Skincare Recipes

Homemade Makeup Remover Recipe

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For a long time now, I have been relying on pre-moistened makeup remover wipes from Burt’s Bees or Yes to Carrots to clean my face at the end of the day, but I wanted to find a more Earth-friendly, yet quick and easy way to remove my makeup at the end of the day. So I went on the hunt for a recipe to use. What I came up with was a combination of two different methods: Susan’s recipe for an oil-based cleanser at Swift Craft Monkey, and Leslie’s instructions on the oil cleansing method at Crunchy Betty.

The oils I chose were based partially on my skin type, and partially on what I had available at home. In place of the coconut, rice bran, apricot kernel or argan oils, you could try sunflower, safflower, shea, or jojoba oil.

Homemade Makeup Remover Recipe

  • 50% castor oil (use 1:3 for dry skin, 1:1 for normal skin, or 3:1 for oily skin)
  • 20% fractionated coconut oil
  • 10% rice bran oil
  • 10% apricot kernel oil
  • 9% argan oil
  • 9% polysorbate 80surfactant that reduces greasiness, according to Swift Craft Monkey (optional and I replaced with argan oil for now).
  • 1% Vitamin E
  • Essential Oils: optional, use 6 drops per oz for 1% strength. The guide below was partially borrowed from both Purified Skincare and Soap Teacher. I skipped this, too, because I get concerned about the overuse essential oils. 
Acne/Oily

  • tea tree
  • lavender
  • neem (not actually an essential oil)
  • bergamot
  • cedarwood
  • sandalwood
  • helichrysum
  • clary sage
  • geranium
  • rosewood
  • patchouli
  • frankincense
  • cedarwood
Sensitive Skin

  • german chamomile
  • rose
  • helichrysum
  • rosewood
  • calendula
  • carrot
  • geranium
  • lavender
Dry Skin/Anti-Aging

  • geranium
  • lavender
  • neroli
  • rose
  • rosemary
  • carrot
  • sandalwood
  • german chamomile
  • myrrh

How to use this makeup remover

Apply oil to a dry face, massaging into the skin. Then place a very warm washcloth over the face and allow it to steam your skin for 15-30 seconds. Wipe away the oil with the cloth.

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