DIY Roll On Serum for Puffy Eyes

DIY Puffy Eye Serum

Last week we talked about dark under eye circles.  This week I’m tackling under eye bags.  Many of us, myself included have under eye bags.  There are many causes for under eye bags but luckily there are also several natural remedies.  One of which is a simple DIY I’ll share in this post that can be applied as often as needed to help drain and minimize under eye puffiness!

Causes of Under Eye Bags:

  • Allergies/Sinus Infections
  • Lack of sleep
  • Too much sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Fluid retention due to too much salt
  • Fluid retention due to hormones
  • Fluid retention due to weather changes
  • Heredity
  • Aging=Loss of elasticity

Simple, Natural Remedies:

  • Consume food rich in vitamins A, C and E
  • Sleep on 2 pillows while sleeping
  • Use ice or cold spoons to reduce swelling
  • Place cucumber slices over eyes
  • Place potato slices over eyes
  • Apply tea bags (with caffeine) over eyes
  • Apply Aloe Vera-It contains B1, B3, B6, C vitamins and 18 amino acids!
  • Apply pressure with your fingertips to the puffy area to encourage drainage
  • Reduce Salt In-take (unless it’s Pink Himalayan salt!)
  • Go to bed early!
  • Drink more water to encourage the release of water retention
  • Avoid Alcohol-Hello dehydration!

It’s extremely helpful and important to address the cause of your puffy eyes.  I created this DIY in order to make de-puffing a bit easier.  I personally always keep in mind that in the AM I need to wash my face with cold water.  I also am constantly drinking more water as well as getting at least 8 hours of sleep.  Some things I don’t do are slicing cucumbers or potatoes in order to reap their anti-inflammatory benefits simply because I don’t have the time.  When I came across a cucumber hydrosol I got really excited!  I also keep reading over and over how beneficial witch hazel (also known as “astringent” which means tightening!) is for the under eye area.  And-there is actually such a thing as cucumber witch hazel!!!  I didn’t have it at the time of the below pic. but my next batch will have cucumber witch hazel rather then rose.  I add a bit of glycerin in order to create a slip so that the roller bottle will work.  Cypress essential oil is crazy good for tightening the skin.  That’s why I add it to most of my recipes!  Chamomile is gentle and a powerful anti inflammatory and Frankincense has a tightening effect on skin.  All 3 work to help drain the under eye area.

This DIY is intended to be used mainly in the morning.  For an added boost, you can keep it in the fridge to also get the benefits cold has on swollen eyes!  If allergies are raging-I’ll be carrying this in my bag for all day use!

DIY EYE de-puffing roll-on

This recipe is one you’re going to have to eye ball.  It doesn’t matter what size roll-on you get, it’s more about proportions.  I created this handy pic below to show the proportions of each ingredient however, I will tell you, my roll-on bottle is 8.5 ml and I did add a specific amount of essential oils.

5 drops Cypress Essential Oil (find it HERE)

3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (find it HERE)

2 drops Chamomile Essential Oil (find it HERE)

Find Glycerin HERE.

Find Witch Hazel HERE or get Thayer’s Cucumber Witch Hazel HERE.

Find Cucumber Hydrosol HERE.

Find Roller Bottles HERE.

DIY De-Puffing Eye Roll-On

DIY Puffy Eye Serum

I urge you to use quality ingredients when making a serum.  The better quality ingredients equals better results!  I linked everything I personally used for this DIY.

You’re going to need to shake your roll-on each time you use it.  The glycerin tends to separate as do the essential oils.  If you’re wondering about a preservative, don’t worry.  The hydrosol, glycerin and witch hazel all have their own preservatives and the essential oils help to further ward off bacteria or mold.

This is a really easy DIY and has proven super helpful for me and I’m thinking it’s just in time for spring allergies!  I end up looking like the elephant man in the spring due to sinus issues so this is going to help!!  If you have any tips you use to de-puff your eyes, leave it in the comments-I’d love the hear!

xx, Jenni


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De-Puffing Eye Roll-On DIY




  1. February 9, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I am so thankful that this is one problem I don’t really have. I stay very hydrated, which I think helps. The main time I notice puffiness is after some restaurant meals and also if I consume any dairy other than ghee or butter.

  2. February 9, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Funny, it said my comment was awaiting moderation…then realized I used a different email address!

  3. February 13, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Have read to avoid Chamomile if alergic to Ragweed or Goldenrod? ??

    • February 14, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Julia-Hi! I haven’t. It could be true but I have terrible allergies to ragweed and use chamomile in 2 products daily and don’t have issues.

      • February 16, 2016 / 2:43 pm

        Thanks Jennifer for replying! Love all of these recipes and will definitely try it!

  4. Dawn
    February 13, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    This is one of my biggest problems! I love this post. The Roman Chamomile is sold out though. Would you sell me a bottle to use until I can gather the ingredients?

    • February 14, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      Dawn-I can-I have plenty of everything-I would charge $20. You just need to do a custom request on my Etsy shop. It’s on the left hand side of my shop. Go HERE.

