Olive Oil as Eye-Makeup Remover

Waterproof mascara is similar to oil-based paint. It can be “thinned” using chemical-heavy storebought makeup removers, which smell funny and sting my sensitive skin. I learned (from some Ayurvedic health book that I wish I could credit) that because mascara is oil solvent, olive oil, or any oil, works just as well to remove it.

Olive oil is delightfully nontoxic and antioxidant-rich. It moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes and conditions the lashes. I find it to be a good substitute for eye cream, as well. Use your fingertips or a cotton ball to rub a few drops into the eyelashes then wash with mild soap and water.

*Some high quality olive oils have spicy or peppery flavors. Don’t use these near the eyes, they will sting.

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10 Comments on “Olive Oil as Eye-Makeup Remover

    • That’s a great link, thank you! I will try it. I use sunflower oil as a moisturizer, but did not know to use it as a cleanser too. I must read up on the benefits of castor oil.

    • I know you are just being a smartass, but I will answer. You can use whatever you have on hand. That said, it would be ideal to have on hand some organic e.v.o.o.

  1. This has been my favorite read of the week. Who knew? I’ve found that any of the all-natural, super-good-for-you cleansers I’ve purchased can’t remove my all-natural, super-good-for-you mascara. Up next: Olive oil!

  2. Your blog is fantastic! I clicked on the link through my cousin’s Facebook page, and got here… This is a wonderful tip! I hate store-bought eye makeup remover, but won’t wear anything but waterproof mascara… (Too many times of wearing regular mascara and ending up looking like a raccoon at something important LOL)… Thank you so much!
    Kim

  3. I should have mentioned that higher quality e.v.o.o. is not a good oil to remove makeup. Oils with peppery flavor might sting. I keep a bottle of cheaper olive oil for cooking, and this is my preferred make-up remover.

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