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I know there are a lot of us out there now who are very wary of the chemicals contained in
What’s the Harm in Store-Bought?
Many of the mainstream eye makeup removers contain potentially harmful substances in addition to the necessary preservatives to keep it shelf-stable. When you’re putting something onto your eyes, (or your daughter’s eyes, for those of us with teens), you really want to be certain it’s safe. Some of the common harmful ingredients found in eye makeup remover solutions include the following:
- propylparaben-hormone disrupter, developmentally & reproductively toxic
- methylparaben– hormone disrupter
bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol-organ toxicity, linked to cancer
- benzalkonium chloride-developmentally/reproductively toxic
- benzyl alcohol-organ toxicity
The info above can be found on EWG’s website. You can also look up specific products on their site to check for ingredient safety.
Not all store-bought versions of eye makeup remover are terrible. There are a few that contain minimal harmful substances. Most will at minimum have some sort of preservative, though, which is why I still prefer to make my own. If you’re going to use one from a store, I encourage you to look yours up on EWG and check to see if it would be safer to switch to a different one.
Ingredients For DIY Eye Makeup Remover
It’s very simple to mix up an effective homemade eye makeup remover that contains only a few ingredients, all of which are totally safe. Here’s what you will need for this witch hazel makeup remover recipe.
- 1 T alcohol-free witch hazel (I like Thayer’s brand)
- 1 T jojoba oil (I get mine from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 T distilled water (or previously-boiled tap water)
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil*
- a small jar, glass soap pump, small oil cruet, or you can reuse a cleaned, empty eye makeup remover bottle
*I use liquid vitamin E oil in a bottle because I don’t have time to be squeezing oil out of those little capsules. But, capsules would work fine if that’s what you have.
Add all the ingredients together into your container. Shake it up gently before each use to make sure everything is mixed together well. Just add a little of the homemade eye makeup remover to a reusable cotton pad or washcloth. Gently remove your eye makeup, and then wash with your cleanser like you normally would.
How Long Does Homemade Eye Makeup Remover Last?
I’m pretty cautious when it comes to products used around my eyes. I recommend mixing up only small batches that you will use up within a week or two at most. This will help ensure that the ingredients you are using around your sensitive eye area stay fresh and uncontaminated in their original container for as long as possible.
This recipe makes what I need to last a week or two, but I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup. If you wear more, you can easily double or triple this recipe to make a decent amount for your needs.
Use Reusable Cloth Remover Pads For A Zero Waste Solution
If you can sew a little bit, it’s pretty easy to make your own reusable makeup pads out of some cotton flannel or hemp fabric. If sewing is not your thing, though, Etsy is a great place to find a ton of handmade options. Check out this post for all of the best zero waste products on Etsy, including fabric makeup rounds!
Once you have your reusable makeup remover pads, just keep a delicates washing bag in the bathroom and toss in your dirties. Then, t
DIY Eye Makeup Remover is just another easy, non-toxic swap you can make
- Add all the ingredients together into your container.
- Shake it up gently before each use to make sure everything is mixed together well.
- Add a small amount of the homemade eye makeup remover to a reusable cotton pad or washcloth.
- Gently remove your eye makeup, and then wash with your cleanser like you normally would.
Use within 1-2 weeks.
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