If you prefer to use natural ingredients and avoid commercial makeup removers, you can make your own homemade makeup removers using simple ingredients found in your kitchen. Here are 2 main homemade makeup removers plus others for you.

Remember to patch-test any homemade makeup remover on a small area of your skin before using it all over your face, and avoid using any ingredients that you’re allergic to.

A lady removing makeup


Jojoba oil, which is most like our skin’s natural sebum, pulls out impurities and balances oil production. The balancing of your skin’s natural oil is key in keeping pores healthy. The basic rule for oil cleansers is that oil attracts dirt and adheres to it, thereby removing it from the surface of your skin. Not every oil out there will balance your skin’s natural oil production, of course, but the oils included in this book are great to use as indicated. This includes the other wonderful oils in this recipe!

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons apricot oil

Preparation: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.

Transfer to a small airtight container. A dropper bottle works well to keep this product in for ease of dispensing on the cotton round or to make it attractive for gifting!

TO USE: Moisten a cotton round with a quarter-size amount of cleanser and softly wipe over your face.

Double-cleanse if desired.

STORAGE: Store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.

USE: As needed to remove makeup


Sunflower oil is common for cooking but not used as much for skin care, as it should be. It is high in linoleic acid as well as oleic acid, palmitic acid, lecithin, and vitamins A, D, and E. I like to use this oil because it is easy to find and is wonderful for the skin. Its suggested shelf life is 3 months, but what you don’t use for cleansing, you can use for cooking.


These easy-to-make and easy-to-use pads are perfect for travel. They work the same way as the other oil-based removers in this chapter, but the pads make them even more convenient. The addition of green or white tea provides an anti-ageing boost.

  • 1¼ teaspoons castor oil
  • ½ teaspoon sunflower oil
  • ¾ teaspoons jojoba oil
  • ¾ teaspoon avocado oil
  • 2½ tablespoons green or white tea (or a combination), cooled
  • 25 cotton rounds

Preparation: In a measuring cup, combine the oils, and mix well.

Add the tea and mix again.

Working in batches of five pads, dip them in the oil–tea mixture until all of the mixtures is absorbed. Stir between batches to keep the tea incorporated. With such a small batch you may be able to soak them all at once depending on the size of the cup you use for soaking. If you try this, make sure to turn them, open them to see it saturated all the way through, and press them on the bottom of the cup to ensure penetration. If you do batches of five, make sure to press out any excess fluid.

Transfer the saturated pads to a small airtight container.

TO USE: Wipe away makeup with the cotton round. Double-cleanse, if desired.

STORAGE: Store in the refrigerator for 1–2 weeks.

USE: As needed to remove makeup


The tea in this recipe gives this makeup remover an added anti-ageing boost. It also drenches the pads and makes the oils easier to spread.

Other Easy Makeup Removers

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a great natural makeup remover. Simply warm up some coconut oil in your hands and massage it into your face to break down the makeup. Then, wipe it off with a warm cloth.

Olive oil: Olive oil is another great natural makeup remover. Apply a small amount of olive oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe off your makeup. Then, rinse your face with warm water.

Witch hazel: Witch hazel is a natural astringent that can help to remove makeup and cleanse your skin. Mix equal parts of witch hazel and water, then apply it to a cotton pad and use it to remove your makeup.

Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel is a soothing and hydrating ingredient that can help to remove makeup without drying out your skin. Mix equal parts of aloe vera gel and coconut oil, then apply it to your face and wipe off your makeup with a warm cloth.

Cucumber juice: Cucumber juice is a refreshing and gentle way to remove makeup. Blend the cucumber and strain out the juice, then apply it to a cotton pad and wipe off your makeup.

Why Homemade Makeup Removers.

 A lady removing makeup

Homemade makeup removers can be a great alternative to commercial makeup removers for several reasons:

  1. Natural ingredients: Homemade makeup removers often use natural ingredients that are free of harsh chemicals and preservatives that can be found in commercial makeup removers. This can be beneficial for people with sensitive skin or those who want to avoid exposure to certain chemicals.
  2. Cost-effective: Making your own makeup remover can be a cost-effective option, as you can often use ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.
  3. Customizable: Homemade makeup removers can be customized to your specific needs and preferences. For example, you can adjust the ingredients based on your skin type or the type of makeup you wear.
  4. Environmentally friendly: Commercial makeup removers often come in plastic packaging that can contribute to environmental waste. Making your own makeup remover can help reduce waste and minimize your impact on the environment.

Overall, homemade makeup removers can be a great option for those looking for a more natural, cost-effective, and customizable alternative to commercial makeup removers. However, it’s important to remember to patch-test any homemade product on a small area of your skin before using it all over your face to avoid any potential allergic reactions.

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