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Super-Easy Homemade, Natural Eye Make-Up Remover

October 2, 2013

I love eye make-up, especially eyeliner and mascara. Those two products have always been a huge part of routine since college. I mostly love how fun make-up is but I also know a lot of ingredients in make-up and skin care products these days leave a lot to be desired. This is why I try to buy the best quality natural make-up products (but that is another post for another day), or try my hand at making my own.

Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

Where there is eye make-up there is also a need to remove said make-up or it is “Hello Raccoon-eyes!” The eye make-up remover at the store is packed with nasty chemicals, and it is not cheap – so boy, do I have a great DIY recipe for you!

Have you been to the bath and body care section of the store recently? I am talking the lotions, shampoos, make-up…pretty much everything in that section. Have you ever flipped one over to see what the ingredient list behold? I did, and it was pure horror. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration – but the whole goal of my blog and life is to simplify – limiting the use of overly-processed unpronounceables. And let me tell you, there are a lot of unpronounceables.

Why Make These Products at Home?

These products are packed with tons of chemicals and nasty ingredients. Think about it – the largest organ of the human body is our skin. What we put on our skin affects our overall health, so do we want to put things on our skin with parabens and sulfates? Surfactants and petroleum?  Dyes and genetically modified ingredients? Who knew that the products we put on our skin contain such harsh ingredients that can actually cause skin irritation, rather than make it beautiful, moisturized, or flawless like the bottles and packages say.

This got me thinking, with my sensitive skin and general avoidance of chemicals and processed products of any kind – why don’t I make these things at home? This may seem like a strange concept, but I would much rather put something on my body that I could eat than something that I couldn’t eat; essentially I want to feed my skin nourishing items to keep it strong, radiant, and healthy.

That is why I love this eBook by Heather Dessinger’s (of Mommypotamus) called DIY Organic Beauty Recipes – with over 50 recipes of natural, homemade beauty products to protect and nourish your skin (all while keeping you radiantly beautiful)!

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Beauty Recipes

Enough of me gushing over this amazing eBook…Heather has graciously allowed me to share her natural, gentle Eye Make-Up Remover recipe that only has TWO ingredients…just two! And works better than any of the “magical elixirs” you can buy at the store.

Easy Eye Make-Up Remover

A quick and inexpensive alternative to petroleum-based formulas – you’ll be amazed at how well this works!

The Fundamentals

2 ounces witch hazel
2 ounces olive oil

To Make

Mix ingredients in a clean container.

To Use

Shake container and pour a little on a reusable soft cloth or cotton ball. Wipe across your eyes and follow with the dry side of your cloth/cotton ball.

Shelf Life

Up to one year. Store in a cool, dry place.

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  • Reply Allison Jordan October 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This is great! When I was a teenager I used petroleum-based formulas and then my doctor suggested using Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby shampoo! I can’t believe I used to put those things on my eyes!

    Now I use olive oil, but I’ve never thought about adding witch hazel! That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Reply Ashley Sorenson October 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Great read,

    I left using chemical based products a while back and feel much much better! I try to stick to natural methods to up-keep my skin through proper diet, sleep, exercise, etc. you get the point lol.

  • Reply Deborah Davis October 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I just had to PIN this natural beauty recipe. I made it at home and it works really well!

    • Reply Katie October 8, 2013 at 6:12 am

      Thanks, Deborah! :)

  • Reply CFry October 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I use Jojoba oil just plain and it works great. What is the benefit of adding in witch hazel?

    • Reply Katie October 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

      From the eBook “DIY Organic Beauty Recipes“:

      “Witch Hazel – The tannins, volatile oils, gallic acid, resin, flavonoids, and other natural components give Witch Hazel its astringent, anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic qualities. It is widely used to treat cuts and bruises, burns, puffy eyes, acne, dermatitis, blemishes, cold sores, eczema, boils, and poison ivy.” (source)

  • Reply Pam October 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Do you think coconut oil would be as good as olive? I think I’ll try it and let you know. :)

  • Reply Carrie October 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I use coconut oil mixed with Vitamin E. Castor oil works well too and is supposed to help your lashes grow

  • Reply Melinda Perkins October 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I’m 46 years old and from waaaaay back (even in high school) I’ve sought out homemade skin care regimens. I really loved using witch hazel when I was younger because it helps control oils. I used to use it on my T-zone lots. Now I use straight up coconut oil to cleanse my skin whether I’m wearing make up or au natural. It’s super simple, I just slather it on, let it sit for a few moment, and wipe it off with a soft cloth, folding it in to get a clean part for each swipe. Nothing else needs to be added as my skin is more “normal” than oily. Also, that discoloration that tends to happen as we age? Well, that has actually faded since using coconut oil! I’m not saying witch hazel is bad, mind you. I’m just saying it’s an unnecessary ingredient unless you happen to have oily skin…and even if you do, I’d never consider putting it around delicate eye tissue.

  • Reply Maria October 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Can you please provide me with a link to the witch hazel you use/recommend? I want to try this but I am not familiar with the product and their are a few choices out there. Thanks.

