DIY Oil-Based Makeup Remover

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

When you need to literally wipe off the grime of the day, makeup-removing toilettes are a convenient choice. But even as they whisk away your blush and brow filler, they often leave behind a strange, sticky film. There’s a better way – and it’s all-natural, to boot! Try making your own gentle elixir. This unique-but-effective blend of oils digs deep to clear out pores and hydrate in the process. No harsh, drying alcohol or funky fragrances to worry about, here – just clean, balanced skin that can finally rest easy.

DIY Oil-Based Makeup Remover

Customize your own blend, using these nourishing oils. Depending on your skin type, you may want more castor oil and less jojoba. Watch the video to learn more.

What you’ll need to get started:

1 pump bottle (recycling an empty one is great!)

Olive oil: A multipurpose product you can keep in your kitchen for cooking, but it works just as well as a skincare product. It’s gentle and soothing for sensitive skin.

Castor oil: This has a thick consistency and works well at pulling out impurities, so acne-prone skin may want to use more of this oil. Castor offers a nice, deep clean.

Jojoba oil: If your skin is on the dry side (like mine is!), you’ll want more of this pure, moisturizing plant seed oil.

Vitamin E oil blend: With apricot, avocado and almond oil, this antioxidant-rich solution can be used all over your body to scare away scaly skin and bring back the smooth.


  1. In a small pump bottle, add olive oil as the base. The amount of olive oil you use should be greater than the other oils.
  2. Pour in castor oil, which should be about 1/3 of the mixture. Add more or less, depending on your skin type.
  3. Add equal parts jojoba oil and vitamin E oil blend – you don’t need much. Squeeze oils into pump bottle, counting to about 3 – 5 seconds. If your skin is on the dry side, add more of each of these oils for a moisturizing boost.
  4. Secure top of bottle and shake to combine oils.
  5. Using fingertips, rub about 2 pumps oil into dry skin.
  6. Get another 2 pumps and massage around eye area to remove any eye makeup. Keep eyes closed and rub very gently.
  7. Rinse off with lukewarm water, or dampen a washcloth with warm water and gently, slowly drag the washcloth down your face to remove everything in one fell swoop.