A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #24: Use Coconut Oil to Remove Makeup

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Coconut oil is the oil of the moment! Of course, some of us (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) have known about the wonders of this natural oil for years. Far too many years than we feel like divulging at the moment, but suffice it to say, we’ve been using it since high school.

Around here, we cook with it, bake with it, use it as lotion and leave-in hair conditioner… But it’s only been recently that coconut oil has revealed its secret super power: as a makeup remover!

You might be familiar with using olive oil as a makeup remover, a trick many soft-skinned grandmothers have passed down. If you don’t have access to coconut oil, definitely give olive oil a try!

The main difference is that coconut oil solidifies when it’s cooler than body temperature, so it’s often in solid form when you scoop it out of the jar. Olive oil, on the other hand, is liquid all the time. If you’re averse to messy, dribbly things in the bathroom—or not keen on smelling like salad dressing after your luxurious bath—you might want to try coconut oil.

And gents, if you’ve read this far, you know this message applies to you, too. Makeup is equal opportunity, as far as I’m concerned. But while your eyeliner is lovely, boys and girls, I’m not afraid to tell you that conventional makeup removers are loaded with junk and preservatives, some of them toxic and/or carcinogenic. Yech. Ditch the multi-ingredient stuff and invest in an $8 jar of organic coconut oil, instead. Your skin will thank you for it, and whomever snuggles up close to that skin might, too 😉

Coconut oil gets off every trace of makeup, even waterproof mascara. I can personally attest to this! I love makeup and sometimes wear quite a bit. And I rely solely on coconut oil for a trace-free clean face when I’m done with the day (or night).

If you’re currently using a conventional makeup remover, I challenge you to try coconut oil instead and see how it works for you 🙂

Stuff to Know:

  • Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
  • Store coconut oil in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place for up to two months.

Coconut Oil Makeup Remover


  • 1 tsp. raw, organic coconut oil (use more as needed)

To Use:

  1. Take out your contact lenses, if you wear them.
  2. There are various ways to apply the coconut oil to your face. I like to scoop it out of the jar with a cotton pad and then wipe it over my face in small circles. You can apply it directly with your fingers or with a washcloth.
  3. With a clean cotton pad, wipe away any excess coconut oil from your skin. The makeup will be removed with the oil!
  4. For eye makeup, you can swirl a Q-Tip around in the coconut oil and then use that to remove the detailed traces. Swipe a cotton pad or washcloth gently over your eyes to remove the excess oil.
  5. If you like, apply a toner afterward.

Questions for readers:

Do you wear eye makeup?

Do you have a favorite makeup-removal method?

9 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #24: Use Coconut Oil to Remove Makeup

    1. Ooh, yes, Vaseline! I used to use that a long time ago. It totally grosses me out now. Coconut oil is SO much better. So happy to hear it works well for you, too! 🙂

  1. I make a moisturizing cream made with coconut and olive oil and it’s all I use to remove eye make-up…..it’s amazing. Would love to send you a sample if you’d like…..it’s called Siglarr

  2. A recent skin issue prompted me to look for a quality facial cleanser with only natural ingredients (no chemicals). I went with the Made from Earth Green Tea Cleanser because it removes makeup (including eye) without irritating my eyes. My face is clean and smooth, no taunt feeling. As stated, only a small amount of cleanser is required. The scent is fresh, spa like botanical.

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