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Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Tips, Techniques and Products

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A little while ago I wrote about zero-wate and plastic-free makeup, but today let’s chat plastic-free makeup remover.  My tips, techniques and favourite products.  I use the word ‘products’ loosely – you’ll soon see why!   

Sometimes making a plastic-free swap involves swapping from something cheap and single-use to something that’s more durable, but in turn a lot more expensive.  This irks me because this means plastic-free swaps can be out of reach for many, but today we’re keeping things simple and accessible.  

Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Options

1. Soap & A Flannel


Capitalism and consumerism have brainwashed us into believing that we need complex laboratory engineered solutions to simple things, such as removing makeup, when really we don’t. We need to push back against the expensive glossy marketing campaigns and embrace simpler solutions. And when it comes to taking off your makeup at the end of the day then, really soap, it’s where it’s at, I promise you.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup (not my skillset!) but I do wear some from time to time. Since my teens, I’ve always sworn by the fact that soap and a simple flannel ( or facecloth, washcloth, or whatever you want to call it) does the job at removing makeup superbly and I mostly would not use anything else.

I’m not fussy about which soap I use – I just use the same bar that I use to wash my hands and my body. If you have sensitive skin then you might want something extra gentle, but you do what works for you.

My facecloths aren’t fancy either, just your run of the mill ones I’ve had for years. Using a facecloth is slightly exfoliating, so you don’t even need to buy an exfoliator. Win! I then just pop these cloths in the wash once I’m done. Easy!

2. Natural Oils for Removing Makeup

Most of the time, for my needs, soap does the job. However, if I’ve used mascara then I often find I need a little something else to shift it. Particularly I find that I need something that can gently remove mascara without having to rub hard on my poor eyes. This is when I raid the kitchen cupboard for some natural oil. I promise I’ve not gone crazy – most natural oils do a great job at removing makeup.

Here are just some of them – some of which you probably have to hand in your kitchen cupboard:

Avocado oil

Coconut oil

Jojoba oil

Olive oil

Sweet Almond oil

Carbon footprint wise, if you’re in the UK then olive oil made in the EU (Spain, Italy or Greece are big producers of olive oil) probably has the lowest of the carbon footprints because it travels the least distance to get to us, compared to avocado, coconut or almonds which are all grown much further afield. Something to bear in mind that can’t be repeated enough – just because something is plastic-free doesn’t make it better if it has to travel thousands of miles to reach us – local is almost always better (even if it comes in plastic).

How do you remove makeup with oil? I find massaging in some oil with my fingers removes even the most stubborn of eye makeup.

I then run a flannel/facecloth under warm water, before wringing it out a little so it’s not soaking wet. Next, I place the warm flannel on my face, leaving it for a few seconds before I wipe the oil off with the flannel. I then dry my face and moisturise as usual.

If your skin feels too oily after using the oil, you can use rosewater in a glass bottle as a toner.

3. Solid Plastic-Free Makeup Remover Bars

zero waste plastic free makeup remover

If using oil from your kitchen as a plastic-free makeup remover doesn’t do it for you then Lush sell completely packaging-free solid makeup remover bars for around £5. These bars are still oily but aren’t as slippy to use as a glass bottle of oil in your bathroom. Safety first!

To use rub the bar in your hands to release the oils (or swipe it directly on to your face). Then rub the oil into your skin and then remove the oils with a wipe or flannel.

My lovely reusable makeup removal pads were kindly gifted to me by Helen Round, a Cornish maker. Helen and her team make the super-soft pads by hand in her Cornwall studio and are a great buy if you are looking to swap from single-use wipes or pads.

You can also make your own makeup removal pads using this free crochet pattern. If that’s too tricky (I can’t crochet either!) then if you (or a crafty friend) have an old towel (maybe one that’s got a few holes and you were thinking about binning) then you can cut it up into squares to make your own pads. You might want to hem the sides to prevent fraying.

If these options are out of reach then you can 100% just use a facecloth. Let’s not overcomplicate matters or make something simple inaccessible.

What about DIYing Makeup Remover?

I’m a big fan of DIYing – I love making my own products and messing around in my kitchen. For the last little while, I have tried making my own makeup remover solution with a range of different ingredients. In the end, I found nothing as simple, effective, low waste and as low cost at removing makeup as either soap or natural oil, which served as a good reminder to me that not everything has to be complex to work!

