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.


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

  1. Florence Goodwin Avatar
    Florence Goodwin

    How can this be making your own shea butter, if you start with shea butter I don’t get it

  2. Debbie h Avatar
    Debbie h

    Can I use lavender to replace rose oil? And use it with the geranium oils together? Also can I use my bees wax votive candles, they are natural

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      The rosehip seed oil is a carrier oil, not an essential oil. Essential oils are much more concentrated and potent. The rosehip seed oil is also the main active ingredient so the results likely won’t be the same if it’s omitted. You could add lavender to the recipe, but I wouldn’t exceed 4 drops of essential oil total. The natural beeswax used in a candle might not be organic and a grade that’s safe for skin so it’s hard to say.

  3. zsar Avatar

    Hi any other suggestions, I tried this recipe yesterday and sadly had a bad reaction… I know it was one of the essential oils just not sure which one

  4. amber Avatar

    I’m having trouble with this recipe. It honestly seems to be lightening some dark spots near my eyes, and I love that, but…no matter how little or how carefully I apply it, it ends up stinging my eyes in the middle of the night. Any ideas how to prevent this?

    1. Joanne Adamovich Avatar
      Joanne Adamovich

      Try omitting the geranium oil. If you desire to continue with the geranium oil, use just one drop spread on two fingers and go around the bony area of the eyes and no closer to the eyeballs.

  5. Fiona Rogers Avatar
    Fiona Rogers

    The T in the ingredients list for Shea butter and coconut oil would that be tablespoons, and also what is the shelf life of the earth he could read please. Thank you

  6. Ruth Avatar

    How do you keep the jar upright while in the water? Do you hold on to it while wearing a hot pad?

    1. Shelly Avatar

      I get eczema on my eye lids for some reason. Would this cream work or would one of your other work better?

  7. Mike Avatar

    Would love to make this but with coffee infused oil. Can I just substitute coconut oil with coffee infused almond oil? And is this eye cream creamy? or more of a thicker paste? Has anyone used less beeswax and more shea butter?


    1. Katie Wells Avatar

      You absolutely can. It will be thinner if you use almond oil but you can add some extra shea butter to make it thicker if you want to. You absolutely can also use shea butter in place of some of the beeswax

  8. Renee Avatar

    Does this eye cream yield a greasy looking finish/feel? Wondering how well it would do under concealer and whether it’s just too shiny looking to wear when out and about.

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