Your New Favorite Homemade Makeup Remover (Only 3 Ingredients!)

Tired of overpriced makeup removers? This recipe for natural eye makeup remover uses just 3 ingredients and is super nourishing!
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I literally just ran out of makeup remover and decided to try this easy homemade recipe. Guess what?? A DIY makeup remover actually works! I was shocked at how well it removed my stubborn eye-liner and mascara. Plus, the coconut oil and essential oils felt super nourishing on my skin. I don't think I'll go back to store-bought ever again!

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!


Supplies Needed:

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.

woman making natural eye makeup remover with coconut oil

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.

woman making natural eye makeup remover with essential oils

Step 3: Label jar and cover with packaging tape to protect. (Or use my favorite label maker!)

natural eye makeup remover in a labeled bottle

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.

natural eye makeup remover in a labeled bottle with reusable pad

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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  1. Thanks I’m going to try this. I am a fan of MK’s remover too ans am glad I found this to try. Noting for you your affiliate link says the Bamboo pads are not available. I see them without your link but since you recommended them I’d like to give you commission/credit. Please respond with an updated link

  2. Hi! I mix one part evoo with one part castor oil in a bottle and use it as a makeup remover. Love it. I also use it when my face is upset and it helps a lot.

  3. I have a question: When using coconut oil as makeup remover in the past, I had to repeatedly wash my face after to remove the residual oil.

    Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Donna – I take 1 part Witch’s hazel and 1 part water and use it as an after toner. The Witch hazel will remove the access oily feeling without losing the softness! Hope this helps! ~ Leslee

    2. I use a cotton ball to rub the makeup off my face {with some of the remover on the cotton ball} and then I rinse my face with a facial cleanser. After rinsing and drying my face I haven’t had an issue – however, if you have skin that is prone to be more oily, coconut oil based makeup removers might not be a good option for you.

  4. Thank you for sharing. It’s too funny that I use Mary Kay makeup remover and was dreading replacing it as I’m getting close to the bottom. I have that Young Life kit and was wondering what to do with franincense (I bought it for the lavender oil and to get the discount when I do reorders).

    I’m excited about trying this. I notice the difference when I take time to use skin care products and make up but wow – it can all really add up to a lot of money.

    1. It’s so crazy how expensive makeup products can be! I can honestly say that I love this remover and it’s really just as good as anything I’ve gotten from the store.

  5. I’ve always wanted to give a homemade makeup remover recipe a try! Can’t wait to see how well this one works!

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