Before I quit couponing, I used to stock up on make-up remover pads by Almay. They were pricey, but I have sensitive skin and they were the only kind that didn’t make my skin break out.

I kept up this routine until I learned I might already have a natural makeup remover in the kitchen!

Wait – so you’re telling me I DON’T have to spend extra money on special products to remove my make-up? Count me in!

Strangely, this epiphany happened just before I started writing my hold-your-hand book to living a more natural and non-toxic life, Kinda Crunchy. Since I was researching products for the book, I went ahead and researched the ingredients that were in the make-up remover I had been using for so long as well.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the Almay Oil Free Eye Make-up Remover scored an overall 2, a “green light” rating according to their standards.

That’s definitely not a bad score in general, but the data on the individual ingredients catches my attention.

  • 1 of the ingredients is rated a 4
  • 2 of the ingredients are rated a 5
  • of the 9 ingredients given a 1 rating, 4 of them are rated based on limited or no research data
  • the ingredient listed with the most concerns is the second ingredient listed on the label (with water being the first)
  • “high” concerns listed by the EWG include irritation (skin, eyes or lungs), persistence and bio-accumulation

Um, should we be concerned about using something ON our eyes and skin that is known to be cause irritation TO our eyes and skin?

Those who use make-up remover are likely wearing make-up on a daily basis, which means the persistence and bio-accumulation issues should be a concern too. (In plain English, that means chemicals are going into your body faster than your body can get rid of them.)

Now, in the grand scheme of things, this is probably not the worst make-up remover on the market. And it’s likely not the worst offender in your bathroom either (which is one of the reasons why I didn’t include it in my book on natural living for beginners).

If you rarely ever use make-up remover, I suggest a change that will have a greater impact on you. Maybe that’s attempting homemade toothpaste or a batch of homemade citronella candles instead.

At the same time though, if we can ditch unnecessary chemicals – no matter how big or small – and replace them with something that’s just as effective and HEALTHY and quite likely already in our homes, then why not give it a shot?

Obviously, the most natural makeup remover is the soap you use to wash your face.

I use a very gentle goat milk soap that has done WONDERS for my acne-prone skin. I shared my skin story before, and if you’re in the market for a new natural soap, I cannot sing enough praises. If you’ve already got a soap that works for you, then keep on keeping on!

The not-so-obvious about removing make-up is that sometimes washing your face isn’t good enough.

Waterproof mascara? Smokey eye-look for a hot date? Going glam on a girls night out?

I hear you. And I still see your make-up come Sunday morning.

Let’s take care of that, shall we?

All of these natural makeup removers are essentially just one single ingredient. I have all of them only because I’ve dabbled in a myriad of DIYs and tutorials. You might not have all of them, and that’s okay!

But there IS good chance you have at least one of them, and that means NOT spending more money on special make-up remover and trying to use what you already have instead.

Use whatever method you have supplies for right now. If it doesn’t work for you – or if you have a reaction or allergies to some of the ingredients – then make a mental note to try another one in a few weeks.

The good news is that every ingredient below can be used in something else. You’re not wasting your money on something you can only use once, crossing your fingers hoping it works. Better yet, you’re SAVING money because you no longer need to buy chemical make-up remover!


Natural Makeup Remover Options

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a healthy fat that I use often for cooking, but I also use it as a carrier oil for essential oils, a simple moisturizer when I run out of homemade tinted moisturizer OR when I’m experiencing a severe acne breakout.

Because I keep a tube of coconut oil in my bathroom (either in a small 5 gram pot jar or in a leak-proof squeezable silicone tube), it’s easy to open it up and swipe some onto my eyes for a natural makeup remover before bed.

I usually buy my coconut oil from either Tropical Traditions (when they have a sale and free shipping) or from Amazon, or from Costco.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil might not be as common as coconut oil, but you likely have it on hand if you make homemade shaving cream or homemade bug repellent. It’s super gentle and light on the skin, and doesn’t have much of a scent either.

I use my fingers to apply coconut oil, but it might be easier to use a cotton ball to use sweet almond oil.

You can likely find sweet almond oil locally, either at a health food store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. You could even try a bigger box-store like Walmart or Target. If you can’t find it locally, you can get it on Amazon.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is like sweet almond oil’s unpopular little sister, but it shouldn’t be! It has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties AND you already have it if you’re making homemade shampoo bars.

I haven’t looked for jojoba oil recently, but the bottle I have is from Whole Foods. Make a pass through the health aisle the next time you’re at your favorite grocery and see if they have it. If all else fails, hail the awesome Amazon.

Olive Oil

The kitchen pantry is getting quite the workout in the bathroom, dontcha think?

Olive oil has long been known to be a key player in the natural beauty routine. It makes an appearance in my hand-healing lotion, as well as in a detoxifying salt scrub and is likely the most affordable of the single-oil options.

Use these tips for buying olive oil if you’re running low, otherwise use what you have!

Shea Butter

Another one-ingredient wonder, shea butter is reported to be able to take off even the most stubborn eye make-up. It’s solid at room temperature, so I’d suggest rubbing a pea-sized amount between your fingers to warm it up before applying.

If you make lotions or cremes at home, you likely already have shea butter. I haven’t seen it at any local stores, but again Amazon has it for a fair price.

Witch Hazel

Although more commonly used as a preservative in beauty DIY’s, witch hazel is a natural makeup remover too! Witch hazel is a bit thinner than the oils mentioned above, so I would definitely recommend using a cotton ball or a cotton round/square for this method.

