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Homemade Eye Cream with Frankincense & Shea Butter



Homemade eye cream - Dr. Axe
Because we cannot see inside the body, the skin often provides the first obvious marks of the passing time and aging. It is a known fact that as we age, our skin becomes less resilient, resulting in dry skin and wrinkles in most people. Often, the first place this is visible is not only the face, but around the eyes. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded crow’s feet.

Now, diet is a huge component in how our skin looks and feels; however, there are ways to positively affect the skin and create a beautiful glow and fewer wrinkles, including less visible crow’s feet, using natural remedies, including this homemade eye cream with frankincense essential oil and shea butter.

While is seems that the best solution is to simply replace the oils that we lose due to aging and free radicals found in environmental toxins, it simply isn’t that easy. As reported by the journal Dermato Endocrinology, skin aging is a complex biological process influenced by a combination of factors, such as genetics, cellular metabolism, hormone and metabolic processes as well as chronic light exposure, pollution, ionizing radiation, chemicals and toxins. These factors together lead to the progressive changes in each skin layer as well as changes in the appearance of the skin, especially on the sun-exposed skin areas. (1)

Finely wrinkled and dry aged skin, especially in the eye region, is very common due to years of abuse. This happens because of gradual loss of skin elasticity, which is part of the cause of slower healing in older adults. 

What specifically can help reduce wrinkles around the eyes? Reduced collagen type VII, often caused by sun-exposed aged skin, may contribute to wrinkles by weakening the bond between the dermis and epidermis as we get older. And because of a loss of collagen, older skin begins to look irregular and disorganized by increasing the number of wrinkles and less firm areas of the skin, in particular on the face and around the eyes.

The overall collagen content per unit area of the skin surface is known to decline approximately 1 percent per year. Three primary structural components of the dermis — collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) —have been the focus of most anti-aging research pertaining to the skin to include anti-wrinkle creams and various filling agents that you may find at the dermatologist.

Ultimately, the basis of any natural skin care routine is to achieve healthy, smooth, blemish-free, translucent and resilient skin. To help achieve the best results and to avoid toxic chemicals found in most commercial products, consider making a homemade eye cream.

Because natural oils are pure and do not contain toxic ingredients, they can be absorbed safely and effectively —helping your skin and the areas around your eyes retain moisture and, therefore, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It works by allowing the nutrients and proteins in essential oils like frankincense oil to encourage cell-regeneration. Try this homemade eye cream today!

Homemade Eye Cream with Frankincense & Shea Butter

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 30 uses


  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 ounce pure aloe vera gel
  • 1 ounce unrefined shea butter
  • 1 ounce unrefined coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. If needed (for colder months when the coconut oil is solid), you can gently heat the shea butter and coconut oil in a small pan, then add the rest of the ingredients so that it blends easier.
  3. Once well blended, transfer into a glass jar.
  4. Use every morning and night around the eyes.

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  1. Marisol on

    Hi what is the shelf live of this cream since it has the aloe gel from the plant. I imagine the gel will go bad after a few days.

  2. Cris Duazo on

    Dr axe can you help me what is the best combo essential oil and carrier oil for my eyebags scar. I’ve been eye bag surgery before 3years ago.

  3. Marissa Verardo on

    Can you use this eye cream on eyelids as well?

    Also what are your thoughts on ozonated oils for skincare (like ozonated olive oil and hemp seed oil)?

  4. Sara on

    I gently heated my oils in a small canning jar(make sure it’s a pint jar) in hot water on the stove. I then added my essential ois. They didn’t smell very strong so I’m wondering if my oil was too hot although it didn’t feel hot when I put a drop on my skin. I used 6 drops frankincense, 4 drops carrot seed oil and three drops rose oil. Is this too much Essential Oil? I blended up my own aloe from a leaf. The aloe had turned pink which I don’t understand why? I forgot to add my aloe until it started to cool and then it wouldn’t mix so I got my immersion blender out and blended it up. Should I keep this in the refrigerator since it has aloe in it? Making lotion always ends up being more Messy than I expect.