  5. Lisa
    February 13, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Hi Jenni! The link for the cucumber hydrosol took me to Amazon for the cucumber witch hazel. I can’t wait to try making this!

      • Lisa
        February 15, 2016 / 9:00 pm

        Thanks! Question …. while at the dermatologist for my yearly mole check (had a basal cell removed a while back), my dermatologist was ADAMANT that I should be using 30 SPF sunblock on my face every day. She gave me samples of Aveeno, can’t remember exactly what it is, as I haven’t used it. I have only been using your various formulations and am very happy with them. What would you recommend I use on a daily basis, as I avoid all the toxic ingredients. Maybe add carrot EO or red raspberry oil to something to up the SPF? TIA!

        • Lisa
          February 15, 2016 / 9:09 pm

          Oh, and when I say something …. I mean one of your serums or moisturizers 😉

        • February 21, 2016 / 1:45 pm

          Hi Lisa! I agree with your dermatologist. It is so important to protect your skin whether it be with a lotion or makeup. I suggest looking into Coola-I love their everyday moisturizer with SPF 30-it’s light and doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost! You could also use red raspberry with a bit of carrot eo as a moisturizer if you want to DIY! I find Coola at Ulta or on Amazon. Check out Coola here—>

          • Lisa
            February 21, 2016 / 2:49 pm

            Thank you! I’m checking it out now 🙂

  6. Lynn O Connell
    March 4, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    I just received my shipment of Neo Defend to make your face wrinkle cream that calls for it. I was shocked by the warning label!!!! OMG! I could never use that! It’s says not to use on skin, eyes, and to wear personal protective equipment when handling the product. To wash with soap and water after handling. It says to dispose of it according to landfill pesticide regulations! And to never breathe the dust from the product. Also not to use it unless I have read the MSDS sheet! Wow! Please respond to this. Also what safe product can be used in your recipes to keep products fresh and safe from germs and mold and etc.
    Thank you
    Lynn O Connelli

    • March 8, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Hi Lynn! I am aware of the warnings but the warnings are meant to caution people from putting Neodefend straight on their skin. In a lotion, it is diluted greatly. In fact, 1-2% is suggested. So far, this is the only legit, natural preservative to use in creams. Believe it or not, it is way gentler then normal preservatives. In creams there is just no substitute for a legit preservative unless you are going to make very small batches and use within 2 weeks while storing in the fridge.
      I do not use protective equipment except a teaspoon! Honestly, it’s a precaution of Lotion Crafter to cover their bases. It’s extremely over dramatic in my opinion. Read Lotion Crafter’s description and it might help—->
      I also recommend you emailing Lotion Crafter-they are wonderful to respond and give advice on formulations that contain their products.

  7. sarah campbell
    May 31, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Hi there – great recipes – but anything with a water base – ie hydrosol – definately needs a preservative. After 1-2 weeks it will develop mold spores and go off – (trust me I have done trials) witch hazel, glycerin and the essential oils are not enough to preserve this serum – especially if you are using it around the eye area. There are alternatives to neogard – microcare DB is a good one for using in water based serums and toners. People are afraid of preservatives, but it is better to use non paraben based ones to keep the nasties away.

    • Jenni
      June 1, 2016 / 6:32 am

      Sarah-I never use just water without preserving-any water based recipe contains a hydrosol or witch hazel that is already preserved on it’s own. I do try to keep all recipes very small though because of course, the fresher the better!

    • Karen
      September 12, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Yes this I agree with you! Hydrosols need to be refrigerated as they are water based, even then they don’t last forever, but the cold will slow down the growth of nasties. So that being said, since this is for a roller bottle that will take some time to use up, I’d probably make super small batches and store in the fridge. The cold will help with eye puffiness and help keep the ingredients safe longer. I love all the essential oils in this recipe!

  8. nicole
    August 11, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I love your site. I am 44 years old and starting to get the crepe skin under my eyes. I have tried other store bought products with minimal success. Are there any recommendation or specific oils I can combine that are inexpensive. Any help would be great.

    • Jenni
      August 26, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Nicole-Sometimes that can be fixed just by deeply moisturizing but you have to be very consistent. I would suggest doing something like THIS recipe but you could omit oils and essential oils. Get the ones you can afford and mix them up in a roller bottle and use nightly.

  9. April 26, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Hi Jenni,

    I am new to your blog and found it very informative and educational – just love it and can’t stop reading. I would like to start making these DIY recipes very soon, am just trying to gather up all my ingredients. For this eye bag serum, may i use a dropper bottle instead of a roller bottle? Just keep everything in the fridge? Can you please also tell me the name of the book that you use as your guide or reference, I would like to read it too. Thank you!

    • Jenni
      May 3, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Sonia!! Thank you!! Yes, you can for sure use a dropper bottle! I don’t have a book. Maybe someday!

  10. briella p
    February 18, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I’m only 23 but I’ve had noticeable bags under my eyes for the past 5 months now, which have made me appear fatigued. I now use the Somaluxe Triple Collagen Eye Gel and my bags almost disappeared ENTIRELY within a couple days. No other eye cream/serum has worked as well. I’m so grateful to look my age again!

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