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DIY Eye Makeup Remover

Here’s the thing about eye makeup remover: you use it near your EYES!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not keen on using a bunch of ingredients I can’t pronounce near my precious peepers. I’m especially wary of products with mineral oil or other petroleum by-products.

Whole Foods Market asked green beauty expert Kristen Arnett to devise an effective makeup remover made with familiar ingredients you can find on our shelves. Kristen’s easy DIY recipe will dissolve even the most stubborn makeup with three simple plant-based ingredients.

DIY Makeup Remover


1 small glass jar with a lid

3 tablespoons aloe vera gel

1 tablespoon jojoba oil

1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil


Warm a clean saucepan on very low heat for 60 seconds, then remove from heat and add the coconut oil. Stir until the oil is liquefied. Next, add all ingredients to a clean jar and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate to preserve freshness.

To use, scoop out a bit, rub between your hands to liquefy and gently massage into the skin. Wipe away makeup and follow with your regular cleanser.

For tips on natural-look makeup, visit our beauty pages or ask one of our expert Whole Body team members for help the next time you visit your local Whole Foods Market.

Do you have a favorite DIY beauty tip? I’d love to hear it.

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Charita Nunery says …

I really like Earth Science eye makeup remover that whole foods carries, chamiole & aloe . Works great and reasonable price. I would try this if I ran out.

Stella Durango says …

Every night I simply use almond oil ... massage it into my face and towel it off with a damp, warm washcloth. No prep necessary, no additional "cleanser" necessary. They say Jackie Onassis did this and if it's good enough for her it's good enough for me!

Julie York says …

I've been searching for a way to remove waterproof mascara without all the chemicals, and found other great recipes like this. I also tried coconut oil all by itself, and it worked great!

Debbie says …

I would like to tweet & Pin these articles. Will you put the Twitter & Pintrest icon links on every one of your web pages so I can share your valuable info? The current icons at the bottom of the page are just for following Whole Foods not sharing info. Thanks.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEBBIE - Thanks for the suggestion! We feature the Twitter and Facebook buttons at the top of our blog posts under the title and the Pin It button on our recipe pages. There is an option to download a pin it button for your browser so you can pin items from any website/page! I will pass along your suggestions to our web team!

della says …

make up remover

ankita says …

I tried making it with olive oil,almond oil ,coconut oil ,jojoba oil and little vitamin E.It works great..

linda says …

Wow. Thank you for the best ideas kudos always better making ownj

terri fields says …

I have been using a good quality organic almond oil for removing my eye make-up for a couple of years now. Not only does it do a great job, it lubricates my dry eyes. I don't have to use those eye refreshing drops anymore.

Kristen Barnes says …

I use vitamin e oil & it works great!

Colleen says …

I just started using straight coconut oil... Works wonders! I think I removed 20 years of eyeliner with one swipe.

Adriene says …

Hi! Can you tell me how long I can keep this makeup remover? Is it suppose to be kept in the fridge?