August 23, 2011

A Pure and Natural Makeup Remover

When I started my search for safer products, I thought sunscreen, makeup remover and nail polish were going to be the hardest products to replace. As it turned out, the sunscreen replacement was easy. And I've just found out that makeup remover might be even simpler.

My makeup remover is disgusting. It has 5 parabens, fragrance, several different kinds of alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate. The bottle is in a simple, little, white package with herbal catch phases like "soothing chamomile" advertised on it. I guess you really can't judge a book by its cover.

My search to replace this little toxic bottle was short, and I was jubilant when I found the replacement: jojoba oil. How simple is that? I already had a bottle in my cupboard for use as an intensive conditioning hair mask.

After a night out, I gave my jojoba oil makeup remover a whirl on my foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick and eyeliner. To preface this, I would like to mention that I have a love hate relationship with mascara. Well, mostly hate. Mascara creates big, bambi eyes, but I always find it impossible to remove. No, I don't use waterproof mascara. Just ask my housemates. I take forever to get my mascara off. So prohibitively long, that I don't use it. At least as much as I can get away with it. Maybe it's just that my silly chamomile makeup remover was too gentle. I had no idea what I was doing wrong.

Then I tried jojoba oil. I have never had a makeup remover take off my mascara so effectively. It took a fraction of the time, and removed all of it. There wasn't a trace of my makeup when I was done. I didn't wake up with raccoon eyes the next morning, like I normally do. How is it possible that one ingredient works so much better than dozens of complex chemically engineered ones?

Because makeup is oil soluble, almost any oil can be used as a makeup remover. You can use borage oil (rich in gamma linolenic acid) if you want to pamper your skin with a luxurious restorative treatment every time you remove your makeup. Or you can use that big bottle of olive oil in your kitchen if you're in a pinch and you just want the cheapest makeup remover possible.

No matter what oil you use, you'll be treating your face to a nourishing moisturizer. Or you can simply use your face wash to remove any remaining residue.

On top of it all, oils don't sting if you get some in your eyes. There's something so gratifying about using a single organic ingredient so effectively!

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Image courtesy of: 
1. Me!

I have nothing to disclose. I sought out this product and was not compensated monetarily or otherwise for this post.


  1. Do you use cotton balls or cosmetic puffs to remove makeup? Or maybe kleenex? Toilet paper? Does it matter?

  2. I like to use cotton balls because they are much softer on the skin than kleenex or toilet paper. Also, unlike many cosmetic puffs on the market you can make sure they are 100% organic cotton.

  3. Washcloths are great too! They're reusable.

  4. I tried this and it worked amazingly!

  5. I'm so glad you like it, Doons! I'm throwing out my old makeup remover!


  6. Hi, thank you very much for help. I am going to test that in the near future. Cheers

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