This easy to make anti-aging eye treatment is perfect for dabbing around your eyes, on laugh lines, or other wrinkle prone spots. It also makes a great nighttime hand cream!
This creamy salve features rosehip seed oil, one of the best treatments for scars, wrinkles, and damaged, weathered skin.
The rosehip seed oil is combined with apricot kernel oil (or sweet almond, or your favorite skin-softening oil) and beeswax (a binder to hold everything together).
A small touch of honey is added to nourish and moisturize your skin.
You can dab around your eyes at night, or apply as a full face, neck, and hand cream, but since it tends to start out feeling slightly sticky on the skin – I suggest only applying it at night. When you wake up in the morning, it will have left your skin soft, smooth, and silky!
This recipe is best for dry to normal skin types. It will be too rich for oily or acne-prone skin.
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For the recipe shown, I used calendula infused oil, for an extra herbal boost. You can pre-infuse your oil with calendula flowers, violet leaves, rose petals, or another favorite herb for extra enrichment!
What about a preservative?
If you’d like to add a preservative to this product, I suggest Phytocide Elderberry OS – an ECOCERT & COSMOS approved preservative that’s derived from elderberries and can be used in oil soluble natural and organic cosmetics. (Salves, balms, scrubs, etc.) For this recipe: add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon elderberry preservative to the melted oils and wax, after removing from the heat. (More info on natural and organic preservatives can be found in my article: 10 Natural Preservative for Homemade Skin Care.)
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Directions to Make:
Combine the beeswax and apricot kernel oil (or your favorite oil) in a heatproof jar (or upcycled tin can for easier cleanup). Set the jar, or can, down into a small saucepan containing a couple inches of water, to form a makeshift double boiler. You don’t want to melt beeswax in a container over direct heat, since it can be flammable that way.
Once the beeswax has melted, remove from heat and allow to cool briefly. Add the honey and stir for one full minute. When adding honey to an otherwise oil based recipe, a lot of stirring is required, to keep it from beading out of your finished product.
Next, add the rosehip seed oil. This should be added last because it’s a delicate oil and we don’t want to overheat it. You can also add lavender essential oil at this time, if you’d like. Stir thoroughly again and allow the mixture to sit until it starts to slightly thicken. Then, stir, stir, stir some more as it cools! The mixture will turn creamy and opaque. (You must stir briskly & frequently as it cools to make sure the honey incorporates fully.) Spoon it into a glass jar.
This recipe makes about 3 ounces. Cap and store in a cool, dry place. Shelf life is around 3 months, though you’ll probably use it up before then. Be sure not to get in your eyes as you apply.
Original recipe written in December, 2014; updated for January, 2022. ❤
Rosehip & Honey Anti-Aging Eye Treatment
- heatproof jar, or empty tin can, for melting
- small saucepan with several inches of water
- small 4-ounce jar for storing
- fork, for stirring
- 6 tbsp apricot kernel oil (or sweet almond, or other oil)
- 2 tbsp beeswax pastilles, or grated beeswax
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp rosehip seed oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- see preservative note below
- Combine the beeswax and apricot kernel oil in the heatproof jar or empty tin can.
- Set the jar, or can, down into a saucepan containing several inches of water.
- Place the pan over a medium burner to indirectly melt the beeswax. Keep a close eye while the oil/wax heats.
- Once melted, remove from heat and cool briefly.
- If adding a preservative (Phytocide Elderberry OS), do so now.
- Add the honey and stir briskly for one full minute.
- Add the rosehip seed oil, and lavender essential oil, if using.
- Stir thoroughly, and allow the mixture to sit until it starts to thicken.
- Stir, stir, stir some more as it cools! The mixture will turn creamy and opaque. You must stir the honey in thoroughly, to keep it from beading out.
- Spoon into a glass jar. Store in a cool place and use within 3 months.