DIY Eye Make Up Remover

I have been looking for a natural, simple alternative to eye make up remover for a while and I’m so glad I have found this one! I gave it to my mum for a Mother’s Day gift too as it looks so pretty in it’s little bottle!

I use my DIY Makeup Remover every night to take my make up off, but found that when I wore a bit too much mascara (all the time) I ended up smearing it all over my face if I didn’t leave it till last to remove!

So, I wanted to try and use a separate eye makeup remover that was gentle on my eyes and removed my waterproof mascara and eyeliner.

This eye makeup remover only uses 2 natural ingredients – Jojoba Oil and Witch Hazel.

These ingredients are known to be very good for your skin, but I wanted to find out exactly why they are so good.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil despite its given name. It’s a wax-like liquid extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. 

A recent study found that Jojoba Oil helps the skin to absorb other substances more when used alongside them, which makes it beneficial to be used in moisturisers and cosmetics, including this one!
This research also suggests that jojoba is an anti-inflammatory, and that the waxy texture of jojoba “oil” can help to improve the symptoms of eczema, dermatitis and acne.

Jojoba Oil is also non-comedogenic, which means that it should not clog the pores – winner!

The oil itself will also help cut through the waterproof makeup and remove it without having to scrub around your eyes!

So, all of those things say to me, Jojoba oil is good to go in this remover!

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a winter flowering plant that has been used to treat skin conditions for centuries.

Like Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel is antimicrobial – and is regularly used to treat acne which is usually due to bacteria on the skin.

It contains Flavanoids, Tannins and antioxidants – all of which have anti-aging properties. There are more studies that support this here too (feeling very sciencey today!).

It also contains Pollyphenols Gallic Acid which stimulates collagen production AKA the stuff that fills up your cheeks and deteriorates as you get older.

That’s a lot of science behind this simple eye makeup remover! Here’s how you make it.

You’ll need

  • Small sealable jar
  • 2 TBSP Jojoba Oil
  • 2 TBSP Witch Hazel


  1. Measure out equal parts Jojoba Oil and Witch Hazel and combine in the jar.
  2. I added a few drops of lemon essential oil to make it smell fresh and help cut through the grease, but that’s completely optional. Putting essential oils directly on your skin can sometimes cause irritation, so always do a test patch before using it. I’ve never had a problem, but it’s recommended that people with sensitive skin should avoid putting circus essential oils directly on their skin.

How to use

Shake the jar to combine the two ingredients and put onto a reusable cotton pad / face cloth and gently rub over your eyes to remove eye makeup – that’s it!

Let me know how you get on!

Emilie x

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