Finding an eye makeup remover tough enough to cut through waterproof products (we’re looking at you, Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner) yet gentle enough to save your eyeballs from burning is no small feat. But natural oils—yep, the same ones that call your kitchen cabinet home—have a knack for striking the right balance. We tapped Sarah Buscho, co-founder of plant-based beauty brand Earth Tu Face, for her tried-and-true favorites.
We weren’t surprised to hear that everyone's favorite oil can moonlight as an eye makeup remover, too. "Coconut oil breaks up water-resistant substances used in many eyeshadows and mascaras, gently detaching them from the skin around the eyes,” says Buscho. “Since it’s naturally moisturizing and packed with antioxidants—which help block free radicals that cause premature aging—it also acts as a treatment product.”
Because olive oil has a similar structure to the oils found in products like mascara, it can help dissolve makeup safely and smoothly, says Buscho. The nutrient-rich blend is also “naturally non-comedogenic,” and manages to leave skin moisturized (and irritation-free) without clogging pores.
If you can’t seem to escape the tight feeling left by traditional removers, sesame oil might just be the ticket. "It provides effective hydration for even the driest skin,” says Buscho. “After removing most residue, the remaining oil is absorbed into the skin, leaving it soft, plump, and hydrated.” (We have the naturally-occurring vitamin E—a fatty acid known to promote healing—in sesame oil to thank for that.)