DIY Makeup Remover

I have sensitive skin.  It is both a curse and a blessing.  Well, maybe the only blessing is I have an excuse when the weirdos at the mall try to get me to look at the overpriced skin care they are selling.  I suppose normal people could just lie and say they have sensitive skin…  Moving on!  The area under my eyes seems to take the brunt of my sensitivity.  I have had 3 different steroid creams prescribed to me in the past decade.  It is not fun to have pain under your eye every night you wash your makeup off.  I also have dry skin.  Cleansers dry it out too much and even sensitive makeup remover towelettes feel like a thousand tiny needles are poking me.  I finally found a brand that doesn’t hurt AND removes my eye makeup but it’s about $10 a month and is sold nowhere in my town.  Using Prime costs even more.

Enter, my own DIY makeup remover, sensitive skin friendly and so, so, so cheap and easy to make!  You can make a big batch to last a month or a little batch to last a week.  The best part is that the ingredients are all good for your skin.  And the other best part is that you don’t have to scrub your eyes like crazy to get off mascara.  Just a few gentle wipes and it’s gone!

DIY Makeup Remover
DIY Makeup Remover

DIY Makeup Remover Recipe


2 tbsp distilled water (or boil water and let cool)

2 tbsp coconut oil (I used solid, not fractionated)

1 tbsp witch hazel

10-12 cotton rounds


Mix distilled water and coconut oil.  Heat up in 10 second intervals in microwave to melt coconut oil.  Once coconut oil is dissolved, stir in witch hazel. (I was too excited to make this I forgot to take pictures until I was done.)  Last, add stack of cotton rounds.  It’s best to let this cool and set up for a few hours before use or it will get runny when you try to remove your makeup.

Right after pushing cotton rounds in
Right after pushing cotton rounds in

The coconut oil will solidify again on the cotton rounds and the heat from your face will warm it up.  It also will leave you feeling moisturized!  I follow up with a splash of water (like they do in all the hip facial cleansing commercials, but I don’t make so much mess) and then apply my regular moisturizer.

Both coconut oil has antimicrobial and moisturizing properties and witch hazel has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  Witch hazel also minimizes pores, reducing acne, and is a natural toner.  Basically, the combo is a double threat to any cleanser on the market!

DIY makeup remover
All my eye makeup! I use the reverse side for my face.

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