Homemade Eye Cream with Frankincense & Shea Butter

The King's Medicine Cabinet Dr. Axe

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Sources & References:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/
  • http://www.livestrong.com/article/228464-what-are-the-benefits-of-rose-hip-oil-on-the-face/

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  1. Katalin says:

    In what form vitamin E is supposed to be added?

  2. Karin says:

    Can fractionated coconut be used in all these DIY recipes as now when it’s colder the regular coconut oil become solid?

    • Corina says:

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

  3. Barbara says:

    What brand of essential oils is the best brand to use?

    • Kelli says:

      Barbara, Dr. Axe uses doTERRA. Happy to send you a sample. There is a difference. Don’t buy at the grocery store! Leave me a message on my Facebook oil page, Here An Oil, There An Oil.

      • Barbara Richardson says:

        Can you please send me a sample of Frankincense and can you take it Frankincense internally in pill form ?

    • Kristina Parry says:

      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 SeedToSeal.com

      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


      • Rachel says:

        DoTerra oils are as good if not better. Check it out for yourself online.

      • Ann says:

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

      • Sarah says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

        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.

    • Carisa says:

      I solely use young living which I find to be the best!

    • Lisa says:

      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.

    • Margaret says:

      Dr Axe is coming out with his own line of essential oils soon…

  4. Patricia Bracken says:

    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.

    • Ita McErlean says:

      I’m a doTERRA consultant in NI and I adore the whole range of doTERRA products.

    • Kelli says:

      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!

  5. Karen Ambort says:

    Dr. Axe,
    Where is the best place to purchase the shea butter ?
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Merry Christmas !

  6. Benda says:

    Where can you buy Shea butter, pure aloe vera gel and shea butter?

    • Robin says:

      I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs (www.mountainroseherbs.com). 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.

    • kafayat Balogun says:

      I sell pure and edible Shea butter. My facebook page Hijama & just halal or group Hijama & just halal association of drug-less therapist. http://www.hijamanjusthalal.co.uk

  7. Debra says:

    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 says:

      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

  8. Natalie Johnston says:

    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?

  9. Annabelle says:

    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.

  10. Mindy says:

    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!

  11. Erin says:

    I would like to make this, but like someone else remarked, what form of Vitamin E is supposed to be used. Thanks!

  12. Janet says:

    Does this eye cream work well under make up?

  13. Valerie says:

    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 ?

  14. Ami says:

    Whats the rate of the book.

  15. Beth says:

    Dr. Axe why do some Essential oils expire ?

  16. Tammy Sa says:

    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 says:

      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.

  17. Ann Davis says:

    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!

  18. Sylvia G. says:

    There is no emulsifier to bind the water-based gel to the oils…this is a nice DIY recipe, but not well thought out.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I was wondering if I can use fresh aloe vera gel from the plant. Also would this be good to use as an upper lip wrinkle cream?

  20. Rebecca says:

    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?

  21. Hilda says:

    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

  22. Sharron says:

    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!

  23. Jim says:

    Get certified organic essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs ….. at great prices !

  24. Therese says:

    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.

  25. Nina says:

    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.

  26. Emma says:

    Dr. Axe,
    What kind of Vitamin E oil do I use?

  27. VibrationOrganics says:

    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.

  28. faiza virani-fazal says:

    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!

  29. Beth says:

    I’ve read that we should not put Frankincense oil near our eyes. I’m not sure what to believe now.

  30. Gigi says:

    Could you use vitamin k in this cream for dark circles under the eyes?

  31. Kathy says:

    I can’t use Vit. E, or lavender oils…….skin sensitivities. Any suggestion for

  32. Michele says:

    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

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