Over the last year I have removed all chemicals from my beauty regime, using only raw, natural and organic products. The first step in this move began like this: I needed eye make-up remover.

I’m a student with a ridiculous debt. I did not want to spend money on fancy wipes or liquids, and I was sick of using soap and water – completely ineffective. I had always read about DIY projects online, and I recalled that some oils were good for removing make-up in a clean, cost-effective way; extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and coconut oil, to name a few. I looked to see what I had around my house and found the former. It will do, I thought. It has done the trick ever since.

EVOO is the easiest and cheapest way to make and remove make-up. Once you get beyond the oiliness of it – which, I found, took no time at all – you will wonder how you’ve never used this magical, easily accessible product in this way before. Simply add about ½ to a 500mL bottle filled with water. Oil is highly potent, so a small amount goes a long way.

Some sources suggest using aloe vera water. While I imagine this would feel nice, I don’t think it makes a huge difference, if at all. I’ve been using regular tap water for well over a year now and have no complaints. Water’s function is to dilute the oil, which it can do with or without aloe.

Once oil is in the bottle, ensure that cap is tightly secured and shake bottle until water and oil mix. Do this before applying. After thoroughly mixing, soak a cotton pad and gently press it over one of your eyes. Press down for a few moments, then gently sweep away cotton pad. You will notice the make-up dissolve. You can continue this process all over your face.

Without breaking your budget, you have created a light and clean product that helps to reduce your body’s chemical intake. When you think about what we know about health and beauty – that true health and beauty arises when we eliminate toxins from our bodies – it doesn’t make sense that we use toxic ingredients on our skin in pursuit of beauty. Further to this, do not fear the olive oil! If the idea of putting olive oil on your face is unnerving, relax: EVOO closely resembles your skin’s natural oil production, which means that it won’t clog your pores or dry your skin out. Rather, it will keep your skin extra soft and clear it of any impurities.:


If you are looking to switch to an oil-based cleanser, but you would rather not attempt to make one yourself, try one of these all-natural options:

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Jessica Zita

Jessica maintains a balanced lifestyle through her vegetarianism (with a view to one day being completely vegan), chemical-free beauty regime, and efforts to remain gluten free – all under the umbrella of sustainability. Always a work in progress, follow as she continues to improve her lifestyle and shares lessons along the way.

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