Of Coconut Oil’s many bathroom uses, removing tough makeup came out of left field for me. It is safe and exceedingly effective, even against the most stubborn of all makeup: waterproof mascara. How did I not know this earlier?
Safe and effective are the key words here. While conventional makeup removers can remove makeup effectively, most totally flop when it comes to ingredient safety. The preservatives are often the trouble. One pricey remover contains two hormone disrupting paraben preservatives: propylparaben and butylparaben. These preservatives receive the very high hazard rating of “7” (worst is 10) from the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) Cosmetics Safety Database. Another remover towelette, on the opposite end of the price spectrum, contains the nasty preservative 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, which is rated a staggering “7-9” by EWG because it slowly releases the known carcinogen formaldehyde.
And this is for my eyes?!
Why not use soap?
Simply put, you can’t get soap in your eyes. Or you can, but you’ll wish you hadn’t. Chances are, if you’re removing waterproof mascara or a tightline eyeliner with soap, something is going to get in your eyes.
Why does oil work?
I’ve got a lovely Greek word for you here: lipophilic. LIP-o-FIL-ik. Literally it means “oil loving”. Oils are lipophilic, which means that they like each other. A lot. They have no problems intermingling, rubbing shoulders, getting up close and personal. Chemically speaking, the idea here is “like dissolves like.” Water dissolves water-based substances. Oil dissolves the oil-based.
A lot of makeup, especially the colored stuff, is oil or wax based. While water rolls right off, coconut oil gets deep in there and loosens it, lifting it from our skin.
Only Coconut Oil?
Any oil will do this, although I very much encourage sticking with plant based oils, and steering clear of mineral oil in particular, which derives from petroleum. Olive, hemp seed, and jojoba are all excellent oils that will work here. I happen to love the smell of coconut oil. And I know this brand that produces an excellent organic, Fair Trade, coconut oil… (Psssst! It’s Dr. Bronner’s)
- Take a small amount of coconut oil on your finger. A half pea-sized amount of solid oil or a fingertip coating of liquid.
- Gently but thoroughly massage this into your make-up.
- Work it into your eyelashes and along your liner line.
- Use cotton swabs or soft tissues to wipe this off.
- Wash your face. The Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap works great for this.
Two of our lovely Dr. Bronner’s staff agreed to remove their makeup for me using coconut oil alone. Here is Myrna Olea, our Customer Service Rep.
I don’t even begin to know how to apply makeup like this.
This result is from coconut oil alone. It truly is a miracle worker in removing all makeup.
Here’s a testimonial from Jessica Winer, our Marketing Project Manager.
If only we could get her to loosen up!
“What I like best about using coconut oil to take my makeup off is that it’s so gentle on the eyes. After I got most of the makeup off I started using my fingers instead of the cotton pads to rub the excess off. It felt like a facial.
“Coconut oil was a life saver in terms of skin care for me. I had pretty bad acne when I was in high school. I even tried Accutane but didn’t like it so I gave up. I tried every acne face wash on the market. Neutrogena, Proactiv… That was before I realized what kind of chemicals and ingredients were in that junk. I saw a dermatologist who showed me how my makeup was still left in my pores even after washing because of the type of makeup I used. That led me down a path of choosing better products. Finally I read an article about using coconut oil and jojoba oil to cleanse and moisturize. I figured what the hell, it wouldn’t cost much. Couldn’t hurt to try.
“It changed everything. I rarely break out now. My skin is SO much healthier. I even felt confident enough to wear less makeup which helped even more. It sounds cliché but coconut oil changed my life. You can’t put a price on confidence.”