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Beauty tips | Using coconut oil as a waterproof make-up remover

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For years I’ve been using the same waterproof make-up remover from La Roche Posay to remove my make-up at night, but last week I was in a bit of a tree hugger mood and I decided to make a radical change in my cleansing routine by replacing my trusted Respectissime make-up remover by a 100% natural alternative: coconut oil.

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I normally use coconut oil just for hot oil hair treatments and for my elbows and feet, but since last week I’ve been busting out my jar of coconut oil for my daily nightly cleansing routine as well. At room temperature coconut oil is (semi-)solid and has a soft buttery texture, but once you warm it up between your fingers or hands it melts and turns into oil. So how do I use coconut oil to remove my make-up? I simply rub a bit of coconut oil between my fingers and gently massage it around my face and eyes. And this just makes my make-up melt away in a matter of seconds. Even my stubborn Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation and the five hundred layers of eye make-up that I usually wear don’t stand a chance against the make-up melting powers of coconut oil!

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When I’m done removing my make-up I use a cotton pad to remove (most of) the oil and if needed I quickly redo my eyes to remove those last bits of leftover make-up. And then I just cleanse my face with my Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash.

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Coconut butter is solid at room temperature…

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… but melts and turns into oil once you rub it on your skin.

Guys, I really think I’m done with regular make-up removers. I’m completely sold on this new – natural! – master of make-up removal. I’m totally loco about coco. Coconut oil is 100% natural, cheap and it’s just as good at removing make-up as any other make-up remover I’ve ever used. If not better. Plus, coconut oil provides some extra nourishment for my skin, and it just smells freakin’ delicious. The only issue that I have is that it always leaves a bit of an oily veil on my eyes, which blurs my vision. A quick cleanse and rinse afterwards solves that problem though, and for me the many pros definitely outweigh that one little inconvenience. Bottom line? I am very happy to have discovered what a great make-up remover coconut oil makes.

You can buy coconut oil in health food stores as well as in natural cosmetics stores. Just make sure you get 100% natural pure coconut oil. Mine is from the brand Bio Planète and comes from Thetwistshop where it is sold for 9.50 CHF.

What make-up remover do you use? Have you ever tried using coconut oil to remove your make-up?

P.S.: I gave the blog a little summer make-over last night. Do you like the new lay-out?


  1. new layout looks pretty, agree! even i have found coconut oil as the best makeup remover,

  2. Gebruik kokosolie wel maar niet meer als remover vanwege het waasje dat je noemt. Maar wel als haarmasker en op droge plekjes.

  3. Helllooo melissa! I love the new header :) Looks so fresh! Ii am a huge fan of coconut oil too, it is such an all purpose magic potion – Love it! Hope you are well! Mail you soon! <3

  4. Ik gebruik ook bijna altijd gewoon simpel olie om mijn oog-make up mee te verwijderen. Ik vind het zachter voor mijn gevoelige ogen, goedkoper en super makkelijk :)

  5. loco about coco haha! Ik moet het ook nog steeds eens proberen :)

  6. Waauw, dit klinkt als een heel goed alternatief voor gewone make-up remover! Ik wil het zeker eens uitproberen xxx

  7. Cocos olie is heerlijk om voor veel dingen te gebruiken! enne leuke nieuwe lay out!

  8. geen idee dat cocos olie daar ook goed voor was
    dit ga ik toch ook eens testen thuis! Merci voor de tip (oooh ik leer zoveel van u é)


  9. Ik heb kokosolie ook al gebruikt als haarmasker, gemengd met andere olies, maar nog nooit als make-up remover. Misschien gewoon eens proberen :)

  10. Ik deed vroeger altijd cocos olie in mijn haren als masker, super vet werd het er van! Leuk geschreven :) Ik volg je nu ook via bloglovin! Liefs x

  11. Ooooo…this is good to know, Melissa. We always have coconut oil at home coz I use it for my hair, but I didn’t know you can use it as a makeup remover. Thanks!

  12. I luckily never have to remove waterproof makeup – but whenever I don’t have a remover I use some sort of cream which removes my make up perfectly!

  13. Hey Melissa! I have been using jojoba oil for a long time for my eyes.. to remove makeup or just nourish! oils of any kind are great for cleansing! have to give coconut a go now!

  14. Ik hartje cocos olie. Voor meerdere doeleinden! Ik wissel een beetje removers af, de ene keer gebruik ik de olie van Philosophy de andere keer micellair water. Cocosvet vind ik net te vet, heb het wel eens geprobeerd. En je nieuwe lay out is leuk!!

  15. Ik gebruik het ook weleens als make-up remover. Werkt prima! Je nieuwe header ziet er trouwens mooi uit :)

  16. Ik heb dit ook wel eens op deze manier gedaan! Het werkt héél fijn :)

  17. Dit klinkt wel erg handig! Bedankt voor de tip :)

  18. Natural is the word. Think Mascha used to do this a lot and I get the veil, oily waterproof make-upremover always leaves my sight a bit blurry.

