Don’t you wish you could just wipe your makeup off with a magical sleeve like Mulan?
Think about how many makeup wipes do you throughout a week (That is assuming you wear makeup).
I counted mine: 6-7 a week. That’s only when I wear mascara and eyeliner. Imagine if I wear a “full face” of makeup, I’d probably use 2 just in one sitting.
The makeup industry is extremely wasteful in general and for someone who loves makeup, like me, it’s really hard to just quit using it. I love lipsticks and mascaras and eyeliners, but they are really so wasteful. They come in either a plastic wrapping or a box. The box can easily be recycled, but not the plastic. I’m still on the hunt for a really good waste-free makeup company, but this blog is about makeup wipes.
They’re so wasteful and you can’t reuse them. They come in a plastic bag, too. I try using mine until there isn’t any empty space on the wipe itself, but I still throw it out eventually. I easily found an alternative for them: cotton round pads that can be washed in the washer. You can easily DIY cotton rounds from old t-shirts or towels.
What about the actual makeup remover water? Those come in plastic bottles, right?
Finding the alternative to the actual makeup remover has been the most challenging thing for me, but the answer was right there, on my bathroom vanity….coconut oil!
According to two dermatologists, Anthony Youn and Carl Thornfeldt, they both agree that coconut oil is a good choice when choosing a makeup remover. They both agree that coconut oil is not only safe to use when cleansing your face, but it also offers other benefits to our skin. You have to keep in mind that coconut oil may not be compatible with all skin types and so testing it on a small patch of your skin. They suggest that you can easily use the coconut oil by rubbing it on your eyes gently, without using any cotton pads or anything, and then gently washing it.
There is a chance that coconut oil can clog pores, but this possibility can be removed by using organic and minimally processed oil. Cold-pressed doesn’t have toxins in the process that would impact the skin. Another great thing about coconut oil is that it can be bought in bulk and also in glass containers (that you can reuse later on or recycle).
You can generally find these glass jar coconut oils at places like Whole Foods, or your local grocery store, but you can also buy them on Amazon.
Sure, it’s a little bit messy and can have you looking like this:
But you would be reducing your waste drastically if makeup wipes are your preferred removal option. Try it out. Use the coconut oil for a week and test it out for yourself. If it doesn’t work on its own, you can always try this homemade makeup removal recipe:
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baby shampoo (no tears)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional).
There are also other oils you can use instead of coconut oil, such as castor oil, but coconut oil should be okay to use.
Until next time,