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DIY Eye Serum

Plant Therapy DIY Eye Serum

DIY Eye Serum

Let’s face it, it’s the end of summer. We’ve vacationed, gardened, spent time with our families and friend and we are tired. Well, at least I am! So I set out to find something to help me look less tired! I rely on my morning cup of coffee to put some pep in my step and I thought it would also be useful to pep up my looks. Check out how below…

DIY Caffeine Eye Serum

Plant Therapy DIY Caffeine Eye Serum

What you’ll need:



What you’ll do:

  1. Place coffee grounds in glass jar
  2. Pour meadowfoam to cover (about 1/4 cup)
  3. Allow to sit for a week or so
  4. Strain the coffee grounds out of the carrier
  5. Decant into 10 mL bottle(s)
  6. To use: smooth under eyes after each cleansing

I hope you enjoy your perkier looking eyes! Let us know if you decide to make this project & how it works for you!

Why did I choose Meadowfoam for this project? Meadowfoam Carrier Oil contains 98% fatty acids long-chain carbon atoms. It is resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring tocopherols, and is one of the most stable lipids known and will actually extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. As a result, it has an extremely long shelf life. Meadowfoam Carrier Oil has wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and is highly recommended for use in cosmetics and skin care products especially for its UV protection properties. It is a key ingredient in many different products such as suntan lotion, massage oils and lotions, hand/facial creams, hair and scalp products, cuticle repair cream, foundations, rouges, face powders, lip sticks, shampoos, shaving creams and various other balms. Meadowfoam absorbs easily into the skin leaving a silky smooth feel.

Don’t forget – as always, we want to hear from you! Contact us by emailing [email protected] for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. You can join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes and participate in lively conversation with other essential oils users. We have your safety in mind – so come hang out with us to learn even more! We look forward to seeing you there!



64 thoughts on “DIY Eye Serum”

  • I made this eye serum this week when I got my PT order of Meadowfoam. I can’t wait to try it after seeing many positive reviews!

  • Would benefits of this increase if the coffee sits in the meadowfoam oil for longer than a week?

  • Can I use jojoba oil or avocado oil with similar results? What would the shelf life on that be?

  • I love this recipe! I used a reusable kcup filter to stain it. It worked great! Thanks for the DIY!

    1. Kimberly, we do not recommend using essential oils so close to the eyes. So in this instance, using actual coffee grounds is much safer than the essential oil 🙂

  • I just infused mine after 10 days. Questions and comments:
    1. Fine mesh strainer doesnt work well. Had to use a panty house. Next time I will use rhe coffee filter idea.
    2. When using the coffee filter, should I leave it at the top of the container and let the the oil drip or I should leave it at the bottom. If I leave it at the bottom, I feel I will loose a lot of oil when I take it out.
    3. I read that some people leave the oil and coffee for a month. The longer the tume = a better serum?
    Thank you!

    1. A coffee filter or cheese cloth works well. The longer you infuse, the stronger the oil, so yes, it would be a better serum.

      You can squeeze the oil out of the coffee filter to get it all out. 🙂

      1. Update: today is the 2nd day with the coffee filter approach. I see thay the coffee sucked all the oil. The jar doesnt have any oil. Is this normal or maybe I need more oil?
        Thsnks again

        1. That is a common issue, Karen. You can definitely add more carrier oil to the jar. I would fill it almost to the top

  • Im excited to use my eye serum that has been infused in coffee for a month. Can this be applied daily around the eyes for several months with no I’ll effects?

    1. Several of our customers have tried this recipe and love it 🙂 For more feedback try joining our Safe Essential Oil Recipe group on Facebook.

  • I placed my coffee grounds in a coffee filter, tied it off and cut off the excess at the top and put this this bundle into my oil. Three weeks later I have awesome coffee eye serum and no grounds to strain out! 🙂 Thanks so much for this great serum recipe!!

    1. Oooh that’s a good idea. I was thinking about straining thru a coffee filter, but using the coffee filter from the beginning, now that’s genius. Do you have any issues with absorption of the coffee into the oil?

    1. From everything that I’ve seen, I don’t believe it’s safe to use EOs that close to your eyes. That’s why PT is using this recipe instead of the coffee EO, but I could be mistaken.