  19. agree with u ,coconut oil removed the make-up perfectly
    but my only issue is it makes my oily skin even bit oilier thats the reason i stay away from it ….but if it works for u ,then it is a perfect natural product :)

  20. Klinkt goed, dit ga ik ook eens proberen!

  21. Yes to coconut oil. I have been a fan for years. I use it in my hair, cuticles, skin. Love!

  22. Ik vind je header erg gaaf! Heb je dat zelf gedaan met watereffect? If so, please tell me how :D daar wil ik ook wel mee spelen! Ik ben trouwens zelf ook erg dol op kokosolie, want het is super om te gebruiken voor veel verschillende doelen.. waaronder als make-upremover :)

  23. Hi Melissa, I love your new look for the blog. I do agree that coconut oil is a very versatile product!

  24. i’ve tried this before and it was wonderful but i eventually gave up because of the eye issue. I am currently using bifesta now since its easier for me and my falsies (i hate removing oil off my falsies)

  25. Oh my gashh! Lijkt me súper ! XX Liefs

  26. Hi Melissa! I recently bought coconut oil and have been loving it as a body moisturizer! I also adore the scent :). That’s such a good idea to use this as a makeup remover. I’m a little scared though how my acne-prone skin would react. Depending on how brave I’m feeling, I may just try this out when my current makeup remover is finished (Tatcha Cleansing Oil — I’m not in love with it). Thanks for the tip!

  27. Klinkt heel goed, misschien moet ik het ook eens gaan proberen. Heb zoveel positieve dingen er over gehoord!

  28. Ik gebruik het wel eens voor mijn haar maar durf het niet echt voor mijn gezicht te gebruiken.

  29. Hey, I have the same coconut oil !!! I love to use it as a body cream and to cook :). So the place changes always from kitchen to bath…
    Back to the roots… I like that you try the natural version because the other stuff is expensive and has lots of chemicals. But as a make up remover…I can`t use coconut it. I hate oily traces espacially in my eyes. My magic cheap alround talent as a cleaser is a black soap. The only bad thing about it: It burns sometimes in my eyes a bit. But I prefer burning eyes more to oily eyes ; )

  30. definitely have to try this :) just bought some coconut oil ;)

  31. I currently use Clinique, which works fine and all, but once I am done with that bottle I think I will try out the coconut oil! I’ve been wanting to for a long time!!

  32. Great post! I love using coconut oil for many things! Removing my makeup is one of them.

  33. I would rather have a little coconut on my eye than what is in eye make up remover…I am going to replace mine with this… :)

  34. This is indeed a great alternative! I never thought of this before… thanks for sharing! Will look for one soon because my Tony Moly makeup remover stings :(

  35. Oooh – awesome tip! I would quite like to try coconut oil, actually, as I hear so many good things about it for skin moisturising purposes! Now I want to try it for waterproof makeup removing too (especially as waterproof mascara and eyeliner is the only kind I wear)!

  36. Hahaha, loco for coco: zalig! Ik weet niet of dit voor mij een goed idee is, met mijn gecombineerde tot vette huid…

  37. I’ve used baby oil for years, since a bit bottle was only about $3! But I’m starting to like using coconut oil more and more, since it is more nourishing! I haven’t used a regular makeup remover in years though!

  38. Nice blog… I also use coconut oil and sometimes Johnson & Johnson’s baby oil for removing my eye makeup… Coconut oil is the best :)

  39. Ik gebruik het sinds korte tijd ook om mijn make up eraf te halen! Zo’n fijn spul! En hydrateert ook gelijk goed!

  40. Ik ben een enorme fan van kokosolie. Maar haal mijn make up er niet mee af. Vraag me nu serieus af waarom! :-D

  41. This is the only way I can get the new Benefit liner off my lash line!

  42. Just make sure not to apply too much oil around the eyes, it can get in your eyes and cause buildup especially at night. In the morning you can have a blurry eye sight the next day due to the oil (my personal experience with almond oil).

  43. I’m happy with my current Carrot and White Tea eye makeup remover, but I would definitely be happy to try this alternative version too! Thanks for the tip! And I like the new blog style!

  44. I love using coconut oil too…actually before I had ever given makeup removers a try, all I had was in plain old coconut oil. Although here in India it is usually so hot that it never stays in that semi solid form :D

  45. Ik denk dat voor sommige mensen dit helemaal niet werkt. Ik gebruikte het ook een tijdje en mijn zicht werd slechter en slechter, en blijkbaar was ik zeker niet de enige, dus wel oppassen!

  46. wow! loved the article! thanks.

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