homemade-makeup-remover-en1Make your own oil-free eye makeup remover? I never really thought about it until I went into my ‘what can I make homemade’ kick. This is one of my all-time favorite homemade recipes to share. It’s so incredibly cheap and easy to do, you’ll never buy expensive eye makeup remover again.

In the past, I have always bought Maybelline New York Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I always thought it was pretty cheap at around $4.00 for a 2.3 oz. bottle. But it can’t compare to my homemade version.

Recently I bought the smallest bottle of gentle, really cheap 3 oz. bottle of Johnson & Johnson No More Tears Baby Shampoo which I snagged for a mere 99¢….made safe for babies’ eyes. What if I could use this as an eye makeup remover, I wondered.

I took my empty 2.3 oz. Maybelline bottle added 1 part shampoo (around .75 oz.) and 3 parts previously boiled and cooled water (to sterilize it) and mixed it gently. It doesn’t have to be exact measurements. This proportion only used about 1/4 of my baby shampoo, so I have enough for 3 more bottles.  It works like a charm. That should last me about a year!

It easily takes off my makeup, even my mascara (I don’t wear waterproof; let me know how well it works on yours). It doesn’t sting my eyes (no tears!) and is gentle on my delicate, although not so young, eye area. And the cost can’t be beaten. For 99¢ for a 3 oz. bottle of baby shampoo, I’m able to fill the Maybelline bottle at least four times.

Here’s a cost breakdown.

  Carol’s Homemade Remover Maybelline Expert Eyes
Average cost/ 2.3 oz. bottle of makeup remover $ 0.25 $ 4.00
Cost for 4 bottles $ 1.00 $ 16.00