Witch hazel is fairly common, so check your local stores first. Although you should try to get an alcohol-free witch hazel if at all possible so it doesn’t dry out your skin OR burn your eyes.

Oil + Water + Witch Hazel

Ok, so I lied when I said ALL of the methods were single ingredient, but since this method is essentially a combination of the ingredients above (plus water), I’m letting it slide.

This “recipe” is essentially 2 tablespoons of each ingredient measured together into a small travel bottle. Oil and water technically don’t mix, so you’ll have to shake it well before using each time.

This method will also be on the thinner side, so again, reach for a cotton ball or a cotton round/square.

Tips for Natural Makeup Removers While Traveling

If you’re going to travel with any of these ingredients, you MUST invest in a leak-proof container.

The 3 oz plastic travel bottles pass TSA inspection, but they’re not leak-proof and you could ruin whatever is in your carry-on bag. Kind of like the time my bottle of apple cider vinegar spilled while traveling to Costa Rica. (Thankfully I had the foresight to pack it in a gallon plastic bag first, but still – everything else in the bag stunk like vinegar!)

I can also attest that the small 5 gram pot jars – although super cute and functional at home – aren’t leak proof. (Ah yes, it was a messy suitcase indeed!).

I highly HIGHLY recommend using a leak-proof squeezable silicone tube when you’re traveling. They’ve proven themselves trip and trip again and I absolutely won’t travel with any other type of bottle!

Natural Makeup Remover for the win!

In addition to goat’s milk soap, coconut oil is a huge part of my natural beauty routine. I like to buy it by the gallon from Tropical Traditions. This brand on Amazon is great too. Or I find it at Costco when I’m waiting on a free shipping sale at Tropical Traditions.

Sweet almond oil and jojoba oil are best priced on Amazon (here and here, respectively). Same with shea butter. I usually buy olive oil at Costco but here are some ideas on finding a good brand.

This brand of witch hazel is the one I prefer. I use it in my after sun spray and homemade bug spray too. Multiple uses of ingredients makes me so happy!

For traveling with your oils you can put them in these squeezable tubes or these small bottles.

If you want more about the non-toxic, DIY natural living lifestyle, check out Kinda Crunchy! A hold your hand guide to a more natural life.

Have you tried any of these natural makeup removers yourself? Which method do you think would work best for you?

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5 Best DIY Makeup Removers Esha Saxena Hyderabd040-395603080 February 18, 2019

Following a proper makeup removal routine is one of the best things you can do for your skin. More often than not, we pay very little attention to the way we take off our makeup after a long day. If you think you can get away with using a couple of wet wipes to remove a full face of makeup, your skin is in big trouble. Want healthy skin? It’s time you consider preparing a makeup remover at home. To make your life easier, we’ve put together 5 DIY makeup removers that work way better than some store-bought ones.

A homemade makeup remover won’t burn a hole in your pocket, and you will find most of the ingredients right at home. Check them out!

DIY Makeup Removers That Do Wonders For Your Skin

  • DIY Makeup Remover With Coconut Oil
  • DIY Baby Shampoo Eye Makeup Remover
  • DIY Witch Hazel Makeup Remover
  • DIY Aloe And Olive Oil Makeup Remover
  • DIY Jojoba And Rose Makeup Remover

1. DIY Coconut Oil Makeup Remover

Coconut oil not only smells like a tropical vacay, but it also works brilliantly in breaking up the water-resistant substances found in makeup. It also keeps your skin happily hydrated. However, don’t forget to follow up this makeup remover with a soap and water session for a more thorough cleanse.

Suitable for : Dry, combination, dull, and dehydrated skin

What You Need

Organic, unrefined coconut oil


Step 1 : Scoop out a small amount of coconut oil from the jar. If the oil is solid, rub it between your palms until it melts.

Step 2 : Gently spread the oil all over your face, eyelids, and lashes. Make sure that there is enough oil to move your fingers around easily without tugging on your skin.

Step 3 : Wipe off the excess oil and makeup using a wet wipe.

Step 4 : Splash your face with some warm water and wash it with a cleanser. Voila! You’re done.

Tip : Massaging oil into your skin in a circular motion is a great way to improve blood circulation in your skin. You can give yourself a face massage whenever you feel like your skin needs some rest.

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2. DIY Baby Shampoo Eye Makeup Remover

If you just can’t make do without your waterproof mascara (even though you realize how annoying it is to take off), you’ve got to try this DIY waterproof makeup remover made with three gentle ingredients.

Suitable for : All skin types (including sensitive skin and eyes)

What You Need

  • No-tears baby shampoo
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Water
  • A small bottle


Step 1 : Pour half a tablespoon of baby shampoo in a clean container.

Step 2 : Add one-fourth teaspoon of olive oil and mix it well.

Step 3 : Pour in some water to fill the bottle and shake well.

Step 4 : Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and gently remove your eye makeup.

Tip : For best results, make sure you shake the bottle well each time you use the homemade eye makeup remover.

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3. DIY Witch Hazel Makeup Remover

Witch hazel works brilliantly to remove oil- and water-based makeup. It is free of irritating chemicals, making it ideal for not just removing makeup, but also reducing the build-up in your pores.

