So a looong time ago I did a post about taking your eye make up off with olive oil. I've been doing this for about 6 months now and have noticed the skin around my eyes seems a lot more moisturised and supple.
Recently however, I've added another natural ingredient to my olive oil and it seems to be working ever better. Olive oil on its own was great but I felt it tended to 'drag' the eye area a little bit, especially when I wore quite a lot of heavy make up for a night out. Removing false eye lash glue was a particular pain.
So I'd done some research on what to add to olive oil so that its still as effective at removing tough, stubborn make up but with less drag and came across witch hazel. I already use witch hazel in a lot of my at home DIY products (natural face mask recipes, toners, facial spritzers etc) and know its an anti-bacterial astringent and can also have soothing properties when applied to the skin. It's also anti-inflammatory meaning that it can help with swelled and puffy eyes - win win!
A few people will be worrying about placing an astringent like witch hazel around the eye area but I've checked with my optometrist who assured me that it would be fine but to take care with it as I would any other product that I applied to the eye area.
So to make your eye make up remover you'll need:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Witch Hazel (Boots sell it near the pharmacy bit)
Measure out half olive oil to half witch hazel in a sterilised pump bottle dispenser. Screw the pump on tightly. You'll notice that the olive oil and witch hazel will separate when left so every time you want to use the remover simply shake until its loosely mixed and dispense a small amount on to a cotton wool pad or ball and gently sweep over the eye area to remove every last trace of make up.
Not only is this 100% natural but it's so cost-effective. It costs less than a couple of quid to make and lasts you absolutely ages. I'd never buy a make up remover again now I've discovered this, there really isn't any comparison!
So save yourself some pennies and follow this simple DIY make up remover tutorial! You won't regret it!