DIY Makeup Remover & Moisturizer

Reusable Organic Cotton Rounds by Baby Zing on Etsy

As an avid fan of heavy eyeliner and mascara, finding a makeup remover that gets the job done without damaging the sensitive skin around my eyes is key. I have used a variety of makeup removers: makeup removing pads, makeup removing washes, tissues, cotton balls, and cold cream. Pond’s cold cream was my favorite eye makeup remover for a long time. It was creamy, smooth, and moisturizing while it removed all of my eyeliner. But after truly analyzing the ingredients list on my store-bought cold cream I became a little concerned and began looking to alternatives.

I scoured the aisles of Whole Foods and Pharmaca looking for a “natural” remover that would work and contain safe ingredients. But each one I tried resulted in dried skin, burning, and tugging around my eyes (eek!). So I resolved to making my own cold cream sans harsh chemicals. It is pretty easy to do, and the ingredients are super affordable. I store my homemade cold cream in Humangear’s GoTubb, but you could also store it in a glass jar or an old container of moisturizer. Here is the recipe:


  • 1/4 tsp. borax
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 almond oil
  • 1/2 oz (by weight) of grated beeswax (or just a little over two tablespoons)


  1. In a (1-cup) glass measure cup, dissolve the borax in the water and set aside.
  2. Combine the oil and beeswax in a larger (2-cup) glass measuring cup.
  3. Heat the oil/beeswax mix in a microwave until the beeswax is melted and the mixture is clear. (Start with 30 seconds at a time).
  4. Heat the borax/water mix in a microwave for a minute – almost to boiling.
  5. Slowly pour the borax/water mixture into the oil/beeswax mixture, using a stick blender to mix as you pour. Now beat well with the stick blender until the mix is glossy white and thicken.
  6. Pour or scoop (with a silicone spatula) the (hot) cold cream into the reusable container of your choosing (it should have a tight lid).
  7. Let it cool to room temperature.

*Tips: I store my cold cream in two of the Humangear GoTubbs and leave one in the fridge and the other in the bathroom. This helps to keep the cold cream fresh!

You may be wondering whether borax (the emulsifier) in this recipe is safe (I know I did). The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that it has it’s dangers—especially if ingested. I came across another blogger that conducted months of research on borax and summarizes it quite nicely (read it here). The bottom line for me—it is safe to use in my cold cream, but I won’t be eating it! This cold cream is very moisturizing, affordable, and free of all those synthetic ingredients in store bought brands. I love using these reusable organic cotton rounds in tandem with this cold cream to keep my eyes looking young!

Do you make any of your own beauty products?

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2 thoughts on “DIY Makeup Remover & Moisturizer

  1. This looks great but I’ll need to find a borax substitute as it’s hard to find over here! Love the reusable pads I’ve just favourited her shop. Thanks 🙂 x

    • Glad you like! I’ve really enjoyed using the pads. I have had a hard time finding a recipe that offers a substitute for borax, so if you find one please share! You might also consider looking around online for it 🙂

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