i’ve been MIA for awhile now, and of course missing you guys and the AE blog. but i’m back and in time will reveal some magical things to you! but for now, we’ll focus on nourishing our delicate eye area
wrinkles or no wrinkles, eye creams (at least to me) are so soothing to use! but if you look at the ingredients list of many popular eye creams out there, they’re pretty scary….
so can we make our own? YES.
and it’s pretty easy. even i could make it!
- unrefined coconut oil – moisturizer
- organic green tea – reduces dark circles and puffiness; tightens eye area
- AEA certified emu oil – moisturizer; repairs damage
- unrefined argan oil – moisturizer; evens skin tone; repairs damage
- jojoba oil – moisturizer
- raw shea butter – moisturizer; treats wrinkles and blemishes
- pure beeswax – thickener; locks in moisture
- rose hip seed oil – treats wrinkles
- unrefined coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
- green tea – 1 organic tea bag
- emu/argan/jojoba oil (pick one or mix what you want) – 1 tablespoon
- raw shea butter – 1/4 tablespoon
- pure beeswax – 1/3 tablespoon
- rose hip seed oil (optional) – 1/8 teaspoon
- small pots to make a double boiler
- spoon to mix
- strainer (if you have one. if not, dont worry.)
- at least a 2 ounce container to keep the mix in
this recipe makes about 1.5 ounces of eye cream, give or take a bit
- put your double boiler on medium-low heat.
- add beeswax and wait for it to fully melt.
- add shea butter and allow for it to fully melt. mix thoroughly!
- mix in coconut oil, argan/emu/jojoba oil, and let melt. mix thoroughly.
- open the green tea bag and dump in the leaves. stir slightly every 5 mins, and allow to steep for 30 mins total.
- turn heat off.
- add in rose hip oil and stir thoroughly (if you choose to add RHO).
- pour into a glass container you can pour from (pyrex cup, tea mug, etc.) OR try pouring from the pan you’re using. i did this and it worked fine. plus, that’s one less thing to wash!
- as the mix cools, the tea leaves will settle to the bottom. pour the mix into your container as they settle, before it cools completely. if you have some sort of strainer, you can use it as well (it’s obviously easier, but many people don’t have one…myself included! haha).
let your mix cool completely before you use it, please.
apply to clean skin in the morning Only! your skin repairs itself at night, and it’s important that it doesn’t rely on creams/oils/etc to do so.
this mix will have a longer shelf life due to making the green tea extract in oils (and not by steeping in water). keep in mind that with all natural products, it still does have a shelf life. if it starts to smell/look/feel differently, toss it! rest assured you can depend on it, without refrigeration), for about 3-5 months (if it takes you that long to use it all!).
keep it in a cool, dry area, in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
ADDING OTHER INGREDIENTS:
feel free to play around with the recipe to make it firmer/creamier/etc. you can add in EO’s for scent, but please please use VERY little. your eye area is very sensitive (and close to your nose and mouth; read: mucus membranes). adding EO’s and changing the recipe won’t affect the shelf life.
i hope you find this recipe as soothing as i did!
putting it in the fridge for an early morning refresher feels awesome, too! especially with the weather warming up. don’t ya think?
let us know how you like it and how you made the recipe your own!!
**we’re starting a new series called “EXPOSED” to showcase different natural ingredients and their benefits. (think: shea butter; witch hazel; etc.)
let me know what you want to see a post on!
picture courtesy of arealfoodlover blog