If moisturizers and serums can seep into your bloodstream through your skin, imagine what can get into your eyes (a.k.a. one of our most delicate and exposed organs). We’re extra cautious about eye makeup removers here at the Organic Authority HQ for this reason, but we’re also finicky about getting all our face paint off at the end of the day so our skin and lashes are totally spick-and-span as we snooze away. We’ve tried removers that either leave too much makeup on your face or tug away at lashes, or those that cause a painful reaction or lingering dryness. Here are five we recommend for a completely clean sweep sans toxins.
1. Best for Sensitive Eyes: Endurelash Organic Eye Makeup Removal Cloth
If you want to eliminate makeup and a liquid solution altogether, you’ll love Endure’s makeup removal cloths made with bamboo and cotton. All you need to do is add warm water to the reusable cloth and gently sweep off your eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. After you use it, just wash with water and a gentle soap, then keep it on your bathroom counter for up to nine months. For a deeper periodic clean, drop it in with your dark clothes in the washing machine. If you have sensitive skin that’s prone to allergic reactions or wear contacts, these cloths will be your saving grace.
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2. Best for Anti-Aging: Neal’s Yard Organic Eye Make-Up Remover
This extremely nourishing remover is perfect if you don’t wear super-heavy eye makeup since it’s oil-free (although it does quite well with waterproof mascara and eyeliner). With rose, white tea, and aloe vera, this solution also nourishes your skin while a tri-peptide infuses anti-aging benefits, which is awesome since your eye area is the most delicate, and therefore usually the first to get fine lines.
3. Best DIY Alternative: S.W. Basics Makeup Remover
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If you’re an oil fanatic, the queen of nitty-gritty skin care S.W. Basics has the best makeup remover for your delicate eye area. This contains three tried-and-true botanical oils: sweet almond oil, extra-virgin olive oil, and jojoba oil—all organic. All you need to do is give it a little shake, dispense a bit onto a cotton ball, then glide it over your eyes without worrying about that scary burning sensation. Oh, and you can also use it as a moisturizer if you’re feeling lazy or want a versatile product for travel.
4. Best Luxury Remover: Vapour Beauty Clarity Organic Makeup Remover
With a fancy blend of jojoba seed, camellia seed, and borage oils as well as organic helichrysum flowers and horsetail herb, this luxurious makeup remover dissolves the most immovable eye makeup (we’re talking stage greasepaint). But even if you’re a light makeup wearer, this blend can double as the first step of your double-cleansing routine to ensure you get all the grime off the face prior to using your regular cleanser. A little goes a long way!
5. Best Remover With Delightful Scents: Plant Apothecary RESET Organic Makeup Remover
This makeup remover is awesome if you’re all about the sensorial experience during your nightly skincare routine. This oil-free remover smells subtly like lemongrass and rose, while gentle soap-ified coconut, olive and jojoba oils work their chemistry magic to remove all grease and day-old cosmetics off your face.
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