Do You Know What is in Your Eye Makeup Remover?

I don't know if you wear makeup daily or not. (Lately I'm more of a “not” kinda gal!) When I do wear makeup, my struggle is always how to remove that eye makeup. Waterproof mascara serves a purpose, but it's a devil to take off.

So, here's the deal...We put chemicals on our skin and eyelashes to get them to stay all day, but the only way to take them off is to add more chemicals for removal. That's nuts!

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. All of those pores absorb EVERYTHING that is rubbed in, sprayed or applied during your day. If it goes on you, it gets in your bloodstream. So, if your eye makeup remover has parabens, phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or even "fragrance" you are probably doing more harm than good.

I know you are not lining up to say, "Hey give me more chemicals in my body please!" So, what's the solution?

When taking off your makeup, you can use more natural options that you may actually have in your kitchen right now.

I love to put a little bit of coconut oil right on a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup. It works like a charm and I wash my face afterwards with my natural cleaner and all residue is washed away.

I hear other people try olive oil, but that tends to be a little thicker and leaves me feeling greasy. Sweet almond oil and Jojoba are also great at removing eye makeup. Basically, a fatty carrier oil like those mentioned above will do the trick.

Are you wanting something more? I found a great recipe in my research that really works well.

Makeup Remover Pads

From Dr. Lindsey Elmore


  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel

  • 2 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoon distilled water

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil


  • Cotton rounds 

  • 4 oz. glass jar


  • Mix witch hazel, coconut oil, water, lavender essential oil, and frankincense essential oils in a small bowl.

  • Whisk to combine.

  • Place cotton rounds inside glass jar. Pour mixture over the top of the cotton rounds.

  • Screw on lid, and invert jar a couple of times to saturate the pads.

  • Store at room temperature for a few weeks. I recommend making small batches more often so the risk of bacterial contamination is lower.


**Added bonus: You can feel good about ALL of the ingredients you are putting on your face!

Have you tried a natural oil based makeup remover before?

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