Posted on: October 27, 2015 at 11:23 am
Last updated: September 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm

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It should come as no surprise to many of you that most makeup removers, in addition to nearly every other commercial beauty product out there, is filled with weird chemicals that are not helping your face.

Let’s take a look at just some of the few ingredients found in a popular, expensive, animal-tested cosmetic makeup remover:

Hydrogenated polyisobulene. I promise I spelled that right. This is a synthetic oil (synthetic is just a fancy word for FAKE).

Ammonium acryloyldimethyl. A synthetic acid.


Sucrose. Did anyone ever tell you sugar was good for your face? No? Good. Because nobody told me either. Which leads me to feel like sucrose isn’t helping your pimples out.

Disodium EDTA. This scary stuff is in processed food too—it’s a preservative that can hinder your vitamin C absorption. Your face could do with some vitamin C!

Parabens. The particular product I looked at had five different types of parabens in it. This preservative mimics estrogen and has been extremely controversial in its usage due to studies where they’ve been found in breast cancer cells. Weird?

This particular product was even marketed to be “natural” and “gentle”. I’m sure the animals they tested this on didn’t really feel that way. Synthetic acids, oils, sugar, preservatives, and parabens? You guys do know this stuff is getting absorbed into your bloodstream and getting filtered through your liver, right?

Toxic makeup remover is even worse for you if you have sensitive skin or struggle with acne, eczema, dermatitis, or other problems. So let’s stop using toxic makeup remover and say hello to oils!

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Amazing Oils for Makeup Removal

When you use toxic makeup remover, you’re stripping your skin of its natural oils. This is something you might feel like you need to do if you’ve got acne, but trust me when I tell you that it’s not helping. Your skin needs to be properly moisturized in order to do it’s thing, which is to make you look gorgeous, of course!

Instead of doing away with our natural oils and replacing them with weird synthetic chemicals when removing our makeup, let’s replace some of that moisture and calm our skin. Enter oils.


The following four oils can be excellent for your skin; preference is really about what you love and what you feel works best. The best part about these oils may be that you can remove everything in one step—no more buying “eye makeup remover” or anything like petroleum jelly (ew?). Check out these oils to repair your face from toxic makeup remover abuse!

Coconut Oil

Ah, the magic that is coconut oil! Full of omega-3 fatty acids, smelling like your best vacation ever, and available at nearly any store you go to, you can’t go wrong with coconut oil.

Simply rub some on your fingers (coconut oil is solid in cooler temps and liquid in warm temps, so you may or may not need to melt it between your hands before usage) and gently rub on your face. You don’t even have to focus on the makeup—use it over your entire face. Then take a cotton ball or a cloth and gently wipe your makeup off. After the makeup is gone, you can rinse your face, but don’t scrub the oil off with soap. Your face will feel soft and fresh after the makeup is gone and it’ll smell fantastic! Buy unrefined organic coconut oil for maximum benefits.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Full of antioxidants and vitamins, extra virgin olive oil will not only effectively cleanse your face of your makeup, but will replace that vitamin C and E you were losing when you were using toxic makeup remover. While this option doesn’t smell as great as coconut oil, it’s easy to find in your kitchen and super economical! Again, try to find organic, otherwise your skin will be absorbing synthetic pesticides (and I thought we’d done away with the synthetics?)

Sesame Oil

Unrefined organic sesame oil can be used the same way as the other oils—simply massage into your face to let it break up your makeup (that didn’t rhyme, right?) and then remove with a cloth or cotton ball.

Rosehip Seed Oil

Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, rosehip seed oil comes from wild rose bushes, and is noted to be a dry oil—meaning it absorbs easily into your skin and doesn’t appear greasy or smell weird. The scent is amazing and the oil itself is gentle on skin. While hydrating your skin, it can also soothe irritated skin or sensitive skin and improve skin tone. You can apply with a cotton ball or your fingers, smooth over face, then rinse!

Why would you ever use expensive toxic makeup remover when you could use natural oils? They’re economical (a little goes a long way), replace your makeup remover and moisturizer (and your body lotion, sunblock, and hair products if you’re like some of us!), and smell fantastic. They’re completely natural, not tested on animals, and can make your beauty routine a snap. Check them out!

Jenn Ryan
Health Expert
Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who's passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.

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