Suitable for : Oily, dry, sensitive skin

What You Need

  • Witch hazel
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Purified water
  • A small bottle


Step 1 : Pour four tablespoons of witch hazel and two tablespoons of sweet almond oil into your bottle.

Step 2 : Add two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and mix them all.

Step 3 : Add three tablespoons of purified water, close the lid of the bottle, and shake well to blend the ingredients.

Step 4 : Dip a cotton ball into the solution and wipe your face.

Tip : This remover helps in removing stubborn eye makeup like waterproof mascara and eyeshadow. It dissolves the products on your eyelashes effortlessly without causing irritation.

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4. DIY Aloe And Olive Oil Makeup Remover

If you want to amp up your cleansing routine, adding some fresh aloe vera water to your favorite oil is the best way to do it.

Suitable for : All skin types

What You Need

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Aloe vera water
  • A bottle


Step 1 : Fill up a bottle with aloe vera water.

Step 2 : Add a two-third cup of extra virgin olive oil to the water. You’ll notice that the oil will float above the water.

Step 3 : Shake the mixture up, soak a cotton pad with it, and clean up your face.

Tip : This formula is incredibly gentle and light. It’s a great option for anyone who has allergies or is sensitive to chemicals.

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5. DIY Jojoba And Rose Makeup Remover

Jojoba oil is one of the best all-natural makeup removers. It moisturizes, nourishes, and soothes your skin, leaving it looking fresh and radiant.

Suitable for : All skin types

What You Need

  • Jojoba oil
  • Rose water
  • Glass bottle


Step 1 : Fill up a bottle with rose water.

Step 2 : Add half a cup of jojoba oil to the bottle.

Step 3 : Shake the bottle well. Soak a cotton pad with the solution and remove your makeup effortlessly.

Tip : If you’re looking for extra nourishment, you can also add vitamin E oil and sweet almond oil to this recipe.

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In a world that never stops, we all know the struggle of stumbling home dead tired. But, failing to remove your makeup before bed can cause breakouts, clogged pores, blackheads, and a dull complexion. So, don’t ever skip your makeup removal regimen and give your skin the opportunity to renew itself through the night.

Moreover, these DIY makeup removers are a wonderful way to take care of your skin’s natural moisture barrier and ensure it stays hydrated. To top that, they don’t make use of any harsh chemicals. That was our round-up of the five best DIY makeup removers. Which one are you going to try? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Esha Saxena

Esha Saxena is a writer, journalist, and a full-time wallflower. She holds a Master’s degree in Media and Mass Communication and firmly believes that makeup is nothing less than art. Combining her love for writing with her passion for makeup, she brings to you reviews, techniques, and her ever-growing knowledge on this form of art. In her spare time, she loves reading, listening to obscure indie bands, and writing poetry – all of this while being a crazy dog lady.

You can make DIY cosmetics with ingredients you already have at home. We’ve also recently discovered a few products which may open your eyes to the world of DIY natural skin care. We’ve listed some so you can create your own natural skin care out of the things from your kitchen pantry. Continue reading for some easy homemade beauty products!

DIY Cosmetics | 22 Easy Makeup Recipe Ideas

1. Crayon Lipstick

If you’re a makeup lover, then I’m pretty sure you love crayons too. Did you know you can create a DIY non-toxic lipstick from crayons? All you need is a crayon and a Vaseline. Feel free to add an essential oil like coconut oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil for an added moisturizing element.

2. Smooth Finish DIY Eyeshadow Primer

If you think eye primers are a little bit out of budget for you, then consider this DIY recipe here. It uses ingredients available in your vanity and it works like the real thing.

3. DIY Cream Eyeshadow

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This list won’t be complete without a DIY eyeshadow. This recipe found here creates such an ingenious product from the packaging to its look.

4. DIY Beet Blush and Lip Balm

Say goodbye to your dry and pale lips and say hello to kissable and chapped-free lips with this lip gloss! Oh, it’s also good for your cheeks as a blush!

5. DIY Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Recipe and Lash Conditioner

If you love doing eye makeup as much as we do, you gotta try this DIY cosmetics recipe as a remover! It’s also a safe way to make your lashes healthy and nourished after mascara.

6. Natural Blush Makeup Recipe

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If you’re into powder blushes, here’s an organic alternative for you. A few strokes and you’re all set!

7. Makeup Setting Spray

Don’t forget to set your look for a lasting beauty! Who would want a makeup meltdown, right? Keep your makeup flawless with a setting spray! Looking for extra benefits? It can also be a refresher for a sultry weather and a moisturizer on a cold day. Not bad at all!

8. DIY Face Moisturizer

You know I’m big on skin care so a DIY moisturizer is a must on this list. My favorite moisturizer recipe is the mashed banana. It’s a great skin toner and moisturizer at the same time. Mix it with honey for a touch of anti-aging property!

9. Homemade Loose Face Powder

A good face makeup doesn’t end with a foundation but with a good loose powder to set everything. There’s a lot of high-end and drugstore loose powders available but why not try an organic one?

10. Homemade Bronzer

I haven’t mastered the art of bronzers (and highlights!) but it’s good to start with a natural one. You’ll love contouring even more with this homemade item.

11. Homemade Nontoxic Eyeliner

Aiming for a perfect winged detail on your eyes? There’s an organic alternative for you! Don’t forget to put extra care when applying eye cosmetics, like this eyeliner.

