A Fresh Start: How to make your own zero waste makeup remover


I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been wearing much makeup the past year or so. However, there are still some rare moments where I do want to dress up or put on some makeup, like a friends’ virtual birthday (or really anything that inspires me to change out of my usual sweatpants and a t-shirt). For those special occasions, I love having a way to easily and naturally remove my makeup at the end of the day. 

I recently finished up my last personal care product that was in plastic packaging - makeup remover - so I thought it would be a perfect DIY project to take on. Turns out, makeup remover is actually very simple to make, and you can really customize it for your skin! You can either use micellar water on its own (which we sell in bulk), an oil of your choice (see our facial oils blog here), or a 1:1 mixture of your favorite oil and some witch hazel. I’ll also share some other fun customizations and variations you can try based on your skin type, because the possibilities are truly endless.

Let’s start with micellar water.

We love simplicity! Micellar water is a great, simple option for removing makeup, and pairs so well with our facial rounds. By using a facial round with your micellar, you are able to take advantage of cotton’s hydrophilic properties. The hydrophilic heads of the micellar water stick to the cotton, leaving the hydrophobic tails to trap any makeup, dirt, or oil that may be on your skin. So cool!

To use: dampen a reusable cotton pad with micellar water, and gently wipe your makeup away. I like to rinse the cotton pad right away to prevent the cotton pad from staining, especially if I am not going to put the cotton pad in the washer that day. If you have a lot of makeup on the pad, you can also apply a tiny drop of castile soap to rinse most of the makeup out. PS, pro tip - When you go to wash the cotton rounds, put them in a mesh bag so they all stay together.

Another simple option is using the facial oil of your choice!

Face oils make a great makeup remover as well. A great place to start is our facial oils blog to find the oils that work best for your skin type. There are so many helpful tidbits in that blog post! Once you choose your oil, gently rub a few drops into your skin until all your makeup comes off. A dropper bottle is super helpful for this! Be sure to rinse your face really well after oil cleansing, to make sure you get all the makeup residue off of your skin. It helps to use a warm washcloth for this step, but you can also follow the oil cleanse with your facial cleanser or a little micellar water if you want a deeper clean.

Oil and witch hazel recipe

Witch hazel has some wonderful properties for your skin, and paired with oil, it makes a great makeup remover. To make this DIY, simply use a 1:1 ratio of witch hazel and the oil of your choice. This is the recipe I decided to try for myself! I used witch hazel with jojoba oil, and gave it a good shake to mix. It does separate naturally, so just be sure to shake it before each use!

Witch hazel is a great option to add to your makeup remover because it has anti-inflammatory properties, can help shrink your pores, and is great for sensitive skin. I chose jojoba oil because of its low comedogenic properties, and because I have been experiencing a bit of maskne as of late, which I’m sure many of you can relate to! Jojoba oil is great for acne-prone skin. It's antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and has antioxidant properties. You can read more about the benefits of jojoba in our facial oils blog if you're curious.

Customizations to DIY makeup removers

Finally, here are some alternate customizations you can try based on your skin type! For each of these recipes, be sure to give the makeup remover a good shake before you use it, as the ingredients may separate.

For dry skin, you can use 1 part vegetable glycerin and 2 parts each grapeseed oil and brewed green tea.

For oily skin, 1 part aloe vera gel to 2 parts each witch hazel and jojoba oil.

For sensitive skin, try equal parts aloe vera gel, rosewater, and witch hazel.

For combination skin, especially if you are acne prone, you could also simply try equal parts witch hazel and water, as witch hazel helps rid your skin of excess oils but leaves it nourished.

As you can see, there are plenty of options available, and you can completely customize your makeup remover based on your skin's specific needs! I loved my witch hazel and jojoba oil blend. Let me know if you try one of my recipes in the comments!