How to Make DIY Eye Cream

These 8 easy recipes use natural ingredients that you may already have at home.

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A good eye cream can mean different things to different people. Some want to soothe the thin, easily irritated skin around the eyes, others want to reduce lines and signs of aging, and others want to appear more awake and alert. Yes, that's asking quite a lot from a cream!

Making your own eye cream allows you to tailor it to your specific needs and avoid harsh chemicals. Here are eight different DIY eye creams, salves, sprays, masks, and moisturizers made with natural ingredients.

Application Matters

Whatever eye cream you choose, be aware that how you apply your eye cream has a significant impact on how well it works and the long-term wear and tear on the delicate skin around the eye.

Because this skin is easily worn, always apply eye cream or salve by gently patting it in with the pad of one finger (forefinger is a good surface area, but some people like the pinky as its smaller size allows more specificity). You should never rub or smear an eye cream. Just pick up a bit on the application finger and tap very gently until it's absorbed. Start from the inside bottom of the eye to the outside, then around. And don't forget the area under your brows!

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Basic DIY Eye Cream

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If you want to make a true cream and not an oilier salve, you will have to emulsify, which involves a blender. Of course, to blend ingredients, you need to make a fair amount of the product in question, so there's enough for the blender to work. If you want to make this, you'll probably have plenty left over. Some can be stored in the fridge, or consider making a gift batch for friends and family.


  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1 capsule of vitamin E oil
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons rosehip seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons almond oil
  • 5-6 drops of lavender oil


  1. Combine aloe vera gel, filtered water, and the contents of 1 capsule of vitamin E oil in a bowl. Warm to 90 degrees in a double-boiler or microwave and set aside.
  2. In a double-boiler, heat beeswax, rosehip seed oil, and almond oil together until they are completely melted. Remove from heat and pour gently into your blender.
  3. Blend on the lowest setting for 10 seconds, then add the aloe vera and water mixture slowly (like 10 drops at a time) while the blender is on low. It should take several minutes to combine the two mixtures, this is the emulsification process.
  4. Keep blending until it's a creamy consistency you are happy with, add a few drops of lavender oil, and stop blending. Use a spatula to store it in containers of your choice.
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Brightening Eye Area Salve

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Olive oil is rich in fat-soluble vitamins (including E and K, both of which are good for all skin types), and geranium and bergamot essential oils result in a fresh, bright scent.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon argan oil
  • 4 drops geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops bergamot essential oil


  1. In a heat-proof bowl, combine olive oil, shea butter, and argan oil.
  2. Heat gently until all ingredients are melted together.
  3. Remove from heat and add 3-4 drops of geranium essential oil and 2-3 drops of bergamot essential oil.
  4. Cool for a few minutes and pour into a container; mix will harden a bit but will still be soft enough to dab. Apply as needed.
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DIY Eye Cream for Aging Skin

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This coconut oil-based eye treatment is ideal for applying before bed, so it can do its work while you sleep. If you use it in the morning, it will take 10-15 minutes to fully soak into your skin.

This recipe contains rose and frankincense essential oils, both of which have a long history as anti-wrinkle ingredients, as well as rosehip seed oil, which has molecules small enough to penetrate deep into the skin to help moisturize it.


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons rosehip seed oil
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 3 drops rose essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil


  1. In a double-boiler, heat coconut oil until it's melted.
  2. Add rosehip seed oil, the contents of one vitamin E capsule, rose essential oil, and frankincense essential oil.
  3. Mix everything together and remove from heat.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes before pouring into your container of choice.
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Anti-Puffy Eye Cream

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Coffee and green tea are often used in skin creams to reduce puffiness because caffeine is a vasoconstrictor (it constricts blood vessels). Combined with soothing ingredients, they can create a good short-term fix to hide swollen eye-area skin.

First, you'll need to make a coffee-infused oil by combining 2 tablespoons of almond oil with 1 tablespoon of caffeinated ground coffee in a heat-proof bowl. Gently heat it in a double-boiler for an hour. Let cool to touch, then filter out the coffee grounds using a cheesecloth or a fine sieve.