12. Seaweed Mascara

Mascaras are actually one of the makeup products I started to love. Aside from it’s easy to apply, I also love how it brightens my eyes when I have it on! That’s why when I learned about this seaweed mascara, I could not help but try it for myself too!

13. DIY BB Cream

Who would have thought BB creams have natural alternatives too? I’m not an avid user of BB creams because it doesn’t suit my skin well. Since the DIY cosmetics ingredients of this product are easy to find, this is a must-try!

14. All-Natural Homemade Eyeshadow

Most of the eyeshadows I use on a daily are the neutral tones: browns, creams, and tans. Since these shades are widely used, they are most of the time “out of stock.” In times like this, homemade eyeshadow is my best option.

15. Bronzing Lotion Bars

What’s good about making your own skin care products is to customize them to match your skin needs. Just like these bronzing lotion bars. Aside from their moisturizing benefits, they also act as an insect repellant, sunscreen, and bronzing bar in one. How amazing is it for a DIY cosmetics recipe? Not to mention they have a summery scent!

16. DIY Lip Scrub

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Whip up a batch of this homemade holiday lip scrub, then scoop it into a few lip balm containers for all your friends this Christmas! 🎄💄

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Suffering from chapped lips? Then this is the DIY cosmetics recipe you’re looking for. This lip scrub uses coconut oil to keep moisture, brown sugar to lift dead skin cells, and honey to ward off lip infection.

17. Bath Bombs

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Bath bombs are defintely fun, but can be expensive to purchase regularly. So what do we suggest? DIY bath bombs, of course! Nothing like you yourself being able to pick out the colors and the scents, for a more relaxing bath time. 🎀 Enjoy crafting!

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I never thought you can DIY bath bombs but here are a few recipes which are easy and exciting to make using the easiest ingredients you can probably find at home!

18. DIY Body Slimming Wrap Gel

Another DIY recipe that’s exciting and fun to make is a body slimming wrap gel. Apply on a body part and cover with a canvas cloth or a cling wrap and let the gel do the work.

19. DIY Organic Lotion

This organic lotion recipe is perfect for gift giving. I can’t wait to create my own and pack it for my mom on Mother’s day or even on Valentine’s Day. I bet it smells amazing too!

20. DIY Makeup Remover

Makeup remover is pretty easy to DIY and this foolproof recipe is effective and skin loving at the same time. Flat cotton pads, aloe vera water, and virgin olive oil are what make this makeup remover one of the easiest makeup recipe ideas to try.

21. DIY Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is a staple in a lot of women’s makeup kit. That’s why it’s awesome to know you can create your own full coverage liquid foundation right at your home.

Looking for the natural versions of our daily makeup may need time and patience but it’s possible. All you have to do is search, mix, and test them out for yourself. Share these homemade natural cosmetics with your friends too!

What are your favorite DIY cosmetics recipes? Leave your feedback in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to get back to you.

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DIY Eye Makeup With Activated Charcoal

1. Combine both ingredients in a small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously before every use.

Recommendations For Use:

A store-bought eyeliner applicator brush can be used to apply the solution around the eyes. Apply sparingly in order to achieve the desired effect. This application can be stored in any cool, dark area for up to 30 days.

Create A Natural Mascara

For anyone who suffers from sensitive eye issues, such as inflammation, irritation, or redness, mascara can be a complicated purchase. Manufacturers and marketers involved in the production of mascara try to emphasize their products’ ability to produce beautiful, lengthened, luxurious lashes with a simple swoop of a mascara brush. With the concern for eye health growing and eye sensitivity issues on the rise, mascara manufacturers have begun to focus on including “all-natural” ingredients that can help their products be more “eye-friendly.”

These hypoallergenic ingredients, however, are often far outweighed by synthetic ingredients, chemicals, dyes, and so on, leading to irritations, redness, and other adverse reactions.

In an effort to create a safer, truly all-natural, more health-promoting product that can achieve the same effect as store-bought mascaras, a number of consumers have turned to activated charcoal.

Helping to reduce the risk of allergic reactions, infections, inflammation, and redness, activated charcoal and coconut oil join forces in the following recipe to create the perfect alternative mascara for the consumer who desires an inexpensive, all-natural way to achieve long, luxurious lashes.

Building better lashes and promoting overall health, this simple solution can make anyone love their lashes while safeguarding their eyes…naturally.


To Make A Charcoal Mascara:


• 1 teaspoon fine activated charcoal powder
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil


1. Combine both ingredients in an emptied mascara tube and stir or shake the solution vigorously before use.

2. Apply to the lashes using the same method you would for a store-bought mascara, storing in any cool, dark area for up to 30 days.

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• Caramel Chocolate Charcoal Macaroons

It may sound odd to wash your face with oil since oil is usually what you are trying to remove from your skin. However, oil can be an effective way to remove makeup. Olive oil in particular is becoming a more popular skincare ingredient so lets take a look at how olive oil works as a cleanser and the pros and cons of the “oil cleansing” method.

How does oil cleansing work?
You may remember from your high school science class that “like dissolves like.” In other words, materials will dissolve other materials that have a similar chemical structure. Since makeup is often made of oil and heavy waxes, it makes sense that olive oil can dissolve oily makeup. Cosmetic chemists use the “like dissolves like” principle to formulate oil-based cleansers and makeup removers. Liquid makeup removers are usually pure oil, while creams (like cold creams) are oils mixed with water, emulsifiers and thickeners. Standard facial cleansers don’t always work well on makeup because they are water-based and designed to gently remove surface dirt and oil (cleansers can remove oil but use completely different chemistry to do so). The more gentle you make a cleanser, the less ability it has to remove heavy oils and waxes. Cleansing ingredients can be harsh for your face, so if manufacturers made the cleansers with more detergent, you could remove makeup but you would also remove your natural facial oils and dry out your skin. Thus, the need for makeup remover.

