Coffee + Black Tea Under Eye Cream Recipe
This coffee & black tea under eye cream is an energizing antioxidant balm that’s perfect for tired eyes and skin. Made with anti-inflammatory coffee essential oil and antioxidant rich darjeeling tea, this coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe helps to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also lending its nourishing antioxidant skin care properties.
To create my coffee & black tea under eye cream, I first infused Darjeeling Sungma Summer Tea in camellia (tea seed) oil. This tea, which I acquired from Adagio Teas, is a wonderfully delicious second flush black tea.
Darjeeling tea is often called the “champagne of teas.” And like black, white and green teas, Darjeeling tea has been shown to fight cancer, cavities and obesity. However, Darjeeling tea is special in that it may have the additional benefit of protection against stomach ulcers. (Source.)
And of course tea is rich in antioxidants that are great not just for the inside of your body, but they’re also wonderful for the outside of your body. Because of this, tea extract is a common ingredient in many topical skin care products and anti-aging skin creams.
So, if you’re going to buy tea for my coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe, consider purchasing a Darjeeling tea which is a treat by the cup as well as on your skin!
In addition to black tea, this recipe also contains coffee essential oil. Coffee, which has anti-inflammatory properties, has been shown to help reduce under eye puffiness as well as help to relieve dark under eye circles (not caused by hereditary factors.)
In addition, research has shown that applying coffee to skin can offer a layer of protection from harmful UV rays. Coffee’s diuretic properties can also help to relieve redness and irritation from sun damage, especially for those who suffer from Rosaceae. It’s also believed to tighten and brighten skin. (Source.)
Keep reading to learn how to make your own coffee & black tea under eye cream!
Coffee & Black Tea Under Eye Cream Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
3 oz. refined shea butter
.35 oz. Darjeeling black tea infused camellia (tea seed) oil
.15 oz. babassu oil
.45 oz. emulsifying wax
.1 oz. Dimethicone
.1 oz. isopropyl myristate
.1 oz. coffee essential oil
few drops vitamin E oil, optional
You’ll begin by infusing your Darjeeling tea in camellia (tea seed) oil. (Learn more about camellia seed oil here.)
To do this, begin by filling a small mason jar about halfway with tea. Then pour camellia (tea seed) oil into the mason jar until it reaches about a quarter to a half inch above the tea. Gently heat the mason jar over low heat using the double boiler method for 1-5 hours. Alternately, if you aren’t in a rush, you can use the solar infusion method. (Learn more about infusing herbs in oil at the Mountain Rose Herbs blog here.)
Once you’ve infused the camellia oil with tea, strain the oil from the tea using cheesecloth.
Using a digital scale, weigh out the emulsifying wax and shea butter. Heat in a glass Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave at 50% power or in a double boiler until melted.
Remove from heat. Weigh out the babassu oil and stir into the melted wax and shea butter mixture until it melts. (Learn more about babassu oil here.)
Now weigh out black tea infused camellia oil and add to the melted ingredients. Stir to combine.
Weigh out all of the remaining ingredients and stir into the coffee & black tea under eye cream mixture.
Add several drops of vitamin E oil if desired and mix in.
Now pour the liquid coffee & black tea under eye cream mixture evenly into two 2.3 oz. clear glass thick wall cosmetic jars with black lined caps. (I got my jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)
Allow to cool completely, then screw on the lids. You can place your coffee & black tea under eye cream in the fridge to speed up the cooling process. As this recipe yields a soft non-greasy balm that melts on skin contact, it may take 24-48 hours to fully solidify and reach its final consistency.
Label your jars as desired for gifting or personal use.
To use simply apply a small amount of the coffee & black tea under eye cream under your eyes onto clean skin and massage in. Use daily under makeup to help energize under eye skin and reduce puffiness and dark circles as well as to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This product is also wonderful on dry hands and feet!
If you plan to sell your coffee & black tea under eye cream, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.
If you liked my coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe, then you may also like my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe. Formulated for maturing skin, this face polish is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
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