2 simple recipes for natural and effective DIY makeup removers

4/5 - (1 vote)

No makeup can stand up to a natural home made makeup remover, even lipstick and waterproof mascara! Here are two super simple, inexpensive and quick recipes for making your own makeup remover in just a few minutes. Because DIY isn’t only about the hardware store!

Express recipe for makeup remover

This recipe for makeup remover is ideal for gently removing waterproof mascara, and for providing the skin with all the benefits of the natural ingredients it contains.

Ingredients and material

  • a clean and reusable cotton cloth
  • a few drops of sweet almond oil, avocado oil or sesame oil
  • water


  • Use a reusable, washable, clean cotton cloth, and dampen it with a little water.
  • Add a pea sized amount of the vegetable oil of your choice (e.g., sweet almond oil)
  • Wipe the cotton cloth over the relevant area, without scrubbing – there is no need
  • Keep it for one to two weeks – any longer than this and the oil could go rancid.

Next, clean your face with chamomile noble flower water for sensitive skin or to reduce bags under your eyes. If you have oily skin, use peppermint flower water instead.

The flower water will regulate your skin’s pH as well as the production of oils. 

Finish by applying a natural moisturiser (see our recipes)

Recipe for a long lasting natural makeup remover

Here is a recipe for a natural and effective makeup remover that you can keep for at least one month if you add a preservative. 

Ingredients and material

  • a 100 ml flask that has been washed, dried and disinfected with 70% alcohol
  • mineral water which has been boiled to kill bacteria
  • vegetable oil (sweet almond, avocado or sesame oil)
  • 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract per 100 mls of makeup remover
  • 1 vitamin E capsule (to prevent oxidation of the oil, and stop it from going rancid)


  • Wash your hands and disinfect them with 70% alcohol.
  • To make 100 mls of makeup remover, pour 50 mls of water and 50 mls of oil into the flask. 
  • Add the drops of grapefruit seed extract and the vitamin E.
  • Close the flask and shake it several times to mix the ingredients.
  • And it’s ready! You can apply it to your face using a reusable cotton cloth.

Keep the flask in a dry area, away from light. 

Check how the makeup remover smells before using it, to ensure the oil has not gone rancid.

Shake it energetically before use so that the oil and water mix, before putting a pea-sized amount on a cotton cloth. 

Related articles:

Make your own revitalising toner, rich in essential oils

5 natural methods to remove make-up. They won’t leave a single trace of makeup!

An easy homemade makeup remover recipe