Benefits of olive oil

  • Inexpensive – You can buy a pretty big bottle at the grocery store, which will last a long time, but you probably already have some in your kitchen!

  • Effective – Works similarly to makeup remover (though not as well)

  • Non-Comedogenic – Doesn’t clog pores

Downsides of olive oil

  • Greasy skin – Your skin won’t feel squeaky clean and you will likely want to wash your face with a standard cleanser after makeup removal.

  • Not Optimized for Skin Care – Olive oil works well, but makeup removers are still the most effective way to remove makeup and don’t leave skin feeling as oily.

  • Skin-Type Dependent – While olive oil is considered non-comedogenic, I have heard of women complaining that olive oil leads to breakouts. If you already have oily skin or are prone to breakouts this may not be the method for you.

Bottom Line
Olive oil is a decent makeup remover, but most makeup removers will work better. However, if you are looking for natural at-home beauty solutions, olive oil can be an effective way to remove makeup without causing acne (depending on your skin type).

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In my quest for creating a healthier life, I have taken a hard look at the products I regularly use to find areas of improvement. As someone who wears and appreciates makeup, I know that to keep the skin under all that makeup healthy, it’s gotta come off at the end of the day. You know what gets expensive? Makeup remover. You know what’s not expensive? Olive Oil. For about the last year, I have been exclusively using olive oil to get rid of my makeup. Other than removing the most stubborn of mascara, using olive oil as a makeup remover provides my skin with many other benefits. Today, I’m going to try to convince at least one of you to ditch traditional makeup remover for a bottle of olive oil. Your skin will thank you.

Before I delve into the meat of this post, there are a few things I want you all to bear in mind as you finish this post.

1. Because of loose food standards in the U.S. and industry corruption thanks to the Mafia (you read that right – the Mafia), read the label of the bottle to ensure that you are using 100% pure olive oil. According to CBS News, a whopping 75-80% of olive oil sold in the U.S. ‘does not meet legal grades for extra-virgin oil.’ This means that the benefits of using olive oil not only for your face, but for cooking aren’t being realized because you’re not using pure olive oil.

2. I am not a dermatologist or scientist and do not/cannot guarantee that everyone will reap these benefits. A few sources have said that if you have particularly sensitive skin, excessive olive oil application may irritate your skin. You do you.

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Benefits of Removing Your Makeup with Olive Oil

Moisture Barrier

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, particularly one called squalane. Squalene is slowly absorbed by the body and is known to act as a sealant to keep in moisture and soothe aggravated skin. It does this by coating the skin in a layer of oil (think glowy skin rather than greasy skin) that slows the natural release of water from the skin. These properties can also gradually increase the amount of water your skin can retain. It’s commonly used in many readily available moisturizers and skincare products because of this property. Moisturized skin not only looks youthful and glowy, but will also allow for more even makeup application the next time duty calls.

UV Protection

Squalane is also known to help protect the skin from harmful environmental factors such as pollution and UVB rays. UVB rays are the harmful rays from the sun that, if exposed to for extended periods of time, can cause sun burn and skin cancer. A study from Oxford Academic found that hairless mice rubbed in olive oil before exposure to UVB rays developed ‘UVB-induced tumors’ much later than their dry mice counterparts after increased exposure to UVB rays. The same study also found that olive oil applied to the skin after exposure to UVB rays ‘can effectively reduce UVB-induced murine skin tumors.’

What does this have to do with you? Like other medical tests that are done with mice, scientists conduct this research because of the similarities between the immune systems of mice and humans. Again, I’m not a scientist. It is my understanding that there are enough similarities between the two immune systems to liken the results from one species to the other. Yay for your skin!

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The anti-aging properties of squalane via olive oil are essentially a result of the previously mentioned two benefits. The moisturizing properties of olive oil allow areas where the skin is typically thinner and is more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles (under-eyes and mouth) to remain plump. This increased moisture can reduce the appearance and/or occurrence of lines and wrinkles.

When it comes to skin damage from UV rays, UVA rays are the sun rays that are associated with aging skin (tip I learned from a great podcast: UVA for aging and UVB for burn). The additional protection from UVB rays is working in your favor, however, you should always wear broad spectrum sunscreen – it covers both UVA and UVB rays.

It’s Damn Good

And now for the obvious benefit, it’s damn good at removing makeup. My trusty olive oil has yet to meet a waterproof mascara or eyeliner that it can’t take off. Yes, makeup wipes may come in a more convenient package, but you probably have olive oil in your house for cooking, right? Why not make it a multi-purpose product?

My Makeup Removal Process

Perhaps throughout this post, you were imagining a big ol’ bottle of olive oil sitting on my bathroom counter. You’re only half wrong. The first thing I did was go to Target and beelined to their travel toiletry section. I picked up a cute reusable plastic bottle and I refill that small container with olive oil from my kitchen.

Please don’t bring the bottle of olive oil you cook with into the bathroom. Please.

