I wear makeup almost every day.
Makeup helps me feel confident, put-together, and more like myself. I see it as a form of self-care!
But I hate taking my makeup off.
After a long, busy day, I’d much rather slip on my PJ’s and jump right in bed with a book. But no. Face comes first.
Because if you don’t wash your face at night (a big beauty no-no), you could face these nasty consequences:
- Irritated eyes (including styes)
- Increased blackheads and breakouts
- Larger pores
- Dry flaky skin
Plus, you’ll speed up the aging process which no one wants!
Over the last few years, I’ve happily used the Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover from Mary Kay. Nothing wrong with it. In fact, it’s really good stuff and lasts a long time! But it also costs $17. There are a handful of beauty products I happily splurge on, but I knew I could find a way to make comparable version of my favorite natural eye makeup remover for a lot less.
So I came up with a simple recipe that works just as well, if not better. Plus, this solution has essential oils in it too, which means even more awesomeness for your skin!
How to Make Natural Eye Makeup Remover
Step 1: Clean a small jar with hot soapy water and dry thoroughly. I prefer a glass amber bottle to protect the essential oils from sunlight. Then measure out 1/2 cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil (the absolute best price is on Amazon, not your grocery store), and pour into the jar.
Step 2: Add 5 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense essential oil. Close jar and shake to incorporate the mixture. Lavender is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and overall very good for the skin. Frankincense is often used in homemade wrinkle creams because it smoothes and maintains radiant skin.
Step 3: Label jar and cover with packaging tape to protect. (Or use my favorite label maker!)
When I first tried this natural eye makeup remover, I was a little skeptical of how well it would work. I needn’t have worried! My makeup slid right off and was not irritating all to my eyes or skin. I use these reusable makeup pads to reduce waste.
Plus, it was so simple to put together and only cost a little over $3! I’d say that’s a huge improvement over what I was previously paying.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay to use coconut oil on my face?
If you struggle with oily skin, you might think it’s crazy to add more oil to it. But when you over-cleanse your skin (especially if you use products containing alcohol), sometimes you trigger an overproduction of oil. This is your skin trying to compensate for the lack of natural oils. Who knew?
That being said, you’ll want to test a small portion of your skin before going all in. For many skin types, coconut oil is very nourishing. I have combination-oily skin and haven’t had any issues with my face being too oily or breaking out more often than usual. But yours might respond differently.
What’s the difference between fractionated coconut oil and regular coconut oil?
If you’ve ever used regular coconut oil, you know that it liquifies in warm temperatures and solidifies in cooler ones. Fractionated coconut oil doesn’t contain any fatty acids, so it stays in a liquid form, no matter what. The skin can absorb the oil easier and it’s less likely to clog pores.
Most importantly, regular coconut oil can go bad after a while. Fractionated coconut oil has a longer shelf life, which makes it ideal to use in homemade beauty products.
What essential oils should I use?
For years, I purchased essential oils through Young Living, but they were so expensive! Even though I signed up as a wholesale customer.
Just last year, I said enough was enough and switched to Rocky Mountain Oils. RMO provides the same high quality oil for a smaller price. If you want proof that your oil is 100% pure, you can request a GC/MS test (done by a third party) for the batch number printed on your bottle. That’s scientific speak for what substances are found in the oils.
Believe it or not, oils you grab from Walmart or a health food store are little more than fragrances added to a mix of coconut or jojoba oil.
Do I need to cleanse my face after the natural eye makeup remover?
Yes! The skin-care and makeup guru I follow on YouTube (Susan Yara from Mixed Makeup) always recommends a double cleanse. You are just removing the makeup in this step. For all the benefits of a freshly washed face, use a gentle cleanser to get rid of everything else.
One Last Thing
I use plenty of store-bought beauty products, so don’t think I’m a crunchy gal who makes everything from scratch.
But when it comes to natural eye makeup remover, I can’t get over how simple it is to make your own. With five minutes and only three ingredients, how could I not?
What makeup remover do you use?
Let me know if you plan to try this recipe and when you do, how you like it!
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