The Best Gentle DIY Eye Make Up Remover

Woman's sparkling eyes with make-up


Gentle Eye Make Up Remover Recipe


This is a superb eco-friendly eye make-up remover that is easy for you to create at home.

It isn’t too oily, so it won’t blur your vision or sting your eyes during or after use like some other oil-heavy products, yet it does the job perfectly and gently. 

The cucumber oil is light and refreshing, the oat protein is anti-inflammatory and the Panthenol is hydrating - an ideal combination. 

How  to make it couldn’t be simpler; you’re basically heating the water and oil ingredients separately, then combining them and adding the cool down ingredients. Unless otherwise stated, you can find all these ingredients easily on EBay.

So why not treat your eyes and your pocket!

To make 100 grams of this light eye make-up remover you will need:



  • 2 x Pyrex jugs
  • 1 x Saucepan/pot large enough to fit jugs
  • 1 x Thermometer
  • 1 x 100ml Glass bottle
  • 1 x Funnel



For the Water and Humectant:

  • 75g Distilled water
  • 2g Glycerin 

For the Emulsifier and Oil:

  • 6g Polysorbate 80
  • 12g Cucumber carrier oil ( - or any light carrier oil, such as Sunflower, Grapeseed oil 

For the Cool Down Ingredients

  • 2g Oat protein
  • 2g Pro-Vitamin B5/D Panthenol (liquid or powder)
  • 1g Preservative 12 (



  1. Place your ‘water and humectant’ ingredients in a Pyrex jug and heat in a pot of boiling water until they reach 70C.
  2. In a separate Pyrex jug, heat your ‘emulsifier and oil’ ingredients until they reach 70C.
  3. Combine the two lots of ingredients and stir.
  4. When the temperature reaches 45C or lower, add the ‘cool down ingredients’.
  5. Leave to cool.
  6. Pour into bottle and use.

Please note that this recipe has a 12 month shelf-life and does not need to be kept refrigerated, just keep it in a cool dry place!

Best wishes, Rebecca

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