How To: Eye Makeup Remover

by Elise Schwartz | May 16, 2011 1:54 PM

I LOVE this DIY eye makeup remover.  For a while there, I was just using plain old olive oil to remove my makeup, but found it left my eyes extremely oily afterward, even after cleansing.  This is the perfect eye makeup remover blend.  It takes care of stubborn eye liner and mascara.  I use the natural stuff, but still, it’s stuck on there for days unless you use something like this.  Give it a try!  It’s pure, gentle, and nourishing.  Follow with a mild organic face wash (I prefer MiEssence Purifying Cleanser) and toner (I prefer MiEssence Balancing Skin Conditioner) before bed.

To be honest, I’ve had this blend of oils on hand (almond, apricot, and vitamin E) as I also use a similar mixture on my baby belly after the shower to help prevent stretch marks.  But if you don’t have these already, you can find them pretty inexpensively at a place like Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, or online on  Be sure to read the ingredients and production process before buying to ensure a pure and safe product!

For mixing, storage, and use, reuse an old glass bottle or purchase one here[1] or here[2].


Eye Makeup Remover
Makes 1 Month’s Use

4 Tbsp almond oil
1 Tbsp apricot kernel oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
2 drops chamomile essential oil

In your glass container, add all ingredients.  Screw on lid and shake until mixed.  Ready for use immediately.  Shake before each use.  Keep in a cool, dark place.  Shelf safe for up to 6 months.

You can use a cotton ball/swab/pad for makeup removal, but I’m all about using green and reusable products.  I have a small stack of soft organic cotton washcloths that I use strictly for makeup removal.  That way if they get stained, no big deal, since they’re for makeup removal only.  (You’ll find natural makeup doesn’t really stain anyway…)  And the beauty of it is no trash!  Just throw in your weekly laundry bin and you’re set.

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