Monday Morning DIY: Eye Serum

Monday, October 5, 2009






This is a very gentle serum for the eye area. In my shop, it was called Signature Eye Serum. I introduced this best seller in late 2006--the first of its kind in roller ball form. You see it now from other sellers and even major brands such as Garnier and Olay. It is lightweight and applies without tugging the delicate eye area. It is a wonderful antioxidant serum and is good for addressing early signs of aging and well as dullness under the eye area.


Let's see what is in it and why you'll want to make it:

Carrot seed oil is an emollient which is wonderful for the "crepey" texture under the eye area. It helps soothe tightness and dryness and can help with sun damage. This is helpful if you suffer from under eye puffiness, as it helps to eliminate toxin and water retention.

The vitamin E in this is a potent antioxidant known to help fight free radical damage, as well as protect the skin.

The past several months of my making this, I added Argan Oil to the mix. Why? It's known to skin care enthusiasts as "liquid gold" for good reason. Argan itself contains more antioxidant and cell regenerative properties than olive oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil combined together.

Argan oil has been shown in many studies to help increase cell regeneration and improve cell turnover.

When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly, and without an oily film, leaving behind a silky and satiny feel.

Argan Oil contains Omega 6 fatty acids, twice the amount of Vitamin E than olive oil, Vitamin A to improve elasticity; Phenols, which are tremendously beneficial antioxidants, as well as antifungal and antibacterial agents; and something called Triterpens, which aid in cell restructuring, can slow down the cell aging process, and also act as an anti-inflammatory.


Argan Oil is expensive compared to other oils. If you use a lot of it, I recommend buying in bulk. My customers loved the original formula without Argan, so you absolutely do not have to spend that extra money to have an effective product. If you have Argan Oil on hand, though, it will make for an even more luxurious product.

If you do not have Argan Oil or understandably do not want to buy some, you may use Evening Primrose instead. You can find it in any health foods store. Your eye serum will still work beautifully!


LET'S MAKE IT!


Here is the ratio for the recipe. I used to make enough at a time for about 50-75 bottles, so I'll post proportions for you so you can make something in a little roller bottle, a tube, or a simple glass dropper bottle--all a matter of personal preference.


This is for a recipe of 0.25-0.5 fluid ounces.

Start filling your bottle or container halfway with Jojoba Oil. If using Argan Oil, add in equal parts Argan and Evening Primrose to fill your bottle just over 3/4 full. If you're skipping the Argan Oil, just use Evening Primrose for this part.

Now add in 5-10 drops of Carrot Seed and Vitamin E Oils. Top off with a bit more Jojoba Oil. Add the cap to seal tightly and roll bottle back and forth between hands to combine.


Store in a cool and dark place.





Supply List: You can find all of the oils, with the exception of the Argan, at Mountain Rose Herbs.


Look for Fair Trade, Organic Argan Oil. Please make sure this is Fair Trade. You can find it many places online, but the one I'm suggesting is also Eco Cert certified.


You can find roll on bottles at Elements Bath and Body or Wholesale Supplies Plus.


Note: All skin care recipes posted on Chic & Green™ are the property of Karley Ziegler Mott and KZM Facial Care Boutique™ and may not be sold, used for profit in any form, reprinted, or redistributed and are for personal use only.
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