Herbal Eye Serum Recipe

This herbal eye serum recipe with infused olive oil and rosehip seed oil helps fight wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles in your undereye skin. This serum is made with 3 ingredients: rosehip seed oil, calendula infused olive oil, and vitamin E. Frankincense essential oil is soft to your skin and gives this eye serum a lovely scent.

Learn how to make this eye serum at home, with natural ingredients. An oil-based product that will nourish your undereye skin and diminish puffy eyes and dark circles, due to plants properties and high anti-oxidants content.

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How Do You Make Natural Eye Serum?

You can make a natural eye serum with nourishing vegetable oils and/or plant extracts: rosehip seed oil, vitamin E oil, and olive oil infused with calendula, plantain and rosemary.

The Oils

Rosehip seed oil is a natural anti-aging oil, due to high level of anti-oxidants, including vitamin A and C. According to Healthline, it boosts collagen production, helps brighten skin, helps reducing inflammation and hyperpigmentation. It also contains essential nutrients like oleic acid and linoleic acid.

Olive oil is also a great vegetable oil. Pretty easy to find in Portugal, and cheap, it’s a crime to not use it in homemade skincare. According to MedicalNewsToday, it’s a great moisturizer and high in antioxidants and oleic acid, making it adequate to treat wrinkles and dried, aging skin.


You can replace infused olive oil by olive squalane. Being a strong cosmetic ingredient, it’s more expensive but more potent than infused olive oil. Squalane is a special molecule, similar to squalene, which occurs naturally in the sebum our skin produces. It helps smooth and soften skin, and enhances skin elasticity.

Finally, vitamin E oil comes as an anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. It is very good to fight free radicals that cause skin aging, and also helps with skin regeneration.

The Plants

Calendula Officinalis, commonly known as marigold, is a flower with antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It helps mostly with wound healing and skin regeneration. Some studies concluded that calendula (and aloe vera), helped healing faster from episiotomy.

calendula plant

Plantain, or Plantago, it’s an herb that is astringent, anti-toxic, anti-mcrobial and anti-inflammatory among other properties. It helps soothing skin from insect bites, rashes, or minor sores.

I have previously used this healing salve with calendula and plantain infused oils. I’ve used it in a burned finger, with an immediate calming effect.

In the next days, my skin only turned very dry while healing. It was probably the combined effect of both plants and the oils, but it works. I would advise to use it as a complement of a medical treatment and never instead of.

What Essential Oil is Good for Under Eye?

Frankincense essential oil is mild for sensitive skin. It makes it adequate for the delicate undereyes skin. There are claims that frankincense helps fight wrinkles and anti-aging signals. While there is a potential for that, little research was done to prove it.

I’ve chosen this essential oil mainly for its scent. It’s a earthy, resin-like, delicate scent that gives this eye serum a lovely aroma, countering the strong smell of olive oil. If you don’t like it, or prefer to use others, you may also use lavender or sandalwood essential oils.

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Avoid citrus essential oils or spicy ones. They are prone to phototoxicity or dermal sensitization. If you wish to use a specific essential oil, dilute it in a carrier oil and make a skin test. Even then, be vigilant about any effect it might have in your undereye skin. Immediately stop using an essential oil if you have any allergy. Read more in Are Essential Oils Safe for Soap?

A Natural Herbal Eye Serum Recipe

This eye serum is not exactly an eye serum. It doesn’t contain any water, and it isn’t an emulsion. I am using the name for simplicity, as it is a concentrated product to treat your undereye skin – another definition of serum.

I could make a true eye serum (and probably will try at some point) with rose water. But that would lead me to use also an emulsifying wax and a preservative. Although I do use them in all my lotions, I believe that using only vegetable oils has a big advantage. It means less ingredients, therefore less chemicals or allergen substances that might affect your delicate undereye skin. Makes sense, no?


Speaking of alergens, don’t forget to make a skin test to all these ingredients. Although calendula is generaly safe, it may cause allergies to people allergic to plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Olive oil may cause acne to oily skin or skin prone to it.

How to Make a Skin Test

Apply a small amount of the oil to a small patch of skin, like your inner wrist. Wait for 24 to 48 hours. If you see or feel irritation in that area after that time frame, do not use this oil.

How To Use This Eye Serum

This eye serum is best applied as an overnight treatment. During the night, your skin will be able to fully absorb the oils, enhancing its effect. Apply your roll-on in your finger, and tap lightly the serum under and around your eyes. You may also apply it to any area in your face that feels dry and wrinkled.

Avoid any oilier face area, as olive oil is prone to cause acne to break. If you have oily skin, use olive squalane instead of olive oil. I am able to notice a reduction of puffiness everytime I use this serum. Sometimes, dark circles fade noticeably.

Give it a try to this very simple recipe and let me know if you were able to notice any effect!

herbal eye serum recipe

Find Where to Buy Natural Eye Serum

If you’re not yet ready to try to make this recipe at home, but you still wish to enjoy natural cosmetics, you can find natural eye serums in the following links. If you check out the ingredients list, you will notice that they are made of the same or similar oils used in this recipe: 

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Herbal Eye Serum Recipe

This herbal eye serum will provide your under-eye skin with essential nutrients from olive oil infused in calendula, plantain and rosemary. Enriched with rosehip seed oil, a great oil high in vitamin C and other anti-oxidants, and vitamin E, *the* anti-oxidant among natural products, your eyes will be in for a deep anti-aging and nourishing treatment. You may also apply this serum to especially dry or wrinkled skin anywhere else in your face. A wonderful product for less than 1$
Difficulty: Very easy
Weight: 4 ml
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Method: Oil-based Product
Cosmetic: Serum
Servings: 1 roll-on of 4 ml
Author: Sofia Matias
Cost: 0,70€ / $0,82



  • Disinfect all your equipment before starting. You can use a solution of 1 liter of water with 1/2 cup of bleach. Make sure everything is dry and clean before usage.
  • Measure each oil with the plastic pipette or a measuring spoon into the glass tube.
  • Add 1 drop of essential oil: 1 drop is around 0,05ml, which means you are adding almost 2%. Be careful and don't overdo.
  • Assemble the roll-on ball. Close the tube and shake it well to mix the oils.
  • Make sure that your roll-on tube is either made with a dark glass or cover it with a paper label. The oils should be protected from light exposure.
  • Your eye serum is ready to use!! Use it under and around your eyes (tap your skin gently with your finger) or with deeper/expression wrinkles.
    None of these oils is problematic or allergenic, but, just in case, make a skin test before using it in the sensitive skin of your eyes.


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