jenni,
    I just found your recipes and have some questions. It says not to use neodefend with l-ascorbic acid. I like using vit. So will this cause a problem if I use a vit c in another product with a product with neodefend in it? Also do you ever use argan or baobab oil in your recipes?

    • February 28, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Tracey-I hadn’t heard of that-I’ll look into it cause I like to add the L.Ascorbic acid to my lotion that contains neodefend! Where did you find this info.? I have a tiny bottle of argan that I plan to use soon but I have not worked with baobab oil yet!

  14. Karen
    February 28, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    If I put this in an airless pump bottle, will that help with shelf life?
    Thank you

  15. Debbie
    December 1, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    When I click on “one like this” on the thermometer, it goes to the blender. When I click on the one that is for the blender, it also goes to the blender. So….which type of thermometer?

    • Jenni
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Debbie-Thank you for pointing that out! I’ll get that fixed! I use a thermometer like THIS.

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