Why make your own Makeup Remover? Commercial Makeup Removers can contain a number of chemical ingredients that you probably don’t want to put on your face. I had a bottle of what was called Camomile* Gentle Eye Make-up Remover from a well know chain that sells body products. After spending 10 minutes peeling off the back label so I could read the ingredients, here’s what I found:
Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coca-Glucoside, p-Anisic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Anthemis Nobils Flower Extract.
After finally finding and reading the ingredients, I will never put this stuff on my face again!
*Please note that I did not misspell “Chamomile”. “Camomile” is how it’s spelled on the bottle.
My 3-Ingredient Natural Makeup Remover Recipe
Here’s a very simple recipe for a natural makeup remover that even removes my mascara.
1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vitamin E Oil (liquid)
5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Do this 15 seconds at a time. Add in the other two ingredients and use a hand mixer to whip them together. (A hand mixer may seem like overkill, but it does a great job at blending oils.)
Wash, Tone, and Moisturize after Removing Makeup
The coconut oil may feel so good you may not want to wash your face after using this recipe. However, removing makeup is only the first step in a healthy routine. I highly recommend that after removing makeup, you wash your face, tone, and then moisturize. I’ve found that the coconut oil is very drying on my skin if I don’t follow it with the other 3 steps in my facial cleansing routine.
The original recipe I used came from a pin I followed on Pinterest, which lead me to this recipe; however, I’ve adjusted it over time to get the right mix that works for me. I encourage you to start with a small batch to see how it works and then adjust as needed. Sometimes, you just have to experiment a little to find what works best for you, your skin, and your makeup.
Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize
When making all-natural products, it’s important to wash your hands, work surfaces, jars, and tools before beginning. (I spray mine down with alcohol then allow them to thoroughly dry.) This all natural makeup remover isn’t filled with germ-killing, impossible to pronounce chemicals like the commercial stuff. Therefore, you want to create this makeup remover in a sanitized area and in small batches that get used up fairly quickly. I also recommend using little wooden spatulas to spoon out the mixture instead of sticking your finger into it. 100% cotton balls or cotton makeup remover pads work great too. It may take me a little more work to use all natural products, but they feel so good on my skin that I think it’s well worth it!