From a defrizz to smoothing haywire hair to moisturizing your body, coconut oil offers a multitude of beauty uses. However, did you know coconut oil is also a kick-ass cleanser?

Well, yes! Coconut oil makes an amazing makeup cleanser along with removing dirt and grime. The best part – no need to worry about moisturizing your skin later and you can hop straight into bed.


A rich source of lauric and linoleic acids, coconut oil, contains incredible antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it an ideal choice for a natural cleanser.

coconut oil to remove makeup

How does it work?

Coconut oil breaks up or solubilizes water-resistant substances in makeup products like eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, primer, and foundation, thus releasing them from your skin, eyelids, and lashes. What’s more, it will leave your skin looking younger, softer, more supple, and smooth.


As a natural cleanser, coconut oil offers the following benefits:

  • Dissolves stubborn makeup with ease
  • Cleans skin without stripping it of its natural oils
  • Helps prevent rashes or irritation
  • Nourishes and moisturizes your skin
  • 100% safe and harmless for delicate skin
  • Safe for your eye area and lashes
  • Free of harsh chemicals.

These benefits make coconut oil a perfect cleanser for removing your makeup. Here are two different ways you can use it.

Method 1: Use Coconut Oil Directly

Step 1. Soak a cotton ball or pad in coconut oil

dab a cotton pad with coconut oil to remove makeup

  • Grab a cotton ball or cotton pad and soak it in coconut oil.

Step 2. Wipe your face clean with the cotton pad

use coconut oil to remove make up

  • Gently wipe away your makeup by dabbing and rubbing the soaked cotton pad on your face.

Alternatively, you can pour a small amount of coconut oil into your palm and apply it all over your makeup.

Allow your makeup to dissolve into the oil for a minute, then wipe it off. Finish with rinsing your face with tepid water.


There will be some residual oil on your face, just massage it into your skin as a moisturizing treatment.

Method 2: Use DIY Makeup Remover Wipes

Makeup remover wipes are lifesavers! While many times you may forget or just get lazy about removing your makeup, grabbing a wipe even after you’ve gotten into bed is such a relief.

However, while wipes are easy to use, they run out quickly—and then there’s the cost. So instead, switch to making your own DIY makeup wipes that will save you money and time.

Cut regular paper towels in half and soak them in a solution that is part oil, part cleanser, some water and that’s it! The added advantage – you can infuse your favorite fragrance!


Things you’ll need:

diy makeup remover things need

  • Coconut oil (excellent moisturizer) – 2 tablespoons
  • Distilled water – 1 cup
  • Mild soap or baby wash (mild cleanser) – 4 or 5 drops
  • Essential oil (fights bacteria) – 4 or 5 drops
  • Paper towel roll

Step 1. Mix coconut oil, mild soap and essential oil

mix coconut oil, essential oil and mild soap to remove makeup

  • Pour 1 cup of distilled water into a jar.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into the water.
  • Add 4 or 5 squirts of mild soap to the solution.
  • Add 4 or 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. To prevent the wipes from molding and becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, it is best to add a few drops of tea tree oil to the solution.
  • Whisk the ingredients together. As you whisk, you’ll observe foam and froth, forming a sudsy solution.

Alternatively, you can use olive or castor oil instead of coconut oil.

Step 2. Cut a paper towel roll to fit in your jar

cut a paper towel roll to make makeup remover wipe

  • Cut a paper towel roll in half or to a size that will fit in your jar or any other container. A knife may work best for this purpose.
  • Place the cut roll into the jar.

Alternatively, you can use organic cotton pads in place of paper towels.


Step 3. Pour the solution over the paper towels

pour cleansing solution over the paper towels to remove makeup

  • Pour the sudsy cleanser over the paper towel roll in the jar.
  • Press down on the roll and place the lid on the jar.
  • Shake well so that the cleansing solution is evenly absorbed into each layer of the paper towels.

Step 4. Remove the cardboard cylinder

remove the cardboard cylinder and wipes to use it to remove makeup

  • Remove the cardboard cylinder from the paper towel roll.

Step 5. Use the wipes to remove your makeup

use the wipes to remove makeup

  • Use your moisture-laden homemade wipes to remove your makeup in an instant.

use it to remove maekup on your face

The wipes will keep for 20 to 30 days, depending on the climate and the container used for storage.

Additional Tips

  • When buying coconut oil, make sure you choose unrefined, extra-virgin coconut oil, since it is the least processed and closest to its natural state.
  • If you are allergic to coconut oil, you may use olive oil or castor oil instead.
  • Lavender and chamomile are soothing essential oils for normal skin. Whereas tea tree, lemon, basil, rosemary, and ylang-ylang are good choices for oily skin.
  • You can add Vitamin E for preserving your cleanser.

Summary of How to Use Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover

coconut oil to remove makeup

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