Homemade Eye Makeup Remover – with Lash Strengthening Ingredients

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Did you know that there are 82,000+ chemicals in use in the US today, and only 1/4 of them have been tested for safety. I try to buy clean personal care products and make as many of them as I can. I tried a bunch of Homemade Eye Makeup Removers and this one worked the best – it also strengthens eyelashes! Ditch the toxins, save money, and make it yourself!

Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

More than 3 years ago I shared my recipe for Homemade Eye Makeup Remover.

I'd been a “Cover Girl” gal for years — basically because I had super-sensitive skin and found a few OTC cosmetic items that didn't make me break out (most of the time) and well, I really didn't think about the toxins that I was putting on my skin.

Now that I think about it, I almost shudder at the thought.

Thankfully, over the years I've replaced most of the toxic things I was using in my home and on my body, with things like my Homemade Jojoba Face WashAmazing No-Streak Glass CleanerEasiest Baby WipesHomemade Foaming Soap, and Easy Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid.

Anyway, in the healthy living circles that I run in sometimes, there are, of course, those who don't wear makeup at all, and those who use coconut oil for just about everything.

Well, I do wear makeup, and coconut oil and my skin don't always get along.

Did you know that coconut oil is comedogenic?  That means it frequently causes acne.

And for me, putting coconut oil on my eyes left them feeling greasy — and make it not that easy to apply makeup the next day.

I was looking for something better, and I found it.

The Eye Makeup Remover Testing

So in 2012, I sought out to find a new way to get my eye makeup off – sans the toxins and while saving money too.

I tried a bunch of recipes and really hit the jackpot with this recipe, and have heard from many people about how great it works.

Because it does!

But I did think it needed a few improvements for skin health.

Here's the updated recipe:

Did you know that there are 82,000+ chemicals in use in the US today, and only 1/4 of them have been tested for safety. I try to buy clean personal care products and make as many of them as I can. I tried a bunch of Homemade Eye Makeup Removers and this one worked the best – it also strengthens eyelashes! Ditch the toxins, save money, and make it yourself!

(Please note this post has affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and I only link to products that I would use or otherwise would recommend.)

I guarantee you will love how this works.

Also, if you don't feel like making your own Eye Makeup Remover, here is a great Organic Makeup Remover from the company whose products I love – Neal's Yard Remedies.

Neal's Yard Remedies Makeup Remover - NYR Organic

Their Organic Makeup Remover is in the bottom right of the image – and you can see some of their cosmetic options there as well.

It literally is the best store-bought makeup remover that I have ever used.  I haven't tried tons, but I LOVE this.  I don't need a lot and it lasts a long time.

Non-Toxic Makeup

And while we're on the topic of Eye Makeup, please do make sure that you are using non-toxic products on your eyes.  They are a very sensitive area of your body so it's especially important.  I have been through a lot with different companies, finding out that many are not being honest about what is in their products. From ingredients not being listed on the labels to missing ingredients that ought to be there.

There can even be high levels of heavy metals in cosmetics and beauty products, so be careful!

I personally use and love Beautycounter for my cosmetics. They test every batch of products and they have very strict standards.  AND their products are just gorgeous.  You can read more about what I love about Beautycounter here.

Note about the witch hazel:  The one I link to has a small amount of a preservative.  There are plenty of other alcohol free witch hazels – they all (from what I can tell) have additives like rose water, aloe vera, etc.

What do you use to remove YOUR eye makeup?

Photo Credits: Naomi Huzovicova

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  1. I would love to make this for a friend of mine for Christmas. She enjoys everything natural. Approximately how long will the product last with a screw top lid?

    • Hi and thanks for reading! Good question and great idea! I don’t know. I would look at the shelf life of the different ingredients and go w/ the lowest shelf life but some of these could act as natural preservatives. Do be careful, though.

  2. I am definitely going to make this today – I’m hoping most of the products can be found at Whole Foods. The jar that you show this oil in is adorable, can you share the technique on the silver labeling?

