One of the best reasons to get started with Essential Oils is to allow yourself the opportunity to make your own beauty and personal care products.
Even if you don’t particularly love doing DIY things… let me tell you a secret.
Once you successfully make one thing, you will want to make other things…. and before you know it, by golly… you will want to do an entire overhaul of not only your bathroom but you’ll want to help your friends, family and even strangers do the same.
It’s liberating – it really is.
All that aside, lets talk about facial cream.
Eye Cream is something that most of us women find ourselves applying to our under eye area – some of us put it on morning and night, while others might find that once a day does just fine for us too. In some rare cases we might feel that the neck needs a really good slather.
And when we put it on, we might find ourselves slathering our hands in this cream just because it makes us feel truly amazing.
This eye cream is incredibly easy to make, and you can use a combination of one, or several essential oils.
We used nine. WOW – right?
You don’t have to use nine. .. if you only have a few, then put them to use. The nine that we selected above were all chosen for one reason or another – but in the end, they all have one thing in common: they are great for supporting healthy, vibrant skin.
This recipe makes a little over 7 oz – the cream is made with raw Shea Butter that is whipped on high before being combined with Apricot Kernel Oil and Rosehip Oil.
If you don’t have Apricot Kernel Oil, you can substitute Grapeseed or Sweet Almond Oil.
It’s important that you mix it in very slowly while the blender is on high – then use any combination of Essential Oils that you wish for your facial cream.
By no means do you have to use nine oils – I just went a little crazy. All of those oils above share one common thing: they are all wonderful for supporting healthy skin.
Lavender: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products
Helichrysum: Helichrysum supports the appearance of healthy looking skin by supporting healthy cellular function that helps keep skin smooth and soft.
Manuka: Manuka essential oil supports the appearance of healthy-looking skin, reduces the appearance of blemishes, and can be added to your favorite skin care products.
Myrrh: Myrrh has a long history of use in skin care for its moisturizing properties to cleanse dry skin. It was highly regarded in biblical times and has an aroma that brings a deeper sense of spirituality.
Carrot Seed: Carrot Seed Oil helps support healthy skin tissue.
Frankincense: In addition to elevated spiritual experiences, the benefits of Frankincense essential oil include maintaining radiant skin.
Cedarwood: Young Living Cedarwood oil has a woodsy scent and may have added skin benefits.
Rosemary: Rosemary is effective for all skin types and is used as an ingredient in skin care cleansers, soaps, face masks, toners and creams.
Tea Tree: Tea Tree oil, also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia, is often used in skin care for its cleansing properties.
With that set aside, lets get into the recipe!
Luxurious Eye Cream
- 1/2 C. Shea Butter, raw & unrefined
- 1/3 C. Apricot Kernel Oil (or substitute Grapeseed Oil)
- 5 drops Rosehip Oil (optional)
- 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil – we used:
- 4 drops Lavender
- 1 drop Cedarwood
- 2 drops Helichrysum
- 1 drop Rosemary
- 3 drops Carrot Seed
- 2 drops Manuka
- 2 drops Tea Tree
- 3 drops Frankincense
- 2 drops Myrrh
- 8 oz jar or several smaller jars (we got ours at Abundant Health)
To make: In your KitchenAid, add the Shea Butter and whip for 5-6 minutes on high – it will turn from large chunks of Shea to a beautiful, thick, luxurious whip. Make sure you scrape the sides towards the beater so as to capture every little bit of Shea Butter.
Slowly add the Apricot Kernel Oil as the blender whips the Shea on high – the mixture should turn from a nice whip to a very light cream. Continue to whip for several minutes until it’s well incorporated. Add the Rosehip Oil (optional), and the essential oils of your choice and continue to whip until they are combined.
The mixture will be considerably thick and very rich/creamy.
Turn the blender off, shake the beater into the bowl and using a spoon, gather the rich facial cream and add to your glass jar – depending on the size of your jar you may use several.
Keep the cream covered and in a cool place. Apply as needed to moisturize and support the under eye area.
Disclosure: Do your own research on each individual essential oil to ensure that they are suitable for you.
If you are pregnant, you may want to pick up the Gentle Babies Reference Book to determine which oils are appropriate for expecting moms. I would stay away from Rosemary and Myrrh if you are pregnant.
Wondering what oils we use? If you can’t tell from the pictures of our facial cream, we love Young Living – their transparency, authenticity and their commitment to having the best oils from Seed, to Seal – sets them apart from any other company.
Learn more about Young Living and how you can get started by heading here.