  5. Aine on

    I’ve got a question, So can this cream can be used for the whole eye area. I have seen recipes that say no to applying onto eyelids. Does anyone know the reason for that. This is the list of ingredients – 1/2 tablespoon beeswax, 2 tablespoon shea butter, 3 tablespoon coffee infused oil, 1 teaspoon Rosehip Seed oil, 3 capsules of vitamin E, 7 drops chamomile essential oil, 10 drops frankincense essential oil – I won’t be using the chamomile oil. Thank you

    • carrie on

      The essential oils could irritate or burn the eyes. Coffee infused oil would do the same. This would be the same as witch hazel getting into the eye, it could cause dilation in the eye. A precautionary for those not understanding ingredients.

  6. Gabriela on

    Why This eye cream as well as all creams recipes
    1. stay on over skin so oily that makes so difficult to put make up or sunscreen ?
    2. They don’t mix well. Every time needs to shake and the cremas are not good consistency ?

  7. Gaby on

    Why the Crea does not mix well ? It mixed week but after couple hours gets cold but just the coconut oil goes to top and the rest sits down at the bottom. Does have to be mix with a spoon each time before use ??

  8. Karolyn on

    I made this recently, and within two weeks, there were little black spots on top — I’m presuming mold. I didn’t have any vitamin E, and I did add a little raw honey, but I don’t think that should have been a problem. Has anyone else had an issue like this?

  9. Bonnie on

    I made this two days ago and the aloe gel separates from the oils. It feels soothing but there is nothing to emulsify the oil and water. I suspected this but did anyone have success with this recipe. I made it as s gift and I’m not giving it.

  10. Christine on

    Wanted to love this but it made me breakout. I only made half the recipe, so I’ll use it on my elbows and maybe feet. Maybe I’ll try just the aloe around my eyes.

  11. Christina on

    I do not do good with coconut oil on my face is there another oil that I can use instead
    Thank you. I enjoy all your emails. Keep them coming😊

  12. Nancy on

    Could this antigungal spray be used on a dogs foot?
    We’ve been fighting this ‘athletes foot’, or yeast over growth, on only one paw, for months, the medication dr prescribes are very scared to me…
    I’d like to find something natural ~
    Thank you,
    Nancy R

  13. Donna on

    Read your message about Hyaluronic Acid product being the best for aging skin but which product is the best for your skin and most effective?

  14. Mira on

    Dr Axe, thank you for sharing those recipes, but the market for essential oils and organic coconut oil is so confusing . Where should I buy the ingredients, and where should I buy roman camomile oil?

  15. Donna on

    I have e mailed you twice and now this is my third time with no response, you do not show the actual recipe for the home made eyecream, where can I find it??????, will someone please call me 828-776-7540

    • nochemialsforme on

      the recipes are way down the bottom of the articles..keep scrolling till you see it…past all the information…and sometimes you have to click on a link that says “read”… I just read it today

  16. Michele on

    Is this mixture safe to use on the eyelids or just for under the eyes and at the sides? Also is it the best mix for helping to firm the eyelids? Really appreciate any guidance available

    • Kathy on

      Where would you even find vitamin K? Never take vitamin K orally without your Dr.. Vitamin K can cause your blood to have problems if not used under a Dr care.

  17. faiza virani-fazal on

    I want to make my own eye cream with shea, coconut oil and an essential oil.
    In your recipe you stated to use a glass container; what if I used metal or plastic?
    How would that put an effect on the cream.

    Thank you!

  18. VibrationOrganics on

    EMULSIFYING: Try this . . . from the recipe above –

    Out of the 1 oz of Aloe, 1) remove 1 tbls of the Aloe and add to glass bowl or measuring cup –
    2) to that Add 1 tsp of water.
    3) Then, add 1 tsp of Sunflower Lecithin Granules (not liquid) and let sit to dissolve for at least 1 hour.
    This is a pre-step.

