Bionic-onomics: Make your own makeup remover

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Feb.2009 · 19 comments

Looking to save some money? Create your own batch of eye makeup remover! It’s easy, healthy, cheap and works oh SO well.

I started doing this about 2 months ago, so I could test it fully before posting on Bionic Beauty. Take a small CLEAN squeeze bottle (or cleaned out shampoo sample bottle, etc)- fill it half full with mineral or spring water, and fill the other half with sunflower or safflower oil. I use organic oil to make sure it’s the most natural and pure available.

Shake well before using, squeeze some onto a cotton ball and swipe gently at your eye makeup.

You can experiment with the oils. I use sunflower or safflower since they are super light and relatively scent free. The oil also seems to help keep my lashes in condition- another bonus. And the price per ounce it a teensy fraction of what you’d pay for drugstore and luxury brand makeup removers.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 joycey couture February 17, 2009 at 11:22 am

I love this! What is the best way to clean out an old sample shampoo or lotion bottle? Thanks BB!!


2 The Cheap Chick February 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm

You are a thrifty GODDESS. I swear, sometimes I think we were twin separated at birth…


3 Heather February 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for the recipe – I’m definitely going to be trying this out. You can’t go wrong with saving some money.


4 holly February 19, 2009 at 4:45 am

I’m gonna try this with jojoba oil!


5 Bionic Beauty February 19, 2009 at 8:14 am

Joycey, I basically empty mine as much as possible, then rinse it thoroughly by hand. Then I throw mine in the silverware rack in my dishwasher. Ta da! Instant cleanliness!

Cheap Chick- No kidding, right?!? 😀

Heather, Let me know how it works for you. It’s gotten even my most stubborn makeup off! And in a pinch, I use a dab on a Q-tip to “erase” any eye makeup mistakes.

Holly, I thought of that too… but I just save my Jojoba for my face, body and hair. I couldn’t bear to mix it with water just to take off grimey makeup, LOL!


6 weight loss February 19, 2009 at 10:38 am

Interesting !
Thanks for sharing the informative article.
Keep up posting…… :)


7 Nina February 21, 2009 at 1:26 am

This is a great idea! Before I used to remove my makeup with baby oil, but I think this is a better option for the sensitive skin around our eyes.


8 Doreen January 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Thanks. I am making my own.


9 Brittney February 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

This is a great article, I would have never thought of making my own makeup removers.


10 Tashi March 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

Thanks for the “recipe”! While I have plenty of Almay store-bought eye makeup remover pads (my favorites) right now, I’ll give your tip a try. :-)


11 Tashi October 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Via another article’s link, here I am again. Looks like I completely forgot about this article, AND that I commented on it! :-) I still have not tried this idea. Ooops. Hopefully, though, I will soon. Thanks again, Jami!


12 keri November 6, 2010 at 3:56 am

im going to make my own makeup remover pads to save bucket loads of money.I can also use them on road trips or camping or were ever it is a convince to do so.I would like a makeup remover to clean my whole face not just to clean eyemakeup off my eyes though.


13 Bionic Beauty November 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Hi Keri, Welcome to the Bionic Beauty blog! I highly recommend mixing up your own makeup remover and using cotton pads (or whatever you choose) for application. The above mix works just wonderfully on eye makeup and face makeup as well. Oil is great for your skin and will help declog pores, moisturize and strengthen your skin!

I hope this helps and let us know how your experiment goes!
All my best,


14 Kim Smith September 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I’m so into make my own homemade beauty products! I am definitely going to try this make up remover.


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