Make? or Buy?

First up on the list is eye makeup remover.  When I originally was making a list of items I’ve chosen to buy, since making them wasn’t successful, eye makeup remover was on my “buy” list!  But good thing I am beyond behind when it comes to getting the ideas in my head onto the blog in a timely manner, I came up with a recipe that works.

Really works. 

Works better than the purchased stuff works. 

And I stand behind that promise!

Prior to this little recipe, I found that all of my homemade versions did one or a few of the following things:

  • Smeared my eye makeup everywhere — not really removing it, just moving it around a bit…into my pores a bit.  Yeah, not a fan.
  • Left my eyesight blurry for a bit.  Yeah, super weird, super bothersome, not for me.
  • Stung.  ouch. 

So really, I added eye makeup remover to my list as one to share how my success at my homemade recipes was not a success at all, and how now I fork over $3, $7, $10, or $18…or moreYikes. 

Now have I tried every eye makeup remover out there? No.  And while I’m a little curious about how some of them work, I’m not curious enough to spend more money trying them all because I cannot believe how well this homemade formula works.

eye makeup remover-5

Three ingredients are needed:

  1. water
  2. baby shampoo
  3. fractionated coconut oil*

*fractionated coconut oil stays a liquid at room temperature and colder


Fill up a small container (4oz size in the photo) with water.

Add one teaspoon fractionated coconut oil.

Add 1-3 drops of baby shampoo.

….that’s it.

The shampoo helps unify the oil and the water, but I always give it a little shake prior to use.  The thing that amazes me most about this remover is that it removes everything without making me look like I have two black eyes first.  It really removes even heavy eye make up without blurring your vision or smearing it everywhere.

I do have one caveat: I haven’t tried it with waterproof mascara!  I never wear waterproof mascara, but I will purposefully just to try this solution!  I will update when I do!

UPDATE: I put on waterproof mascara this morning just so I could test it.  As is, I had to work pretty hard to get the waterproof mascara off, but by up-ing the fractionated coconut oil from 2-5 teaspoons, it came off great! 


Price breakdown using items shown:

  • 4 oz of water: $0.01 (maybe less?)
  • 1-3 drops of baby shampoo: $0.01 (and I calculated this using the California Baby shampoo….so definitely not even a penny for cheaper shampoos)
  • 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil: $0.19 (calculated using this Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Grand total…. 4 oz for a whopping 21 cents.  Yup.  I’ll keep making and using this stuff!

I’d love to hear how you like it!  What products are on your make list?  your buy list?

Have a great weekend!  (psst! don’t forget about the Wrenn Jewelry giveaway!)



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