DIY Homemade Makeup Remover

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This 3 ingredient DIY homemade makeup remover is easy, effective and affordable, plus it’s free from harsh chemicals and leaves the skin feeling super lush!

If you’re looking for an easy way to remove your make-up and mascara at the end of the day (without the extra nasties included in many store-bought cleansers!), then this homemade make-up remover is for you! It’s free from harsh chemicals and preservatives, and leaves my face feeling so good.

DIY homemade makeup remover

I have tried other homemade makeup removers before but have never been very impressed… until now! I absolutely love this DIY makeup remover because it’s super easy to make and it actually works better than store bought ones. There are only three ingredients in this recipe (in addition to the water), and each one packs a pretty little punch when it comes to looking after my skin.

Breakdown Of Ingredients

Fractionated Coconut Oil I love using the fractionated coconut oil in this recipe because unlike other oils, it leaves my skin feeling super soft and not at all greasy. It’s also has anti-fungal properties, which makes it a very effective oil to use on the skin.

Castile Liquid Soap the castile liquid soap is naturally hydrating and is good for sensitive, irritated, oily or acne-prone skin. My daughter likes to also add tea tree essential oil to her makeup remover, as it helps with acne prone skin too.

Frankincense Essential Oil by adding frankincense essential oil, not only does my makeup remover smell very calming, it also helps strengthen and improve skin tone, and defend against blemishes and bacteria. The fractionated coconut oil also helps the frankincense essential oil to better absorb into the skin.

Bamboo Facial Pads I use reusable bamboo facial pads with my makeup remover. They are soft on my skin, help to lift my makeup, and are much more economical and environmentally friendly than the one-use store bought cotton pads.

I have bundled all the products I use to make my DIY Homemade Makeup Remover into a discounted (save 10% off) kit + recipe card so you can start making your own makeup remover! Enough for 12+ months!


How To Make & Use The DIY Makeup Remover

STEP 1 – Once I’ve combined the three ingredients into my pump bottle (I recommend using a funnel to do this – it’s much easier!), I simply fill the rest of the pump bottle with cooled boiled water. One bottle lasts me about 7-10 days.

STEP 2 – I then put 2-3 pumps of my makeup remover on the rough side of a bamboo facial pad.

easy to make homemade pump bottle makeup remover

STEP 3 – I then gently wipe over my eyes and face with the rough side of the pad to remove all my makeup. If I am wearing light day makeup I will only need to use one wipe. For heavier night makeup I use two wipes.

cleanse wash face with homemade makeup remover

STEP 4 – I then put 1-2 more pumps on the soft side of the bamboo wipe, and do a final once over my entire face.

clean face with makeup remover recipe

As you can see, this makeup remover takes all my makeup off with very little effort, and the natural moisturising ingredients leave my skin feeling very soft!

I keep my pump of makeup remover next to two canisters in my bathroom. In one canister I store my clean bamboo facial pads, and in the other I pop my dirty used ones.

makeup remover for young and mature skin

TIP: I love these reusable bamboo facial pads because they come in a convenient cotton wash bag. At the end of the week I simply pop all the dirty bamboo pads back in their bag and straight into the washing machine. I have two packs of bamboo facial pads that I alternate between each week, so there are always clean ones ready to go whilst the others are in the wash.

reusable bamboo facial pads for homemade makeup remover

I throw my bag of dirty wipes into the washing machine with my towels. Easy peasy!

washable bamboo makeup remover facial pads


Homemade Makeup Remover

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins




  1. Place the fractionated coconut oil, castile soap and frankincense essential oil into pump bottle.
  2. Fill with cooled boiled water.
  3. Use 2-4 pumps per wipe.

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NOTE: Test a small patch of skin before using to ensure no irritability occurs. If you have an underlying skin condition, consult a health profession before trying this recipe.



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Wendy Inglis February 13, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Hi Kat is that makeup remover suitable the eyes?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2020 - 8:42 AM

Yes Wendy, I use it on my eyes – it’s great for removing my mascara. Kat x

Jan blanch February 13, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Kat where do you buy the soap?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Jan you can buy the soap here: or alternatively you can get all the ingredients/tools needed to create this makeup remover here:

Kay March 15, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Where did you get those Glass jars from?! Super cute

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 17, 2020 - 9:43 AM

They are super cute aren’t they Kay?! I picked them up at Kmart for a few dollars 🙂

Heather June 24, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Frankincense is a potent and very fragrant plant oil, therefore it is not recommended for use in skincare products (actually, no fragrant plant oils are). I just wanted to mention this because if you have sensitive skin or rosacea, this ingredient can cause you a lot of problems and make your skin feel and look irritated, red and unhealthy. I suggest a patch test first. *Just trying to help… ?*

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 25, 2020 - 12:43 PM

Heather I love frankincense oil for the skin. According to skin experts, it’s praised for it’s benefits for oily, acne-prone and ageing skin. Of course however, I would always recommend that a small patch of skin be tested before using any homemade skin care product, and of course getting medical advice if there’s a pre-existing skin condition. Hope this helps 🙂 Kat x


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