At the end of a makeup-wearing day, I saturate a cotton pad with my bathroom olive oil and wipe that sucker all over my face. The next morning, I don’t wake up with leftover mascara and eyeliner circles under my eyes – it’s like magic.

Are you currently using any natural beauty products or making any at home? Are you open to removing your makeup with olive oil?




  • I’m sharing my Olive Oil Makeup Remover Skin Care Secret ! A big beauty secret is using the right makeup remover. I see too many women using harsh chemicals and makeup removing towelettes that not only do a horrible job removing makeup but they also scratch your skin at a vulnerable time when you’re wearing makeup, causing irritation and breakouts. I’m going to show you the best solution that is not only the most effective, it’s the gentlest and beneficial way to remove all makeup including mascara and the heaviest makeup. Continue reading: Olive Oil Makeup Remover Skin Care Secret.

    Watch me use Olive Oil to remove ALL My Makeup, Even waterproof mascara! (video above) The Best and Organic Way to Remove Makeup is Olive Oil ! Yay! I use this every night to remove my makeup. At the end of the day, get out a nice fluffy cotton pad, a plastic bottle for storage and grab your stash of essential oils. This is The Best and Organic Way to Remove Makeup! I made this list of organic ingredients in ratios so you can make as much or as little as you want. The Organic way to remove makeup even if you don’t wear makeup! Wow The Best and Organic Way to Remove Makeup, Olive Oil!

    Olive Oil Makeup Remover – The Best and Organic Way to Remove Makeup – ingredients:

    2 Parts Organic Olive Oil – Please read the Skin Care Benefits for Olive Oil
    1 Part Organic Almond Oil
    1 Table Spoon Neem Oil
    5 Drops of Organic Tea Tree Oil

    If you don’t have all these ingredients, just use a tablespoon of either the Extra Virgin olive oil or Almond oil with a few drops of tea tree oil!

    I just like to add almond oil to the olive oil for a little vitamin K! Helps with dark under eyes! Read all about how I removed my Super Dark Under Eyes with Almond Oil: How to get Rid of DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES NATURALLY

    Olive Oil Makeup Remover – The Best and Organic Way to Remove Makeup :

    1. Place a small handful amount of the natural makeup remover mixture into the palm of your clean hands.

    Get a plastic bottle and label it!

    2. Avoiding your eyes, gently rub the oil onto your face and swirl around with your finger tips.

    3. Take the saturated cotton pad and wipe your face in upward strokes

    4. Flip to the other side of the cotton pad to remove excess oil and makeup.

    5. Saturate another cotton pad and continue the process again until the pad is clean.

    Remove Eye Makeup with Oil:

    Oil is the BEST Mascara remover! Ditch the chemicals, use a natural eye makeup remover that will nourish your eyes and help keep them looking youthful! Use either pure Olive oil or Almond oil! Don’t use the tea tree oil around the eyes, it may irritate them.

    For eyes, carefully dot oil under your eye to remove concealer, massage under eye, wipe with cotton pad.

    removing makeup naturally

    For Mascara, do one eye at a time. Close one eye and apply the oil to your finger tips and gently pull your lashes downward. You’ll see all the mascara melt right off! Wash your fingers in the sink and wipe them on a cotton pad. Wipe the eyelashes with a clean cotton pad.

    Always make sure the eye is tightly closed!

    When cotton pads are clean, wipe dry and open eye and do the same to the other eye.

    organic makeup remover

    Your makeup is now gently removed and your skin has been nourished in the process. This organic makeup remover is amazing for all skin types. It does an amazing job melting away all makeup and also pulls out impurities that were trapped under your makeup. Your pores will be unclogged and disinfected from any trapped bacteria. You will notice tighter pores, more moisturized skin, less irritation, no dry patches of skin, more even tone, acne scars removed over time, and less wrinkles.

    I highly recommend this makeup remover to everyone! And don’t forget to never sleep in your makeup. Enjoy!
    Thank you for reading:

    Olive Oil Makeup Remover – The Best and Organic Way to Remove Makeup

    After you use this organic makeup remover, I suggest you use the Clarisonic Skincare Brush because it will cleanse your skin and prep it for your beauty serums or acne treatments. Read my Clarisonic Review next!

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    Hi everyone,

    Makeup remover doesn’t have to be expensive or come with a label. In fact, I actually prefer this gentle version that you can make at home on the cheap. It’s non-irritating, easy to make, inexpensive and highly effective. I recently uploaded a video on how to make this perfect makeup remover, but here is a step-by-step guide to have on hand when you try it out for yourself 🙂

    All you need to create your very own makeup remover is:

    1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2. Aloe Vera Water (most drugstores, heath or grocery stores will carry aloe vera water. If you can’t find it, though, filtered water will work just fine!)
    3. A re-sealable bottle (you’ll need to shake up your mixture in this)
    4. A few gentle cotton pads (for application)

    A few Beauty School notes before we begin:

    • Aloe Vera water comes from the Aloe Vera plant, which is used in herbal medicine for its soothing abilities. It is a cooling agent that helps calm the skin and it contains a plethora of amino acids and vitamins. Since it’s made up of 95% water, you can be sure that it is extraordinarily hydrating and refreshing for your face.
    • Do not be afraid of the olive oil! If the idea of putting olive oil on your face has you uneasy, relax; extra virgin olive oil actually closely resembles your skin’s natural oil production, which means that it won’t clog your pores or dry your skin out, but rather will keep it extra soft and clear it of any impurities.

