Not only can traditional makeup remover be expensive, it’s also generally full of harmful chemicals that can irritate your skin. Make this easy, inexpensive DIY makeup remover—it’s so simple. It’s the best natural makeup remover since it’s free from toxins and very versatile!
We talk a lot about safe skincare and non-toxic personal care products on Root + Revel, and for good reason.
Table of Contents:
- Why Should You Use DIY Makeup Remover?
- Ingredients in Common Makeup Removers
- DIY Natural Makeup Remover Recipe
Why Should You Use DIY Makeup Remover?
Most companies add dozens of harmful chemicals to their products, many of which are known to cause cancer, infertility (or at least hormonal imbalances), and irritate our skin. Though there are affordable (and not so affordable) natural beauty brands out there, I've found the old adage to be true: if you want something done right, just do it yourself.
Truly, nobody cares as much about your well-being as you do, least of all big corporations just looking to make $$. And, as I've come to learn, making your own beauty products is not only incredibly easy, it's also super inexpensive and you're guaranteed a safe, non-toxic product. Bam-Pow! Take that, Johnson & Johnson!
This DIY Homemade Makeup Remover is one of the simplest recipes I know (and make sure you check out our archive of other DIY homemade beauty recipes here). If you can pour liquid into a bowl and stir, you can make this! It's really that simple, and it is THE MOST effective makeup remover I've tried to date. Plus, it's incredibly moisturizing and great for your skin!
Ingredients in Common Makeup Removers
So why would you even want to make your own makeup remover? Unfortunately, there are TONS of known carcinogens, hormone disruptors and skin irritants found in many storebought makeup removers. To prove it, I've outlined the toxic ingredients below for five of the most popular makeup removers on the market today:
**Note: The products shown above are Lancôme BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover and Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes.
As you can see, even if these ingredients weren't toxic (which they are!), the sheer number of chemicals (harmful or not) found in each product is pretty alarming. 25 chemicals just to take off your makeup?! Why?!
My recipe is just 4 simple ingredients–you likely even have them in your pantry already (if you don't, I've included links to my favorite products you can buy at Plant Therapy–get 10% off with the coupon code ROOT10 on orders over $50!)–and it's just as effective as any store-bought brand.
One of the most deceiving aspects of these makeup removers is that the ones that are marketed as natural, simple and gentle contain the most chemicals/ingredients (nothing simple about that!) and/or have some of the highest levels of toxic ingredients in them, making them anything but gentle.
Just to give you an idea of why these chemicals are so bad, here are a few of the worst offenders from above:
- Quaternium-15 and 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol are formaldehyde releasers. Formaldehyde is rated a 10 (the highest rating) by EWG's Skin Deep as it's a known carcinogen.
- Simple's wipes contain 2 parabens, one of which is rated a 7 by EWG's Skin Deep as it's proven to mimic estrogen and cause reproductive and developmental disorders, with a link to breast cancer.
- PEG-4 Dilaurate is rated a 5 by EWG's Skin Deep, as there's strong evidence it is a skin toxicant and allergen.
Now that you know just how dangerous most storebought makeup removers are, I hope you'll stop buying these toxic products and supporting these companies who knowingly put toxic ingredients into their products, which end up on our skin and, ultimately, in our bloodstreams. There are lots of safe, affordable alternatives, and it's SO easy to make your own.
So without further ado, I give you my recipe for 4-Ingredient DIY Homemade Makeup Remover. Check out all our other DIY homemade beauty recipes here!
4-Ingredient DIY Homemade Makeup Remover
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and gently stir.
- Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a glass jar.
- Shake before each use. Apply to a cotton pad and swipe over face to remove makeup. No need to rinse off, however, you can wash face with cleanser of choice afterward for extra-clean skin.