  3. Jennifer Brady says:

    This looks awesome! I’ve been using coconut oil to remove eye makeup, but it’s a bit heavy and I’ve wanted to make something different for a while! I have everything on here but the oil. Think olive oil or grapeseed oil would work in place of the almond or jojoba?

  4. Try castor oil as the “oil of choice”-does wonders for your eyelashes!

    • Hi Andrea. I tried that on my hair and it was a terrible experience. I lost hair trying to wash it out – do you have an issues like that? I would think it would be a sticky mess. I do like it for liver health, however: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/whats-castor-oil-pack-can-heal/

      • I have been making my own body care products for the past few months with some of my girlfriends. Great fun. We were going to make a shaving oil that called for Vitamin e. I bought what I thought was pure vitamin e. The label reads skin oil, vitamin e acetate. I researched vitamin e acetate, and found that it should not be used on the skin as it can be very irritating. Other than vitamin e capsules can you buy organic vitamin e?

      • Hi, I use castor oil on my hair about once a week. I lost a lot of hair due to a health issue. I only put it on my scalp and I usually do it at night. I use an old mascara wand to apply it to slightly damp hair. I just dunk it in the oil and then just put the wand by the roots and wiggle it back and forth a coupke of times. I work in about 1 inch sections so it can take a while. But if you ate in a hurry, hair in a top knot and then run the wand perpendicular to the knot all around. Then massage your scalp. Be sure to use an couple of old pillow cases if you sleep with it or use some sort of head wrap. Use an old WIDE tooth comb to comb it through before washing. This is key number one. I have curly hair so I live by the wide tooth comb to prevent breakage ans hair loss. You have to get your hair really, really wet before shampooing. Then shampoo. The key to castor oil is a little goes a long way that’s key two. Third key is slightly damp hair and really dirty hair. Oh I almost for got.. while you already putting the oil on make sure you are periodically combing your tangles out and do a good combination before putting it in a loose top knot. It really does wonders, especially with curly hair since I use shampoo that has sulfates in it (the no sulfate stuff leaves my hair greasy) Hope this helps if you ever try it again.

        • Thanks – perhaps I will – but does it come out? I felt I had to do about 3 washings before it even felt like it was partly out. Actually my hair appears to be growing quite well now so I will have to do another post about what I am doing.

          • It does come out, but do expect to feel just a little bit of oil. Since my hair is curly, it’s drier so I need the oil to help with the frizz. You might want to try a clarifying shampoo. I just use my regular one and really scrub my scalp. Your hair will feel like it still has oil on it but it’s really just moisturized. My hair gets super soft.

      • Hi there,
        I would stick with O C-P V coconut oil on my head hair, and organic castor oil on my eyes and eyebrows. Castor oil is super thick, so the thought of dunking it all over my hair is pretty scary 😮
        However, if you really want the benefit of castor oil on your head hair, just mix it into your conditioner, or maybe your shampoo. Be careful how much you add. I often add way too much of something straight into the bottle, and there’s no undo button for that sort of thing :p
        I use Nature’s Gate organic conditioners (made in USA, imported all the way to South Africa) so hopefully there are sulphate-free shampoo and silicon-free conditioner options wherever you may be.
        Just my two cents.

  5. Jessie, FlusteredMom says:

    I’m totally one of those coconut oil junkies! It combined with raw honey is miraculous on my acne prone skin. But I know exactly what you mean about it feeling heavy on the eyelids. My eyelids are so sensitivities. I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try!

  6. HI Adrienne, I have tried so many mascaras 🙁 – and the skin on the outside corner of each eye seems to get red and raw after I wear mascara for the day. If I try Ava Anderson and get the same reaction and/or it flakes off too much what is the return policy? Does it come in brown/black?
    Thanks kindly

    • Hi Shirley. I’m so sorry you’ve had that problem. Have you been able to pinpoint the ingredient that is causing it? Have they been all / almost all natural? The return policy is 30 days and after that they will do an exchange. It only comes in black, but I have always been a “brown / black” gal and I don’t feel that it is too harsh on me and I am very concerned about that.

  7. I have a very small jar of vitamin E oil. How much would be equal to 2 capsules? I can’t wait to make this!