Make Your Own Natural Under Eye Cream at Home

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Homemade Under Eye Cream DIY Serum

Homemade Under Eye Cream (Serum)

After working long hours, teaching a class, and waking up early to do it all again, sometimes my eyes end up puffy with dark circles under them.

I’ve tried a few creams and serums that seemed to help with this, but they were all really expensive. One I looked at was over $100 for a tiny tube! I researched some options and came up with something I could make myself for much cheaper, using only natural ingredients.

I’m sharing my basic recipe for homemade under eye cream (serum) that is healing, soothing, and simple to make!

All-Natural Under Eye Serum Recipe



Make your infused oil. (This could take a few weeks if using the normal method, or a few hours if using the slow cooker method.)

Mix the first 5 ingredients together and transfer to a roller ball bottle. (Dark roller bottles like this are recommended to protect the fragile oils from light).

If you would like a creamier mix, add the melted shea butter and pour into a small jar. (Again, dark jars are preferable to protect oils from light.)

To Use

Roll serum under each eye, gently massaging it into dark circles or puffy areas. Avoid getting serum in your eyes. Night time is best as it will give oils a chance to soak into your skin.

Beneficial Oils for an Under-Eye Serum

All oils have different properties and will benefit your skin in different ways. Here are some of the benefits of these particular oils in the recipe:

  • Calendula and Marshmallow Root Infused Oil – Infusing calendula into oil helps to extract the healing properties of this plant into the oil. Marshmallow root is very soothing and healing as well. Learn how to infuse your own oils here.
  • Vitamin E Oil – This is an antioxidant that can help prevent the skin from aging as quickly, and it can help reduce the appearance of scars and fine lines.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil – This oil is packed with vitamins, particularly Vitamin C – a great antioxidant. It also contains essential fatty acids and beta carotene, another antioxidant. It has been used as far back as the Ancient Egyptians and here in the US by Native Americans to moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots.
  • Grapeseed Oil – A light oil that is high in antioxidants.
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract – This  can help lengthen the shelf life of your serum by helping to slow down rancidity in the oils and slow the growth of any bacteria. (Be sure your GSE contains “citricidal,” which is the important compound needed to do the job. This brand does.)
  • Shea Butter – This luxurious, healing butter will make a more creamy mixture due to its solidity at room temperature.

Variations for this Recipe

You can make some substitutions if you prefer other ingredients. Sweet almond oil can be used instead of the grapeseed oil. It contains vitamins and minerals beneficial to the skin. You could also use either safflower or sunflower oils. Both are high in Vitamin E. You could add evening primrose oil instead of or in addition to the rosehip seed oil. It is thought to help in the balancing of hormones for women.

I didn’t include any essential oils because I’ve found that the vapors can sometimes irritate the eyes. If you wanted to add any, I would recommend only a drop or two of lavender or chamomile essential oil. Both are mild, soothing, and healing.

Have you ever used an under eye serum with any success? Or have you tried making your own? Share with us!


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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  1. Debra Maslowski says

    Another thing I’ve found to help with under eye problems is coffee. Make an oil infusion with some freshly ground coffee, dry, not wet, and strain it after a few weeks. I used grape seed oil. Use this in place of the oil with the other herbs.

  2. Bonnie says

    Is there anything that can be substituted for the calendula and marshmallow root? If not, where do you get these?

    • Debra Maslowski says

      You can use other ingredients, Bonnie. Slippery Elm or even Violet Flowers have the same type of mucilage as Marshmallow Root. You can also try any flowers from the Mallow family, such as Rose Of Sharon, Okra, Cotton or Hibiscus. They are all in the same family, all edible (really!) and all help with softening the skin. As far as Calendula, Plantain, (the weed, not the banana), Chickweed, Aloe Vera and Jewelweed are all good choices. If you can’t find these locally, look online. Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place to start.

  3. Kathy says

    Thank you so much. I am almost 70 years old, and wanted a good DIY recipe to try. I was surprised about the Grapefruit Seed Extract. Most information I see about its use, has to do with cleaning agents and not to get near your eyes. Am I confusing this with something else?

    • Debra Maslowski says

      No, you’re not, Kathy. It’s true you shouldn’t get any volatile oil compound near your eyes. This serum is used under the eyes, not close enough that it could get in the eyes. That’s what is meant by it. You can omit it if you like. The purpose is to help keep the oils from going rancid. storing your mix in the refrigerator will help with this anyway. I use it in my bath oil and body butters to help with the rancidity factors.

    • Debra Maslowski says

      It is a lot of fun, Sandy! And you can vary the oils used to suit your own needs. I used these because of the help they have for problem skin, but you could also try hemp seed oil or other beneficial oils.

  4. Lisa says

    I am so excited about this! Just recently have I experienced too much stress and this weekend had people actually tell me “they could see it in my eyes and face”. Then reading through your list I already have every ingredient on hand since these oils are often used for other great DIY-products. (Oh, vitamin E is also great at prolonging shelf life.)
    Thank you so much for sharing, I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Catarina says

    This is probably just Lovely, but frankly buying all the ingredients that will then go rancid before being used up will be as expensive as buying a good organic brand.

    • Sara says

      This recipe does not contain water-based ingredients. Therefore, the serum should be shelf stable. Whatever ingredient has the quickest turnover time would be the determing factor for shelf life. Typically, even for those oils with shorter shelf lives, it is usually at least 6 months. I can definitely use a serum up within 6 months!

      • Debra Maslowski says

        The rosewater IS a water compound Sarah, not an oil. So it is not shelf stable. The lecithin can be substituted with borax. The mixture then will be shelf stable for a few weeks. I didn’t include this option because there is so much concern about using borax.
        You can buy oils in smaller amounts at a health food store or co-op, Catarina. When I need just a few ounces of something, that’s where I go. Amazon and Ebay also have smaller amounts so that you don’t need to get 16 ounces of everything.

        • Sara says

          Hmmm…I’m confused. My mobile view must be skewed. The ingredients I see listed are an infused oil, rosehips seed oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, and optional shea butter. Sorry for any confusion due to my response. I guess I better look at this article on my PC. I just can’t find any mention of rosewater. Thanks for the heads up!

          • Debra Maslowski says

            I’m so sorry, Sara, you are correct! My fault for trying to answer two articles at the same time. There is no water compound and this will last for a very long time. Again, my apologies!