9 Best Natural Makeup Removers You Can Find in Your Kitchen!

Makeup does not define your beauty; it compliments it. A touch of makeup can take you from a shy babe to a glam goddess. While creating different looks can be fun, how many of us remember to remove makeup?

First, let’s start off with why you should invest time in makeup removal.

Why Should You Remove Makeup?

Most makeup is made up of oily material, which clogs your pores. It attracts dirt and creates a breeding ground for bacteria. If you don’t clean your face and get rid of the makeup before going to bed, these bacteria can infect your skin and cause a lot of skin problems.

Also, its plain unhygienic- residual makeup gets everywhere! If you aren’t in the maood to wash your pillow covers every day, you should remove your makeup

Now, most of us use makeup removers and makeup wipes to get rid of the face paint, but if you are a fan of the organic life; there are ways in which you can remove your makeup naturally. These also come in handy when you run out of makeup removal products. Here are some of the best ways to remove makeup naturally.

How to Remove Makeup Naturally

The Top 9 Makeup Removers Available in Your Pantry

1. Milk

You might know that milk is a fantastic cleanser. If you have a speck of stubborn makeup that is difficult to remove, use a bit of milk on the area, and then wipe it off with a cotton ball. Not only does milk purify your skin, but the fat solids it has got can also help your skin retain moisture.

2. Olive oil

You never thought you could use olive oil to remove makeup, did you? Well, olive oil acts as a fantastic makeup remover as well. This is also one of the best ways to remove eye makeup.

Take a bit of olive oil on a cotton ball, and apply it on the makeup. Hold it in place for a while to allow the makeup to dissolve. Gently swipe the makeup clean and voila! You have clean, nourished skin.

3. Baking soda and honey

Not just cleansing, you need to scrub your skin to exfoliate it after a long day of wearing makeup. Baking soda and honey serve this purpose perfectly. The tiny granules of baking soda help scrub your skin without breaking it, while honey nourishes your skin and makes it supple.

Apply a little bit of the mixture to your skin and massage gently for about 2-3 minutes. Once you are done, rinse your face and pat dry with a clean towel.

4. Coconut oil

Your mom must’ve advised you to use coconut oil to remove makeup, and it is with good reason. Coconut oil can be used for practically anything- and it works wonders for the skin and hair.

The essential fatty acids and low molecular weight of coconut oil allow it to absorb into your skin. It also has antibacterial properties which prevent the growth of bacteria.

All you have to do is take a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil on your palms and gently massage your face to dissolve the makeup. You can remove it with a cotton ball, or wash it off with your favorite face wash. Alternatively, you can also use cotton pads soaked in coconut oil.

5. Almond oil

You can also use almond oil to remove makeup. Almond oil is packed with nutrients that can revitalize your skin and strengthen your hair- making it an essential addition to your skincare routine. Like the coconut oil, you can massage the almond oil directly into your skin, or use cotton pads soaked in almond oil.

6. Cucumber juice

Cucumber juice is a natural toner and astringent, which means it cleans and tightens your pores while cooling your skin. If you suffer from acne because of oily skin, cucumber juice should be our holy grain. It removes both makeup and oil secretions and leaves you looking and feeling fresh.

7. Yogurt

We bet you did not see this one coming! Yes, yogurt is great for removing makeup as well- though it takes a little time. Also, it can help you soothe sunburns on your skin, or get rid of that pesky tan.

Just take a bit of plain yogurt on your fingertips and rub it in a circular motion all around your face. Wash it off with cool water to get a clean, hydrated look

8. Steam

Here’s a little fashion secret: most beauty gurus and models use steam to get rid of the impurities in their pores. All you need to do is fill your sink with steaming hot water, pull a towel over your head and let your skin soak in the steam. It will get rid of any trace of makeup that may have stayed on your skin.

9. Witch hazel

You might not have this product at home right now, but after learning about its benefits, you’ll be running to order some for yourself.

Witch hazel is the OG of makeup removers- it has been around for centuries. Not only does it remove makeup perfectly, but it also helps with a number of skin conditions, like acne and flakiness.

Witch hazel purifies and nourishes your skin, helping it retain moisture. It can up your skincare game miraculously.

Why Should I Use Natural Removers?

Good question. With the market overflowing with a host o chemical makeup removers, why not just invest in one?

Well, the truth is, although these makeup removers work well if you are someone who wears and removes makeup daily, the chemicals used in these synthetic removers can toxify your skin.

That is why more and more women are thinking about how they can remove makeup without makeup wipes. The ingredients mentioned above are common and easily available- there is no way you don’t have at least a few of them at home right now.  Thus, it also saves you from spending a pile on synthetic makeup removers.

But if you swear by makeup removers and always feel more comfortable with one at hand, and if you’ve run out of the most important organic makeup removing product-coconut oil, we have some recipes for DIY makeup removers without coconut oil that take just a few minutes to make and last for a long time. The best part? All of these ingredients are completely natural and help to heal your skin while cleaning it.

DIY Makeup Remover Ideas

1. DIY Makeup Remover Wipes

To make these, simply fill a tight-lid jar with:

  • 1 TBSP pure aloe vera gel
  • 3tsp witch hazel
  • 1tsp of your favorite cleansing oil
  • One tsp castile soap
  • 8-190 drops of essential oil

Shake the jar well to mix all the ingredients, and then stack a bunch of cotton pads in the jar. Use the pads as per your convenience to get clean, beautiful and moisturized skin.

2. DIY Makeup Remover With Rose Water

Rose water is a great toner and rehydrating agent, which is why it is perfect for makeup removal. To make this makeup remover, you will need,

  • 1 cup rose water
  • 1/4th cup aloe vera gel
  • Two tsp glycerine
  • Eight drops of rose absolute

This remover has a gel-like consistency, so you can store it in a pump bottle, squirt some out, and massage your face in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.

3. DIY Makeup Remover With Aloe Vera And Honey

Both aloe vera and honey have multiple skin benefit. For this makeup remover, you will need:

  • Aloe vera and honey in a 1:1 ratio
  • 2 Tbsp of any cleansing oil for every one cup of aloe-honey mixture

Mix the ingredients with a blender till it forms a smooth paste. Store it in the refrigerator to keep it cool and fresh. Scoop a little cleanser onto your palm and massage it into your skin for makeup removal. Rinse it off with cold water.


These are some of the natural ways in which you can remove makeup without using artificial cleansers. These products are a 100% safe to use, no matter what skin type you are.

About the author

Tracy Silberman

Tracy Silberman specializes in women’s health and infertility issues. She edits AskMyHealth’s pregnancy and parenting articles. She’s dedicated to helping patients understand how to better manage their disease states not only with medication but also by incorporating better nutrition into their lifestyle. She has presented at local, national, and international healthcare conferences. she joined AskMyHealth in 2016 and previously worked in editorial for the women’s health app. In her free time, She enjoys time in Napa Valley with her family.

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