Quite awhile ago I wrote about making your own make up remover wipes. It was killing me to pay the high price of the ones sold in the stores. Lately, however, a couple of other things have been bothering me about the whole taking off makeup thing!
First, I’m always looking for ways to replace disposable items with reusable ones in my home. And second, I feel like my skin needs something richer, with more emollients, for taking off my makeup. So I spent quite a bit of time searching for and developing a slightly different makeup removal system, that I think I am going to like A LOT!
First I made some REUSABLE make up remover pads. They’re simple to make (minimal sewing required,) and make perfect sense as a replacement for disposable wipes.
I thought a nice, soft flannel would be the best fabric to make them out of. A spare flannel shirt or pillowcase works perfectly!
I figured a dozen pads should be enough, so I cut out 36 squares of the same size. Then I assembled little flannel “sandwiches,” with three layers each. (The middle layer is just for added softness and absorbency.)
Sew three of the sides together, then trim the corners.
Then flip it inside out so the seams are on the inside.
Now fold the 4th side edges under and top stitch closed.
Finished product! Less than perfectly shaped, but just fine with me!
Now I needed something to use ON the reusable pads. I searched and searched and searched for a homemade eye make up remover with the right ingredients for me. I finally decided on the following “recipe.”
Homemade Makeup Remover
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baby shampoo (no tears)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional.) I used Lavender.
I melted the coconut oil in the microwave just until it liquified, then put all the ingredients into a mason jar and shook to incorporate everything together.
Not only did this makeup remover work quickly and easily in taking off even my eye makeup, it left my skin feeling super soft and moisturized! The recipe uses quite a bit of coconut oil, but you could easily adjust the amount of coconut oil to suit your own skin.
I have a small mesh washing bag with a zipper that I bought awhile back to put “delicates” in for washing. I just put the used pads in there and keep the bag in a drawer until I’m at the end of my “stash.” I then throw the whole thing in the washing machine and start all over again!
There it is….my new “make up removal system”. Wish I’d figured it out a long time ago! Now I think it needs a name…and maybe it’s own infomercial! ;-)