Making your own DIY natural makeup remover wipes is really quite easy, and I like them better than store-bought ones! You can customize the aroma with your favorite essential oils.
What I Love About these Natural Makeup Remover Wipes
They smell amazing with the natural aroma of essential oils and I can customize them for my skin type (see suggestions below the recipe). They also clean my face and leave it feeling so moisturized and soft. The Witch Hazel in it acts as a natural astringent (helps to reduce pore size) and naturally fights bacteria, so it keeps my skin more clear and healthy.
Ingredients to Avoid in Store-Bought Wipes
I’ve written about the dangers of artificial fragrances many times here on the blog! Artificial fragrances can trigger asthma attacks, worsen allergies, and cause inflammation in the sinuses that can lead to more frequent colds and respiratory infections. That’s why I prefer to scent my homemade products with essential oils (read more about them below).
Fake fragrances disperse particles of formaldehyde and phthalates (thy-lates) into the air. Phthalates are small particles of plastic that are used to bind the artificial fragrance molecules together. We then breathe in those tiny particles of plastic and they get into our nose and lungs – yuck!
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in many cosmetics and personal care products. It is classified as an irritant, so it might be an ingredient you'd like to learn more about if you have sensitive skin. Also, it is banned for used in Japan, which makes me raise an eyebrow! However, it has a lower risk for toxicity than most chemicals, only a level 2-4 out of 10, so it is not highly toxic. For more information, read here.
Synonyms for this chemical include: 2-HYDROXYETHYL PHENYL ETHER, 2-PHENOXY- ETHANOL, 2-PHENOXYETHANOL, 2-PHENOXYETHYL ALCOHOL, ETHANOL, 2-PHENOXY-, ETHANOL, 2PHENOXY, ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOPHENYL ETHER, PHENOXYETHANOL, and PHENOXYTOL
DIY Natural Makeup Remover Wipes
A recipe for all natural makeup remover wipes. Perfect for sensitive skin and skin that's prone to blemishes.
- 1–2 tbsp. water (start with 1 tbsp., add more if needed)
- 2 tbsp. fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil
- Optional – 1 tbsp. witch hazel (alcohol free)
- Optional – 1 squirt of Castile Soap (makes it more like a cleaning wipe, too)
- 4 drops essential oils (see suggested list below)
- 4 oz. glass jar – frosted glass with gold lid or brown amber with black lid
- 10–12 Cotton rounds or these reusable organic bamboo makeup remover pads
- Printable label for your jar
Wash your hands and sterilize the jar by immersing it in boiling water for a few minutes. Put all ingredients but the cotton rounds in your glass jar. Stir well. Add the cotton rounds and put on the top. Shake until all rounds are wet. If they are not fully wet, add more water as needed. Use within a few weeks. The essential oils do keep the solution from growing mold for at least a month. If you're concerned about mold growth, store them in the fridge. Keep out of sunlight and heat.
Why Witch Hazel Is So Good for Your Skin
Witch Hazel is a wonderful natural toner for the skin. It is most known for its ability to ease inflammation due to the gallic acid, antioxidants and tannins it contains. It also helps to soothe sensitive skin.
Relieve Scalp Irritation
In one study of 1,373 people, Witch Hazel was shown to relieve scalp irritation when applied before shampooing the hair. Many people have successfully used it to soothe psoriasis, dandruff and eczema on the scalp as well.
Rich in Tannins (Antioxidants)
Tannins are a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against damage when applied topically.
Several animal tests have been done with Witch Hazel that have shown that it acted as a barrier to prevent inflammation-causing substances from entering the skin cells (source). A test-tube study showed that it helped to neutralized free radicals and prevented the spread of skin cancer cells (source)! A study with mice that were exposed to radiation showed that it was able to slow skin tumor growth (source).
More studies are needed to show if Witch Hazel will also heal free radicals and slow tumor growth in humans, but those animal tests sure are promising!
Helps to Shrink Pores (Astringent)
It is also an astringent, which means that it causes the tissues to contract to help shrink the pores. It may also be able to help fight bacteria, so I also use it on bug and ant bites, poison ivy rashes, acne, cuts, burns, etc. I use it in other recipes on the blog, like this natural hand purifying spray. It works really well to use as a natural toner, along with Apple Cider Vinegar, like I have in this recipe here.
Which essential oils to use?
I only use essential oils from Young Living. They are truly the best in the world! You have to use double the amount of other, cheaper essential oils to get the same scent and therapeutic power and many essential oils on the market aren’t even effective (because I’ve tried many of them) for improving health issues. I’ve used Young Living’s oils for years to help keep my family healthy, and haven’t been disappointed yet! I also use them in tons of my natural cleaning, laundry and beauty products like these natural makeup remover wipes. Learn more about them here.
Optional – 4-6 drops total of any of the following essential oils:
- Lavender (good for all skin types, aids in healing)
- Frankincense (great for aging and mature skin, helps to smooth and lighten)
- Jasmine (light, feminine scent that’s therapeutic for the skin)
- Geranium (excellent for acne-prone skin)
- Joy blend (a lovely, feminine scent that includes rose and several oils that are excellent for hair and skin)
- Rose (super luxurious and healing for the skin)
- Rosemary (excellent for acne-prone skin)
- Lady Sclareol (a lovely, feminine scent that includes rose and several oils that are excellent for hair and skin)
- Tea Tree (excellent for acne-prone skin)