Since we began our ditch & switch journey a few years back, we have been on a mission to completely remove any harsh chemicals from our daily routine. Recently we been sharing the different cleansers and essential oils that we use during our regimen and how we had to experiment different oils/products to find the best combination for our skin type. We will be the first to admit, this has been a challenging process. We are finally seeing the positive results of using natural, clean products on our skin and face and it is so worth it!
One of the hardest things for me to give up in my beauty routine was my super convenient makeup remover wipes. On those nights when we were too exhausted or lazy to do a full face wash routine, we would reach for our Neutrogena chemical/alcohol filled wipe, swipe it across our face and call it a night. Of course those wipes always rated a terrifying 10 on the Think Dirty app for carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergens and immunotoxicities. Yikes! Not to mention, they were constantly causing scary reactions where we would wake up with our eyes swollen shut and our face welted up.
So we have been trying a few different recipes for DIY Makeup Remover Wipes and finally found the best combination that we absolutely LOVE – so we cannot wait to share it with you, babes!
For a 16oz Mason jar, we have broken down the following amounts for each oils for you. It’s best to actually put them in a small glass jar and let the synergy of oils blend over night. Jen O’Sullivan talks about the importance of letting blends rest together to enhance their energy in her book, French Aromatherapy.
- 15 drops Tea Tree (Melalueca): overall soothing, smoothing of skin, blemish support
- 15 drops Melrose: a blend of oils with soothing, skin regenerative properties
- 10 drops Manuka: excellent dry skin support
- 7 drops Frankincense: the King of skin support for lines, overall tone, spots, etc!
- 5 drops Cedarwood: calming, evens tone, blemish support (non-cystic)
- 5 drops Lemon: antioxidant, astringent, refreshing, blemish support, purifying properties **be careful if adding Lemon, use your wipes at night or wait before going outside because Lemon is photosensitive**
1) Add 1 Tbs of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
We use Fractionated Coconut Oil via Amazon. Coconut oil softens skin and naturally blocks around 20% of the sun’s UV rays. It also has fatty acids within that can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Who wouldn’t want that?!?!
2) Add 1/2 tsp of Thayers Witch Hazel.
This is an astringent and an anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce swelling and fight bacteria. This is a great ingredient if you have acne issues. We personally like to use unscented Thayers Witch Hazel (like $3.50 at Target). Whatever you use, make sure it is 100% Witch Hazel with no fillers or alcohol added.
3) Add 1 Tbs of Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap.
We use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-mild Castile liquid soap. This soap is fragrance-free and good for those with sensitive skin. It is also certified organic.
4) Add 1/4 tsp of Vitamin E oil (optional)
Vitamin E oil helps to protect the skin by preventing cellular damage from free radicals. Free radicals in your skin can destroy collagen and interfere with the formation of healthy skin cells. Using Vitamin E oil in your cleanser will also prevent the coconut oil from oxidizing and acts as a preservative for your cleanser.
5) Add distilled water until 3/4 full.
We use distilled water because we didn’t want to add any impurities that can be found in tap water to my cleanser.
6) Add essential oils:
It’s no secret that we believe Young Living Essential Oils are the highest quality and most pure essential oils available today. We are going to go through each oil that we used in our DIY recipe and why. Young Living are the best for: overall clarity, blemish treatment and prevention, and soothing redness.
- 10 drops of Frankincense | Frankincense is a gift to your face. Historically, it was used for preserving the dead. We use it daily to preserve our face!! No need to wait until it’s too late. Research has shown that this oil can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin aging. It is also great for reducing puffiness under your eyes and reducing the appearance of scars and blemishes.
- 10 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca) | This oil has been shown to reduces the appearance of blemishes and protects against radiation damage. Research has found that Tea Tree oil reduces the severity of acne and has broad antimicrobial activity. Google Tea Tree for additional properties!
7) Stir gently.
Use a stainless steel spoon to stir ingredients together. You want to avoid plastic as it can absorb the oils.
8) Add the cotton rounds.
Now you have your liquid cleanser made and it’s time to add the cotton rounds. You want to do this gradually to avoid overflow and allow the cotton to absorb the liquid. We added rounds by a small handful at a time. The cotton rounds act some as an exfoliate and aid in removal of dead skin cells. At this step, if you desire to add more distilled water you can.
We found our cotton rounds at Target. They don’t need to be pricey, just 100% cotton and large enough that you can use one wipe for your entire face.
Here are a few additional blog posts that you may find helpful while figuring out your beauty regimen:
Happy oiling, babes.