Herbal Interests // DIY Green Tea Eye Cream
They say that making an herbal lip balm is the gateway drug to making other herbal cosmetics/remedies... well, whoever they are, was spot on. I made lip balm for you guys a while back and then went a little nuts-o on researching what other types of things I could make. I've really been wanting to buy myself a nice under-eye cream. You know, the kind that makes your heart kind of hurt when you pay for it? It's such a small little container of who-knows-what that they say makes your dark circles and puffiness go away. Well, I started looking at recipes and ingredients that go in said-creams, and I was happy to discover that I had most of them on hand, and that it would only take me minutes to make it myself. Win!
If you're like me and you enjoy making herbal recipes, then you'll start to find that most of the ingredients that go in one recipe are generally in another. It's kind of like baking a cake. Some cakes are different, some recipes are different. In the end, it's all about the consistency + ingredients that you like. I made this eye cream and really love the creamy consistency. Because it's not water-based, you won't get that lotion like feeling. Having no water also means that it will last a lot longer. Oil-based herbal recipes last as long as the oil ingredient with the shortest shelf-life. In most cases, that's about 6 months to a year. Nice! If you were to use water, the life of your all natural product might only be a few days. Just an FYI! New thing to learn!
1 1/2 tsp jojoba oil
1 1/2 tsp rosehip seed oil
4-5 tsp shea butter
4-5 tsp cocoa butter
1 green tea bag
3/4 tsp beeswax
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops Vitamin E oil
In a double boiler**, melt the beeswax, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter together. Sprinkle in the green tea leaves and stir. Let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every now and then to prevent sticking.
Remove from heat and strain the mixture over a cheesecloth and into an old bowl. Working quickly, stir in the lavender essential oil and the Vitamin E oil.
Carefully pour the solution into your desired container. I used small metal tins, which you can find here. Let harden, about 10-20 minutes.
Apply under eyes, preferably before bed. This mixture is oil-based and can be a bit heavy for day wear, but that is up to you! Awaken to beautiful, bright eyes!
**If you are new to making your own herbal recipes, please note that beeswax is extremely difficult to remove from metal utensils and pots. Though not impossible, it is a big pain! I purchased an old pan at a resale shop to use as a makeshift double boiler - I place it in a larger pot filled with water. It works perfectly, minimal clean up, and I don't have to worry about ruining one of my good pots.
I really liked this. It's hardly scented, which is nice, but has that faint hint of lavender and herbs. I really love that. Our house is a bit cold, even with our heat on, so I've found that a few of my "balm" recipes harden a bit more than I would prefer. If this recipe were made in a really warm climate, I'm sure it would be a lot creamier! You'll have to let me know if you live somewhere hot how it fairs. If your balm does melt on you, don't fret. Just let it harden back up again in a cooler place and then use as normal! It's totally safe. Enjoy (:
***I am not a medical professional nor am I a professional herbalist. This is merely a hobby. Please consult with your doctor before use if you are questioning the ingredients within this recipe. All ingredients should be organic and certified as 100% natural.