Homemade Eye Makeup Remover and Cold Cream

Homemade Eye Makeup RemoverWhen you like to go a little more natural and avoid the chemicals in makeup remover, you can make your own homemade eye makeup remover yourself! It does take a little bit of practice to get it just perfect, but it is fun to make and you can avoid all that yucky stuff that is in commercial products. This recipe is just like what the pharmacist used to use to make in the early 1900s. Women would come in every month and have the pharmacist make up a batch of cold cream for them. Now you can make it just like the pharmacist did way back when. If you like to do things the old fashioned way, you might want to read up on the history of makeup. It is pretty fascinating.

Homemade Cold Cream Recipe

¾ cup of Soy Bean Oil
½ cup Coconut Oil
5 tablespoons of bee’s wax pellets

½ cup boiling water
1 teaspoon Borax powder

Equipment Needed

1 medium sized pot
Hand Blender

Assemble all of your ingredients and equipment.

Put the oils and bee’s wax into your pot and melt it. You could probably use a smaller pot to melt the oil and wax, but you will be doing the blending in this pot. It is better to go with a bigger pot to avoid the splash getting all over your kitchen.

When your oils are melted, put the water in a measuring cup and microwave it until it is boiling.

Put your hand blender into the wax and oil and plug it in. You want this ready to use immediately.

Mix the Borax powder with the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Turn on your stick blender that is in the pot and start to pour a very tiny stream of the Borax water in to the oils. You do not want to pour it in all at once. It needs to be a very small and continuous stream as you are blending. If you go too fast then the mixture will not thicken properly.

Continue to blend until it is smooth and it is thick.

Hints on Making Homemade Cold Cream Eye Makeup Remover

In case you do not know what Borax is, it is the laundry additive that brags about being the “20 mule team.”  You probably already have a box of it in your cupboard. Working with it in this way is tricky. It will only dissolve in very hot water. Once the water cools off it will turn into crystallized rock, which is what it is naturally. So, you need to dissolve it in boiling water and use it immediately, before it cools down. If you wait too long then you will have to throw that out and make more. And actually, it is very difficult to get it out of your cup if you let it cool off. So, it is best to make this homemade cold cream eye makeup remover when you can work uninterrupted.

Normally you would need to add an antimicrobial to a cream that you make at home. Anything that has water in it is going to need an antimicrobial added so that bacteria, mold and yeast do not grow in it. The wonderful thing about using Borax and bee’s wax is that it doesn’t need an antimicrobial. It works as an antimicrobial and it will keep bacteria, mold and yeast from growing in your cream. It even works better than the commercial antimicrobial additives. You will not need to refrigerate your cold cream. You can leave it out on the bathroom vanity if you want to keep it there.

A hand blender is that little blender you hardly ever use unless you want to make a milk shake in a tall glass. It is really an immersion blender, but for home use it is usually called a hand blender. People who make soap and lotions usually refer to it as a stick blender because it looks like a long stick.

Bee’s Wax vs Emulsifying Wax

Using Borax with bee’s wax to emulsify a cream is a very old fashioned way of doing things. These days you normally would use emulsifying wax to hold the water and oils together in a cream or lotion. Emulsifying wax is actually an alcohol, not a wax at all. But it looks like wax so it is called wax. It is in the form of little pellets, much like pelleted bee’s wax.

The downside to using the bee’s wax and Borax method of emulsifying cream is that it doesn’t hold together perfectly like emulsifying wax will. Alcohol is a far better for emulsifying than the Borax and bee’s wax combination. You will notice that your homemade cold cream will begin to weep liquid over time. When it does that just stir it up again and it’ll be fine.

Homemade Makeup Remover Recipe

A quick way to make an eye makeup remover is to mix 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil with 8 tablespoons of vegetable shortening. You can thin it out using a little grapeseed oil or other very greasy liquid oil. It takes your eye makeup off very nicely and you do not need to refrigerate it.

Rub a generous amount of this homemade eye makeup remover all over your eye lids and face and then tissue it off. Rinse a washcloth in very warm water and rub off what residue is left on your face. You do not need to use soap, if there is any left on your face then it’ll act as a moisturizer.

Liquid Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

If you like a liquid eye makeup remover, you can make this recipe.

2 Tablespoons of Vitamin E oil
2 Tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil
3 Tablespoons of Alcohol-free Witch Hazel
½ cup of water

Put all the ingredients together in a small bottle and shake. You will need to shake it before every use because it will not stay together. As you know, oil and water do not mix!  There is no antimicrobial in this mixture so you should make it up fresh every time you want to use it.

You can keep it in the refrigerator, but the oils in the mixture are going to solidify in the cold. This means you will have to warm it up before using it.

An Easier Variation

50% Olive Oil
50% Witch Hazel

Shake the bottle and dab it on your eye makeup. Rub it in and tissue off. This version does not contain water so you can leave it out on the counter or make it up as you need it.

Learning More about Makeup and Beauty

Applying and wearing makeup is really quite an art form. Women and men have been decorating themselves since time for people began. If you want to perfect the art of applying makeup or are thinking about becoming a professional makeup artist then you should take some classes. It is easy to learn with online classes because you can work on your studies when you have the time to do so. You don’t have to worry about dropping everything and driving somewhere to take a class. It is always there online waiting for you!

Homemade Coconut Eye Makeup Remover

The nice thing about coconut oil is that it is solid at normal room temperature. Its melting point is 76 degrees and your body is hotter than that, so when you put it on your skin it’ll turn to liquid oil. It is pretty cool stuff and a wonderful skincare oil.


½ cup of Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Warm up the coconut oil so it is very soft and easy to stir. You shouldn’t heat it up a whole lot because if it is too hot then it will kill the good benefits of the vitamin E and lavender oils. Stir in the vitamin E and lavender oils and stir until it is smooth. Spoon into small jars from the dollar store and store them in the refrigerator.

There isn’t any water in the recipe so it can be left out on the vanity without worry. However, you want to keep it as cool as possible to protect the Vitamin E and lavender essential oil from breaking down or evaporating. So put one little jar on your vanity and keep the others refrigerated.

Also, if you are dipping your hands into your cream then you are introducing bacteria to the pot every time you do this. After several uses you will have introduced a lot of bacteria into the jar. It is best to make several small pots and use them one at a time. This keeps you from smearing loads of old bacteria all over your face.

If you absolutely have to use one big jar then use a fresh Popsicle stick to scoop a portion of it into your hand. If it is summertime then this concoction will likely be liquid at room temperature. So in the summertime you can put it in a squirt bottle to keep from contaminating it with bacteria.

How to Put on Great Looking Makeup

To learn more about natural skincare and making your own homemade eye makeup remover and cold creams, take some online courses to study up and learn some new recipes. If you have a skin problem like acne, you might want to start making your own skincare products to reduce the amount of fragrances and chemicals you put on your skin.