4-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Makeup Remover

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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!

Glass brown bottle filled with makeup remover on a muslin cloth with greenery.

We talk a lot about safe skincare and non-toxic personal care products on Root + Revel, and for good reason.

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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!

A bowl of oil next to a brown glass bottle on a linen dishcloth.

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:

A list of toxic ingredients found in conventional makeup removers.

**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.

A brown glass bottle, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, a bowl, and measuring spoon filled with oil on a counter with a linen cloth.

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.
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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!

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4-Ingredient DIY Homemade Makeup Remover

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!
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Skincare
Keyword: DIY, makeup
Servings: 3 oz
Author: Root + Revel Collective



  • 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.


This recipe should last for at least 1 month of daily makeup removals.
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21 thoughts on “4-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Makeup Remover”

  1. Thjis is great I have been using witch hazel for years after washing my face to get rid of risdue but now ill have this gonna make today

  2. I am so excited to try this! Quick question- can you use all of one kind of oil? I am allergic to almonds do I am looking for an alternate!


  3. Is this safe to use to remove mascara, since it contains Witch Hazel? I’m new to the DIY beauty recipes and ingredients. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you soooo much for creating this blog! I am converting all of my Skincare and Cleaning products to Non-Toxic as my budget allows over the next year.

    Do you happen to have a good facial scrub recipe?



  5. 5 stars
    I stopped wearing commercial makeup awhile ago in favor of all-natural products, but I used to love the Clinique Take the Day Off. I still wear makeup occasionally, but I do find it a challenge to remove the mascara (even the natural one I use). I’m going to give this a try the next time I wear mascara. I have all the ingredients at home already!

  6. Hi Kate! Is this safe to remove mascara? After I wash my face that seems to be the only thing left behind sometimes. Thanks!

    1. Hey Andrea! Yes, absolutely. That’s exactly what I use this for. It’s extremely gentle and super effective at removing mascara and eye makeup. Of course, you want to be careful not to get it into your eyes, but if you apply to a cotton pad and swipe it over your eyelids and around your eyes, you’ll be golden! Thanks for connecting 🙂

  7. Claire Drolet

    Does this have an “expiration date”? I was thinking this would be GREAT for me, and also awesome as a little stocking stuffer gift for my gal pals, mom, sister, etc.

    1. Hi, Claire! Thanks so much for reading! It is an AMAZING stocking stuffer. I gave this away as gifts last year myself and it was such a hit! I’ve been using the same bottle for going on 6 months now and haven’t had a problem. I recommend storing it in an amber glass bottle, in a cool, dry, dark place (like your bathroom cabinet) where light and heat won’t spoil it. If you notice it starting to smell strange or grow mold, etc. then obviously I would recommend tossing it. But it should last for many months! I hope you’ll give it a try and report back with your results! Tag us on IG @rootandrevel 🙂

  8. I am just starting to make my own DIY Products, so my inventory is limited.

    Do I need to use jojoba and avocado oil? Will this make up remover work if I use 3 tablespoons of witch hazel and 4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil?


    1. Hi, Ananya! Welcome to the DIY world–you’re going to love it. Once you go homemade, you won’t want to go back! Absolutely you can just use sweet almond oil and witch hazel. I like the mix of oils as they each have their own unique benefits, but sweet almond oil alone will also remove your makeup (even tough mascara!) and get the job done. Let me know what you think when you try it! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

    1. Correct! The idea that oil clogs pores is a myth that stems from the use of mineral oil in many cosmetic and skincare products. Mineral oil DOES clog pores and when companies started touting “oil-free” on their products, it was because they were making them without mineral oil. But other oils, like almond, avocado, jojoba, argan, coconut, etc. DO NOT clog pores and, in fact, help pull out debris from the skin, keeping it clean while moisturizing at the same time! 🙂

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