Best Eye Make-Up Remover Ever

My old favorite remover
My old favorite remover

Recently I ran out of my favorite eye make-up remover (Mayelline Expert Eyes). When I went to purchase more, I couldn’t find it. So, I went to the Almay section and picked out one of theirs. Unbeknownst to me, not all make-up removers are created equal. So unconstitutional!

Now, I don’t wear much make-up to warrant ‘removing’ it before washing my face, but after my shower I always end up with raccoon eyes. You know, where my mascara bled all over to make me look like a bandit.

You know that look.

Not. Pretty.

What I loved about My Expert Eyes is it took away my hooligan look without leaving a greasy feeling behind. I hate greasy. Ew.

Well, apparently Almay is into well lubricated looking eyes. I looked like I was always crying without the red nose. Hmmm. Not the image I’m going for. Although lately, most days homeschooling I feel like I could burst into tears. But who wants to LOOK like it?

And I’ll tell you what, I could not scrub that stuff off. Scrubbing? Yeah, not so much. Not suppose to scrub your eyes. That just makes wrinkles.

Oh, yeah. I already have those….

Look! Something shiny!

My friend, Mindy, posted in her blog today the merits of coconut oil. A huge fan of coconut oil myself, I took a gander at her material (not to mention that she has a giveaway for coconut oil right now). I love a good giveaway.

No, Mindy is not giving away a 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil. Sorry, that's mine.
No, Mindy is not giving away a 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil. Sorry, that’s mine.

I’ve used coconut oil in candy, cooking, baking and even on my chapped hands. It’s awesome stuff.

Well, Mindy mentions in her blog that she uses it to remove make-up. What?? No way!

So, I just had to try it. And it works!

Here’s the before. Try not to notice the bushy eyebrows too much. I’m being vulnerable  here.

Eye shadow is a rarity with me these days.
Eye shadow is a rarity with me these days. But I had to wear some for the experiment!

Now, take a glob of coconut oil.

No, you don't have to be outside to get your glob.
No, you don’t have to be outside to get your glob, silly.

Okay, you probably don’t want this big of a glob, but hey, it looks pretty.

Now, shmeer (yes, that is a word) onto your lids and lashes.


Coconut oil liquifies at about 72 degrees, so once this stuff hits your face, prepare yourself for the melt-down.

It seems to literally melt the make-up off your face.


Then, with your tissue in hand, gently wipe away the crud.

Proof! It really works.

No scrubbing required.

No Make-up here…………………………………………….Make-up here

Can you see the difference? Okay, can I just say, taking a picture of your eyes close up like this is extremely difficult. You wouldn’t think so, but just you try it and see if you don’t come out looking cross-eyed. It’s hard! The boys got a huge giggle out of watching me take this. It’s all in the name of love for my adoring readers. Hee. Hee. What I will do for you. It must be love.

The best thing is about my new beloved remover, it doesn’t make me look greasy-eyed. Coconut oil soaks into the skin pretty fast. Yay. I win!

Go ahead and give it a try and tell me what you think.  And if you don’t have any coconut oil hanging out in your pantry already, head over to Mindy’s blog Sweetness in the Small Stuff and sign up for her giveaway. I know I did.

If you don’t win, buy yourself a big old bucket of oil like me.

5 gallons of coconut oil
5 gallons of coconut oil

Yep, I really did buy 5 gallons of coconut oil. And that’s just the refined stuff. There’s another 1 gallon of unrefined in the garage. Yeah. I like coconut oil.

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I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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7 Responses to Best Eye Make-Up Remover Ever

  1. Dani says:

    I need to try this! I only wear eye makeup once or twice a week, but when I do…perhaps this would work better than some chemical cocktail. I actually started washing my face with olive oil a few weeks ago, and it works really well for my middle aged skin, but I wonder if the coconut oil might work as well or better. Hmmm.

  2. kathleen says:

    Dani, I remember reading somewhere about a gal who washed her face with coconut oil and she said it worked beautifully. I may just have to try it myself. Hmmm. Let me know how yours goes.

  3. Becky says:

    I love coconut oil too! I use it in everything. However, I have never heard of it being used for makeup remover. Hmmm…may have to give it a try!

  4. Dani says:

    On second thought, my hubby hates the smell of coconut, so maybe I’d better not try that…I try to only use coconut oil for cooking when I know the smell will dissipate before he gets home. I’d hate to have him think my face stinks! 😉

  5. kathleen says:

    Hee. Hee. I love it. Maybe you can pick up some refined coconut oil. It doesn’t smell like coconuts. I use that when I’m cooking vegetables or anything that I don’t want to have a coconut taste.

  6. Terri says:

    Okay, now I get it! You have just solved a mystery for me! I didn’t understand why sometimes my coconut oil smelled like coconut and sometimes it does not. I guess it depends on which I buy – refined or unrefined. Who knew? Probably everyone but me! I actually love the smell of coconut and miss it when I don’t smell it. 🙂

  7. kathleen says:

    I didn’t know there was a difference for a long time either, Terri. 🙂 The unrefined is better for your body, of course, but sometimes coconut smell/flavor is not appealing in the cooking arena. I love the smell too…oh, and the taste. When I first went off sugar, I would lick the spoon after measuring out my coconut oil. It tastes so sweet. Yum.

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