Do you have a good plastic-free makeup remover solution? Are you a soap or oil fan? Maybe not convinced to make the switch?

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

My Natural Skincare Routine

natural skincare products

natural skincare products

I thought I’d share my natural skincare routine with you today as I’m always curious what products other people use and swear by, so I thought you might appreciate a peak into my routine.  I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to my skin – I don’t wear a lot of makeup or use a lot of beauty products – but as I get older I’ve started to pay a little bit more attention to it.

Natural Cleansing


I used to use a variety of products on my face, such as cleaners, toners and exfoliators, but now I just use a standard bar of soap and a flannel.  Not only is it budget and environmentally friendly but it’s brilliant on my skin.  I just wet my face, apply some soap and wipe in circular motions with a warm wet flannel, before giving my face a good rinse.  It cleans and removes makeup without dryness, and gently exfoliates my face without the need for a myriad of products or plastics.  I’m working through an old supply of regular soap but this post outlines some good natural soaps that I plan on trying soon.

Natural Moisturiser – Day

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A trap I used to fall into was using a day moisturiser with SPF.  I assumed moisturisers with SPF were good for my skin, but last year I discovered that many day moisturisers with SPF only offer UVA protection, rather than both full spectrum UVA and UVB protection.    Green People sent me their Green People Day Solution Cream SPF15* (£15.99) to try, which delivers both UVA and UVB protection.

It’s a lovely natural moisturiser, that’s paraben free, as well as being free of other nasties such as petrochemicals, phthalates and colourants.  It’s light and non-greasy and easy to rub in, so no danger of a white tint to your face or being left with an oily face!  It’s got a fresh and pleasant light scent too, so ticks all my boxes.  On sunny days when I’m out and about I’ll top this up every couple of hours.

My only gripe is that I don’t find it moisturises my dry-ish skin quite enough, so after letting the SPF sink in I use Laidbare Working 9-5 Anti-Ageing Hydration Cream* on top for a moisturising and anti-wrinkle boost.  It’s £7.99 from Holland & Barrett but is currently available on a buy one get another product half price promotion!

Even though it’s on the very cheap end of the scale as far as anti-ageing products go, I don’t think there’s any compromise on quality.  It’s packed full of natural ingredients,and doesn’t leave my skin oily or sticky.  It doesn’t have an overpowering smell and leaves my skin soft and moisturised.  I really like this stuff.

Natural Moisturiser – Night


Weleda Skin Food £9.95 from Weleda is my go-to for most dry skin issues.  It can be a bit too heavy and oily as a facial moisturiser during the day, but I find it makes an excellent night cream.  It does have quite a pungent herbal aroma, which some people love or hate, but I find it quite pleasant.  It moisturises my skin while I sleep, and doubles as a hand cream, elbow cream, foot cream, and everywhere else cream!  I did a full Weleda Skin Food review right back at the start of Moral Fibres – I’m a long time fan!

Natural Sunscreen


In the summer when I’m out and about I keep a tube of sunscreen in my bag.   Green People sent me their Green People SPF 15 Sunscreen* (£12.99), to try, which I love.  Made with 82.2% certified organically grown ingredients, and free of nasties, Green People is one of my favourite brands of eco-friendly sunscreen.  Unlike traditional types of natural sunscreen, it’s light and non-greasy and doesn’t leave a thick white layer behind on your skin.  SPF15 is fine as long as you reapply every couple of hours, which is what you should be doing, even with higher SPFs.

I also like Jason Sunscreen SPF45* (£11.99 from Holland & Barrett, but also available on their buy one get one half price promotion), and keep it in my bag for use on the whole family.  It’s paraben free and SLS free, and again I find it rubs in really well, without being overly thick or greasy.

So, that’s my natural skincare routine.  What about you?  Are there any products you love or swear by?  Or do you make your own natural skincare products?

* Denotes an affiliate link.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.  Green People also sent me the moisturiser and sunscreen to review – as always you’ve got my honest opinion.


The main image is by the very talented Benjamin Bullins – don’t you just love the idea of recycling an old bike in this manner?  All other images are my own.