Most makeup removers that you find in the market are made with chemical substances. Many of these substances can cause irritation to sensitive skin. Some makeup removers based on essential oils and other natural ingredients are gentler with your skin, but they’re also more expensive.

So, if you don’t tolerate the chemical components of commercial products or you simply don’t have enough money to buy a natural product, don’t worry. Using ingredients you can find at home, you can actually prepare your own homemade recipe.

In this article, you’ll learn some easy-to-prepare formulas to remove makeup and leave your skin soft and hydrated. So, from now on, don’t step back from trying cool makeup ideas and remove them without damaging your skin.

What you should do before you start

Certainly, natural ingredients are better. However, some people may be allergic to some natural ingredients without knowing it. Therefore, before preparing any formula, you should apply a patch test on yourself to rule out any adverse reactions.

To do this test you must follow these steps:

  • Wash a section of your forearm with neutral soap. Then dry with a cloth
  • Apply a couple of drops of the essential oil or natural extract that you’re going to use on a gauze pad
  • Put the pad on your forearm and use a bandage to cover it. Then wait 24 hours
  • After that time, remove the bandage and the pad and wash your forearm with soap and water
  • If you notice any change in your skin, such as redness, irritation or itching, don’t use that product

Apply this procedure every time you use a new skin product. This will prevent an allergic reaction on a larger scale.


8 DIY Makeup Remover Recipes

Once you’re sure the ingredients that you’re using are safe for your skin, it’s time to get down to work. Below, you’ll find 8 different recipes to naturally remove makeup and keep your skin soft and hydrated.

1. Rosewater and jojoba oil

Jojoba oil provides essential nutrients for the health of your hair and skin. In addition, it’s an excellent moisturizer. This recipe is recommended for all skin types.


  • 1 cup Rosewater
  • ½ cup Jojoba oil


Pour the ingredients into a glass bottle. Shake the bottle so that the ingredients mix well. Moisten some reusable cotton rounds in the solution and gently apply on the skin to remove makeup.

To increase the beneficial effects, add almond oil and some vitamin E capsules to the formula.

2.Aloe Vera and Olive Oil

Aloe has a cooling effect on the skin and accelerates the regeneration process. On the other hand, olive oil contains a high level of antioxidants that protect the skin from the effects of free radicals. This recipe can be applied to all skin types.


  • 1 liter of Aloe Vera water
  • 2/3 cup Olive oil


Pour the ingredients into a bottle and then shake. After a while, the oil will form a thin layer on the water. Therefore, you should always shake before using it. Moisten a few wipes in the mixture and apply on the skin to remove makeup.

This formula doesn’t cause any adverse reaction and can be used by people with allergies.

3.Witch hazel and almond oil

Witch hazel accelerates the natural healing process, helping to eliminate skin imperfections and improving its texture. In addition, it’s very effective for removing makeup. On the other hand, almond oil acts as a moisturizer and provides vitamins and minerals beneficial to the skin.


  • 2 tbsp Almond oil
  • 4 tbsp Witch hazel
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Distilled water


Pour all the ingredients in a glass bottle. Shake well to integrate them. Moisten a cotton pad in the formula and apply on the face. This recipe is ideal for removing stubborn eye makeup.

4.Baby shampoo and coconut oil

Unlike other shampoos, baby shampoo is manufactured with harmless natural ingredients. In addition, it doesn’t cause irritation in contact with the eyes. When mixed with distilled water, it works well as an oil-free makeup remover. But, you can also add coconut oil to the formula to hydrate your skin.


  • ¼ tbsp Coconut oil
  • ½ tbsp Baby shampoo
  • ¼ cup Distilled water


Pour all the ingredients in a glass bottle. Shake the bottle until you get a homogeneous mixture. Moisten a pair of cotton pads in the solution and apply on the skin. This recipe is also useful for removing eye makeup.

5.Coconut oil

Without any added ingredient, pure coconut oil is effective for removing makeup. In addition, when you apply it directly to your face, it activates your blood vessels, improving circulation and stimulating cell regeneration. So, coconut oil can eliminate imperfections and prevent premature aging.


  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil


Pour a tablespoon of coconut oil over your hand. Rub the oil with your fingers until it becomes liquid. Apply the oil on your face with a gentle massage. Let the oil act for a minute. Finally, use remover pads to clean your face.

6.Castor oil and olive oil

Castor oil is a common ingredient in cosmetics. It is beneficial for hair and skin. This oil is commonly used as a treatment for greasy skin. Therefore, it’s ideal for treating acne. This recipe can be applied on all skin types.


  • 1/3 tbsp Castor oil
  • 2/3 tbsp Olive oil


Pour both ingredients into a glass bottle and shake well. Apply the solution on the makeup and leave on for 2 minutes. Then, soak a clean cloth in hot water and use it to remove makeup.

Applying this procedure every day will help you clean your pores, improving the texture of your skin.

7.Homemade makeup remover wipes

Not all natural makeup remover wipes in the market are really safe. Some contain preservatives that can irritate the skin. If you don’t want to take risks, you can prepare your own makeup remover wipes using essential oils.


  • 15 Cotton wipes
  • 1 tbsp Witch hazel
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Distilled water
  • 30 drops Essential oil


Fold the cotton wipes in half and place them in the bottom of a rectangular container. In a glass jar, mix all liquid ingredients. Shake well until you get a homogeneous mixture.

Pour the liquid over the wipes and then put a lid on the container to prevent evaporation. Use a wipe every time you need to remove your makeup.

8.Homemade exfoliating scrub

You may need a scrub if you use a setting spray for long-lasting makeup. This type of makeup requires deep cleansing. Certainly, not everyone can buy exfoliating scrubs. Most of them are very expensive. However, you can prepare your own exfoliating scrub at a low cost.


  • 1 cup Coconut oil
  • 15 drops Essential oil
  • 2 cups Brown sugar


Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Be careful not to dissolve the brown sugar so as not to lose the exfoliating effect. Then, apply a small amount on your face. Massage with circular movements and then wash with water and neutral soap.


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