    * * *

    A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Makeup Remover

    STEP 1: Pour less than ½ cup of EVOO into a bottle of aloe vera water (make sure the container has a sealable cap for Step 2 to work). A little goes a long way with EVOO because it’s highly potent, so you’ll only need a small amount.

    STEP 2: You’ll notice that the oil will float above the water. This is because oil is hydrophobic, which literally means “water-fearing.” So before applying, you’ll need to really shake the mixture up and use it right away before the oil and water separate again.

    STEP 3: After thoroughly shaking the mixture, soak one of your cotton pads with it and gently press it over one of your eyes.

    Keep it here for a few seconds while it works to break down all the makeup, and then gently sweep it away from your eye towards your ear.

    You should notice your makeup is dissolving and coming off with ease.

    STEP 4: Repeat Step 3 until your eyes are completely clean, and then continue the same process all over your face.

    This mixture should not even feel super greasy to begin with, so remember; don’t be afraid of putting the oil on your skin. The aloe vera water will refresh and cool your skin while the oil breaks down the pigments in your makeup – a perfect combination!

    All clean!

    This makeup remover is incredibly light and clean, yet powerful enough to remove any stubborn waterproof makeup. This would also be a great formula to try if you have any allergies or sensitivities to chemicals, or just sensitive skin in general. Good luck and I hope you find success with this perfect makeup remover!

    What DIYs would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below.

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    Homemade Eye Makeup Remover Formula Trials


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    Ditch the toxins that are in most store bought eye makeup removers and make your own instead! I tried a bunch of Homemade Eye Makeup Remover formulas, and this one worked the best.

    One of the best ways to get toxins out of your home is to make your own personal care products – like homemade lotion, toothpaste, hairspray, and more.

    I set out this past week to try and figure out a good homemade eye makeup remover to share with all of you.

    Little did I know that I’d have my work cut out for me.

    There are a bunch of recipes out there on the internet touting to be great homemade eye makeup removers — so which one was the best?

    Or was there an even better option?

    Bet you just can’t wait to find out, right?

    Now just to be clear, I don’t wear a bunch of makeup. In fact, I’ve been a real makeup minimalist most of my life.

    I pretty much wear a little something under my eyes, some eyeliner (as natural as possible) and some mascara–and that’s it.

    So I don’t have a lot of “stuff” to take off my face at the end of the day.

    But I do need something that will take off mascara and eye liner.

    I used to use a drugstore brand of remover, but when I finally read the label on that stuff I figured there had to be a better way.

    Here’s the not-so-nice list of ingredients I had been putting on my eyes:

    Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Ceteth-20, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Vanillin, Titanium Dioxide.


    In fact, if you look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Rating on these ingredients, you will see that you really don’t want to be putting this on your eyes (a rating of zero is the best that you can get. As the numbers go higher, the ingredient is most likely more problematic.

    – mineral oil – (1-3):
    – ceteth 20 (2):
    – sorbic acid (3):
    – methylparaben (4):
    – titanium dioxide (1-3):

    So for the past 2-3 years, I’ve been using straight jojoba oil as a “homemade eye makeup remover” — nothing really to make there, though. Just use it :-). And I’d put a little water on afterwards and then do a quick swipe with some toilet tissue.

    But it was really just too oily and I was using a lot of jojoba. It’s not crazy expensive, but I really wanted to find something that worked just as well and wasn’t such a mess.

    Also, you know when you’re putting on mascara and you miss?

    Well, when I’d try to clean up that stray mess with straight jojoba oil I’d end up with an oily mess on my face. Not good when you’re trying to get out the door quickly.

    So…I perused the internet, came up with a bunch of homemade eye makeup remover recipes to try, and got to work.

    First of all, a number of the recipes were “no go’s” from the start.

    Like ones that contained:

    • Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
    • Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Wash
    • or other chemically ingredients like that :-(.

    ‘Cause we’re trying to get rid of the chemical junk and not just save money, remember?

    I came up with a list of 6 Eye Makeup Remover Recipes to Try.

    Here are the results of each one …and at the end I’ll share which one was the winner.

    Before I share the different homemade eye makeup removers that I tried, I should say that yes, I did try plain old coconut oil.

    I love coconut oil for so many things, but coconut oil and my skin don’t seem to get along well. It doesn’t seem to sink in to my skin, I feel like I can’t get it off of my eyes after removing makeup, and it tends to cause breakouts for me.

    There are a few skincare products with some form of coconut oil in them that don’t cause breakouts for me, but overall I don’t like using it on my face.

    So there–a few readers have commented about how much they like using coconut oil for an eye makeup remover, but I just don’t.


    So these are the different homemade eye makeup remover formulas (without coconut oil) that I tried.

    Recipe #1 – 50/50 Witch Hazel & Oil

    – 1/4 cup witch hazel (alcohol free preferred)
    – 1/4 cup oil (organic almond oil, jojoba oil, and organic olive oil are all decent choices)

    Note (please be careful in choosing an olive oil since many are counterfeit. This Olive Oil has been shown in tests to be real olive oil.)

    This one was the first recipe I tried. My initial thought upon mixing it up was, “Isn’t this going to sting my eyes?”

    The first time I tried it, it didn’t.

    The second time–stinging. Not good.

