DIY Caffeine Eye Serum for Dark Undereye Circles

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DIY Caffeine Eye Serum for Dark Undereye Circles

With all the hustle and bustle of summertime activities, you might be feeling a little exhausted and not getting enough sleep at night. When that happens, prepare for some unflattering dark circles around your eyes. But why does this even happen? Well, when you are not sleeping enough at night, dark circles form when the blood vessels around your eyes dilate. Since sleep is when our cells have time to repair themselves, without enough of it our cells just can’t keep up.

But even if you feel tired, you sure don’t need to look tired! This DIY is a perfect way to fake that healthy, well-rested glow when you just can’t seem to get all of the beauty rest you need!

Plant Therapy Caffeine Eye Serum DIY

DIY Caffeine Eye Serum

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp fresh ground coffee
  • Meadowfoam Carrier Oil or carrier oil of your choice
  • a small glass jar
  • fine mesh strainer
  • 10 mL bottle
  • Dropper

What you’ll do:

Place coffee grounds in the glass jar and pour the carrier in to cover (about ¼ cup). Allow to sit for a week or so. Strain the coffee grounds out of the carrier and decant into 10 mL bottle. To use, smooth under your eyes after each cleansing.

Just a note: While you are free to use the carrier oil of your choice, this DIY does specifically mention using Meadowfoam Carrier Oil as a great choice!

Meadowfoam Carrier Oil contains 98% fatty acids long-chain carbon atoms. It’s 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.

Meadowfoam also absorbs easily into the skin leaving a silky smooth feel. If you haven’t given this carrier oil a chance, this would be the perfect DIY to enjoy its amazing benefits!

For more awesome DIY ideas, and a community of amazing essential oil enthusiasts, be sure to check out our SEOR Facebook group!

94 thoughts on “DIY Caffeine Eye Serum for Dark Undereye Circles”

    1. Have you tried it with the almond oil yet? I don’t have the meadowfoam but have almond and sunflower so Im curious which would be better.

  1. I need this! I feel like no matter how much sleep I get, I always look tired. I’m going to give it a try with some sweet almond oil I have. 🙂

    1. Silva, if you would like to keep this in a plastic jar that is absolutely your choice. We recommend a glass jar for many of our DIY projects to ensure there is no leaking, no small traces of chemicals, and also because glass can be safely washed at high temperatures (for when you’ve used up all your serum!)

  2. i JUST ordered meadowfoam carrier oil purely because i keep seeing the name pop up in articles talking about it’s amazing benefits and thought, i have to get some of that… Now I’m excited to have a recipe to try. A couple others who commented had a concern that a dark colored oil smeared on dark under eye circles would just exacerbate the problem, and if you drink coffee, you know it certainly stains. Has anyone tried this and did you have that issue? Thanks!

    1. Personally, I love very fine grind for this DIY, but everyone has their own unique preferences. Also, as long as you let it sit for about a week, it will work just fine. If you allow it to sit for longer than that, that would also be great 🙂 It’s totally up to you how long you can stand to wait while it sits!

        1. Carmen, we advise everyone to be cautious when applying anything near their eyes. However, this recipe purposefully does not include any essential oils so it should not burn your eyes 🙂

  3. Does this make just the 10ml? I suppose the coffee grounds absorb a lot of the carrier. Has anyone tried using sweet almond oil?

  4. I have been wanting an under eye serum. Would the younger glow oil blend work in this? I do not have meadowfoam. I was actually thinking of purchasing the coffee EO, would that work in something like this as well?

    1. Laura, I have heard excellent reviews about how great our Younger Glo blend works. However, it is not advised to use an essential oil around the eyes. Using the Younger Glo and grounded coffee from this recipe should do the trick 🙂

  5. I’ve been using this for a while. Works great and also helps with eye strain. I have found that my eyes are less tired on the days I do a second application around noon-ish.

  6. How long does this seem to take to soak in? I have my grounds marinating, but my routine in the mornings is to put on my makeup pretty soon after I wake up. Not sure how to fit this in my schedule!

