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DIY Eye Makeup Remover

I’m especially wary of eye makeup remover with mineral oil or other petroleum by-products. Thankfully, this simple DIY recipe will dissolve even the most stubborn makeup with just three plant-based ingredients.

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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