That little pack of drugstore makeup wipes may be cute and convenient, but over time, the cost can quickly add up — especially when you keep losing them in the bottom of your purse. Save yourself five bucks each month by mixing up your own natural eye makeup remover at home with common ingredients you probably already have lying around the house.

Here are two quick-and-easy recipes to get you started:

1. DIY makeup remover wipes

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The convenience of makeup remover wipes cannot be disputed. Especially for those times when you’re just too tired to wash your face before hitting the sack (you really should wash your face before bed every night, but let’s face it. Sometimes we’re just too pooped). These handy wipes will help keep your face free and clear of old makeup that could wreak havoc on your skin overnight.

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Coconut oil is great to cook and bake with, but it’s good for your skin, too. It’s a great, gentle moisturizer, and is said to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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These wipes are simple to make! I added some decorative tape to the top of my container, just for fun. To make your own, you’ll need the following.


  • 1/2 roll select-a-size paper towels
  • Scissors
  • 1 clean plastic, sealable container, about the same size as half of 1 of the select-a-size sheets (I recycled a baby wipe container)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 squirts mild liquid face soap or baby shampoo
  • Decorative tape (optional)


Use heavy scissors to cut your half roll of paper towels in half, right down the middle. If you prefer, rip off each towel, then cut them in half, a few at a time. This will take a bit more time.

  1. Add the water, coconut oil and face soap to a bowl. Microwave for about 20 seconds. Whisk together to combine.
  2. Fill the container with half the mixture. Set your pieces of cut paper towels into the container, and adjust them so there is at least 1 side that hangs over (on the inside) a bit.
  3. Close the container and turn it upside down so the liquid soaks into the paper towels.
  4. Pour more of the mixture into the container. You might not need all the remaining liquid so add a little at a time at this point.
  5. When you’re ready to use a wipe, simply open the container, pull out a sheet, gently massage over your face, then throw away.

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2. DIY makeup remover

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This two-ingredient DIY makeup remover wipes away the signs of the day (or night) very easily. With only two ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make and keep handy on your bathroom counter.

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Jojoba oil is actually a form of melted wax that’s produced from the seed of the desert jojoba shrub. The oil has a golden color and no fragrance, and has highly moisturizing properties, so it has double the benefits when used as a makeup remover. Jojoba oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and it won’t clog your pores. What could be better for your skin? It’s good for people with oily or dry skin, too, and won’t leave an oily mess behind on your face.

Vitamin E is found in many skin care products, mostly because of its moisturizing and antioxidant properties. You don’t need much vitamin E in this mix (since it is a fairly heavy oil), so the liquid from one capsule will do for this recipe.

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  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • Clean, dark glass container
  • Cotton balls


  1. Add the jojoba oil to the glass container. Break open the vitamin E capsule and release its liquid into the jojoba oil.
  2. With the lid secured on the bottle, shake to mix (do this before each use).
  3. Saturate a cotton ball or 2 (or cotton pad) with the oil mixture and gently wipe over your face and eyes to remove your makeup.
  4. Run a washcloth under warm water and wring it so the excess water is removed. Place over your face for a moment.
  5. Cleanse your face as you normally would.
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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 5/19/2016