I’ve already written about my super easy, incredibly cheap eye make-up remover. It certainly lives up to its name. Ever since I got my hands on some emulsifying wax, however, I’ve wanted to try something else. Something lotion-y and creamy and lovely. This definitely fits the bill.

I usually use beeswax and a pinch of borax to make my lotion, with a 50/50 mix of water and oils. And this works out really well for lotion I use on my hands and legs, but I have no intention of getting borax (however little) near my eyes. Especially considering my general oafishness, which almost guarantees it will get into my eyes at some point in time.

Emulsifying wax is derived from palm oil, which I don’t love, but I don’t use it often, and it’s better than getting borax in my eyes. One of the major bonuses of E-wax is that it can handle a 75/25 mixture of water to oils, meaning your lotion is more easily absorbed. You only need about 5% E-wax in a recipe, and after using beeswax and borax, it feels like cheating, because everything just comes together in an instant. It’s like magic!

I settled on aloe vera juice with a touch of vegetable glycerin for my water part, with a mixture of grapeseed oil, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil for the fats. No essential oils for this one, of course.

Deluxe Homemade Eye Make-up Remover

72g | 2.54oz aloe vera juice (you can also use distilled water)
3g | 0.1oz vegetable glycerin

10g | 0.33oz grapeseed oil
4g | 0.14oz jojoba oil
1g | 0.03oz vitamin E oil
5g | 0.17oz complete emulsifying wax
5g | 0.17oz virgin coconut oil

Broad spectrum preservative

Heat the aloe vera juice and vegetable glycerin in a small saucepan over low heat until the glycerin melts.

Heat the oils in another saucepan over low heat until the emulsifying wax melts.

Pour the heated aloe vera mixture into the melted oil mixture and heat everything through. Once the entire mixture is the same liquid and the same temperature, whisk it together. The mixture will combine into a white liquid that will thicken as it cools.

Once everything is mixed together, decant into small bottles.

To use, squirt a little onto a cotton pad. Spread it around the pad, and then gently wipe of your eye make-up. Works like a charm! Just don’t use too much.

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