Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ka-Ching! This One's A Keeper

So I finally stopped griping about the cost of something and tried a homemade version of it for pennies on the dollar.

It's this.

I didn't make this up myself, and I have absolutely no clue who actually did. There are versions and variations all over the internet. I'll just say that whoever you are, Miss Makeup Wipe Person, you deserve two thumbs up.  You have just saved me a lot of money.

And this is all it takes.

(boiled or distilled) water - 2 cups
baby wash -2 squirts
coconut oil - 1 to 2 tablespoons

That was the first thing I liked about it: I didn't have to head to the  nonexistent health food store in town; it was all at Walmart.  Lucky me, I already had the coconut oil because of a recipe I saw on Pinterest. The fact that I never actually tried that recipe should in no way negate the thriftiness of this project....

The second thing I liked was that it was fast and easy.  That part was kind of important. Let's face it: Any woman who is too lazy to wash her makeup off at the bathroom sink isn't interested in a chemistry experiment. It took about ten minutes, max.

Just mix the coconut oil with the (warm) water until it dissolves.
 It will start out a soft solid,.

Squirt in the baby wash and stir.

Then place some paper towel in the water and let it absorb.
  I used Bounty select-a-size and folded each sheet in half to fit my container. 

You're supposed to let it absorb for at least five minutes
so that's exactly what I did.  

I waited exactly five minutes to try it out.

Now, here's the part where you get to benefit from my guinea pigheadedness.
  Don't do that.

My first swipes worked well but felt kind of cold creamy on the face. I squeezed out the excess liquid and stored them anyway.  When I tried it again at bedtime, they had a better consistency.

So, if you try this, wait a while.
Of course, you can also dink with your oil to get it the way you want.
 I used 1 1/2 level tablespoons in mine. 
I'm thinking you could even use less. 

The third thing I liked about it was that it actually worked. I don't mean worked like a cheap brand, either. I mean worked like the $7.00 brands.  ( I have no idea how they compare to something even more expensive because I've never tried anything more expensive.) There was no stinging, no drying, and no tugging. I checked the mirror this morning, and there was no football player looking back at me, either. My face feels soft  but not greasy.

Since I like math about as much as I like chemistry, I didn't whip out the calculator for a detailed price analysis, but I estimate the cost to be less than $0.50 for the whole thing. Considering the fact that you can't even get cheap baby wipes for that price, I give it the Ka-ching Award for money in the bank.

I'm putting the difference in my living room chair fund.

It's so cheap that I'm going to buy one more ingredient for my next batch.

Apparently, some folks have discovered mold growing on them if they last too long. Since I'm pretty sure I don't want to add moldy face  to the list of things that freak me out, I'm going to do as suggested and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the solution.  I just didn't want to buy it if the wipes weren't going to work anyway.  

In closing, can I just add one more thing?

Just in case the green police show up at the blog door and attempt a citation.  No... I do not feel guilty for using one, lousy, piece of select-a-size paper towel to wipe off my makeup. I say this because on every source I clicked, there seemed to be some banter between the crunchy hipsters about the waste of paper for this project. Apparently, the hip thing to do is make what they called reusable makeup remover wipes out of  cotton.

Now folks, please do feel free to do so, but I kinda think the idea begs a question:
 Isn't a reusable makeup remover wipe what we old timers call 
a wash cloth?  

Yeah, I think so too.   

Really, I do suggest you try these if you haven't already.


Christine said...

Ok, I'm getting the Baby Wash today and trying this. This could be life changing. (Is it really that easy?)

Knitty said...

Did you see my raccoon eyes this morning and that prompted this post?

I like this idea and really love your observation about the washcloth.

I have never claimed to be as green as I should/could be, but when someone using disposable diapers, disposable diaper wipes and drinking commercially bottled water gives me the eye, I am tempted to give them a different body part. (hehehe)

Vee said...

Since I no longer use makeup, I all set, though I am sure that my frugal daughter would appreciate the recipe. Perhaps I should just go with the coconut oil. Oh, and what a mess that would be in the wash on towels. Some green folks are nonsensical.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Debbie,
Good to hear from you, been a long time. I love Guy Penrod too, and for all the same reasons, so you will love the video, it is a 45 mins. tho,
but worth it. If you can't get the link, just go to utube, then type in "the best of Guy Penrod". and it should come up. Hope you enjoy it,
showed it to my hubby last night as he is a fan too, and he loved it.
I am not a fan of longhair on men,
but he is the exception I have to say.............
Have a great day, will come back and read your post later, as I am rushing to get to an unexpected
dental appt.
Blessings hon, Nellie

Barbara F. said...

Debbie, I am going to try this. I spend too much on makeup remover (Clinique). I will absolutely use the Select-A-Size Bounty as well. and the tea tree oil. I don't understand the green die hards with using fabric. How does that really save? OK, trees, I get it, but aren't we using water, electricity or gas, to launder them? Six of one, half dozen of the other. xo

elizabeth said...

