In this post, I am going to show you my recipe for homemade makeup remover wipes. It’s actually a recipe that my mom found while researching ways to use doTERRA essential oils. She made a big batch of these wipes for my sister and I and we haven’t gone back since!
I used to use Neutragena 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!
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.
They remove all the makeup, dirt, and oil off my face so easily. You don’t have to use these wipes just for makeup either. You can use them on a bare face since the soap removes any excess dirt/oil off your skin and the oils leave a protective layer of added nutrients for your skin.
Contributes to Less Waste
When you make/buy anything in bulk, you are contributing to less waste.
The ingredients used to make these wipes can be stored and used over and over again, which lessens 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.
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!
These wipes are
- and the perfect zero waste swap!
Okay, now that you know why making your own makeup wipes is such a good option, let’s get to the recipe…
1/4 C water
1 Tbsp witch hazel
1/2 tsp Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
4 drops melaleuca oil
4 drops lavender oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
Fill a mason jar half-way with cotton rounds.
Pour 1/2 of the mixture over the cotton pads.
Fill the rest of the mason jar with your cotton rounds and pour the rest of the mixture over that.
Some Things To Note
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 ingredients and oils. You might find that you want less melaleuca oil and more lavender, or vice versa!
I tend to use less melaleuca oil (my mom usually makes this recipes with 10 drops), because it can be irritating to my eyes, which is why I only recommend 5 drops of this oil, max.
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.