  7. I have dark under-eye circles (mainly genetic, partly life). Would adding an essential oil to this blend increase it’s effectiveness? If so, which ones? Thanks for all the great recipes!

  8. I am just curious: is there a reason you recommend using coffee grounds for this serum, rather than the coffee essential oil you sell?

  9. I made this recipe in April and let it sit for three weeks. I keep a supply in a roller ball in the fridge and with the cold metal roller ball, the coffee serum feels so good and immediately smooths puffiness around my eyes. I also use it around the edge of my lips to plump up those age lines. I thought it was actually fun to make and it smells good, if you like coffee smell. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I just made a batch, but substituted jojoba, avocado oil, and some FCO since I didn’t have meadowfoam. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  11. I have a caffeine sensitivity so everything I consume must be caffeine free. I’m guessing this serum would not be good for me to try. Can I use Meadowfoam with a carrier oil by itself?

  12. This is so simple, there is no excuse not to try it out! I have to say, Meadowfoam oil definitely has never been forefront in my attention, but the fact that it is shelf stable as well as excellent for skin care certainly makes it something to check out!

  13. I cannot wait to try this! I am new to essential oils and definitely didn’t know there were uses for coffee grounds too. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. I would use the grounds. The coffee grounds it what provides the caffeine content. The essential oils has only very low levels of caffeine, perhaps even none.

  14. Perfect post for a summer Monday- thank you, thank you! I’m guilty, I’ve got tired bags following me and can’t seem to find that extra snooze button lately so tomorrow morning when I make my coffee, I’ll be saving the coffee grounds and look forward to having some results to share!

  15. Just last night I was standing in the bathroom thinking I really need to find something for the dark circles under my eyes, and to my surprise I saw this blog post this morning… it’s almost like Plant Therapy read my mind! I will definitely br trying this.

    1. That’s crazy, Cassey! I promise we’re not reading your mind! But that is really cool we posted this DIY at just the right time for you! We hope you love it~

  16. This sounds awesome! I suffer from fibromyalgia, and the fatigue is the worst. Having 3 little ones I push through it (most days!), but my eyes sure do show it. I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  17. Haven’t gotten Meadowfoam yet, but think I may give this a try using Sunflower! I keep hearing about it and can’t wait to see how it does!

  18. Meadowfoam is one of my favorites for sure! I was looking through the blog this weekend trying it to find all the eye serum recipes so I could make some so I am thankful for this!! I cannot use coconut in my face as I am severely acne prone, would you consider Meadowfoam better for this recipe if I wanted a very very light oil to use? Or is camellia seed oil lighter? Thanks

    1. I’ve used coffee filters (they can sometimes tear depending), cheesecloth, gauze, nylons (yes, pantyhose-unused $-store, sanitized), lace, probably more that I cannot think of. If you do use coffee filters, I would double them up and be patient is all 🙂 The unbleached ones are sturdier than the white ones. Tea bags are good for straining too, just dump the fresh tea and save for later.

  19. I don’t have dark circles very often, but I do suffer from puffiness every morning. I’ve been using this serum for almost a year now, and it works great! I put it on after washing my face, leave it on for a while, then wipe off with a damp cloth before applying makeup. I love it! I use a mixture of oils similar to Younger Glo with meadowfoam added.

    1. I have puffy eye syndrome too; especially after crying I can barely see- fortunately this isn’t a regular occurrence, but the morning puff is. If you care to share your recipe, or the oils ou use with meadow foam, it would be greatly appreciated 🙂 I feel as though I have tried everything over many years.

    2. I have puffiness, or “bean bags” as my granddaughter says, under my eyes. I think it’s partly genetic. I definitely need this recipe! Thanks PT!

  20. I have used used-coffee for scrubs, masks, washes…but never as a leave on. I was always afraid it would add further discoloration (even though the grounds are used), so I opted for green tea for my ‘leave-ons.’ I will definitely have to give this a try. Could I use my used espresso grounds possibly too?

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