  1. Combine coffee-infused almond oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets, the contents of one vitamin E capsule, and your favorite gentle essential oil, like lavender or rose (or leave unscented).
  2. Heat this mixture over a double-boiler until everything is melted.
  3. Let cool to the touch but pour into a glass container while it's still liquid.
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Super Simple Light Eye Area Moisturizer

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This moisturizer is ideal for very oily skin as it is very light. This mixture should soak right into the skin easily. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe combine well with beneficial nutrients like minerals, fatty acids, and vitamins.

  1. In a small glass or plastic bottle (6 oz size) with a top, add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel, a tablespoon of rose hydrosol, and a teaspoon of rosehip oil.
  2. Shake well and apply to eye area.
  3. Shake each time before use and keep in a cool spot—ideally the refrigerator, which will help the gel last longer and feel cool upon application.
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DIY Eye Mask for Immediate Moisturizing

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This is a one-time use mask for the eye area, if you need deep moisturizing, calming, and soothing around the eyes.

  1. Mash up 1/4 of an avocado in a bowl using a fork.
  2. Add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and 5-6 drops of sweet almond or grapeseed oil and mix.
  3. Apply around the eye, being careful not to get any in your eye. Lie down for 5-10 minutes while the mask works.
  4. Rinse off (don't use soap if you can avoid it). Pat dry and apply your regular eye cream.
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Emergency Rescue for Puffy Eyes

Sometimes you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and the skin around your eyes tells on you. This quick pick-me-up needs to be made in advance, but it will keep for a year or more in the freezer, so it'll be there when you need it.


  • 1/4 cup of your favorite milk (a nut milk like almond or hazelnut is best but any milk will work)
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 4 cucumber slices with most of the skin removed
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil


  1. In a blender, mix milk, aloe vera gel, and 3-4 thick cucumber slices.
  2. Add mint leaves and almond oil. Blend for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour blended mix into an ice cube tray and freeze.

When needed, pop out of the ice tray, wrap in a thin piece of fabric (like a bandana), lie down, and gently pat the eye area. It will slowly melt, which is fine, let the mixture soak into your skin.

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Jasmine Green Tea Eye Spray

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Jasmine green tea contains caffeine, so like the coffee eye cream, this spray might help with puffiness. Aloe vera will moisturize and the double-spray process will give this light mixture a chance to absorb. The spray application method is also an easy way to cover the whole eye area at once.

  1. Brew a tablespoon of jasmine green tea with three tablespoons of hot water (180 degrees Fahrenheit) for three minutes. Drain green tea leaves out.
  2. Add a tablespoon of argan oil to the warm, concentrated tea, and then 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
  3. Add mixture to a small spray container. Shake vigorously to mix ingredients.
  4. Close eyes and spray over the eye area.
  5. Gently pat dry and repeat, this time patting the mixture into the area around the eye with your fingertips. Gently pat dry again.
  6. Shake well before each use. This spray doesn't have any natural preservatives in it so will only last a couple of weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the difference between eye cream and eye serum?

    The primary difference between eye cream and eye serum is the texture. Creams are thicker with an emphasis on moisturizing, which means they take longer to absorb into the skin. Serums are thinner and more easily absorbed into the skin. They also contain less oil and, typically, a higher concentration of additives for a more targeted effect.

  • Is Vaseline good to use as eye cream?

    Vaseline and other petroleum jelly products are safe to use around the eyes. They lock in your skin's existing moisture, making them effective for dry skin. However, they do not add moisture to the skin like other moisturizers, and they do not provide the additional benefits that ingredients like aloe vera, essential oils, and ground coffee offer.

  • What natural ingredients are good for dark circles under the eyes?

    An abundance of anecdotal evidence cites almond oil as an effective ingredient for treating dark circles. It contains Vitamin K, which boosts blood circulation and can help minimize discoloration under the eyes. It also contains Vitamin E, important fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which all treat the dryness and puffiness associated with dark circles.

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