homemade makeup remover

Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes

I tend to experiment with homemade makeup removers.  My go-to is generally the Oil Cleansing Method, but sometimes I am admittedly lazy, and want to be able to remove my makeup while watching tv on the couch.  And sometimes I want to wash my face without waiting 5 minutes for the water to heat up in my bathroom.  

I’m not alone here, right? 

I find that makeup remover wipes are highly convenient for such times, and will occasionally find myself buying them at the store.  But there are two things that bother me when buying makeup remover wipes: they’re expensive, and they contain unnecessary chemicals that dry out my facial skin. 

(Not trying to call out any specific companies here, but one “ultra-calming” makeup remover I’ve tried contains isononyl isononanoate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, cetyl ethylhexanoate, and 20 more ingredients.  In a makeup remover.  It’s crazy.)

Then it occurred to me, I could make my own! 

There are a couple natural ingredients I already use to help remove stubborn eye makeup, so why not mix them up with a little water, pour them over some paper towels, and use them as a homemade makeup remover?  

I think it’s brilliant.  It works wonderfully, too.  Without the drying chemicals.  That’s a win-win. 

Oh, and they only take about 2 minutes to make a batch that’ll last you a month, and the cost is only around a dollar. 

Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes

  • 15 paper towel sheets, cut in half 
  • 2 cup of water 
  • 1-3 tbsp olive oil (if you have dry skin, use more. Oily skin, use less)
  • 1 tbsp witch hazel (found in the medicine section or your market, for around $1)
  • 10 drops lavender, tea tree or lemon essential oil (I buy organic plant therapy oils
  • A large mason jar and a lid 

Cut 15 sheets of paper towels in half, then fold them into small squares and stack them into a large, clean mason jar (a wide-mouthed jar may result in fewer frustrations… speaking from experience).  Combine water, olive oil, witch hazel and essential oils (if using), and vigorously stir with a fork or a whisk to try and get the water and oil combined.  Immediately pour mixture over the paper towels, secure the lid, and shake the jar to get all of the paper towels soaked. Once the paper towels are wet, pour out most of the remaining liquid in the jar, and secure the jar with a lid. 

The idea here is to soak the paper towels, without keeping too much of the solution soaking at the bottom. 

When you’re ready to remove your makeup, grab a paper towel and gently rub away the makeup. These are great at removing eye makeup, just make sure you don’t get any of the solution in your eye, if you’re using essential oils in the solution. Return the lid on the jar, so the solution doesn’t dry out.

The makeup remover should stay good for up to a month, but I would discard and start fresh a fresh batch each month. 

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Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes
 
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Recipe type: Makeup Remover Wipes
Serves: 30 wipes
Ingredients
  • 15 paper towel sheets, cut in half
  • 2 cup of water
  • 1-3 tbsp olive oil (if you have dry skin, use more. Oily skin, use less)
  • 1 tbsp witch hazel (found in the medicine section or your market, for around $1)
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)
  • A large mason jar and a lid
Instructions
  1. Cut 15 sheets of paper towels in half, then fold them into small squares and stack them into a large, clean mason jar. Combine water, olive oil, witch hazel and essential oils (if using), and vigorously stir with a fork or a whisk to try and get the water and oil combined. Immediately pour mixture over the paper towels, secure jar with a lid, and shake the jar to get all of the paper towels soaked. Once the paper towels are wet, pour out most of the remaining liquid in the jar, and secure the lid.

makeup remover wipes



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27 Responses to Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes

  1. Sonya says:

    Is witch hazel drying to the eyes?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Sonya! I assume you are talkig about the skin around the eye? Eyes should always be closed when using the wipes around them. That being said, Witch Hazel is a natural astringent, so it is a tad drying, but I haven’t experienced any dryness or tightness from using these wipes. The olive oil is quite moisturizing, and I find my skin feels remarkably wonderful after using these.

  2. says:

    If the mixture of oils is put in an atomizer and sprayed on the towel at the time of make-up … It would be a good alternative

  3. Sierra says:

    What if I only have which hazel with alcohol in it? Will this work for the first month’s batch until I can go to town to buy the aloe one? Thank you!

  4. Marianne says:

    To the person who asked for an alternative to Witch hazel because of their acne prone skin type…. Witch hazel is perfect for acne! It reduces the inflammation & redness, while gently cleaning your skin. Just buy the alcohol free kind & it typically has aloe Vera infused with it.

  5. These look great, can’t wait to try them!

  6. Greeshma says:

    Is there any alternative to witch hazel
    As i have acne prone n oijy skin

    • Andrea says:

      I have heard Aloe Vera Gel is a decent substitute for witch hazel, and have used that in some other homemade recipes, but haven’t tried it in this particular recipe.

  7. Tracey says:

    Do they mould?

    • Andrea says:

      Tracey,

      I have kept them for a month, and they did not mold. I change my solution every month and wash my hands before grabbing the wipes, and make sure to secure the lid after I’m done.

  8. Lynn Behnke says:

    Lovely product. Can you refrigerate and save the water after you finish making the wipes or do you just toss?

  9. Julia says:

    Hello! I was wondering if these are just for eye makeup or can you use these for removing foundation too? Also I have very sensitive skin, and I was wondering, will the olive oil make me break out?

    • Andrea says:

      I use them for my whole face! I wash my face with olive oil, as well, and it is great for my skin (also sensitive). You may try just a small portion of the skin for a few days and see how it reacts, before using it on your whole face, just in case.

  10. Karen says:

    I love using oil on my face! I bet if you used distilled water the wipes might store for even longer 🙂

  11. I’ll be making these. I spend $30 a month on mine from Rodan and Fields. I have an empty diaper wipe box style container that I saved. Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Susan says:

    With 2 teen daughters and myself, we go through quite a lot of makeup removing wipes. I’m so excited to be able to make our own now (and save money, too).

  13. Thinn says:

    Hi Andrea, I would like to know how long can I use that homemade remover wipe?

  14. Mia says:

    What is the witch hazel for? Would it be as effective without? That’s the only ingredient I don’t already have on hand.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Mia,

      I have found that witch hazel helps remove makeup, and is also a great toner. But, olive oil does a great job removing makeup as well, so give it a shot without the witch hazel, and it could very well be sufficient for what you’re needing.

      If you need a little more uumph in the cleaning, you could always add a splash of witch hazel after your next trip to the market 🙂

  15. Cissy says:

    Would it be more economical to use squares of cotton material that could be washed and reused instead of paper towels?
    I prefer to reuse and reduce excess waste. Just a thought.

  16. Erica says:

    OMG! Thanks! I am making some of this today!!! lol

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