I think this yucca root powered eye make-up remover is pretty cool. It’s easy to make, works well, and has yet to make me cry. All good things, no?

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Yucca root is full of natural saponins, meaning it lathers all on its own when mixed with water, just like soapwort or soapnuts. It’s nowhere near as strong as soap, though, making it a good option for something you’re going to be rubbing around your eyes.

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Something that should be noted about yucca root is that it does not smell amazing. It’s not awful, but it’s certainly not lovely. I would not recommend putting essential oils in anything you’re going to put this close to your eyes, either, so… consider yourself warned 😉

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This recipe is just two quick steps—steep and stir. That’s it! Then you’ll be the proud owner of a mildly gooey, gentle, all-natural eye make-up remover. The xantham gum is here to thicken it up so it pumps out nicely, but you could leave it out and store the final product in a flip-top bottle instead.

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You’ll notice the recipe doesn’t make much, and I don’t recommend doubling it. By keeping batch sizes down, you reduce the chances of spoilage. I’ve also opted to store mine in an airless pump bottle (compliments of Saffire Blue—thanks!) to further reduce contamination. You can also add your preferred broad spectrum preservative and/or keep it in the fridge. Whatever you do, be sure to watch for signs of spoilage and chuck it if you see any.


Yucca Root Eye Make-up Remover

1 tsp powdered yucca root
45 mL (3 tbsp) water or aloe vera juice
15 mL (1 tbsp) vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada)

5 nips xantham gum

Measure the yucca root out into a fill-it-yourself tea bag and tie it off.

Measure the vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada) and water into a 125mL/half cup mason jar. Add the tea bag of yucca and seal the jar. Shake to combine and let the mixture steep overnight.

The next day, remove the tea bag, squeezing it to preserve as much of the liquid as possible. Discard the tea bag and reserve the liquid.

Slowly sprinkle the xantham gum into the liquid, whisking to combine. Decant to a 50mL pump bottle.

To use, apply some of the make-up remover to a cotton pad and wipe across the eyes to remove make-up.