I decided to experiment with making DIY natural eye makeup remover out of pure necessity. I was just about to run out of the name brand natural-ish eye makeup remover and thought the $20 price tag attached to it could be better invested in buying some Castile soap, which I could use to make many other homemade products in the future.
Actually, I only invest $13 in the castile soap, that is in a 32 ounce size. I found that Dr. Wood’s Castile Soap works just as nicely as the Dr. Bronner’s brand, and it costs about the same price for twice the amount of soap.
DIY Natural Eye Makeup Remover
- 1 T solid coconut oil
- 1 tsp. unscented baby Castile soap
- 3/4 very hot water
- 4 drop lavender essential oil (optional)
- 40 cotton pads
- storage container
- Place cotton pads in your storage container.
- Melt coconut oil.
- Mix essential oil in to coconut oil, if desired.
- Mix soap into oil mixture.
- Mix soap and oil mixture into the hot water, stirring carefully.
- Immediately, pour the mixture on top of the cotton pads. Don’t allow the mixture to start to separate before pouring.
Use as needed to remove eye makeup.
You’ll want to keep the lid on these when storing them so they don’t dry out.
I know our readers at Northern Cheapskate like to know just how much money it saves them, so I did a little math using the ingredients I used (not including the essential oil).
You can buy eye makeup remover at the Dollar Tree for a 30-pack for $1, obviously, but there were so many ingredients listed I had never heard of I wasn’t interested in trying them.
Instead I bought an 80-pack of cotton pads (only used half), and a 3-pack of small (12-oz size) storage containers (only used one that will get reused over and over) and 7-cents of Dr. Woods Castile soap and 18-cents of coconut oil (from Aldi’s).
If you are adding that up, it cost me $1.09 to make 40 eye makeup remover pads, which is .027-cents per pad including the purchase of a container (compared to .033-cents per pad for the 30 pack), but when you reuse that container or start out with a container you already own (a jam jar might work nicely), you bring it down to 75-cents for 40 pads or .018-cents per pad which is now close to half the price per makeup remover pads than what you can buy at the Dollar Tree. These DIY eye makeup remover pads work great and you know exactly what ingredients are in the pads!
I have seen ideas where people used thick paper towels that they cut up in to squares instead of the cotton swab pads to help cut the cost even further. This might be something I try in the future, but I think I am pretty happy with what I came up to use here.
If you are debating on purchasing essential oils to use in this recipe, here are some other posts about things you can make that use essential oils:
- DIY Glycerin Soap
- 5 DIY Natural Health and Beauty Products Using Essential Oils
- DIY Green Tea and Sweet Orange Sugar Scrub
- Green Up Your At-Home Mani-Pedi
- Homemade Natural Insect Repellent
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