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« on: April 11, 2010 02:52:46 PM »

Hi Craftsterers and Craftstererettes,
Does anyone have a recipe for a (hopefully non-eye-stinging) makeup remover they wouldn't mind sharing? Store-bought makeup remover is so expensive and soap takes forever, especially since I use a waterproof mascara, so I use dish detergent right now, which works slightly better. Detergent is also supposed to be bad for the environment; does anyone know if this is true or why?
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010 06:05:24 PM »

I'm sure there are going to be naysayers, but stuff about dish detergent being back for the environment is malarkey. Just sayin'. BUT it's probably not a great product to apply to your eye area.

But most commercial makeup removers you purchase are merely a combination of water and oil, most often mineral oil. My two favorite ways to take off waterproof mascara are a 2:1 ratio of water to jojoba oil, or mineral oil. Put them in a bottle of some type and shake thoroughly before applying to one of those cotton pad things.

Also, unscented babywipes are cheap and work great. True story. I keep telling DH that even once we potty-train DD, I'm still buyin' wipes for that purpose, lol. Grin
 
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010 06:14:58 PM »

Thanks! Homemade babywipes would probably work too, right? My mother always made them with water, baby shampoo and baby oil.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010 06:21:46 PM »

Yes indeed! My friend swears by using water, J&J's baby wash and mineral oil on her mascara. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010 09:20:30 AM »

I tried just baby oil (it smelled better than mineral oil) with water last night and it worked like a dream! Also, the skin around my eyes is really soft now. Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2010 10:23:48 AM »

Hey,

Just using straight oil (veggie oil, baby oil, whatever you've decided on) will work to remove eye makeup quite well. If you are going to mix it with water, though, you should either mix up just enough each time, or store it in the refrigerator. Oil mixed with water is a perfect home for bacteria, and you certainly don't want to get those in your eyes.

Whether or not detergent is bad for the environment really depends on what kind of detergent you have. Many/most detergents are derived from petroleum products and aren't biodegradeable. Many also include builders (substances added to increase cleansing power) which tend to be even worse for the environment than the detergents themselves. For example, phosphates are builders that cause algae blooms when released into the waterways. These were used so widely and caused so much of an ecological problem that the EPA banned their use in laundry detergent. Detergent in general is an industrially produced synthetic product, and most detergents contain additional synthetic products like builders, preservatives, colors, fragrances, antibiotics, and so forth that may be toxic to wildlife and may not be filtered out in waste-water treatment processes.

That said, there are also many companies today selling plant-based biodegradeable detergents with fewer additives and a far lesser environmental impact. Ecover, for example, or Seventh Generation.

Like most environmental issues, it's complicated and highly debated. So go ahead and do some research on it, and decide for yourself whether you think it's malarky or not! Just googling "environmental impact of detergents" brings up a ton of results.
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2010 08:18:00 AM »

baby oil works great Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010 08:55:18 PM »

Hey guys, let's keep it crafty and not get into the whole environmental stuff, kay? Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2010 03:55:24 AM »

Well, Olive oil works as a makeup remover. But only as a makeup remover. Just because something takes off your makeup doesn't mean your face is clean, you still need to wash it off with some soap or a facial cleanser.
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2010 07:42:45 PM »

One of the best cleansers is a mixture of 3 parts Olive Oil & 1 part Castor oil - heat your face up with a hot face cloth, leave the oil mixture on for about 45 minutes and soak it off using a hot face cloth.  You can also use Jojoba Oil or grapeseed Oil.  This will also take your mascara off.

You need to remember that you don't want to strip your face when cleansing it so if you do use soap, make sure it's a good soap without detergent or any other stripping agents in it.  The more you strip the oil off your face the more oil you produce which can also lead to sebum infections/whiteheads.  So treat your facial skin gently.  If you want you can add some Lavender EO, Sandalwood EO, Rose EO as well as Tea Tree Oil to this mixture as those Essential Oils are all skin loving.  

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ETA - don't use high concentrations of essential oils without an aromatherapist consult plus if you're pregnant the only EO in this list that is safe to use AFTER the 1st trimester is Lavender.  Essential Oils bypass the placental barrier and are not good for your unborn baby...
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