I just may have to try this out!
Laughing at the washcloth statement!

Chatty Crone said...

Debbie I have heard from a great many people the benefits of coconut oil. I think you can put it on straight too. And as a hand lotion. Good work. sandie

Denise said...

Is this the stuff you shared with me when we were at the hotel? You saw how much I needed to remove my eyes. I will have to try this makeover remover since the stuff I'm using now is getting pricey. Oh how I appreciate you standing in as guinea pig for me. Does it smell coconutty? I love that smell but not too strong at night. Thanks for sharing. I love a frugal idea.

And, yes about the wash cloth.

Sharon said...

You are always a fount of knowledge. Thrifty knowledge - arguably, the best kind.

This is amazing. I'm going to have to try it. I also like the idea of adding tea tree oil. Seems to me that that would eliminate ANY greasiness. (I really can't stand greasy products).

Now, can you come up with something that makes the *makeup-less* face any younger looking??

Pretty please.


Jaybird said...

Great idea, but I need to know if there is a substitute for the coconut oi??? I can't use that...do you suppose I could use something else?
Blessings to you and many thanks,

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Oh I remember when I used to make wipe for the kids...and yes, I did use wipes and not cloth rags... for when we were out and about, but I made my own.
Go for it girl...and if I get your way I will be there to help out with a chair for your den...enjoy saving and dreaming!!
Hugs and love...thanks for the continued prayers of support

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Wow, what a great recipe. I use the old fashioned washcloth and then slather my face with coconut oil.
I don't wear a lot of makeup anyway,
most days none other than lip gloss and lipstick maybe some blush.
These homemade recipes are great cause that was what they used to use back in my Mom's day..........before
we had all these convenience items.
Glad you found a way to cut costs,
I love finding a better and less expensive way.
Blessings, Nellie

Maryann said...

I am always looking for a way to save some $$$. How can I not give this a try?

Crickit said...

Thanks for the tip. Saving $$ is always on my mind!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Well if I wore makeup I'd be all over this:) But I don't. But I do use coconut oil for lots of things and love it!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Alright!! That is a great review, Debbie. How much Tea Tree Oil? Just a few drops? Thank you!! blessings ~ tanna

Gina said...

Oh my goodness, I would have never believed this could be done. Thanks for sharing!

And honestly, is there anything better than a tutorial with a side of your humor? Love it!

Sonja said...

I'm a little green about your green-ness. I have never tried some of the homemade ideas, and I'm sure they work perfectly. This one does sound good. What I really love is the idea of saving on something and putting that $$ aside for a chair or whatever... I write a check for $10 more than the grocery bill and stick it aside and opened a special account with it years ago... it's grown and it makes me happy!! Is that green?? :)

kitty said...

Wow, Debbie, way to go! I even have a big jar of coconut oil in the pantry from when I made sugar scrubs! This sounds like a winner and I'll be using the paper towels, too. Woo hoo!!

Debbie said...

Perfectly wonderful idea! I almost can't admit how simple, or would it be lazy? my makeup removal ritual is. I have tried many things over the years. Stocked up on expensive cleaners, make up removers, creams etc. and have always come back to just plain old Dove soap and water while I am in the shower in the morning. "If" I have worn makeup that day, it's worn to bed that night as well. (don't usually wear a whole lot) I follow that up with an inexpensive dab of Cataphil moisterizer and I am done. Now I do wear kind of expensive makeup (when I wear it) and I don't know if that is why it washes off soo easily or what. But I have found with my skin, ONE good washing a day is better and all I need. Two and my skin looks kind of dry and redish. I think my lack of many wrinkles is inherited from my mother rather than anything I have done ; ) I have NO idea why I felt the need to write all this and I profusely apologize, lol. Enjoy your day Debbie, and I DO think this is a wonderful idea!

The Dibb Cribb said...

Hi, Debbie. I made these 25 years ago for my babies, but I removed the cardboard tube from an entire paper towel roll sawed in half width-wise. I recycled an old baby wipe flip-lid comtainer, too, because you know diapering: you need easy access. I think I used baby wash, baby oil and water. All my sisters-in-law and sister and cousins and friends all got hooked on them too. I can still remember their wonderful scent! I would definitely love the coconut oil scent too!

I "butter" toast with cold pressed virgin coconut oil. I also pop popcorn in it and fry eggs. Love the stuff!

Kelley (Highway)

Amy Kinser said...

I will try these out for sure. I use coconut oil all the time anyway on my face and LOVE it! I also buy those makeup cleaner wipes and love them but don't like the cost. I think this is great.

My only concern is the tea tree oil. I think it may have a strong scent. Do you know? Let me know if you add it to your next batch.

Sharlotte said...

I'm going to try this, thanks so much for posting. It looks easy and yes, I'm going to use paper towels too! Ha ha!


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