4 Easy Homemade Makeup Remover

4 Easy Homemade Makeup Remover

1. Oil Cleansing

Oil cleansing is just what it sounds like: cleaning your face with oil. This DIY makeup remover may be the simplest of all.

Try one of the following recipes to decide which oils are right for your skin:

1. Oily Skin: 1/3 castor oil or hazelnut oil to 2/3 olive, sunflower, or other oil

2. Combination Skin: 1/4 castor or hazelnut oil and 3/4 olive, sunflower, or other oil

3. Dry Skin: All nourishing oils like olive oil, or a very small amount of castor/hazelnut oil added to the nourishing oils.


2. Witch Hazel

Made from the witch hazel shrub, witch hazel is basically an herbal extract or hydrosol. It has been used traditionally for skin problems and has a long history of use in the beauty industry.

To use witch hazel as a DIY makeup remover:

1. Use witch hazel on its own or diluted 50:50 with water.

2. Soak the corner of a washcloth or cotton makeup pad and remove makeup in circular motions.

3. Aloe Vera

Combine aloe vera gel with a couple of skin-nourishing ingredients to whisk away makeup and impurities.

To use aloe vera as a DIY makeup remover:

1. In a small container, combine equal parts aloe vera gel and raw honey.

2. Add 2 TBSP of your oil of choice for every 1 cup of cleanser.

3. Use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients until a paste forms. Store in an airtight container, and be sure to keep your cleanser in the refrigerator if it contains fresh, preservative-free aloe vera.

4. Use a small scoop of the cleanser to remove makeup by massaging it into the skin for one to two minutes before rinsing clean with cool water.


4. DIY Makeup Remover Wipes

I’ve written about the dangers of conventional baby wipes and why I make my own. Conventional, store-bought makeup removing wipes pose the same problems: chemical preservatives and other hormone disrupting, unnatural ingredients.

To make DIY makeup remover wipes:

You’ll need:

a pint-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid

cotton rounds

1 TBSP pure aloe vera

3 tsp pure witch hazel extract

1 tsp liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild is a perfect choice.)

1 tsp fractionated coconut oil (or your favorite skin-cleansing oil)

8-12 drops skin-soothing essential oil like lavender or frankincense

optional: 1 tsp vitamin E oil or 6-8 drops rosemary essential oil as a preservative.