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DIY Makeup Remover | How to Make Homemade Coconut Oil Pads

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After trying countless soaps, face washes, and even just trying plain coconut oil, my skin was not happy. I wanted to find something that washed off my makeup without leaving an oily residue (or, worse, leaving makeup on my skin), but nothing, from expensive products to over-the-counter products worked on my sensitive/slightly oily skin.

After being diagnosed with rosacea, I finally gave up and decided to make my own face wash. Since using this, my skin has stayed pretty clear and I haven’t had any rosacea flare ups.

This recipe is also simple to make and I already had most of the products in my home.

With these ingredients, you can make DIY makeup remover pads and tailor it to your skin.


  • 3 cups filtered water (I just use the water out of my fridge)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons castile soap
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 6 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops lavender oil
  • 16 drops frankincense oil
  • cotton rounds (I prefer the Swisspers brand)

This ratio fills a quart sized mason jar. I usually make this much and then pour some into smaller containers to share with friends and relatives. It stores well in the mason jar, so I usually keep some on hand under my bathroom sink, too. 😉


Pour water in a microwaveable jar and add coconut oil. Microwave for two minutes. Stir until coconut oil is melted. Add castile soap and witch hazel. Add essential oils based on your skin type* and stir.

Homemade Makeup Remover Pads

At this point, you can either store it in the mason jar or fill smaller containers. I don’t usually fill the smaller containers until I’m ready to use them, though, because the cotton rounds sometimes start to disintegrate. Of all the cotton rounds that I’ve tried, Swisspers have held up the best (and they have a textured surface to gently exfoliate your face).

Add Swisspers to fill a small mason jar. Pour mixture over the Swisspers, and press down to help them absorb the mixture.

Homemade Makeup Remover

The essential oil combination above works well for my skin, which is sensitive/combination. I have occasional rosacea flare ups, but I also have oily skin.

If your skin is sensitive, add more lavender oil and use less tea tree oil. If your skin is oily, use more tea tree oil. Frankincense is good for all skin types, but it’s expensive, so I use it as sparingly as possible. 😉

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