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-effective
  • 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 I 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:

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



  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.

*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.


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

10 Replies to “Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes Recipe”

  1. Hi Ashley, thanks to you for taking us through her make up removal recipes. I love that they are ecofriendly and effective. I would have never thought of making a home made makeup removal by myself. The recipes sound great but my question is adding soap component is it not going to irritate the skin or even the chances of getting into the eyes. Do you normal wash afterwards to wash off the soap? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello! The soap should not irritate your eyes since there is only 1 tbsp of it in the mixture. The only thing I’ve noticed that irritates my eyes is if I make the mixture with a lot of melaleuca. That is why I recommend adding fewer drops of this oil! After I use my makeup wipes, I generally scrub my face with my Clarisonic face brush! But it is up to you if you want to wash your face afterwards or not.

  2. It’s awesome that there are so many recipes these days from a natural standpoint that serve as great (if not better) alternatives to mainstream store bought stuff, which I’m not a fan of, to be honest. What’s even better about this product is its cost-effectiveness and something I’ll be recommending to all my friends who wear makeup on a routine basis. Thanks for sharing.

    Todd P Matthews says:
    1. Glad you liked it Todd! This is definitely a better alternative for those who wear makeup.

  3. Hi Ashley,

    My daughter likes to wear make-up, she is now 18, and I want to ask, is this mixture beneficial if you have acne also, or could the oils make it worse? We are constantly looking for things to help, and the make up can sometimes be harsh. Or, is there something else you could recommend for make up removal that could help.

    jenny says:
    1. Hi Jenny! These makeup wipes are actually perfect for acne prone skin. In fact, melaleuca (aka tea tree oil) has been shown to greatly reduce acne since it has antibacterial properties. It is also very soothing to the skin and helps reduce inflammation and redness. Hope this helps!

  4. This is so cool! I don’t have to hassle or struggle when I run out of make wipes. I can just make my own! Wo, thanks for this. Totally going to try it out.

    1. Yay! I’m glad you’re going to try it out… let me know what you think when you do. They really are the perfect alternative to makeup wipes.

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