Here is an idea for those of you that might be looking for more natural products for your body and your home.
A very simple and all natural homemade makeup remover using just one ingredient you might already have on hand.
The beauty of this is that it works incredibly well and really takes seconds- no complicated products to buy or steps to follow.
You simply need to head out to the store and pick up a jar of Coconut Oil- by now probably most of us have this in the pantry anyway because Coconut Oil is kind of magic in that it works very hard to do all sorts of cool stuff.
(Make all natural popcorn, make your own body butter, deep conditioning hair treatment etc..)
If you are not familiar it is about $6 a jar at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Sprouts etc… in the cooking oil departments. You can also get a good price online from Amazon here.) Try to find organic if you can it is usually the same price.
Now the only trick with Coconut Oil is that it will change consistency according to the season. When it is warm in summer you will have oil. In cooler months it is a solid like a pat of butter. For this application it is easier to use in a solid state so you might pop it into the fridge if yours is melted.
You can literally scoop the coconut oil directly from the jar after you purchase but I prefer to take just one second to whip it first. Totally not necessary- just my preference. It makes a smoother consistency that is easier to handle.
I just grab a scoop from the jar and spoon it into the bowl of my Kitchen Aid and then whip it baby! Just whip for a few minutes- it starts to look like frosting instead of Crisco.
Now use a spatula to put it in a little jar and you are good! This is awesome to keep in the bathroom anyway because it smells good and you can use this for a zillion different things. Smear a little on your lips if they are dry, put a tiny bit on your hair to get out knots or tame strays (CAREFUL as your hair will look greasy so literally a tiny bit) or slather it before you shower for a deep conditioner, any dry spots on your skin rub it right in like lotion, put it on your cuticles… This little jar will work hard for you!
Now as for the actual application- dip a little bit onto your fingers and smear it on your eyes- I sort of rub my lashes a bit to get all the mascara off. Rinse your face and then wash your face and moisturize as usual.
I have extremely sensitive eyes and I wear contacts so I like to use a little cotton cloth (pictured at the top there) and I get it damp first. Then I dip the damp cotton cloth into the coconut oil and rub that on my eyes. Whatever way you prefer.
I use waterproof mascara so I usually have to work on the lashes for just a second to get it all off and then I take the same cloth and swipe the black smears from under my eyes.
Boom! You should have makeup free eyes! Easy peasy. Oh and even though you spent that $6 on the jar the portion you see below is about 1/4 th of the jar and this would last for ages. So give yourself an extra pat on the back for being frugal ;).
The first time I tried this I used my regular makeup remover (Clinique) on one eye and this on the other. I was skeptical that my face would be greasy or it would hurt my eyes. I did not notice a difference in the effectiveness between the two products.
Now that your face is all clean and you saved yourself a little money, you might want a treat. Use your leftover coconut oil to make this DELICIOUS homemade ice cream topping. See? I told you that little jar works hard!
Great tip…it worked wonderfully to get all the mascara/eyeliner off my eyes without a lot of rubbing or tugging at my skin. I also use it on my feet to soften them. I slather it on, put on a pair of fuzzy warm socks and let it soak in over night…makes my feet feel wonderful.
Coconut oil really is amazing. I only discovered it about a year ago. No more dry elbows! It does do wonders in removing makeup, especially mascara. I didn’t think of whipping it but it sounds like fun.
I like your name; it’s much like my daughter’s : Marielle.
I have heard so many great tips about coconut oil but I live in France and I do not know where I can find a jar… :/ Need to figure this out !
Melanie ♥ http://www.outofstandards.blogspot.fr
I’ve been using coconut oil as a facial cleanser for the past year. I rub a small amount over my face and then use a wash cloth and warm water to wipe it off. Oil removes oil so my face is clean and soft. No need for facial cleanser or moisturizer and no oily residue. My skin looks great, not oily and no breakouts. One of Mother Nature’s Miracles!
Sounds great! Probably a silly question but…since it is hot as heck here now my oil is liquid so you said pop it in the fridge for a few and then whip it up. But after its whipped if I store in my bathroom will it just liquify again or keep in the fridge and it will keep the whipped consistency or just completely harden? Thanks!
Carrie- is there a cool spot in your bathroom? My kitchen is considerably warmer then my bathroom so sometimes the coconut oil will stay solid in the bathroom. If it is too warm in there and it does liquefy you probably have to wait until the weather gets a little cooler. If you put it in the fridge it will totally harden- which just makes it harder to use. I have a sore muscle cream that is based on coconut oil in the fridge and I have to take it out for about 10-15 minutes to let it soften up before I can use it. That is a lot of work for a daily makeup remover 🙂 This issue is really only a problem during the peak of summer- in Spring, Fall and Winter I don’t have a problem with my oil staying a nice creamy texture.
step O. says
Melanie, go to amazon.com or drugstore.com. I purchased my jar from the latter. Hope this helps..
Mélanie tu peux trouver l’huile de noix de coco dans les magasins Bio.
Melanie you can find it in health food stores ;))
Thank you for mentioning that it should be washed off afterwards, ive been seeing so many ideas using coconut oil on the face that has no mention that it should be washed off, due to it being non-comedogenic and will clog pores with continued use, kudos to you.
What a wonderful use for coconut oil! What is the shelf life for the makeup remover?
Deeriz- as long as coconut oil in your pantry! You haven’t added anything to it so forever basically. 🙂
I heard from somewhere..i cannot recollect now…that using coconut oil as makeup remover clogs pores!
And hence baby oil is better than it
So is this true?
Vidhi- I have not heard that :).
Blair Nicole says
coconut oil will clog your pores so it’s recommended to only use it as make up remover once a week then use another make up remover the rest of the week that is less dense.
Hi Blair, I use this on my eyes mostly so that isn’t an issue but if you plan to smear it all over your face that is a great tip.
Add 2 c water
2 Tblsp coconut oil
2 Squirt baby shampoo