    4) Near the end of the hour – proceed with warming shea butter & coconut oil.

    You can now proceed with either an immersion blender or a small food processor or old blender (that you won’t use for food – say, garage sale).

    5) Take lecithin mixture & add remaining aloe. Blend until dissolved lecithin is mixed thoroughly.
    6) Take room temp or slightly warm (but not hot) shea butter & coconut oil and slowly drizzle in as you blend into aloe/lecithin mixture. Once combined . . .
    7) Then, add the Frankincense & Vitamin E and blend in (essential oils should always go in last)

    It should thicken up a bit after it’s cooled/poured into glass jar. I actually like to wait a bit to see if it is the consistency I want (or at least heading that way after 1/2 hr or so). If it’s too runny, you can add a very small amount (apx 1/16th tsp or less) of non-GMO Xanthan Gum to thicken.

    This should easily stay emulsified.

  19. Nina on

    Is it best to purchase 100% frankincense oil for this, or one in a carrier oil ? 10 drops would be a significantly different potency with each of these I would assume.

  20. Therese on

    This eye cream sounds great, but I will have a problem. Oils like coconut/shea butter will wander up into your eyes, and it will burn. Gels are better, they absorb better into the skin.

  21. Sharron on

    Wow, I was wanting to know if this was fl. oz. or by weight, I saw all this argument about which oil is best. Grow up people, this is not a place to argue that. I wouldn’t want anything for either of you!

  22. Hilda on

    Just comment about young living owning their own farms they own farms in their global natural habitat ..thefore oils are coming from where tgey naturally grow..young living has been long standing in their business of over 20 plus yrs .ive done my research and thats why i have personally chose young living essential oils. Young living uses strict testing to make sure an oil is pure and they do not use pesticides .weed control is doneby hand.their seed to seal guarantee is unmatchable. As well they have a wider variety of dingles and blends . im sure DoTerra is a good product too but i place my trust in young living and their promise to deliver a quality product

  23. Rebecca on

    I couldn’t find the comment section for the Make your Own Eczema cream… I made it today, and it smells nice and appears like a great lotion, but when I apply it, it doesn’t absorb very well – any tips?

    • Lynn on

      Hello Dr Axe.
      I am a follower and have purchased some of your courses and products. Thank you for all you do!
      I have been making the Eye Cream recipe with Frankinsence and Aloe Vera gel which I take from my own plant. This gel being right from the plant is a bit lumpy and so doesn’t mix well in the cream. Also within a short time, the gel lumps turn a deep pink colour. I have still used the product but recently mold started growing in it. Can you help me please?

    • Amy on

      How about you email him personally and tell this man, an expert on essential oils, that this recipe isn’t very well thought out.

    • Angelea on

      I make homemade body butter (all butters and oils) and mix aloe Vera gel into it without an issue. I whip them and it never separates.

  24. Ann Davis on

    I was diagnosed with “mixed collagen diseases” in 1977. From childhood I had periods of time when I would be sick for up to 2 years with these problems. I was pretty much symptom free for around 8 years but in March 2015 I began having problems again with aches, severe joint pain and tendons, muscles, etc. all involved. The one thing different this time is blisters (like shingles) on my chin, inside mouth and in and around my nostrils. My doctor prescribed Valacyclovir HCL 1 gram per day and topical cream Desoximetasone USP, 0.25% as needed. I was doing pretty good for about 7 months but 3 months ago it started again. Doctor’s appointment tomorrow as I am getting worse and wanted to know if you think your Collagen, Leaky Gut Support and Probiotics will make much needed help for me. I’m kinda at the end of my rope. I’m old now and just don’t want to continue this way if I will be sick all the time. Please let me know your thoughts. I am retired on a fixed income so cannot be buying wildly I’m sure you will understand. Thank you for your help!

