handmade haven, experiment with natural oils as makeup removers, coconut oil

Natural Makeup Remover Experiment – Week 1

handmade haven makeup remover, boots no 7

Holding my hands up now and admitting to using a high street bought makeup remover 😉  It seems a bit hypocritical using this as the reason I started making my soaps was to cut out the nasties.  I’d tried the Body Shop makeup remover, and to be perfectly honest, it was just a bit shit, so I went back to using the boots one.

My lovely friend over at ReInkOurNation has used olive oil for years, but I was just sceptical I think.  Surely it couldn’t be that easy?  Why doesn’t everyone do it?  It would be so much cheaper too!

Today (yes, I couldn’t be arsed to take my bit of makeup off last night) I started with organic coconut oil.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, mascara and eyeliner this time, so there wasn’t a lot to come off…but come off it did!  Amazing!  The coconut oil is obviously solid, but as it has such a low melting point, as soon as it was on my eyelid it melted.  I’ll be trying this over the next week to see how we go, as coconut oil can be drying.

So, I’m setting myself an experiment for the next 4 weeks.

Week 1 will be organic coconut oil  (so this week 😉 )

Week 2 will be sunflower oil,

Week 3 will be olive oil, and

Week 4 will be sweet almond oil.

The first 3 are all ‘food’ oils which are available in any supermarket.  The sweet almond it a cosmetic oil.  I’ll be reporting back each week, with how they’ve worked, how my eyes felt and how well the makeup remover pads washed afterwards.

Eek, quite excited!

My Own Cleanser Pads

Handmade Haven prototype cleanser pads with over locked edge, used daily.

When I first thought about trying makeup remover pads to go along side the soaps I had an overlocker.  I made a few, sent some out to a few friends to try and had a go with them myself.  I really didn’t like the raw edge that they had so back to the drawing board I went.  We now have the version you see in my shop now, which I absolutely love.

I still use all my original prototype ones myself, which also includes those when I’m testing new fabrics.  I even use them for removing nail polish, which does leave stains on the pads but I know they are clean …and who cares if there’s a rainbow on them any way 😝

I just throw them in the wash with my other whites, peg them on the line, then pop them back in the bathroom cupboard with my face cloths ready for next time.

Makeup remover pads, Handmade Haven, daily users

Organic Cotton Muslin Cleanser Pad, Handmade Haven

Zero Waste Makeup Pads

 

In the past year, following on from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 program, there has  been an explosion of information about waste, and especially plastic waste.  The shocking images of wildlife with plastic in their stomachs or round their necks makes for incredibly shocking viewing.  When I first started making my cleanser pads, I used gutermann all-purpose thread which is actually polyester.  I’d never really given it any thought.  I knew I wanted to use organic materials, that was a high priority, so why hadn’t I considered the thread?!  Maybe it was the cost.  In the past year, I’ve had a few customers contacting me about it, so I decided to look into the cotton thread.  The cost comparison was virtually the same…yay!  This now means that once the pads have come to the end of their natural life, they can be composted, and every bit of it will break down naturally.  I will look at organic cotton thread in the near future too…in fact, I shall add it to my to-do list now.