Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe with Cucumber & Tea Seed Oil

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Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe is made with cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol to target inflammation and help soothe skin irritation as well as reduce swelling. Additional ingredients, including tea seed oil, baobab oil and carrot seed essential oil, work together to help skin look and feel more youthful.

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream that targets under eye puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe targets inflammation to help soothe skin irritation and reduce swelling. Learn how to make this natural beauty recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber #eyecream

We all age. And unfortunately, if you’re like me, you fight it every step of the way. Perhaps not kicking and screaming, but with an arsenal of anti-aging beauty products and your inner voice screaming at the top of your lungs “I am still 23 at heart!” I’m determined that at 80 I’ll still be dancing to the new big local band in downtown Roanoke, dressed completely inappropriately with a mass of colors and a bar tab boasting too many glasses of wine.

I can’t think of a better way to spend the last half of my life than really living it. Hopefully I’ll still have all of my favorite people around also enjoying their retirement years. While there won’t be cats (because I’m terribly allergic) we’ll all be living with too many dogs and still crafting til our fingers bleed. Hopefully you’re envisioning your own future life in much the same way.

In the meantime however, before those wrinkles become so deep set there’s no point in fussing over them anymore, we can fight to keep our youth (or rather youthful appearance) just a little bit longer.

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes + Maturing Skin! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe is made with cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol to target inflammation and help soothe skin irritation as well as reduce swelling. Additional ingredients, including tea seed oil, baobab oil and carrot seed essential oil, work together to help skin look and feel more youthful. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber

I created this cucumber eye cream recipe for one of my dear friends who is just a few years older than my own 42 years. She’s had more than her fair share of trials over the past year or so. From the death of her mother and a diagnosis of uterine cancer she has braved the harsh realities of those tumultuous challenges that come with age and with life.

Having recently had both her uterus and ovaries removed, she was looking for natural anti-aging products to help combat the rush of changes that occur with the ensuing menopause. My cucumber eye cream recipe with cucumber and tea seed oil is the result of her request.

Skin Care Benefits of Cucumber Seed Oil + Cucumber Hydrosol in My Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe

As we age our eyes naturally develop bags under them for hereditary reasons. While a cucumber eye cream isn’t going to magically make those bags disappear, it can help to reduce the additional inflammation caused by other stressors. For my cucumber eye cream recipe I used two ingredients from cucumbers – cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol.

Benefits of Cucumber Seed Oil in Skin Care

Cucumber seed oil is a fast absorbing, non-greasy carrier oil with a long shelf life. It has a low comedogenic rating, meaning it won’t clog pores, and is rich in nutrients. These nutrients include phytosterols, tocopherols, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It’s antioxidant and moisturizing properties make it especially suited for use in anti-aging creams and lotions.

However, you’ll also find that this natural carrier oil is also commonly used in products meant for hair, lips, nails and even massage. Because of cucumber seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also a recommended ingredient in products that target acne, sunburns, dry scalp, eczema and psoriasis.

Benefits of Cucumber Hydrosol in Skin Care

While cucumber seed oil is derived from cold pressed cucumber seeds, cucumber hydrosol comes from the steam distillation of chopped up cucumbers. Essentially it is a pure extract of cucumber water. Cucumber hydrosol has wonderful cooling properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties much like cucumber seed oil.

Cucumber hydrosol is also an astringent. This makes it especially suited to be used as a toner to help tighten, tone and firm skin as well as reduce excess oil. When used as a facial toner, cucumber hydrosol can help to belay the effects of aging including wrinkles and fine lines.

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream that targets under eye puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe targets inflammation to help soothe skin irritation and reduce swelling. Learn how to make this natural beauty recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber #eyecream

Skin Care Benefits of Additional Carrier Oils Used in My Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe

In addition to the cucumber based ingredients, my cucumber eye cream recipe also contains some of my favorite anti-aging carrier oils.

All of the carrier oils included in my cucumber eye cream recipe – cucumber seed oil, camellia seed oil, baobab oil and rosehip seed oil – have low comedogenic ratings, meaning they won’t clog pores. Camellia seed, cucumber seed and rosehip seed oils all have a rating of 1, while baobab oil has a rating of 2.

