DIY All Natural Make Up Remover Recipe

Like many women out there, I enjoy wearing my fair share of makeup. I’ve tried a handful of different makeup removers but none of them have left me satisfied. The large majority leave my skin dry and irritated. So being the do-it-better-yourselfer that I am, I threw together this all natural makeup remover recipe and my skin has never been happier.

My top three reasons for making my own makeup remover are:

  1. It’s better for your skin – This recipe is so wonderfully softening, clarifying and nourishing for your skin. It won’t irritate it, clog it or dry it out.
  2. It’s cheaper – I love me some money saving!
  3. It’s sustainable – It takes most makeup wipes 100 years to break down in a landfill. Making your own is a very simple way to reduce your footprint.

Many popular DIY natural makeup remover recipes use coconut oil. And while I am a huge fan of coconut oil in many cosmetic uses, it’s not my preferred choice for frequent use on your face. On a list of oils and their ability to clog your pores from a scale of one to five, coconut oil is rated a four. So while I wouldn’t worry so much about using it for solely eye makeup removal, it’s not my recommendation for your full face.

So instead of coconut oil, this recipe calls for these three face-friendly ingredients:


Thayer’s Original Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

Witch hazel is a tried and true remedy for many skin problems. It reduces inflammation and acts as a toner by constricting cellular tissue. This particular brand is what I use because it is alcohol-free. Alcohol is drying and damaging to skin tissue so it’s a no-no for facial products. This brand also contains aloe vera. Aloe vera is the perfect facial skin care additive because it is moisturizing without suffocating the skin.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is my chosen alternative to coconut oil because it has a comedogenic rating of two (remember coconut oil was a four). It is perfect for the skin because it evens out natural oil production. It is also anti-inflammatory and is absorbed easily into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. It is lightweight and has a nice long shelf life so you don’t need to worry about it going rancid.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is insanely versatile which is why I always have some on hand. We’re using it in the makeup remover for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to clean out our pores and fight blemishes.

The Recipe

3 Tbsp Thayer’s Original Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera
3 Tbsp Pure Jojoba Oil
8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Small glass spray bottle

Combine all of the ingredients in your glass bottle. That’s it!


Directions: Get a clean, soft reusable cloth (I like to make my own out of flannel). Shake the bottle well and spray the solution onto your cloth. Rub gently over your face to remove the makeup.

Want to see it in action? Watch my demo video:

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1 thought on “DIY All Natural Make Up Remover Recipe”

  1. hi what is the proper storage and life shelves? I made just now but with fractionated coconur oil and distilled water.

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