Last Updated on June 6, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt
DIY Makeup Wipes are an easy way to save money on beauty and hygiene. Even better, when you make your face cleaning wipes yourself, you can avoid harmful ingredients.
My beauty routine was one of the first casualties after I became a mom. It’s incredible how long it can take to get a small child ready to leave the house, particularly since they are usually working against the goal the whole time.
My makeup routine had to be quick and easy. Eventually, I limited myself to eyeliner, mascara, and a little blush.
Using Baby Wipes as Face Wipes
Given my unwillingness to extend myself when it comes to putting ON makeup, it should come as no surprise that I was pretty lazy about taking it OFF. For years I’ve simply been using baby wipes to remove my makeup at night.
After all, I always had a large supply! And if they were safe enough to use on my baby’s delicate parts, they were probably safe for my face. This was the perfect solution for me and one I’ve used for years.
When it comes to inexpensive, easy makeup removers, you really can’t beat baby wipes. So, why make your own?
I still keep a pack of travel baby wipes in my makeup bag for when I travel. However, for everyday use I made the switch to DIY Makeup Wipes for these reasons:
- I got tired of smelling like a baby
- Baby wipes don’t always remove all of my waterproof mascara
- I wanted more moisturizing properties in my wipes
- I don’t have babies anymore and the hand sanitizing wipes we use are too harsh as face wipes
Of course, after years of using baby wipes as makeup removers, there was no way I was willing to shell out three to four times more for store-bought makeup wipes. That’s why I decided to make my own.
Supplies Needed for DIY Makeup Wipes
I consider myself a semi-crunchy mom. In other words, I’m not super organic, green, or non-GMO, but I do try to lean towards healthy, natural solutions when I can. Usually, this means when those options are almost as convenient as their less natural counterparts, like my DIY Activated Charcoal Soap.
This project is exactly the type of project I like to have them on hand for. For my DIY Makeup Wipes, I used:
- lavender essential oil
- orange essential oil
- clary sage essential oil
- juniper berry essential oil
If you don’t already have these essential oils, I recommend purchasing from Rocky Mountain Oils since there’s no membership fee or monthly minimums. Plus, they always offer free shipping in the United States and stand behind their products with an amazing 90-day no hassle money-back guarantee.
In addition to essential oils, you’ll need:
- raspberry seed oil
- baby soap or a mild castile soap
- witch hazel
- distilled water
- quilted cosmetic pads
- an airtight container
How to Make DIY Makeup Wipes
Once you have all the supplies listed above, making the wipes is easy. I’ll break it down to make each step as clear as possible though.
Step 1: Add distilled water to a small bowl.
Step 2: Add soap to the bowl.
Step 3: Add witch hazel.
Step 4: Add raspberry oil to bowl. Raspberry oil is known for its antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It also helps keep the skin moisturized and may help protect against ultraviolet damage.
Step 5: Add lavender essential oil. Lavender calms the skin, reduces skin irritations and can help with acne and eczema.
Step 6: Add orange essential oil. This oil has great anti-aging benefits as it helps the skin to absorb Vitamin C and increase collagen production. It is also known for helping diminish acne.
Step 7: Add clary sage essential oil. This oil has been known to reduce oil in the skin, work as an astringent, and can limit skin irritation and inflammation.
Step 8: Add juniper berry essential oil. This oil can act as a toner and can diminish blemishes and fight rashes. It is also known to work as an astringent.
Step 9: Whisk ingredients together.
Step 10: Add cosmetic pads to an airtight container.
Step 11: Pour mixture over pads. They will absorb the excess liquid.
That’s it! Your DIY Makeup Wipes are ready to use.
Keep pads stored in the container in between uses. To use, simply remove one moist, cotton pad from the container and gently wipe over your eyes and face to remove your makeup.
Not only will these DIY Makeup Wipes remove all of your makeup, they’ll cleanse and moisturize your skin at the same time! Plus, you’ll smell amazing.
DIY Makeup Wipes
- 3/4 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 1 tablespoon castile soap
- 1 tablespoon raspberry seed oil
- 2-3 drops each lavender, orange, clary sage, and juniper berry essential oil
- quilted cosmetic pads
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
- Add cosmetic pads to small container.
- Pour mixture over pads in container and secure lid.