Benefits of Camellia Seed Oil in Skin Care

Camellia seed oil, also known as tea seed oil, is similar in nature to fractionated coconut oil. Like both coconut oil and cucumber seed oil, camellia (tea) seed oil has a long shelf life. It’s often been referred to as one of the best kept secrets in the cosmetic and hair care industry as it’s been shown to improve the tone and texture of skin as well as reduce the appearance of aging. Additionally, this highly hydrating oil is non-greasy and is quickly and easily absorbed by skin.

Camellia seed oil won’t dry out skin or clog pores, yet it contains more oleic acid than olive oil. It also contains vitamins, A, B, and E, various minerals and squalene. As it’s been shown that a deficiency of squalene can lead to dry skin and premature aging, this constituent makes camellia seed oil a valuable ingredient in anti-aging skin care recipes. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, this oil soothes and calms easily irritated skin and helps to smooth dry, flaky skin.

Regular use of camellia oil can help to protect skin from age spots as well as soften wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes and mouth. It also offers some protection from UV rays.

Benefits of Baobab Oil in Skin Care

Baobab oil is another non-greasy, shelf stable carrier oil famed for its emollient and moisturizing skin care properties. Rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, it also possesses skin protectant and anti-inflammatory properties when used in skin care applications.

Baobab oil makes an excellent addition to skin care products for those who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, dry psoriasis and actinic keratosis. It can also help to relieve itching associated with dry skin and other problem skin conditions.

Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil in Skin Care

Rosehip seed oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and has the reputation for counteracting dry, weathered and dehydrated skin. Not only is rosehip seed oil moisturizing, but it can also help to reduce hyperpigmentation, fight aging and sun damage and help to improve skin’s texture.

A common ingredient in anti-aging beauty products, rosehip seed oil helps to diminish the appearance of scars, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. It leaves skin looking not only revitalized, but also noticeably softer.

Ready to give this homemade anti-aging eye cream a try? You can find my cucumber eye cream recipe below!

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes + Maturing Skin! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe is made with cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol to target inflammation and help soothe skin irritation as well as reduce swelling. Additional ingredients, including tea seed oil, baobab oil and carrot seed essential oil, work together to help skin look and feel more youthful. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber

Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

.6 oz. cucumber seed oil
.6 oz. camellia (tea) seed oil
.5 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. baobab oil
.5 oz. rosehip seed oil
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. cucumber hydrosol
vitamin E oil, several drops
12 drops carrot seed essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil
broad spectrum preservative, of choice

Instructions:

It is extremely helpful for to have experience making lotions when attempting my cucumber eye cream recipe as it requires an emulsion. If you aren’t experienced with making homemade lotion from scratch, I’ve tried to simplify this recipe as much as possible to avoid having the cucumber hydrosol separate from the oils if you struggle with the temperatures.

Anne L. Watson’s book, Smart Lotionmaking, is a great introduction to making homemade lotion from scratch. It covers everything from tools of the trade and definitions of ingredients, to sanitizing and filling your lotion containers. In addition she also offers an in depth tutorial on how to make and test your homemade lotions for safety and provides a variety of recipes to get you started. The kindle version of Smart Lotionmaking is available instantly here. (If you don’t have a kindle you can use Amazon’s free kindle reading app.)

As my cucumber eye cream recipe contains water, you will need to use a broad spectrum preservative to prevent the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria. While storing this eye cream in the refrigerator without a preservative will slow down the growth of bacteria, it won’t prevent it from occurring.

You can use any broad spectrum preservative (suitable for lotion) of your choice for this recipe at the manufacturer’s recommended usage rate. Keep in mind that different preservatives need to be incorporated into your cucumber eye cream at or below specific temperatures. So you will need to have a kitchen thermometer handy. Germaben II for example, should be mixed in at 140°F or less and has a usage rate of .3% – 1.0%. Optiphen Plus, a paraben free preservative, has a usage rate of .75% – 1.5% and should be added at temperatures no higher than 176°F.

Begin by sanitizing your tools, lotion container and workspace with rubbing alcohol.

Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the emulsifying wax, shea butter and carrier oils into a scientific glass beaker. Place in a double boiler and heat until melted. Once the wax melts, bring the temperature of the oils and wax to 158°F (70°C) and hold for 20 minutes.

While the oils, shea butter and wax are melting weigh out the cucumber hydrosol into a small glass beaker. Bring the temperature of the hydrosol to 158°F (70°C) and hold.

Now slowly pour the cucumber hydrosol into the melted oils, butter and wax. Mix with a few bursts of a stick blender.

Once your cucumber eye cream cools enough to add your preservative, mix in the vitamin E, essential oils and the preservative of your choice. Hand mix for about two minutes with a skinny spatula or long spoon, then pour into your container of your choice. (I used 2 oz. glass amber glass jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

Allow your cucumber eye cream to finish cooling then screw the lids onto your jars. Your cream should be ready for use 12-24 hours later.

Once ready, you can label your cucumber eye cream as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you want to make this cucumber eye cream to sell, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product as well as test your final product for safety. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products.

Like My Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe?

If you like my cucumber eye cream recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other natural beauty and skin care recipes.

This anti aging night cream recipe helps to reduce the signs of aging naturally with ingredients like coconut water, evening primrose & rosehip seed oil.

My anti-aging night cream recipe helps to reduce the signs of aging naturally with ingredients like coconut water, cocoa butter, evening primrose and rosehip seed oil. It’s another great option for those wanting natural alternative beauty products.

This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin love like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Like my cucumber eye cream recipe, my cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made using cucumber seed oil in addition to aloe vera. Because it’s emulsified it doesn’t feel oily on skin. Not only is it a treat for your own skin, but this sugar scrub also makes a wonderful homemade gift idea.

Additionally, you may also enjoy my recipes for making a coffee & black tea under eye cream, a green tea eye cream and a lavender body butter. Or check out my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board.

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Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it’s emulsified it doesn’t feel oily on skin – making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It’s so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Why cucumber seed oil?

Cucumber seed oil is a carrier oil rich in vitamins B and C, essential fatty acid and minerals. As such, it is prized for its properties when used in both skin care and hair care applications. This highly moisturizing oil is beneficial for those with troublesome skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is also prized as an anti-inflammatory and for it’s anti-aging properties.

Aloe vera oil, which differs from aloe vera gel and is also a key component in my natural baking soda free palmarosa + lime deodorant recipe, is commonly used to treat skin inflammation as well as chapped skin. It’s also beneficial for burns, including sunburns, and can help to reduce the appearance of scars due to its high vitamin E content.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

28.5 oz. white granulated sugar
2 oz. cucumber seed oil
6 oz. aloe vera oil
1 oz. refined shea butter
1 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. cucumber mint fragrance oil
1/2 teaspoon jade green mica powder

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

This recipe will yield three 9 oz. jars. I used 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jars with silver metal lug caps for this project. You can find these jars at SKS Bottle & Packaging here.

Begin by weighing out the emulsifying wax and shea butter.

Combine in a large 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power in the microwave until melted. Alternately, you may use a double boiler.

Remove from heat.

Weigh out the cucumber seed oil and aloe vera oil and stir into the melted wax and shea butter.

Follow with the fragrance oil, weighing it first, then mix in.

Next, in separate container, weigh out the sugar.

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the mica powder.

Add the mica powder to the sugar and mix well with a fork until the mica is evenly distributed throughout the sugar. (If your tub stains easily I recommend using Polysorbate 80 to help prevent staining and/or using a lesser amount of mica powder.)

Now slowly pour the sugar into the wet ingredients, whisking with a fork until all the sugar has been moistened and the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Spoon the scrub mixture evenly into three 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jars and screw on the lids.

Label as desired for personal use or gifting. (I used clip art I purchased from Mellenes Art on Etsy for my labels.)

It is important to note that as this is an oil based product, I did not include a preservative in my cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe. However, as your completed cucumber mint sugar scrub is likely to come into contact with water during usage, I highly recommend that you include a preservative if you are not using it all at once, are gifting this product or are planning to sell this product. There is a wide array of preservatives available on the market.

