Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes

Make your own makeup remover wipes with this quick affordable recipe. Use it in the morning to freshen your skin and at night to clean off your makeup.

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You Will Need:     

  • 30 pieces of paper towel, lint-free towels, 100% cotton strips, or round cotton swabs

  • 1 cup of room temperature distilled water or filtered water

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil

  • 6 drops of lavender (healing), tea tree (antibacterial), or frankincense (antiaging) essential oil (or 2 of each essential oil)

  • ¼ cup of alcohol-free witch hazel (optional)

  • Measuring cup 

  • Measuring spoon

  • Glass jar with a rubber seal – not a metal container or jar with a metal lid. Since there is water in this recipe, the metal may rust over time.

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How To Mix It All Together:

Premix the olive oil, essential oil, and water.

Pour 1/3 of the oil and water mix into a glass jar.

Mix well.

Place 10 strips of cloth (swabs or paper towels) into the glass jar.

Pour another 1/3 of the water and oil mix into the jar and add 10 more strips.

Repeat until you have added all 30 strips and all the liquid to the jar.

Shake gently to distribute the liquid so that all the strips are soaked through.

You may have space to add more strips to your jar.

Store in a cool dark place.

Use morning and night to cleanse your face and neck.

The mix will last a month.



I use one or two strips every morning and night.

Add witch hazel if you want to add an astringent property to your wipes.

You can make your own witch hazel. See the recipe here.

Consider using lint-free towels or cotton cloths because you can wash and reuse them.

Don’t buy the bargain brand paper towel. It will break apart in the water. Get the thicker towels. They might feel stiff and hard but will soften in the oil and water. Your skin will thank you.

Shake the jar daily because the oil and water will separate.

Lavender essential oil – reduces redness and has anti-bacterial properties which are great for acne-prone skin.

Tea tree essential oil – helps to calm itchy, irritated, oily skin

Frankincense essential oil – a great option for dry, mature skin.



Make sure that the witch hazel is alcohol-free. I like the Thayers brand which is available on Amazon.

Try to avoid using tap water because it is not pure and may contain bacteria that will contaminate your mix.

I use the wipes to clean my face and neck. I also use it to remove my eye makeup. However, the oils in the wipes may irritate sensitive eyes.

Avoid oils that have a high comedogenic rating. Oils with high comedogenic ratings tend to clog pores. Oils like olive and almond oils have low ratings but coconut oil will clog your pores. See more information about carrier oil properties on the carrier oil page here.


Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.

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