DIY Caffeine Eye Serum: Naturally reduce puffiness and dark circles

I typically use a fancy eye cream from Beautycounter that contains caffeine and other ingredients that are anti-aging (help prevent/improve wrinkles), but I’ve also been experimenting with making my own caffeine eye/face oil blend. I used bulletproof coffee with almond and castor oil and I actually use it all over my face, not just my eyes. Why? What do these ingredients do?


Caffeine/Organic Coffee

Caffeine is definitely the star ingredient of this eye/face oil blend. The main reason why is because caffeine does two things that everyone wants:

  1. Reduces puffiness

Caffeine helps improve circulation both when you drink it AND put it on your skin. Remember your skin absorbs about 60% of what you put on it. Caffeine improves circulation in the skin similarly to how caffeine works in the body by constricting blood vessels (this is why when you have a headache from not drinking it then have some your headache goes away). This reduces swelling.

    2. Improves dark circles

Caffeine also contains a large amount of antioxidants if you are getting it from high quality sources (this is why I use bulletproof coffee that is tested for mold). The high antioxidant properties help reduce dark circles.

3. Slows down the photo aging process in skin.

Caffeine does this by helping to protect against UV rays. This is another reason why I used this oil blend all over my face. I freckle as soon as I walk outside so my hopes are that this along with a safe sunscreen will help protect my skin and slow the aging process.



Sweet Almond Oil

It’s important to emphasize the sweet part of this almond oil. There are two types of almond oil produced to be used in food and cosmetics, but the sweet almond oil is where all of the benefits are at!

Almond oil has a number of benefits, but the main reasons I use it on my skin are the following:

  • High vitamin E content: provides essential nutrients and antioxidants for the skin
  • It’s hypoallergenic: most people can tolerate this oil, even if you have sensitive skin
  • Protects of UV radiation: keeps the skin soft and supple and works similarly to caffeine to help prevent damage from the sun
  • Contains vitamin A, which can help prevent future acne. If you have acne prone skin then I highly recommend experimenting with almond oil. 
  • Helps reduce dark circles



Castor Oil 

Castor oil has a unique fatty acid content that is 90% ricinoleic acid, which works to absorb UV light, which is great for preventing damage and premature aging. The main reason I use castor oil in this blend is because of it’s power as a strong carrier oil. Castor oil can enhance the penetration of other ingredients. In this case, we want the caffeine and almond oil to truly penetrate the skin and improve circulation to get rid of puffiness and dark circles (1).

Castor oil is great for that, which makes it a perfect addition to this all natural DIY. It also has natural antibacterial properties that can help acne prone skin.

One thing that I also love about ALL of these ingredients is that you can use them for so many other things. I use castor oil when applying essential oils since it is such a great skin penetrator. I use both almond oil and castor oil in my hair as well as a leave in conditioner type deal a couple times a month. And let’s be real, everyone has coffee at home! Why not get a brand that is super high quality, tested for mold so you know it’s safe, and can be used to drink or for beauty products? Sounds smart to me.

Anyway, enjoy the recipe below. Let me know if you try it and if you’re into this stuff and living a less toxic lifestyle you will definitely want to get in my private support group. I do weekly classes on all things related to living a less toxic life: functional food, non toxic home/living, non toxic beauty, and of course.. non toxic mindset! I would love to have you. Join me here.



Catch the video of how I made this eye serum below and keep scrolling for the recipe!




DIY Caffeine Eye/Face Oil Blend


  • 1/4 cup ground organic coffee (I recommend bulletproof coffee)
  • 1/3 cup sweet almond oil (link)
  • 2 tbsp castor oil (link)
  • 2 dropper bottles (link)
  • strainer or cheesecloth (link)
  • Silicone funnel (link)


  1. Mix almond oil and ground coffee in a small glass mason jar. Cover and let sit on the counter for one week. This allows the coffee to infuse into the oil. It will smell heavenly when you open it.
  2. After the oil is done infusing, mix 2 tbsp of the castor oil into the almond and coffee mixture.
  3. Take your glass dropper bottle and your silicone funnel and poor the coffee infused almond oil through your fine strainer slowly. If you get the same size dropper bottles I did then you will need to make sure you don’t overfill the first one then add the rest to the second (clearly I’m speaking from experience ha!). Just add the oil slowly since it takes a little bit to actually drip into the bottle.
  4. Close up the bottles and clean off any excess oil. I store mine in the fridge and apply to my skin after cleansing my face in the morning. You can use it at any time of day. Sometimes I use it twice a day because I enjoy the smell and impact on my skin.


Pro Tip:

You can also put this in little roller balls and roll them right onto your skin. Since I put it all over my face I just use the dropper bottle. Totally up to you!


And remember, if this whole DIY thing isn’t for you, you can purchase a high quality, safe eye cream here. If you have questions about safer skincare and beauty products I offer a free 30 minute better beauty consult where we discuss products and nutrition for your skin type. Click here to schedule.  Just choose the better beauty call option.



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