Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

eye makeup remover

I’ve been making my own eye makeup remover for over a year now, ever since I saw it here. It takes only 3 inexpensive ingredients and it works just as well as what you can buy in the store! Because the ingredients are gentle, it is safe for all skin types and it doesn’t sting.

You will need a clean bottle to put it in. I purchased mine in the travel bottles/trial size aisle in Target. It has a pop top like a shampoo bottle, but you can use anything that will be easy for you to pour a little on a cotton ball or makeup pad. You can even use the bottle from your current eye makeup remover when you run out!

So here are the easy instructions:
1. Wash out your bottle and set aside.
2. Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool.
3. Add in 1  1/2 tablespoons of baby WASH*
4. Add in 1/4 teaspoon baby oil (or olive, coconut, or almond oil)
5. Stir together and pour into bottle. You may need to use a funnel.

*FYI: When I made this originally, I used baby shampoo. I didn’t like the residue that settled in the bottom of the bottle, so I switched to baby wash and it stays nice and clear. I use the Target store brand of baby wash to save even more money! I buy the biggest size because I also use it for my homemade foaming hand soap found here!

{You may want to buy 2 bottles or have something clean in which to store the leftover remover. The recipe makes a little more than what fits in my bottle.}

This is one of my favorite homemade products that I regularly use, along with the foaming hand soap, hair detangler, and laundry detergent. It’s nice to know exactly what’s in the products you use everyday. Hope you try it!


20 thoughts on “Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

    • Well, you had me curious so I looked up the ingredients for the Johnson’s brand. Looks like the only ingredient that was different was sodium chloride/salt. I wouldn’t think that would make that much of a difference so maybe it’s all in the proportions. Either one works fine, however, but I didn’t like seeing all the floating things after the bottle sat for a while!

  1. Great idea! I havent encountered any eye makeup remover that works well on me (and I use normal mascara, never waterproof). Sometimes I even go to bed with panda eyes because I don’t know which is a worse sin if going to bed with makeup residues or excessive scrubbing. Will try this!

  2. I’ve been experimenting with a formula of my own recently. I don’t put any “wash” or soap type ingredients in it because then it has to be rinsed well, which I don’t want to do. I have found that a mixture of any oil (but I’m using almond oil currently, with rosewater to dilute and one capsule (opened) of lecithin works nicely and the lecithin keeps the oil and rosewater (or regular water) from separating, so it makes a thin creme. It still has to be shaken a tiny bit if used only once a day but it rapidly emulsifies and stays that way for hours.

    • Hi Carol…Thanks for your tips and for stopping by! The mixture that I use doesn’t need rinsing because the ratio of soap to water is so little. I just swipe with a cotton ball and go!

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