The eye area is the most delicate part of the face and is especially prone to dry skin and wrinkles, a condition exacerbated by the harsh chemicals in some store-bought eye makeup removers. Organic products made with natural ingredients that moisturize and nourish the sensitive skin around your eyes are a safe alternative. Homemade recipes not only decrease plastic waste in landfills, but also may save you hundreds of dollars annually when used in place of costly commercial brands.
Items you will need:
- Small bowl
- Measuring spoons
- 1 tbsp. organic canola oil
- 1 tbsp. organic olive oil, extra virgin
- Cotton pads or balls
- 2 tbsp. organic coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. organic sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. organic jojoba oil
- 2 tbsp. organic or cold-pressed meadowfoam oil
- 1/2 tsp. borax
- 2 tbsp. distilled water
- 1 oz. beeswax
- 1/3 cup organic almond oil
- Hand blender or wire whisk
- Glass container with lid
Oil-Based Eye Makeup Removers
Pour 1 tbsp. each canola and olive oil into a small bowl. Mix the oils with your measuring spoon. Dab a cotton pad into the bowl and wipe it around your eyes to remove makeup. (See References 3, page 202.)
Create an alternate eye makeup remover by spooning 2 tbsp. of liquid coconut oil into a small bowl (see References 2, page 140). If your coconut oil is in solid form, run the jar under hot water first or place the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds. Add 2 tbsp. of sesame oil and mix until blended. Dip your finger in the bowl and apply to your eyelids and eyelashes. Carefully wipe away with a clean, slightly damp cotton pad.
Pour 2 tbsp. each jojoba oil and meadowfoam oil into a small container and mix well. Dip a cotton ball or pad into the mixture and carefully apply to your eye area, wiping gently.
Cream Eye Makeup Remover
Place 1/2 tsp. borax in a small bowl. Add 2 tbsp. distilled water. Stir to make sure the borax dissolves.
Heat 1 oz. beeswax and 1/3 cup organic almond oil in a double boiler, stirring until the beeswax melts completely. Slowly add the borax solution to the beeswax mixture a bit at a time, beating well with a wire whisk or hand blender. (See References 4, page 109.)
Remove the mixture from the heat and continue beating until the mixture reaches a thick, creamy consistency. Store the makeup remover inside the refrigerator in a glass jar with a lid.
Take your cold cream out at night before washing your face. Gently apply it to your entire eye area with your fingertips. Wipe it away with a cotton ball. Rinse thoroughly.
Sarena Fuller has been writing professionally since 2003. She has written for e-commerce sites, architectural firms, doctors and fashion companies. Her writing experience varies from technical writing to hair and beauty, alternative medicine and eco-friendly living. Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arizona.
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