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DIY Makeup Remover Pads

Makeup remover pads can get to be on the pricey side. You could buy the off-brand pads at around $4, but the really good ones can run up around $30 or more. And if you have a tight month financially, every penny counts. Or maybe it’s just too much effort to go to the store in the middle of the night when you realize you’re out of makeup remover pads. In these cases, you can make your own DIY makeup remover pads at home with ease.

Coconut Oil & Baby Wash Pads

The problem with commercial makeup remover pads is they can get to be quite drying. Zap that problem by using coconut oil and delicate baby wash. Simply combine two cups of purified water, a couple small dollops of baby wash and two large dollops of coconut oil. Microwave in 10-second increments until everything is melted and stir. Pour the mixture into a mason jar containing about 50 cotton pads. The pads should soak the solution right up as you press down on them. Add more pads if necessary. Shake the jar if you need the pads to absorb more of the mixture. You can let the pads sit, or use them immediately.

Coconut Oil & Castile Soap

If your skin is on the oily side and you want to give it a cleansing boost at night, use this recipe instead. Mix three parts coconut oil and one part liquid Castile soap together (the coconut oil may take melting in the microwave here, too). Pour the solution over the pads you’ve placed in a mason jar. Add distilled water until the pads are soaked. Press on the pads so the solution can absorb into them. Then shake the jar.

Cleansing Pads

If you’d like an even greater cleansing boost with some toning action, this recipe is for you. Combine two cups of water with several splashes of jojoba oil and a couple splashes of witch hazel. Stir together. Pour the mixture into a mason jar with cotton pads in it. Press down on the pads, and shake the jar a bit.

Eye DIY Makeup Remover Pads

Need a remover pad just to get rid of that pesky eye makeup? Combine equal parts witch hazel, a carrier oil like olive, jojoba or almond oil and distilled water. Stir together, and add them to a mason jar filled with cotton pads as above. Push on the pads and shake the jar to make sure the pads are soaked.

The witch hazel will provide some toning and cleansing for the eye area and the larger dose of oil will provide plenty of moisture. It even cuts through waterproof mascara. If you have very dry skin, you could also use this recipe over your whole face.

Experiment Yourself!

By now, you’ve probably noticed a pattern. You’ll need a mason jar (or a similarly sized and styled jar) and some cotton pads. You’ll need water, a cleanser like Castile soap or baby soap. You’ll need some oil for moisture. Feel free to experiment with measurements. From there you can use a few optional drops of essential oil for scent and added skin benefits, plus a toner like witch hazel. If you’re really in a pinch, you could mix one usage and dip a tissue or cotton ball into the mixture.