      1. I agree that I would not use EO’s that close to my eyes. You really don’t them in this anyway. And the reason for not used the coffee EO (other than not having EO’s that close to the eyes) is because real ground coffee has more caffeine, the EO has very little. And the caffeine is a big part of why this serum works. 🙂

    1. I am going to try panty hose next time, I have always used cheese cloth,but, I think that the panty hose might be less messy and faster. I love this serum and use it every morning.

      1. Does it reduce puffiness? I made some with jojoba oil and it’s still sitting on the counter. It’s been 16 days. I read somewhere that the longer it sits the better it works. I’m going to use pantyhose to strain. I just wanted to know if it really gets rid of the puffiness.

  • I’m wondering if it would work if I placed my coffee grounds in a loose damp coffee filter cut down and tied with a twisty then placed in the meadowfoam? Maybe leave it twice as long? I guess I’m trying to be sure I don’t have an issue straining the grounds from the meadowfoam oil.

      1. Great! I believe tulle might work the best. I’ll update here and let you know how it works out. Im excited to try it and the eye serum itself! Thank you so much for your response!

        1. I actually used filmy fabric of a tie back from a set of curtains. I have never used the tie backs and was going to discard them. Then I thought of this recipe. The tie back was already clean so I cut it where one end was sewn together and added the coffee to the other. I then just closed it with a twist tie, placed it in the bottom of the jar and covered with meadowfoam oil. It worked perfectly! Now, as I’m offering these bottles for sale, I’m planning to add a single coffee bean to the bottle. I love Plant Therapy and all of your recipes and ideas! Thank you!

    1. I too am placing my grounds in a coffee filter, tying it off and placing in the oil. BUT… you mention dampening the filter first, and I would not do that if you meant with water. Once you introduce water into this, you also will eventually introduce bacteria. I placed my grounds into a dry filter and then placed in the oil. Working great so far!

  • should the oil be darker after being infused for several days? I tried this with instant coffee (I’m a tea drinker so this is what I could easily get my hands on!) and the oil still looks clear. Ok or try again???

      1. Thank you so much! So, then, question #2 (which came up after I tried straining out all of those coffee grounds): if it’s the caffeine that’s important, would a bag of Earl Gray tea work just as well?

    1. I believe that it would be the shelf life of the meadowfoam, which is two years when stored in a cool/dark place.

  • Just curious, why were coffee grounds used instead of coffee Essential oil? I know I have some coffee oil from PT…

    1. I believe that it’s because the coffee grounds contain more caffeine, the essential oil contains very very little.

    2. I know this is an old post – but in case others are reading through the comments, the use of essential oils so close to the eyes is not recommended. That would be the reason to use coffee instead of the EO.

  • I thought that caffeine was water soluble… wouldn’t that mean that the caffeine is not actually infusing from the coffee into the oil, but rather, the oil soluble parts of coffee would be what is transferred into the oil? I’m not saying it doesn’t work – it might work very well! I just think maybe it wouldn’t have much if any caffeine…

    1. Interesting point, I’m not sure about the chemistry behind it because caffeine is water soluble (mostly at room temperature, higher heats make it more water soluble), I do believe that some of the caffeine is transferred, however certainly not as much as is contained in the grounds.

  • Is it better to leave the infusion in room temperature or in the fridge? Considering I live in tropical Jakarta…
    Also, can I use the oil to make eye salves with beeswax? Or is beeswax not recommended for use on eyes?

    1. I leave it at room temperature, if you typically store your oils outside of the fridge without issue then it should be fine to leave your infusion out. The heat helps the matter to infuse into the oil.

  • Didn’t work for me. .. no matter what, even coffee filters wouldn’t strain out the grounds. Made a huge oily mess, and wasted a lot of oil. All trash. And I used almond oil, because that’s what I had on hand because it’s also supposed to help dark circles.

    1. I am sorry to hear that you had an issue, so many others have really enjoyed this process. Another option is to try a fine mesh strainer. I hope that helps!

      1. I’m going to grind coffee beans in a coarse grind as I would do for french press coffee. Thanks for the warning.

    2. I wrap the coffee grounds up in a coffee filter and securely tie it off. Then I put this in my container and add the carrier oil. After a week or two, I simply lift out the coffee filter and use the infused carrier oil. No grounds to filter out. 🙂

    1. Hi Patty, the coffee grounds are simply infused into the carrier oil. Once infused (after several days) they are strained out of the carrier and it can now be used under/around the eye. The grounds are never actually applied to the skin. I hope this clarifies for you how this DIY project can benefit your skin.

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