Homemade Makeup Remover Pads

Homemade Makeup Remover Pads @themerrythoughtOver the last couple of years, I’ve been making small changes to try and use more simple, natural (and inexpensive) products around our home. (There’s still sooo many things that I still do use and have that don’t fall into this category, but I figure baby steps, right?) Back in the spring, I was talking with a few friends about make up removers and quite a few them used coconut oil for removing make up. I had some on hand and it seemed quick, easy and cheap enough, plus coconut oil seems to be good for just about everything, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I’m pretty basic with makeup, a little concealer under my eyes, powder to take away shine and mascara. I pretty much just use makeup remover for my eyes and the coconut oil works for me! Normally, I just scoop a tiny bit of coconut oil out of the jar, rub between my fingers to get it to melt and wipe it across my eyes. Then I just wipe my eyes with a washcloth or cotton pad and I’m done. However, I had a few trips planned over the summer and I wanted something easier to carry around than my jar of coconut oil, so I decided to try making some coconut oil makeup remover pads that I could just throw in a baggie and put in my travel bag. I know there’s a lot of different recipes out there similar to this, but I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so I used only coconut oil. It does harden a bit once it cools, but as soon as I start wiping my eyes, the pads soften and my makeup comes off! Homemade Makeup Remover Pads @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
– coconut oil (I recommend organic, virgin coconut oil)
– cotton rounds
– jar (an 8 oz canning jar will work)

Directions: Place about 15 cotton pads in a small jar. Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil until it’s a liquid and there are no solid lumps (you can do this in the microwave or on the stovetop). Pour the melted oil over the top of the pads. Push down on the pads a few times to soak up as much oil as possible. You can also lift the stack of pads out and flip them over to make sure they are completely saturated with oil.
To use, remove one pad, wipe eyes and you’re done! You can make more in one batch, just increase the amount of oil. I’ve had some in a jar for months (just to see how long they’d last), and they’re still good. (Make sure your jar is airtight!) When using for travel, place your pads in zipper top baggie and you’re good to go!Homemade Makeup Remover Pads @themerrythoughtHomemade Makeup Remover Pads @themerrythoughtHomemade Makeup Remover Pads @themerrythoughtAnd while we’re talking about makeup, here’s a little mascara tip a friend shared with me – add a drop of Lavender Essential Oil to your mascara. I do this and love how it smells – lavender has a relaxing, calming scent to me; so each morning, getting a little scent of lavender while putting on my makeup is so nice! Some say it can also help promote healthier lashes, I love it for the scent! Here’s how I do it: unscrew the brush from the mascara tube, place 1-2 drops Lavender Essential Oil* in the tube, replace brush and swirl the brush around a few times (don’t pump!). Allow to sit overnight before using, it can be pretty strong if you use it right away.
(I’ve been learning a little bit more about essential oils and I’m having fun trying different recipes, but still consider myself a beginner in this area. This tip was one I enjoy and wanted to share! If you’re curious about essentials oils, you can learn more here.) Homemade Makeup Remover Pads @themerrythoughtHomemade Makeup Remover Pads @themerrythought


(*Note: I’ve only used Young Living Essential Oil for this. Please do your own research on Essential Oils and do what works for you and always use caution!)

  • Amy LynnFriday, November 20, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    I love using coconut oil for beauty purposes! And I’m horrid at remembering to take off my make up at night, maybe having these on hand will help! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • MandaSaturday, November 21, 2015 - 10:38 am

      I’ve always been really bad at taking my make up off at night too! That was part of the motivation in making these – hoping that it would help me to do better! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • carolineFriday, November 20, 2015 - 8:22 pm

    I like this a lot! I bet you could add some essential oil to your face pads as well [I think oregano oil has benefits for acne?]- idk im not the most savvy with oils but I think I’d like to try this! I like spending money on some fancy girly things but the face wipes I’ve been using out of convenience make me cringe as far as the environment and the money.ReplyCancel

    • MandaSaturday, November 21, 2015 - 10:55 am

      Hi Caroline – yes, some do add essential oils to their makeup remover pads – a popular one for that is also the lavender oil. I have a recipe I’m going to be trying for a face toner using some oils, so if that goes well & I like it, I’ll probably be sharing that one too! Some oils that I know that are good for face are: lavender, lemon, and frankincense. Some oils can “burn” your skin if they’re not diluted with a carrier oil (like coconut oil), so just be careful! I don’t really know much about oregano, but I can check with a friend and see what she says.ReplyCancel

  • LanaSunday, November 22, 2015 - 2:33 am

    I love this idea! Can’t wait to give it a try. I’m a fan of all things of coconut but have never heard of this before, thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • NatashaSunday, November 22, 2015 - 11:53 am

    Great tips! Just curious though – do the pads stay moist or does the coconut oil clump up?ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, November 22, 2015 - 1:51 pm

      The pads get a little bit hard once the coconut oil cools back to room temperature, but it’s not clumped, just stiff. Once you start using one, it will soften from the temperature of your skin heating the oil. (I will note though, that I’ve only used these since summer, when my house is a little warmer, it’ll be interesting to see how “hard” the pads get in the winter, once it’s cooler in my bathroom). ReplyCancel

  • MichelleSunday, November 22, 2015 - 12:58 pm

    I enjoy following your fabulous blog and have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! For more details, please see my post: http://inspiredbyvenice.org/2015/11/22/the-blogger-recognition-award/

    Best Wishes!ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, November 23, 2015 - 10:08 pm

      Michelle – thanks so much, what an honor! xoReplyCancel

  • JodieSunday, November 22, 2015 - 5:13 pm

    Such an amazing idea! I’ve never thought of this but such a great alternative to a shop bought version with a ton of chemicals!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia xReplyCancel

  • JessicaSunday, November 22, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    I need to do this… I’ve also been tired of traveling with a little jar of coconut oil to remove my eye makeup. Thanks for sharing this great idea! I’m not sure about adding essential oil to mascara though… I think the scent would be irritating to my eyes, they’re pretty sensitive.ReplyCancel

  • DeniseThursday, December 3, 2015 - 5:29 pm

    Love this post! I just made a wonderful sugar scrub with coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. It stays really nice and soft so hopefully the pads will also. Plan on trying this. I use TJ’s oil, good price/quality.ReplyCancel

  • AfifahThursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    Love this idea! I travelled with the jar. It was pretty hard bring that thing over the time.ReplyCancel

  • CamillwFriday, February 19, 2016 - 11:41 pm

    I love the idea of this. You do know you can buy liquid coconut oil right? I think it would work well with these pads.ReplyCancel

    • MandaSaturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:40 am

      Yes, I have some fractionated coconut oil, and I do think that would work great with these pads. Regular coconut oil tends to be a bit cheaper though (and what more people tend to have on hand), so I was trying out a more economical version! 🙂ReplyCancel

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