The preservative you use is your choice. I recommend choosing a preservative that is best suited for the makeup of this product and that fits your personal lifestyle choices. (One popular preservative is Optiphen Plus which is both paraben and formaldehyde-free.) The usage rate of your preservative will be recommended by the manufacturer at a percentage. Simply total the weight of all the ingredients in your cucumber mint sugar scrub then multiply by that percentage to determine the amount of preservative your product will need. Add at or below recommended temperature. You will want to use a food thermometer for this.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe! This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin loves like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

If you are selling your finished cucumber mint sugar scrub, then you will need to label your product according to FDA guidelines. If you are unsure about labeling laws then I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Interested in more homemade sugar scrub recipes? You can find more of my homemade sugar scrub recipes on Soap Deli News blog here. Or, discover more similar recipes on my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

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Soaping with Meagan – DIY Cold Process Soapmaking

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Meagan Making Handmade Soap
Over the weekend my friend, Meagan, came over to my house to dig in and learn how to make soap! Cold process soapmaking is a lot like baking a cake. I know a lot of people who are afraid to give it a shot though because of the dangers of lye. I was pretty freaked making soap on my own the first few tries. But you quickly overcome that!
How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soap - DIY Soapmaking
Meagan had it easy since she had a teacher so there was no hesitation on her end. You basically just weigh out your ingredients and combine. The lye goes into distilled water and is then set to the side cool. The oils and butters go into a big non-aluminum pot, are melted, then set aside to cool as well.
How to Make Soap - DIY Cold Process Soapmaking
Once the lye-water and oils have cooled, you mix them together with a stick blender. Then you pour the soap into molds and insulate for 24 hours. Once that’s done you can unmold your soaps, cut into bars and set aside for 3-4 weeks to cure. Okay, so the gratification of soapmaking does take a bit longer than that of baking a cake.
Handmade Aloe and Cucumber Sented Shea Butter Soap with French Green Clay
Meagan and I made three batches of soap. We made one batch of Aloe and Cucumber Scented Shea Butter Soap with French Green Clay which is known for its ability to remove toxic impurities from skin, tone and revitalize complexion, tighten pores and clear problem skin.
Handmade Spiced Pumpkin Pie Milk Soap
To celebrate the arrival of fall we also made a batch of Handmade Spiced Pumpkin Pie Shea Butter Soap with Cow’s Milk. This bar will darken into a rich brown as it cures due to the vanilla content of the fragrance oil used, though it’s a rich warm, orange-brown at the moment.
Handmade Vanilla Buttercream Shea Butter Soap with Pink Himalayan Salt
And we also made a batch of Handmade Vanilla Buttercream Scented Soap with Pink Himalayan Salt. Pink Himalayan Salt is favored for its wide range of uses in both bath products and gourmet cooking. It contains 84 trace elements and iron. Unfortunately the salt lost it’s pink tinge in the soapmaking process – it’s a very lovely, coarse salt! This bar, like the Pumpkin Pie Soap, will turn a dark brown through and through once it finishes curing due to the vanilla content.
If you’d like to learn to make cold process soap for yourself, be sure to check out my DIY Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial. Now is the perfect time to get started on making handmade soaps for Christmas gifts for the holiday season!

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Easy Homemade Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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Now that we have our cucumber plants in the ground I’m already thinking about all of the ways I can use them in salads and other recipes to consume them. My favorite way to eat cucumbers though is as pickles! Not to mention pickling is a great way to preserve your harvest past their shelf life!

One Perfect Bite has a terrific recipe for making your own homemade refrigerator dill pickles. These pickles not only taste great, but don’t require any special equipment to make. They can also be eaten the same day and will keep up to two weeks in your fridge! You can grab the recipe here.

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Cucumber Hair Drench Recipe

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Recipe compliments of Spa Index.

If you swim in a chlorinated pool for exercise on a regular basis, the same damage you’ve noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Try this treatment at home to keep chlorine damage to a minimum.

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 eggshell’s worth of olive oil
1 quarter of a peeled cucumber
Instructions:
Blend the egg, olive oil and peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse. For the best results year-round, continue this treatment monthly.

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