Say goodbye to dark circles and puffy, tired eyes with this super simple DIY caffeine eye serum made with a simple coffee-infused oil. Just a few drops in the morning will leave you feeling bright and refreshed.
- A super simple DIY caffine eye serum you can make at home
- Ingredient notes and step-by-step directions
- Helpful tips and tricks for how to use your serum
Why This Recipe Works
Dark circles... puffy eyes... when I don't get enough sleep, it's pretty easy to tell with a quick glance. My solution: a simple DIY caffeine eye serum! I created this recipe after enjoying the results of another coffee-infused product.
Apparently, dark under-eye circles are hereditary, and I'm sorry to say that I've passed the "gift" on to my children as well.
Dark circles are caused by oxygenated blood pooling beneath the eyes. Being horizontal as you sleep makes it worse - especially if you sleep on your tummy.
So why do some people have worse circles than others? Some people just have thinner skin underneath their eyes than others! Apparently, I'm one of them.
Caffeine applied topically improves circulation and plumps up the skin, diminishing the appearance of the circles.
It also works to bring puffiness down, so this DIY caffeine eye serum going to be your new early-morning best friend! (Besides actual coffee, maybe.)
Ingredient & Equiptment Notes
- Ground coffee - Any caffeinated coffee will do - organic is ideal. As a lovely commenter pointed out below, light roast coffee has more caffeine. Alternativley, you can use the option for using coffee essential oils as outlined below.
- Sweet almond oil - the perfect carrier oil for this serum, but any carrier oil will do.
- Avocado oil - for added moisture and topical benfits.
Here's why these ingredients work so well:
- Applied topically, caffeine improves circulation and reduces inflammation. This is what makes the serum so effective.
- Avocado oil is deeply nourishing an moisturizing - perfect for that delicate skin around the eyes.
- Sweet almond oil is a readily-absorbed carrier oil that helps the other ingredients reach the layers of your skin.
Here is a quick rundown of the steps you need to take to make this serum at home, but you can find more detailed instructions in the printable recipe card below.
Step 1 - This step is the longest: infuse some sweet almond oil with ground coffee. Add ½ cup ground coffee to a jar, then just enough sweet almond oil to cover the coffee grounds.
Step 2 - Close the jar tightly and let it sit in your cupboard for 4 or 5 days to infuse.
Step 3 - Using a cheesecloth, strain the infused oil into another jar or a clean bowl. Squeeze as much of the oil out as you can.
Step 4 - Add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and stir until combined.
Step 5 - Bottle it up, baby! I added a couple of coffee beans because it's cute and will continue to infuse my serum with caffeine.
Step 6 - You will have some leftover oil and coffee grounds that you can save to make an amazing DIY mocha sugar scrub. Use it on your hands and feet to exfoliate and improve circulation!
Updated Recipe Notes
This caffeine eye serum recipe has been shared and tested like crazy and it's been interesting to see the response. Some of you absolutely love it, while some of you have had disappointing results.
Here's what we've learned, dears!
- The way the serum turns out varies drastically depending on the type of coffee used.
- Ashlynn reminded us that "the difference between dark and light roast is caffeine content. Get a light roasted coffee for the most caffeine content!"
- If you don't strain it enough, you'll end up with coffee dust in your serum, which marks your skin and defeats the entire purpose of the serum.
- I'm leaving this recipe up, because it is working for so many people! But today I'm going to share an alternative option below. Bonus: It's actually a lot quicker and easier to make this version, anyway. 😉
Alternative Recipe Option
- ½ ounce avocado oil
- ½ ounce sweet almond oil
- 8 drops coffee essential oil
- 4 drops vanilla essential oil
You can substitute other carrier oils based on what you have around. Here's a guide to carrier oils that will help you choose.
To Make: All you need to do is combine the ingredients in a bottle. A glass bottle with a dropper is nice. A roll-tip bottle with a steel ball would help the serum work better, too.
How to Use Your Eye Serum
Use a drop or two under each eye on those early mornings.
I use the caffeine serum as needed. If I remember to, I'll put it on as I head to bed if it's super late. Otherwise, I just put it on in the morning. Within 10 minutes, I'm looking much more refreshed!
Remember to use your ring finger to apply any and all eye products! It's the weakest finger, so it's the most gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes.
- You don't have to keep this serum in the fridge for preservation, but it's not a bad idea: cold is great for puffy eyes, so it'll enhance the effects.
- If you get your hands on a roller-ball applicator with a steel tip, that would be great for storing your serum. The cool steel would enhance the effects, too.
- You can add a drop of vanilla essential oil your eye serum, if desired. It smells heavenly and adds in anti-aging effects.
DIY Caffeine Eye Serum
- Serum bottle
- ½ cup ground coffee
- ½ cup sweet almond oil
- avocado oil
- The first step is the longest, to infuse sweet almond oil with coffee. To do this, add ½ cup ground coffee to a mason jar and then add just enough sweet almond oil to cover the coffee grounds.
- Close the jar tightly and let it sit in your cupboard for 4 or 5 days to infuse.
- Using a cheesecloth, strain the infused oil into another jar or a clean bowl. Squeeeeeeze as much of the oil out as you can.
- Add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and stir until combined.
- Bottle it up, baby! I added a couple of coffee beans because it's cute and will continue to infuse my serum with caffeine.