Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes Recipe

Are you looking for a natural, chemical-free makeup remover? One that doesn’t break the bank and contribute to a lot of unnecessary waste? If so, then you are in luck, my friend!

In this post, I am going to show you my recipe for a homemade makeup remover that is:

  • cost-effectivewhite ceramic vase with eucalyptus leaves
  • all-natural
  • skin-supporting
  • chemical-free
  • long-lasting
  • sustainably made
  • and really fun to make!

It’s actually a recipe that my mom found while researching ways to use doTERRA essential oils. Years ago, she made a big batch of these wipes for my sister and I and we haven’t gone back since!

I used to use Neutrogena makeup wipes, but the cost started to add up and the wipes would always dry out. Plus, the packaging generated a bunch of plastic waste that couldn’t be recycled.

Luckily, I have a mom who is really into healthy beauty products and is a huge advocate for essential oils, otherwise I would have never known about this recipe. (Thanks mom!)

Why I Love These Wipes

They Actually Work:

Normally when something is “all-natural” it doesn’t tend to work as well as the mainstream stuff.

Luckily, that’s not the case with these makeup wipes.

I never think I am wearing that much makeup, but I am always surprised by how much actually comes off from these wipes.

I even use them when I’m not wearing makeup since it removes all of the excess dirt and oil off of my skin as well. Plus, the essential oils leave a protective layer of added nutrients to my face, which has a whole host of benefits in itself.

Contributes to Less Waste:

lavender in mason jar

When you make/buy anything in bulk, you are contributing to less waste.

Thus, the ingredients used to make these wipes can be stored and used over and over again, which reduces your waste and is a total cost savings!

Plus, there is no plastic packaging involved.

Store your wipes in a wide-mouth mason jar or some other reusable container and voila – you now have eco-friendly makeup wipes with no plastic wrap!


I use a large wide-mouth mason jar, which works great because it can store a large amount of wipes that usually last me 3-4 months!

Okay, now that you know why making your own makeup wipes is such a good option, let’s get to the actual recipe…

The Recipe

There are two recipes that I have made before. Both have similar ingredients and both use essential oils. I haven’t noticed a huge difference between the two, but try them both out and see which one you like better!

Recipe #1


  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 Tbsp witch hazel
  • 1/2 tsp Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
  • 4 drops melaleuca oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Fill a mason jar half-way with cotton rounds.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the mixture over the cotton pads.
  4. Fill the rest of the mason jar with your cotton rounds and pour the rest of the mixture over that.

Recipe #2


  • 2 C water
  • 1 Tbsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
  • 1 Tbsp witch hazel
  • 5 drops geranium or lavender oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca oil
  • 10 drops frankincense oil


(see above directions)

*If some of your cotton pads are still a little dry:

  • Press down on the pads firmly in the jar to let them soak up the mixture
  • With a closed lid, let your jar sit upside down for 1-2 minutes


Of course, you can always mix and match some of the ingredients and oils.

I find that melaleuca oil can be somewhat irritating to my eyes, so I recommend using fewer drops of this oil.

I also recommend pressing out some of the excess moisture in the cotton pad before using it, otherwise the liquid may irritate your eyes if you’re trying to remove mascara.

When using 1-2 cotton pads each night, these wipes will last me up to 4 months, which is way longer than traditional makeup wipes!

I know it may seem like a hassle to make your own wipes, but trust me, it is super easy! You most likely already have some of these ingredients in your home, but if not, I’ve provided a list of the products I use that will last you for many, many recipes of makeup wipes.

You will be doing your skin and your wallet a huge favor by making these wipes! Not only that, but you will also be making an eco-friendly lifestyle change. (Props to you!)

As always, I am very open to suggestions or new ideas, so if you have any please let me know in the comments below! I’d also love to hear any feedback you may have once you try this recipe.

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you find that this sustainable beauty swap is as beneficial for you as it is for me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *