12 Best Organic & Natural Makeup Removers That Really Work
One of the first rules of proper skin care is to always remove your makeup before going to bed. It’s a good rule if you want to let your skin breathe while avoiding clogged pores, breakouts, irritation, and dull looking skin in the morning. However, if you’ve ever tried to remove makeup using a standard foaming cleanser, then you know that completely and easily removing your makeup every night is easier said than done. Not only do some cleansers have a hard time removing eye makeup, sudsy face washes can also cause major eye irritation, redness, and burning. Also, excessively rubbing a harsh cleanser on your delicate eye area can lead to dry skin and fine lines. So, what is a makeup lover to do?
Thankfully, there is an easier (and less painful) way to remove makeup every night: use a natural product designed to effortlessly remove makeup. Instead of trying to cleanse your face and remove makeup in one step, many dermatologists recommend that you remove your makeup first as a separate step of your skin care routine before cleansing. There are a few types of makeup removers that are great for this: makeup remover wipes, natural cleansing oils, and micellar waters.
Makeup Remover Wipes: These are pre-soaked sheets that make it easy to remove makeup on the go or touch up existing looks. There is a little controversy over the safety and effectiveness of makeup remover wipes. Some dermatologists say that makeup remover wipes are too harsh on the skin and don’t do a great job at removing all of the impurities from the skin (which can lead to blemishes, irritation, and dull complexions). Dermatologist Dr. Craig Kraffer told the Huffington Post “Makeup wipes are quick and convenient but not optimal for overall skin health.” With that said, if you like the convenience of makeup remover wipes, then be sure to use them gently and follow up with a cleanser.
Natural Cleansing Oils: Natural oils are the champs when it comes to removing every trace of makeup from your skin. These oils (like coconut, castor, and olive) break up makeup by binding to dirt and excess sebum. Simply apply, massage, and wipe away the grime. As an added benefit, natural carrier oils are packed with fatty acids and antioxidants which can help to nourish your skin as you cleanse.
Micellar Waters: These products are made with tiny oil molecules called micelles which are suspended in a water-based solution. These oils attract and bind to dirt, makeup, and sebum in the same way that natural cleansing oils do but much more effectively. Micellar waters are great for on-the-go facial cleansing because they combine cleansing and toning in one step. However, if you are using micellar water as your daily makeup remover at home, then it is recommended that you follow up with a cleanser after use.
As with all products, not all makeup removers are created equally. Cleansing oils, makeup remover wipes, and micellar waters can be made with potentially irritating ingredients like denatured alcohols, parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde, polysorbates, PEG’s, synthetic fragrances, propylene and butylene glycol, and many others. The best way to avoid these gnarly chemicals is to use an all-natural and organic makeup remover product. A great natural makeup remover will be made with uber gentle ingredients that won’t burn your eyes while still being potent enough to remove the most elaborate makeup.
We tested 50+ different natural makeup removers to come up with this list of our top 12 products. These makeup removers are formulated by trustworthy natural skin care brands, contain no naughty chemicals, and are exceptional at removing makeup. We hope that you find your perfect match!
Don’t want to spend a ton of money on a fancy natural makeup remover product? Check out our DIY Natural Makeup Remover Guide below for tips on how to make an affordable, single-ingredient makeup remover using natural oils.
1. *PAI – LIGHT WORK ROSEHIP ORGANIC CLEANSING OIL + MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $56
A beautiful organic cleansing oil capable of gently removing every trace of dirt, makeup, and excess oil--without leaving your skin feeling greasy. How is this possible? Well, this non-foaming cleanser starts off as a thick oil to break apart tough grime + makeup as you work it around your skin. Then, add a little warm water and the oil instantly transforms into a milky cleanser that just melts right off your skin. All that is left is super soft, totally clean (but not "squeaky" clean), skin without a hint of greasy residue. Definitely one of the most memorable cleansers we've ever tested.
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2. *BEAUTY BY EARTH – ALL NATURAL & ORGANIC MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $16.99
This natural makeup remover is made up of tons of organic ingredients like aloe, witch hazel, cucumber, green tea, and sweet orange essential oil. These ingredients are great at removing stubborn makeup while still being gentle on the eyes. However, the product did have some trouble removing waterproof makeup easily. All in all, this product had a great smell while also being fairly clean and effective at a good price. A good formula for oily skin types.
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3. *PROVINCE APOTHECARY – MOISTURIZING MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $20
Are you looking for a non-greasy organic makeup remover for sensitive eyes that isn't made with coconut oil? Sounds impossible, but this holy grail product from Province Apothecary meets those specs! It is made with light oils such as sunflower, jojoba, raspberry seed oil, and evening primrose. While it does contain avocado oil, it still feels lightweight. Works well and contains gentle ingredients which can be used on the face and around the delicate eye area.
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4. *RMS BEAUTY – ULTIMATE ORGANIC MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
Price : $15.02
These organic makeup remover wipes are made with RMS Beauty's signature 100% organic coconut oil. They come in convenient individually wrapped packages and each wipe is soaked with a good amount of oil. Only one cloth was needed to remove eye and face makeup (using both sides of the wipe). The product was incredibly gentle on the eyes and caused no irritation. Ideal for drier skin types who can't afford to strip away their skin's precious natural oils when removing makeup.
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5. *SW BASICS – ORGANIC MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $14
SW Basics has made a really simple makeup remover made from 100% organic oils of sweet almond, olive, and jojoba. These are some of the gentlest oils for your skin, so even sensitive skin types can handle it. It does a great job of breaking up stubborn eye makeup without causing irritation or burning of the eyes. Best of all, it doubles as an all-natural moisturizer so you don't even have to wash it off. The oils have a low comedogenic rating and shouldn't cause clog pores.
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6. *LILFOX – CAMOMILLA INFUSION ORGANIC MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $28
This lovely makeup remover is made with 100% organic and wildcrafted oils and botanicals like chamomile, frankincense, jojoba, and lavender. Simply add a few drops to your eyelids and gently massage to loosen up makeup. Use a warm cloth or cotton pad to wipe away the oil and dirt when done. Can also be used as an oil cleanser to remove facial makeup. The oil did a good job of removing heavy makeup, but it required about a minute or so of massaging each eye. Suitable for all skin types.
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7. *ODACITE – BLUE AURA MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER + MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $39
OK--we've got good news and bad news with this product. The good news is that this baby really removes makeup fast. The bad? It contains a bit of natural salicylic acid--which means it shouldn't be used around the eye area. If you're looking for a facial makeup remover, then look no further. Not only does it remove surface level makeup & dirt, it also gently exfoliates to remove deeper gunk within the pores. Works super fast---just a few swipes!
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8. *TRUE BOTANICALS – ORGANIC PRE CLEANSE OIL
Price : $48
This Pre Cleanse Oil from True Botanicals is made with 100% organic oils of jojoba sesame, apricot, and bergamot fruit. It is gentle, yet super effective at removing makeup, dirt, and excess oil. To use, massage the silky oil onto your skin and eye area to remove makeup and daily grime. Then, layer your cleanser on top and rinse as usual. Your skin will be glowing from the very first step of your routine. It's a nice sized bottle that can last a good while if used judiciously to remove daily makeup.
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9. HONEY GIRL ORGANICS – USDA ORGANIC FACIAL CLEANSER & MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $22.49
Honey Girl Organics uses honey, bee pollen, and propolis harvested from their ethically raised beehive in all of their products. This natural makeup remover is made from those ingredients as well as organic olive oil and lemon oil. It effectively removes makeup while being gentle on the skin. Simply massage the cream onto the skin and either rub off the excess with a cloth or rinse with water to remove. A great product for acne types due to the antibacterial properties of propolis and bee pollen.
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10. *ONE LOVE ORGANICS – VITAMIN B ENZYME CLEANSING OIL & MAKEUP REMOVER
Price : $42
One of the top makeup removers we've tested. A richly moisturizing and luxurious oil cleanser and natural makeup remover that completely removes makeup and impurities without causing dryness. It's' a very versatile product that works great as either a standalone cleanser, a part of a double cleansing routine, and as a traditional makeup remover on a cotton pad. Contains a blend of exfoliating and nourishing ingredients like papaya seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and vitamin C. Gentle on the eyes and suitable for all skin types.
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11. *FARMAESTHETICS – EYEBRIGHT EYE MAKEUP REMOVER & TREATMENT
Price : $28
A natural makeup remover and eye treatment all packed into one totally natural and organic product. The star ingredient in this treatment is Eyebright, a potent antioxidant herb extract that has the ability to ease muscle tension around the eyes. While we did not notice any significant reduction in eye tension (one tester reported a slight reduction in puffiness), this product did do a great job as a makeup remover. Two pumps onto a cotton pad were enough to get the job done easily. Best for dry skin types.
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12. *MAY LINDSTROM – THE PENDULUM POTION CLEANSING OIL
Price : $80
This holy grail of cleansing oils is a luxury splurge that you won't regret. The oil is made from organic and natural oils like tamanu oil, camellia oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, plum oil, sweet orange oil, and others. Tamanu oil is great antibacterial oil for acne prone skin and it even helps to keep pores clear. To use, apply 4-6 pumps to dry skin and massage away dirt, oil, and makeup. Follow up with a traditional cleanser or steam treatment before applying other products.
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I’m 45 and was looking for something to rejuvenate my skin. I’ve been using anti-aging serum by dermalmd brand for about a month. I’ve noticed my skin looks younger like it has more shine. I think it’s working! People have also commented on asking what I’m using.