Makeup Remover Recipe
Part of the goal of handmade head to toe is for a truly handmade life. I don’t really think that we can always make better quality or produce items with the same efficiency as trained professionals. But as many folks know, the handmade movement is partially a yearning for a sense of control over your own life.
I’m bringing this up to explain why I’m going to give a diy makeup remover recipe on a blog that is mostly about sewing and knitting. It’s partially a cop-out because I don’t have my clasps for my handspun sweater yet, and partially because I really enjoy the process of putting together recipes for cleaning, medicine, and self-care. Handmade head to toe doesn’t just mean what you wear. It’s about your whole life being made by you with intention and love.
(Plus, I’m reading the Wee Free Men to my eldest, and I would like to be as close to a Terry Pratchett witch as I can get.) I make my own glass cleaner (not as effective as Windex), deodorant (better than any I’ve bought before), hair rinse (leaves my hair a better texture than shampooing), and I’m tinkering with some cold remedy recipes.
My makeup remover has 2 ingredients because all of the other ingredients I researched were not in my pantry. I’ve been using the recipe for a couple of weeks now, and the results feel better and remove makeup just as well as the store-bought pads I was using.
I digress. Here’s the recipe:
2 Tablespoons of Safflower Oil (or a good oil you have around that’s not solid at room temperature)
1 Aloe Vera stalk or portion of stalk
Step 1: Take a stalk of aloe vera and cut open the skin. With a spoon or fingernail, scoop out the jelly inside and plop it into your container.
NOTE: Make sure not to get any skin of the plan into the jar, I know from using aloe for sunburn relief, the skin of the plant does not feel good rubbed on the skin.
ALSO NOTE: My tiny batch of remover lasted me for more than a week at which point it was thrown out for concern of mildew. Since the raw aloe vera isn’t preserved, it’s not made to last. I’ve read that you can use a tea tree oil or other anti-bacterial to help preserve it. You can also refridgerate to help it last longer. However, I don’t want to be putting cold stuff on my face at the end of the day in the middle of January. Next time I will probably just use a tiny segment of the stalk so I don’t waste the plant.
Of course, you can also use shelf-stable aloe gel from the store, which would last you a good long while. However, the satisfaction of using your own houseplants pragmatically is probably worth just making small batches once a week.
Step 2: Add other oil
NOTE: I had safflower oil on hand. I’ve read recipes with olive oil, jajoba oil, and mixes of coconut oil. You can probably use canola oil but you won’t feel as classy.
Step 3: Shake shake shake
NOTE: The aloe gel is going to be very lumpy, shaking will help break it up. Really, the oil will do almost all of the makeup removing work for waterproof mascara, but the aloe is nice for the skin.
There are some fancy tutorials for making little round makeup remover pads. But I just cut up a pair of white infant sweatpants* into 2” x 3” rectangles. I have about 7 and I throw them in the hamper to be washed with the rest of my clothes. They come out clean and ready to use again.
Although this recipe is for a very small batch. It takes about 5 minutes to whip up, and lasts a week or so. Because it works best diluted, I get the cleaning cloth wet before I dip a corner into the aloe-oil. I’ve found that works best for removing the makeup quickly without leaving my face totally greased for the night.
*If you are the person who bought or designed white pants for an infant, what in the blazes were you thinking? Have you met babies? There should be nothing white near them for the first 5 years…or longer. It will be stained within minutes. ALSO, I call them sweatpants because of the nature of the fabric, but what a ridiculous notion. Is the baby going for a jog? I guess it’s a good thing my children ruined this particular pair of pants so that I didn’t feel the need to donate such impractical leggings to some poor new mother who wouldn’t know any better.
With the success of this project, I’ve been given extra confidence to move forward with homemade mascara. If you follow me on Pinterest, you know my recipe board is chalk full of makeup recipes.
If you have any recipes for items around the house, please let me know about them!