How to Make Intensive Shea Butter Eye Cream (Recipe)

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Are you tired of your eyes looking, well…tired? You’ll find plenty of conventional eye creams that promise more youthful-looking skin. However, this DIY shea butter eye cream delivers the naturally protective benefits of shea butter, without a hefty dose of harmful chemicals on the side.

Skipping harmful ingredients is just one benefit of choosing a homemade eye cream over storebought. Let’s look at some of the drawbacks of conventional undereye creams.

The Problem With Most Eye Creams

Conventional eye creams work by temporarily constricting blood vessels or coating the skin in a film to artificially tone it. This might perk your eyes for the day but not deliver skin-deep results.

In contrast, shea butter penetrates with anti-inflammatory compounds (cinnamic acid), natural vitamins, and deeply moisturizing fatty acids for results over the long term.

Also, unlike other formulas, this eye cream doesn’t contain any water. While water-based creams make your skin feel moisturized at first, they end up drying out the delicate undereye area. A waterless eye cream also has a much longer shelf life (and is easier to make!).

The Benefits of Natural Shea Butter Eye Cream

Studies show shea butter naturally stimulates collagen production to increase skin firmness. This can improve the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. Even better, it helps reduce inflammation to combat puffiness. You’re also getting a nourishing dose of vitamins A and E for healthier skin.

I also add coconut oil to this shea butter eye cream recipe. Coconut oil is also fabulous for skin since it’s rich in lauric acid and essential fats. Not only does it boost circulation to clear up undereye circles, but it keeps connective tissue strong and supple. This means fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

Finally, we add a few other skin-soothing ingredients:

  • The beeswax in this recipe prevents moisture loss that can cause wrinkles.
  • Rosehip seed oil is very nourishing for aging skin. Since it’s a dry oil, it helps to reduce the overall greasy feel of this eye cream.
  • To finish it off, we’re using geranium essential oil for its ability to help diminish wrinkles and inflammation and clear up dark circles.

DIY pro tip: Also try my DIY under eye cream made with coffee!

Other Anti-Aging Natural Recipes

Warning: Once you see how well they work (and how much money they save!), you might become addicted to making your own natural beauty products! These are some of my favorite easy-to-make recipes and beauty tips:

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Shea Butter Eye Cream Recipe

Make your own luxurious shea butter and coconut oil eye cream with this all-natural recipe. Many expensive eye creams contain ingredients that don’t even work! DIY instead!
Active Time15 minutes
Yield: 2 oz
Author: Katie Wells


  • In a wide-mouth mason jar, combine the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.
  • Fill a saucepan halfway with water and place it on the stove.
  • Place the mason jar in the pan of water.
  • Bring the water to a gentle simmer to melt the ingredients in the mason jar, swirling the jar ever so often to gently mix the ingredients.
  • As soon as the ingredients are melted and combined, remove the jar from the water bath.
  • Pour the mixture in a small mixing bowl and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the rosehip and geranium oils.
  • Scoop the mixture into a glass or steel jar and use a tiny amount under the eyebrow and under eye area at night.


  • If you prefer glass, use these 2 oz round jars.
  • No beeswax? Substitute with extra shea butter. The result will be softer but still nourishing!
  • You can also use this as a natural eye makeup remover.
  • As with anything that’s not specifically for the eyeball, do NOT get this into your eye!

Make your own luxurious eye cream with this all-natural recipe. Many expensive eye creams contain ingredients that don't even work! DIY instead!

Have you ever made an eye cream? What are your favorite ingredients to use? Share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


158 responses to “How to Make Intensive Shea Butter Eye Cream (Recipe)”

  1. Batsheva Avatar

    I’d love to try making this recipe however, the shea butter in your link is not available on amazon anymore. Can you recommend another from Amazon? thanks

  2. Susan Avatar

    Hi – what about apricot oil instead of rosehip oil – I read that apricot (kernel?) oil is supposed to be very good for the skin around the eyes.

  3. Amz Avatar


    I would love to make this!

    Can I substitute shea butter for cocoa butter?

    Thank you!

  4. Lily Avatar

    I would love to try to make this eye cream! I have every ingredients except geranium essential oil. Can I omit it or any substitute? Thanks.

  5. Joanna Avatar

    I tried combining your recipe with a recipe on another site. It included vitamin E and aloe vera and I did not use geranium oil. I also used lavender and frankincense essential oils, which were from a source I now question. 🙁 The result was a nourishing cream, but I think I used too much near my eyes so my eyes were irritated. I hadn’t read your tip on application! There is also the matter of the questionable essential oils. And I am wondering if my aloe vera gel by Aloex has additives that bothered my eyes.

    I am keeping a journal of my experiments and research, and next up to try will be your recipe in its pure form without the geranium oil since I don’t have it. I will also be replacing the rosehip oil with jojoba oil since I have it.

  6. nan Avatar

    this looks great – thank you! can it be used all over your face? also, i love frankincense oil, can it be used around the eyes? i have dry skin, rosacea and wrinkles – arguh!

  7. Meg Avatar

    What is the role of the essential oils in this recipe? Are they just for scent or other purposes? I’m pretty sensitive even to essential oils so I’m wondering if I can leave them out? Or if they are particularly beneficial for eye cream? Thank you!

  8. Shobana Avatar

    I like your eye cream recipe very much will definitely give it a try. I use evening primrose and vitamin e oil along with rose hip oil for the eyes.Could just add those in this cream as well when I’m making? Thanks

  9. Whitney Avatar

    H! Great recipe to try. Wondering, what is the shelf life on this and what’s the best way to store it? ( cool place, refrigerator?)

    Thanks so much!

  10. Nancy Avatar

    I made this a couple days ago and somehow it is doing a little dance and getting into my eyes. Could I use it as face or hand cream?

  11. Candace Avatar

    Is rosehip seed oil the same thing as rosehip oil? I have the former at home, but the recipe calls for the latter.

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