Amazing DIY 2-Ingredient Makeup Remover!
If you wear makeup, it’s important to take it off before bed so your pores have a chance to breathe and to minimize the chance of eye infections or irritations from little microscopic particles of mascara/eyeliner/eye shadow falling into your eyes while you sleep. (I know, nasty right?!) I’ll admit up front I am VERY OFTEN lazy about taking off my makeup before bed if I’m exhausted, but I ALWAYS feel guilty and gross for not doing it. Almost all the makeup I use is clean and natural, but even still it shouldn’t be on my face while I sleep.
Conventional vs. Natural Makeup Remover
If you’re already wearing healthier makeup (yay! well done!) it just doesn’t make sense to wash it off with petroleum-based chemicals, lab-designed fragrances, and hormone disrupting crap. Not to mention all that stuff runs down the drain and damages the environment too. There are lots of these unnecessary ingredients in conventional store-bought makeup removers and the good news is you can get the same results for a similar price point but without the health concerns! Win-win-win!
My mom introduced me to this recipe and it was honestly my first (and only!) foray into the world of homemade makeup remover, but it’s PERFECT and I’ve been using it for months now!
-a bottle (I’m using an old hot sauce bottle — thoroughly rinsed out of course!)
-a funnel (optional, depending on the size of your bottle and how strong your pouring skills are)
-1/4 cup of witch hazel (I’m using Thayer’s alcohol-free rose petal scented version)
-1/4 cup of grapeseed oil (I’m using Maison Orphee brand because that’s what I had in the fridge)
*Note: you can scale up or down the amount if your bottle is a different size than mine, just make sure your ratio of oil to witch hazel is still 1:1 (ie. you could do 1 Tbsp oil with 1 Tbsp witch hazel)
Pour all ingredients carefully into a bottle. That’s it! Shake well before use to make sure everything is well mixed. To remove eye makeup, apply a few drops of makeup remover to a cotton pad. Hold cotton pad on closed eye for a few seconds, then gently swipe away. Repeat as needed depending on the amount of makeup you have on. You can also use this process for removing makeup from the rest of your face, but I recommend using a warm, wet washcloth to wipe off any excess oil afterwards (the oil is great for your skin but not so great for your pillowcase!)