I tend to experiment with homemade makeup removers. My go-to is generally the Oil Cleansing Method, but sometimes I am admittedly lazy, and want to be able to remove my makeup while watching tv on the couch. And sometimes I want to wash my face without waiting 5 minutes for the water to heat up in my bathroom.
I’m not alone here, right?
I find that makeup remover wipes are highly convenient for such times, and will occasionally find myself buying them at the store. But there are two things that bother me when buying makeup remover wipes: they’re expensive, and they contain unnecessary chemicals that dry out my facial skin.
(Not trying to call out any specific companies here, but one “ultra-calming” makeup remover I’ve tried contains isononyl isononanoate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, cetyl ethylhexanoate, and 20 more ingredients. In a makeup remover. It’s crazy.)
Then it occurred to me, I could make my own!
There are a couple natural ingredients I already use to help remove stubborn eye makeup, so why not mix them up with a little water, pour them over some paper towels, and use them as a homemade makeup remover?
I think it’s brilliant. It works wonderfully, too. Without the drying chemicals. That’s a win-win.
Oh, and they only take about 2 minutes to make a batch that’ll last you a month, and the cost is only around a dollar.
Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes
- 15 paper towel sheets, cut in half
- 2 cup of water
- 1-3 tbsp olive oil (if you have dry skin, use more. Oily skin, use less)
- 1 tbsp witch hazel (found in the medicine section or your market, for around $1)
- 10 drops lavender, tea tree or lemon essential oil (I buy organic plant therapy oils)
- A large mason jar and a lid
Cut 15 sheets of paper towels in half, then fold them into small squares and stack them into a large, clean mason jar (a wide-mouthed jar may result in fewer frustrations… speaking from experience). Combine water, olive oil, witch hazel and essential oils (if using), and vigorously stir with a fork or a whisk to try and get the water and oil combined. Immediately pour mixture over the paper towels, secure the lid, and shake the jar to get all of the paper towels soaked. Once the paper towels are wet, pour out most of the remaining liquid in the jar, and secure the jar with a lid.
The idea here is to soak the paper towels, without keeping too much of the solution soaking at the bottom.
When you’re ready to remove your makeup, grab a paper towel and gently rub away the makeup. These are great at removing eye makeup, just make sure you don’t get any of the solution in your eye, if you’re using essential oils in the solution. Return the lid on the jar, so the solution doesn’t dry out.
The makeup remover should stay good for up to a month, but I would discard and start fresh a fresh batch each month.