Homemade Make-Up Remover

After a rough week or so in which I had absolutely no motivation to write, I’m back! And I’m coming back to you with a homemade product for the ladies (mostly?); make-up remover!

Let me be straight with you. I don’t wear much make up. I own mascara, eye liner, one thing of eye shadow, lip gloss and lip stick. Oh, and one spot-cover-up stick that I really need to replace because of how old it is. I don’t know how to contour to save my life. I don’t know how to do smokey eye, but sometimes I manage to do a cat eye with the eye liner. And I even have the audacity to go out in public or to social gatherings without make-up on sometimes.

But one thing I do appreciate is getting my eye make-up off when I want to. It’s actually super healthy to remove it before bed, although I admit I’m not always on top of that habit. Leaving it on can make your lashes brittle, and apparently there’s mites that live in your lashes that will eat the mascara if it’s left on too long. Gross.

I wanted an easy-to-make make-up remover because I’m terrible about remembering to re-order the Mary Kay stuff when I’m close to running out, and I’d like something that’s refreshing for my eyes as well. This recipe has been doing the job beautifully for about a month now. It’s not oil-free, but I find that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily at all.

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How to make your own skin- and lash-nourishing make-up remover!

Making the Make-Up Remover

You will need:

  • 4 Tbs witch hazel
  • 4 Tbs almond oil (or similar skin-friendly oil such as jojoba)
  • 4-5 Tbs water (filtered or distilled is preferable; I prefer to use more rather than less water)
  • 4-8 drops skin-friendly essential oil, optional (lavender is probably the best and safest choice; you could also make lavender infused almond or jojoba oil and use that instead)
  • 1/2-1 tsp vitamin E oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a jar. I put mine in an empty, clean jam-size glass mason jar. I then put as many cotton round pads as I could get sufficiently soaked in the solution and capped and labelled the jar.

Using the Make-Up Remover

Simply remove one of the cotton rounds and wipe off your make-up before bed. Use separate rounds for face and eyes. Discard the round when your done. (I think it’s compostable but I’m not sure; try at your own risk and let me know?) I find that using both sides of one is enough for getting all of my eye make-up off.

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About Lee

Lee is the owner and author of Our Little Urban Homestead. She's a wife, mother, and Christian and enjoys reading, gardening, medieval reenactment, and many other hobbies and interests.

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