7 Natural Oils For Make Up Removal

July 24, 2015 Face Skincare
7 natural oils to use as makeup removers

Make up wipes and make up removers are convenient, yes, but they may leave traces of cleansing chemicals that irritate your eyes and even damage your skin over time.

I know that we get caught up with the latest and greatest products on the market that we overlook the natural alternatives that perform just as great if not better.

The following are 7 natural oils that you could possibly replace your chemical-laden make up remover with.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil contains proteins and unsaturated fats like omega-3 fatty acids that give your skin moisture while antioxidants like vitamin A and E make your skin feel more supple.  On top of that, avocado oil also contains a ‘plant fat’ called sterolin which softens skin and reduces the appearance of age spots.

Besides its benefits as a skincare product, avocado oil can also be used to treat dandruff, facilitate the healing of burns and wounds or even for cooking.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is extracted by cold pressing dried almonds. It contains vitamins A, D and E which help with reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It can also be used to treat skin allergies and inflammation, making it a great after-sun treatment.

It also has lightening properties, so if you’ve got really bad dark circles under your eyes like me then you could mix some honey with almond oil and apply it as an eye mask.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is known for its benefits for a treating a host of skin ailments, from warts to burns to acne. Its high concentration of fatty acids penetrate the skin to alleviate dryness and helps it retain moisture.

Many have touted castor oil as the perfect home remedy for fuller brows and lashes too!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is considered to be a ‘dry oil’ which means it is absorbed by your skin quickly, giving it some light hydration. However, it is also comedogenic meaning that it can clog your pores, increasing the risk of breaking out your skin.

You can also use coconut oil as a hair mask or as a cooking oil.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help fight acne and works just as great as a moisturiser. It also helps tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of pores.

It’s also a great anti-aging skin oil as it improves the elasticity of your skin.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil contains loads of fatty acids and antioxidants as well as other components which calm inflamed skin. If you suffer from dry, flaky skin, you could include jojoba oil in your skincare routine to aid your skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.

Olive Oil

If you’re going to go with olive oil, make sure you grab the extra virgin bottle. It contains an array of fatty acids that are perfect for skin hydration especially in the cold winter months.


I’ve temporarily replaced my WotNot make up wipes with coconut oil, but I have a feeling that my skin is having problems metabolising it. I might go for olive oil next, but I’ll definitely have to research into it further.

When you’re buying these natural oils for the sake of make up removal, make sure you grab the cold-pressed, organic ones for the best results!

Much love,

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2 Comments

  • Reply Amy July 25, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Saying goodbye to make up wipes is definitely a good move. Do you find you break out at all with this? I use good cleansers with oil (like Emma Hardie’s Moringa amazing face balm, love that stuff) but think if I used pure oil my skin would break out like crazy!

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    • Reply Leann July 27, 2015 at 9:06 am

      I think I’m one of the “lucky” ones that don’t break out like crazy with facial oils because I’ve been using coconut oil to remove make up for a couple of months now and it’s been working for me besides the odd pimple every now and then. I’ve only just discovered balm cleansers so that’s probably my next port of call 😉 I’ll have to check the Emma Hardie one out!

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