Homemade Face Cleaning/Makeup Remover Wipes

I HATE washing my face at night. I absolutely loathe it. Wiping off stubborn mascara is not my idea of a relaxing preparation for bed.

I have found make up removing/cleansing face wipes to help the process a lot, but they always leave my face super dry and cause me to break out. I always have to moisturize afterward and even then my skin doesn’t feel right.

Sooo… naturally (literally… naturally… get it? ha.. nevermind) I decided to try making my own! I looked online to get an idea for a recipe, and then tweaked it to my own liking from there. Here’s what I ended up with….


4oz mason jar (Walmart carries these)

15-20 cotton rounds

1/4 tsp castile soap

1/4 tsp organic virgin coconut oil

10 drops of a Young Living essential oil of your choice (recommendations below)

1/3 c. hot water


Place cotton rounds in your mason jar. In a glass measuring cup, add your coconut oil, castile soap, and essential oil. Prepare some hot water (I just turn on the faucet to let the tap water heat up while I measure the other ingredients), and use it to fill the measuring cup to the 1/3 mark. Swish this around to dissolve the coconut oil and mix thoroughly, then pour over the cotton rounds. Make sure they all are thoroughly saturated, you can add more hot water if need be. Once they are all covered, close the lid tightly.



That’s it.

Go wash your face.

Recommended oils….

Tea Tree Oil is great for those prone to oily skin and suffering from acne. It knocks out acne and cuts oil without over drying and damaging skin like commercial cleansers.

Lavender Oil is my FAVORITE oil. Adding it to your face wipes will make them great for dry skin and so soothing. Especially great if you plan on using these before you go to bed, the aroma will have you nice and relaxed and ready to sleep! Lavender will also help with healing acne and acne scars.

Lemon Oil will brighten your face and even your skin tone.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started, but explore and see what oils work for you and your skin! Have fun!


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11 responses to “Homemade Face Cleaning/Makeup Remover Wipes

  1. Tonya

    I know you’re on a bit of a hiatus, but I came across this recipe recently, as I’m only recently discovering essential oils. I tried this, and was amazed at how well it worked on stubborn mascara. However, the blend did end up irritating my eyes. Do you know what I could alter to make it non-irritating? I did use the gentle version of the soap, but… Thanks!

    • Hey Tonya! I would omit the soap, up the coconut oil, and only use 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil, leaving out the tea tree and lemon. Since writing this post I have begun diluting my essential oils much more and I would not recommend any more than 5 drops for this entire recipe. I will be editing the post soon.

  2. Carrie Parker

    How many drops of each EO?

    • In the original recipe I had said 10 drops total and you can comprise that of whatever oils you choose, but I since have begun diluting my oils much more and I would not recommend more than 5 drops total. So maybe 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of tea tree, and 1 drop of lemon?

  3. You should only use distilled water.

    • Fran

      Yes, thanks for saying this. NEVER, NEVER use tap water. I found out purified water is best for making skincare products.

  4. Rachel

    Thank you for having a recipe for a small batch in a small container. Great idea to use a mason jar and cotton rounds. I have all of this at home now. Time to go try this!

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  6. Colddesertrat

    Only use lemon oil at night or if you will be out of the sun as it is photosensitive.

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