EVOO: My Preferred Makeup Remover

With so many different makeup removers to choose from, things can get a little frustrating at the drugstore and the makeup counter. We ask ourselves, “Will it break me out?” “Will it really remove that stubborn waterproof mascara?” The list goes on and on.

I used to swear by Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads, and it really is a great product. They are fantastic at removing eye makeup with ease. I, however, found myself wanting to remove more than just my eye makeup. Also, I went through these babies so quickly, as I was using them to remove more than just my eye makeup.

I tried bottles of eye makeup remover with cotton pads, and that worked… eh, alright, but nothing special. I couldn’t justify spending money on some weird substance that supposedly was “oil free” to put on my face to remove my makeup.

Long story short (how I researched this is boring), I simplified things a bit. 
 I use plain ol’ EVOO as a makeup remover.

I know you all have Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your kitchen. I mean, who doesn’t? I use it all the time in my cooking. But this little versatile oil is a lot more versatile than you think.

It pretty much is the best makeup remover ever.

I take the big ol’ bottle from my pantry and pour some into a little travel bottle (can be found near the travel-sized toiletries in the grocery/drug store). I leave it in my bathroom at all times!

To remove my makeup, I pour a quarter-sized amount into my palm and rub it over my entire face, including my eyes (gently). I do this for up to 30 seconds. I follow up with some warm water, and then I cleanse with my regular cleanser (I use Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Gel Cleanser) with my Clarisonic.

You’re probably thinking, “but doesn’t oil break you out?”

Well, yeah, it probably will if you just slob it all over your face and leave it there. All I know is that I do have acne-prone skin and this has never broken me out. Be your own detective and know what works and what doesn’t work for your skin. Since this oil is on my skin for maybe a minute tops, I wouldn’t expect it to break me out. EVOO has actually helped my skin stay clear! No traces of makeup on my face at night = no clogged pores!

So, give this a try and let me know what you think about it! Sometimes turning to natural ingredients and our own pantries can actually provide something better than any cosmetic company can produce!

Look ma, no clogged pores!
And let me tell you, that gorgeous (hello, pink blush!) makeup comes of with ease before bed!

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    April 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

    We always used to use Baby oil, but I never thought of olive oil! LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Paula (The Sea Green Journal)
    April 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

    This is a really good tip and I definitely plan to give it a try. I hope it works for me too 🙂 Thanks.

    Have a good week head!

    P.S. I’m dropping by from the LBS tea party.

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    April 10, 2011 at 9:55 am

    what a great idea! i have acne prone skin too, and i think a lot of it comes from not using a makeup remover. i wash my fash but don’t always do the makeup remover step. maybe i’ll try this out. you are sooo pretty by the way!

    (stopping over from FTLOB.. check out my blog if you get a chance!)

    Kristen@Confessions of a Graphic Design Student

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    April 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I never ever would have thought of using Olive Oil and am SO excited to try it, especially with the summer hot months coming up!
    Thanks for the great ideas!!

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    April 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

    that’s awesome! I use Nivea’s cream make-up remover, it’s amazing!! I have heard of Olive Oil, but I don’t think I could get past the smell!!

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    Elena (Running in Heels After Child)
    April 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I love it, EVOO does everything. My daughter has wild curly hair and sometimes I use EVOO when I do her hair. It smooths it out, keeps the frizz away and makes her hair shine.

    Happy Sunday,


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    April 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

    What blush are you wearing??! It’s great.

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    steph c
    April 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I love that you posted this. When going to school for massage, we talked about different oils a lot, and if you think about it, it makes sense.. use on your skin what you would ingest. So EVOO totally falls under that – I’ve even used it to massage before!

    My biggest “peeve” is that many make up removers have mineral oil in them (baby oil included).. this is nuts. Not to be preachy, but mineral oil is SO bad for you – and would you ingest that? I don’t think so. Gah.

    Ok I’m done. Great post!

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    April 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Okay, this makes so much sense. Thanks for the tip!

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    April 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for this! I’ve been reading heaps about the Oil Cleansing Method on the Vogue forums. They actually recommend you combine your oil of choice with Castor Oil.

    I’m going to give it a go once I’ve run out of makeup remover.

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    April 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Oh wow…I have never ever heard of using this as a makeup remover. I always use Neutrogena face wipes and they work pretty well.

    PS: You are totally gorgeous and your eyes are amazing!

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    April 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Girl, you’ve just broadened my makeup horizons yet again! I’m fresh-faced after a shower, but you make me want to go put on makeup just so I can take it off with EVOO.

    Thanks for the tip!

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    April 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    thank you for this wonderful idea! i hate removing my make up because after i wash my face i still find myself with raccooon eyes. i hope this works!

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    April 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve read about EVOO but never tried it. Although I use virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer for my very dry skin. So, this is definitely up my alley! 🙂

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    Jessica Renee
    April 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Oooh thanks for the tip, I am totally going to try this!!

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    April 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I have never thought to try this! You have perfect skin. I think I am going to try this so I can have perfect skin like yours!!! I’m gonna buy a little plastic bottle for my bathroom to put this in! I have some EVOO that is just sitting in my pantry going unused. I am gonna put it to good use!

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    April 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I’ve always been hesitant to try EVOO on my face but it sounds like it’s really worked nicely for you. I recently asked the lady who threads my eyebrows if she knew of any tricks to make my brows grow back thicker and faster. What did she suggest? EVOO. Was too nervous to try it though… Maybe now I will!

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    April 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I would’ve never thought of using olive oil! I’ll have to try it. I always have some on hand.

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    April 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Your post reminded me of a professor Cami and I had together in College. The class was some kind of Politics of World History or something. The prof spent almost the entire semester talking about myriad of uses the Greeks and the Romans had for olive oil. He was like Bubba from Forest Gump, except for olive oil instead of shrimp.

    You should write an analysis on the cost savings of using EVOO instead of a regular eye makeup remover. Have you tried an herb-infused olive oil to make it fun? Lavendar or rosemary?

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    March 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Does it unclog your pores? Or just takes off the makeup? I might try this!!

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    Robin Cali
    November 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I have combo skin that is more oily during the summer and more dry during the winter, and I find Citrus Clear’s Sensitive Wash works great for me year round. The Citrus Clear Sensitive works well to dissolve my makeup and clean my skin. I use it in conjunction with their moisturizer since its light. With those two products, my skin has never been better!

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