A makeup remover? Really!?
Why do we need such a specialty product in our lives?
Those were the very thoughts rumbling around in our constantly questioning minds a couple of years ago after reading a beauty book that suggested that makeup remover is an integral part of your skincare routine.
Since the book and the author were both reputable, hence, it was decided that adding a makeup remover to your nightly skincare routine would be necessary. At this point, we usually decide to switch over from using a very expensive department store brand to homemade skincare products so we decided to research simple options to naturally remove makeup.
Within one night of using a makeup remover, coconut oil, it is immediately realized that we were wrong. A makeup remover truly is essential to a skincare routine if you are going to wear makeup, even more, natural makeup.
Because here is the dirty truth – A cleanser is meant to cleanse the face, not remove makeup. This means every single night, I was going to bed with a superficially clean face. We thought our faces were clean, but the truth was that most of our makeup remained on our faces day after day.
We have been using a makeup remover ever since that night of revelation, followed by a gentle cleanser. And each night we are shocked at how much makeup our trusty makeup remover strips away.
Since reading that book, we have been experimenting with a few different natural makeup removers, ranging from simple one ingredient oils to a homemade balm.
Today, let us talk about each of the makeup removers we have tried over the past couple of years. Each person is different, so our goal is to present to you the natural options we have loved for removing our makeup naturally, and then leave the decision up to you for which makeup remover will work best for your schedule, your skin, and your skincare routine.
This option only requires one ingredient you probably already have sitting in your real food pantry: oil. The basic idea behind using oil to remove makeup is that oil dissolves oil.
Since makeup products are generally made up of some oils and waxes, and your face secretes oil, an oil like coconut or olive oil removes the makeup from your face.
To use coconut oil or olive oil to remove makeup, apply a small amount of oil to a cotton ball or facial pad, and then gently wipe the face with the oil-moistened pad. Once your makeup has been removed, wash your face with a cleanser.
If you would like a soapy cleanser, we have also used this honey face wash recipe.
Coconut oil, as a skincare product, does not agree with everyone’s skin. We are not sure if this has something to do with genetics or the fact that coconut oil has a higher chance of clogging pores than many other oils.
Olive oil really does not have a con.
After using coconut oil for a few months, which did not agree with our skin after repeated uses, we switched over to a combination of witch hazel and nourishing oil, olive oil.
Witch hazel is an easy-to-source, natural ingredient that is also used as an astringent in skincare routines. For this recipe, we recommend using an alcohol-free witch hazel so it does not dry out your skin.
To make this makeup remover, combine three tablespoons of alcohol-free witch hazel and two tablespoons of nourishing oil like olive oil. Before each use, shake the bottle.
To use this makeup remover, apply a small amount of oil to a cotton ball or facial pad, and then gently wipe the face with the moistened pad. Once your makeup has been removed, wash your face with a cleanser.
Lasts a few months, great for someone who does not want to use 100% oil on their face. Another perk of this recipe is that you can use the basic concept to make reusable face wipes, which are very handy if you travel.
Since this recipe is very liquid, it is easy to use a bit too much and get some in your eyes. Not that we know anything about this from experience. This is more of a user error than a product con, but it is definitely worth mentioning.
Another con of this recipe is that you need to purchase witch hazel, which is not a basic kitchen ingredient. The good news is that witch hazel has many uses, and it lasts a while, so one bottle can be used in multiple ways or kept for an extended period of time.
This is the makeup remover that we are currently using and absolutely adore. Every single makeup remover shared here is a great option for naturally removing makeup, but hands down, this one wins our hearts and face.
The balm combines the power of oil, olive oil or jojoba oil for me, and beeswax to create an easy-to-use product.
To make this makeup remover, combine 1/4th cup of jojoba oil or olive oil, and one tablespoon of beeswax. Melt the beeswax into the oil, then pour the mixture into a container, and allow it to cool and harden.
To use this makeup remover, apply a small amount of the balm to a cotton ball or facial pad, and then gently wipe the face with the balm-moistened pad. Once your makeup has been removed, wash your face with a cleanser.
Easy to use and no oil spills once it is made. Lasts several months.
More prep time is required than the other makeup remover options.
Another con of this recipe is that you need to purchase beeswax, which is not a basic kitchen ingredient, but it may be used to create multiple other homemade products, and it lasts forever.
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