    • Prov31mommy on

      Hi Ann, My heart went out to you when I read your post…has anything changed since u posted it in February? I’d be interested in finding out about a few things before making any suggestions: like, what’s your diet like? Are you on any supplements? And do you use natural or mainstream products in your home? There at many factors that can effect your health and strengthening your body’s immune system is your first line of defense. I’d be happy to continue chatting via email if that’s more comfortable at I wish you the best!

  25. Tammy Sa on

    So I made this Homemade Eye cream, using all the ingredients listed and found that I had to heat slightly to get them to mix together but once they cooled, the coconut oil and shea butter separated from the Vit. E and Frankincense and Aloe Vera. They won’t mix back together unless I heat them up again. I also found that when I applied the cream to my skin under my eyes, I felt like I had a film over my eyes all day. Is there something I missed or did wrong when I made it? Would love to hear if others had this experience.

    • Therese on

      I can’t use oils like this because like you mentioned, they don’t absorb into the skin. In my situation it wanders into my eyes and this is not fun.

  26. Valerie on

    Dr. Axe has suggested that Coconut oil, Shea Butter and now Rosehip Seed oil are all good for the skin.
    Which one is actually the best for collagen reproduction and facial wrinkles ?

  27. Mindy on

    I had the same problem with the aloe Vera, but I poured all of it in a bowl and whipped it with a fork and then put back in the containers. Has not separated yet.

    What is the purpose of the aloe Vera? Is it necessary?

    I think this makes an excellent cream for hands, neck and chest area too!

  28. Annabelle on

    Just by looking at the ingredients, I know the oils/butters won’t mix with the aloe vera gel unless an emulsifier is used. I will probably have to tweak it.

    • RJ on

      I have been making my own facial and body skin care creams and salves for over 30 yrs. All my facial and body skin care I make with Shea, jojoba or unrefined coconut oil, essential oils and some with aloe gel or flax seed gel and yet I’m surprised other than from people in the comments, that the writers of many articles like this rarely talk about the only way gels and oils/butters won’t separate is by whipping them together. I’ve done it in a 3 stage process for I don’t know how long and the final two processes makes it stay together/combined and makes it nice and fluffy. whipping recipes like this that are made with a gel, oils and butters will always separate if it’s not mixed at a high speed and you can’t do that by hand. I’ve found that the best way is to slowly melt the Shea or whichever butter you’re using (works with cocoa butter and coconut oil too) over a double broiler, mix in the gel and essential oils then put it in the fridge for an hour or two. Take it out and whip it with a immersion blender. Here’s where I do an extra step.. I , put it back in the fridge for a few more hours (sometimes over night)and then repeat whipping it.. if it gets really solid in the fridge you can break it up and add a little jojoba to it or let it get to room temp before whipping until it’s really fluffy like meringue or whipped cream lol Then I keep it in a glass mason jar in the cabinet. I only make about 5 days worth at a time but This process has never failed me and works whenever I’m trying to mix a gel into a butter and or oil 😁

  29. Natalie Johnston on

    The oil came to the top and the aloe Vera is sitting at the bottom. I stirred and stirred all the ingredients together once the Shea butter and coconut oil were completely melted. Did I do something wrong?

  30. Debra on

    I mixed the eye cream but the oil came to the top.. The aloe Vera gel went to the bottom. It doesn’t mix well.. Did I do something wrong fir it to do this?

    • Kristina Parry on

      When making creams and balms of this type I always heat it up. Never to a boil, that can degrade the quality. Put the shea butter and coconut oil in a glass bowl in a pan of boiling water. As soon as they are completely melted, add aloe vera. Mix well then remove from heat. Add the rest of the ingredients. Once it cools almost all the way, whip with a hand mixer then place in a glass jar. I personally like to use equal parts coconut and grapeseed, as grapeseed is moisturizing without clogging pores. Jojoba oil and argan oil can be added for more oil based moisture. Patchouli is great for additional essential oil moisture as it is a rich root oil.