    Recipe #2 – Water, Vitamin E Capsules & Oil

    Honestly, I didn’t try this one. My reason? Seemed like a good recipe, but it’s basically just water and oil with a little added nutrition for your eyes. And since we don’t take Vitamin E currently (maybe we should??) I felt I couldn’t justify having myself or my readers purchase vitamin E oil just for making eye makeup remover.

    Recipe #3 – Water, Castille Soap, & Olive Oil

    – 1 cup water
    – 1/4 tsp castille soap
    – 1 tsp organic olive oil

    This one plain stung and didn’t work well. I had to rub at my eyes several times to get my makeup off (and I’m not wearing waterproof mascara anymore). So this is a no-go for the delicate eye area.

    Recipe #4 – Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Almond Oil

    – 4 Tbsp EVOO
    – 3 Tbsp almond oil

    Well, this one I really didn’t have to try either since it’s basically just the same as my current method – straight oil. Just with different oils.

    I love these oils but I need something different to take the makeup off my eyes without too much greasiness.

    Recipe #5 – Water, Castille Soap, and Oil

    – 1 cup water
    – 1 1/2 Tbsp castille soap
    – 1/8 tsp oil

    This one, again, didn’t really work and stung somewhat. Stinging and my eyes just don’t go together. And well, if something doesn’t work–it just ummm…doesn’t work.

    Recipe #6 – Water & Soap

    – 1/2 cup water
    – 2 tsp soap (I used castille soap)

    Stinging. Again. And not good results.

    So.. what’s a gal to do when these are the results she gets?

    Well, here’s what happened. I came up with a winner that works like a charm and doesn’t sting:

    May I humbly present to you, the Best Homemade Eye Makeup Remover?

    What I wanted was the:

    – removing power of the oils
    – some added ingredients to make it less oily and easier to remove
    – clean ingredients
    – works even for waterproof mascara (for whenever you really need to wear it — e.g. swimming, events where you expect to be sobbing, etc.)
    – no stinging

    Here it is (drum roll please…)

    Approximate cost (at time of publishing post):

    Even if you buy a more expensive oil like jojoba, you can make this chemical-nasty-free eye makeup remover for:

    – Jojoba oil – About $2.25 for 1 oz
    – Witch Hazel – About $1.62 for 1 oz
    – Water – let’s call that “free” for 1 oz, OK :-)?

    Total: $3.87 for 3 oz. which is $1.29 per ounce (not including vitamin E)

    And if you use olive oil instead, my EVOO from Costco costs about $.17 per ounce.

    Then your total is: $1.79 for 3 oz, which is $.60 per ounce.

    Compare that to one chemical-laden brand I was using – $4.99-ish for 2 fl oz.

    I’d much rather the pure stuff!

    This will even take off waterproof mascara, but you do have to work it in a little more and for a little longer. On a side note, I’ve heard that waterproof mascara can lead to lashes falling out and apparently the loss is sometimes permanent. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I seem to have fewer lashes than when I was younger and I used to use waterproof mascara all. the. time. Sigh.

    I so hope you like this as much as I do.

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    Update 3/17: WARNING. Unless you are going to add a broad spectrum preservative to this lotion, please plan to use this within 3-4 days and store in the refrigerator.

    Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

    Makes about 1/3 cup

    You Will Need

    2 Tbsp witch hazel
    2 Tbsp oil of choice (like jojoba oil, organic almond oil, etc.)
    2 Tbsp water (please use filtered water — see how to make your water safe)
    Small Glass Jar with lid like this one or this one
    Organic Cotton Rounds or organic makeup remover pads (I recommend the rounds since eye makeup will tend to be hard to wash off of the pads)


    1. Add all ingredients to your container / dispenser

    2. Shake well before using.

    3. Moisten Cotton Round or Makeup Pad with the mixture, or alternatively you could place some of the mixture on clean fingers– then wipe eyes gently.


    To clean up stray makeup on face, put a small amount on fingers or dip cotton swab in mixture and clean up stray marks.

    When washing face, make sure to get some cleaner on your eye area if you wish to remove any remaining oily residue.

    UPDATE: The witch hazel in this product will help a bit with bacterial growth, but please for now only make enough to use within 3-4 days and store this in the fridge. If it seems bad, use common sense and don’t wipe it on your eyes :-).

    Other Non-Toxic Eye Makeup Remover Options

    Don’t feel like making your own Eye Makeup Remover?

    This Instant Eye Makeup Remover from Beautycounter is so great! No toxins and removes eye makeup effortlessly. I think it might be the best store bought remove that I have ever used (and it’s large bottle too so it’s a decent value).

    This Baby Oil from Beautycounter is also super convenient as an Eye Makeup Remover plus it has no harmful additives like most Baby Oils on the market.

    The pump dispenses just the right amount each time with no oil running all over the place onto your hands and your countertop, etc.

    Side note: If you’re looking for good non toxic eye makeup, my favorite mascara is Beautycounter’s and I love their eye pencils too. “Just right” color without a heavy look. And the mascara doesn’t smudge (and that’s saying a lot for me–The “Queen” of Smudge.) I personally have never found eye shadows that I like until I found Beautycounter’s. I’m a “winter” in terms of the colors that look good on me, and their Slipper / Slate combo in just lovely. Not overdone at all!

    Interested in other DIY natural home / personal items? How about….

    – Homemade Jojoba Face Wash
    – Amazing No-Streak Glass Cleaner
    – Easiest Baby Wipes
    – Homemade Foaming Soap
    – Easy Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid

    What eye makeup remover do you use?

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