I used to cringe each time I reached for my “blue” eye makeup remover. I know that all cosmetics penetrate the skin and end up in our blood stream, but something about putting that mysterious, odourless liquid, like basically INTO my eyes, made me feel ways about it. I wasn’t down. Well I was, for years before I knew what harm cosmetics can cause (endocrine disruption, toxicity, allergies, eczema, dry skin etc.)
My “blue” eye makeup remover has the following ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Sodium Chloride, Poloxamer 184, Hexylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Benzyl Alochol, Potassium Phosphate, Quaternium-15, Benzalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Citronellol, Geraniol.
Let’s break some of these down just a little bit so we know what we are dealing with.
- Cyclopentasiloxane – has a moderate rating of ‘3’ on EWG’s Skin Deep. Lowlights: is a silicon-based cyclic compound; may be associated with environmental toxicity. Cool.
- Isohexadecane – Derived from petroleum (yikes!) and is used as a skin conditioning agent.
- Quaternium-15 – this has a high rating of ‘8’. According to EWG some high concerns are chemical release concerns, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs). So irritant to the eyes.
- Benzalkonium Chloride -has a moderate rating of ‘4.’ Used as a preservative – associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Especially dangerous for people with asthma or skin conditions such as eczema.
- Geraniol – Has a high hazard score of ‘7’ on EWG Skin Deep. Known human immune system toxicant or allergen
The scariest ingredient on this label is ‘fragrance.’ Cosmetic companies can literally put anything in that category and just call it fragrance. You don’t know what it’s made of, and because it’s a trade secret ingredient, that info doesn’t have to get released.
For example, fragrance and flavor ingredients do not need to be listed individually on cosmetic labels, because they are the ingredients most likely to be “trade secrets.” Instead, they may be listed simply as “fragrance” or “flavor” (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 701.3(a)). – FDA
The point is, this stuff is toxic. And for $36/bottle, I think an alternative is more than needed.
So I made one. Not only is it totally natural and safe, it works! Really well. Better than most store-bought eye make up removers. Even the $36 one.
All two of my ingredients were bought in a health-food store.
2 parts witch hazel of your choice (make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol)
1 part oil of your choice (jojoba, almond or grapeseed oil)
Add the two ingredients into a little bottle or container and shake! That’s it. You’re done. Shake before each use. I make it in small batches just so it doesn’t spoil – just in case.