      Happy to help if you need anything else xx

    • Robin on

      I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs ( They sell aloe vera gel, shea butter, butters, herbs and so much more, including essential oils.. Their products are excellent quality with fair pricing. Also, you can go to your local natural foods store in your area. We have NutritionsMart and Whole Foods where we live.

  31. Patricia Bracken on

    Would you be able to send me a sample of the frankencense oil to n.ireland. thank you. Love your tips on health, and well being.

    • Kelli on

      I certainly can! Go to my Facebook oil page, Here An Oil, There An Oil. Leave me a message with your address. Last samples I sent to Ireland took about 10days from the US. Looking forward to talking with you!

    • Kristina Parry on

      I really appreciate that Dr. Axe does NOT publicly endorse a brand of essential oils. His information and help is first rate. Barbara – there are many brands of essential oils, and as they gain popularity more and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon. There is ONE company, and one company alone that owns their own farms, carefully selects the seeds to be planted, treats the fields with essential oils and never is touched by chemicals, harvests, distills, and bottles on site. That is Young Living.

      No other company, no matter how much they market and claim be pure, can ever be sure about every step of that process. Nearly mass produced companies in the US buy from 3rd party distillers and put their label on the bottle. The same oil can be in many different brands, with varying price points depending on if they’re direct sales or mass marketed. Kelli is right, there is a HUGE difference in essential oil companies.

      Read how important purity and quality control are at

      Happy to share more info if you like! Glad you are looking into holistic healing in the first place. You are way ahead of the curve xx


      • Ann on

        I agree 100% Kristina, I use and love Young living essential oils you can’t get any better than seed to seal !❤️

      • Sarah on

        He doesn’t mention a particular brand because he wants to stay compliant and isn’t allowed to but he is an advocate of doTERRA.

      • Coco on

        And while that is true that YL has its own farms, I much prefer to buy my oils from the original source of the plant. Farms across America aren’t always conducive to getting the best source and benefits of a plant.

      • Linda K on

        My problem with Young Living and a few other oil direct sales companies it that while Young Living has a very good product, they have to charge absorbent prices so everyone in a distributor’s up line can get paid. I think there are good oil companies online IF you do your homework and also check with the BBB and Consumer Guide.

      • Abc on

        Hi Kristina,

        I once considered YL as an EO company to go with but my gut told me it was not the right company. I didn’t even understand one word the rep was saying to me, it was like she was speaking a foreign language. I found out last month really why God was leading me away from YL. They were fined $760,000 by the US Department of Justice for violating the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species act for illegally trafficing Rosewood and Spikenard oil. You can find it on the US Dept of Justice website. Also look up lawsuits in Utah about YL. Where is their integrity?

      • Amy on

        Oh my, aren’t you pushy with YL! dōTERRA grows the plants and trees and flowers in the part of the world where it originated from, therefore it thrives there. A major benefit from doing that is that they are helping out so many poor people in those countries, by paying them to grow the plants, fruits, trees, etc.. dōTERRA gives back so much. YL, don’t they grow a lot if their things here in the US, which isn’t a third works country? I always wondered by YL doesn’t source their oils from the country of origin.

      • Kathy on

        Young living is great but so is doTERRA. So is aromatics international, purity or Purify(can’t remember) offers organic oils.

    • Lisa on

      I only use Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils. They are certified organic by the USDA and the Non-GMO Project Verified program. Products cannot obtain the Non-GMO Project Verified label unless they pass very strict standards. The Non-GMO Project Verified program is NOT affiliated with the U.S., or any other, government agency and is certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI). QAI is also NOT affiliated with any government agency and is totally independent. You cannot expect to get the full benefit of the essential oils unless they are highest quality.

    • Corina on

      Hi Karin. I would suggest to not use fractionation coconut oil as it will make your product very soft ( read runny) . Good luck.


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