  • Reply Alaska-Beauty November 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I don’t think this is cool and safe. Some one have a great idea, but someone else twist it in a wrong way.
    1.How you can get a year shelf life out of this recipe? Is your witch hazel has a preservative? What kinde?
    2. Olive oil mix is not stable. It will oxidise in a month or two. You better will go with something more stable like jojoba or coconut. And don’t forget vitamin E fro stability.
    3. Do you try it yourself? Look like -“yes”. Do you keep it for a year and run a lab safety test on it?
    I think I know the answer-“no”. When oil oxidise it develop cancerogenic properties, when liquid molds it’s health hazard. One month is good enuf, not a year.

    • Reply serdlc64 March 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      To Alaska Beauty,
      I would think that 1 year is safe. Common sense. Dressings with olive oil is a mixture…should we not eat that if opened for 2 months?? God created the olive tree and the oil from it has been used for healthy eating as well as medicinal purposes and light. I don’t know where you get your info.

      • Reply Kathe July 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Dressings with olive oil should be kept refrigerated. Maybe if the eye makeup remover was refrigerated it would keep a year. You’ll be able to smell it when an olive oil goes rancid.

  • Reply Dana Pillay November 21, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Good post! this article is useful especially in making different solutions from using makeups, aside from washing your face there are still home made solutions to remove makeups, i learn a lot of things that is why i value this article.

  • Reply Robin Cali November 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I have combo skin that is more oily during the summer and more dry during the winter, and I find Citrus Clear’s Sensitive Wash works great for me year round. The Citrus Clear Sensitive works well to dissolve my makeup and clean my skin. I use it in conjunction with their moisturizer since its light. With those two products, my skin has never been better!

  • Reply Charde November 28, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Hey there, thanks for this great recipe. I just made it and it feels awesome on the skin. Unfortunately though it is a little smelly. Any suggestions of how to improve this? Kind regards, Charde

  • Reply Charde December 5, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Hi there, Just wanted to let you know I did a post on my blog and credited your awesome eye make-up remover recipe: Love, Charde

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  • Reply Elena May 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I just have one question! what type of witch hazel and which type of olive oil would you suggest!

    • Reply Katie August 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Hello Elena,

      I recommend researching and finding a safe, trustworthy essential oil brand to buy your witch hazel from (DoTerra and Young Living have a good reputation) and this is the olive oil I use and recommend:

      Good luck!

  • Reply Martisa Vignali October 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I love the eye makeup remover made from witch hazel and olive oil!

  • Reply rouge October 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

    This is just what i needed. My eyes are no longer responding to my fav eye remover gah! natural remedies here I come!

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    Thankyou for sharing this recipe for eye makeup remover. I’ve just tried it and it worked amazing!

  • Reply bmariek December 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Hi-is witch hazel safe to use around the eye area??

  • Reply Anne February 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I’m hoping that Katie meant Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula [without alcohol] otherwise regular WHazel is a toner @14% alcohol it might sting =-)

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  • Reply Wendy February 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I use rose water instead of witch hazel….it is milder and kinder to skin if you ave a dry skn

  • Reply whitecat February 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I have very sensitive eyes – so the ONLY thing I can use to remove my eye makeup is the Green Tea Cleanser from made from earth….everything else makes my eyes water. It also is a great cleanser for the mornings! Def recommend if your eyes are sensitive to soap since this is not soap.

  • Reply Sandra May 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Hi, I think this recipe sounds wonderful but I do wonder about the shelf life. I personally use jojoba and argan oil on my face to remove make up. I also make my own lotion and have done many personal studies on how long a lotion( any oil mixed with a water product) can last. I have been surprised to find that when testing the lotion through a microbial testing kit, lotion starts to develop bacteria in around 2 weeks plus or minus a few days (even when using essential oils as a preservative) Some of the bacteria can be very harmful especially to a person who may be immunosuppressed. As far as I know I think witch hazel is considered a water ingredient. If it is mixed with an oil, the shelf life is typically 2 weeks. About a 3 weeks ago I made a lotion with a natural preservative considered to be a (1) rating on the EWG, called Natapres (made from fermented radish and aspen tree bark) thus far no bacteria has developed. They say that it should keep products safe and without bacteria for 2 -3 months but time will tell! I know from researching through the NIH that whenever water products are mixed with oil, it becomes susceptible to bacteria formation. So what might be necessary is making very small amounts and discarding it after 2 weeks. Many studies showed colonies of bacteria forming in lotion that were white in color and had no smell, so rancidity is not always an indicator of something going bad. Do you think that witch hazel containing preservatives would prolong the life at all?

  • Reply Carrisa June 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Love this makeup remover! Before, I was using just straight up olive oil, and it wasn’t that great just because it felt a bit scratchy around my eye area (even using a cotton ball), but I continued using it because it was natural. I went ahead and tried your recipe and with the addition of witch hazel it’s made all the difference! The remover feels more smooth, and my skin feels more clean afterwards. I also add 10-15 drops of an essential oil to give it a wonderful scent.

    • Reply Katie June 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

      So happy to hear that, Carrisa! :)

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