DIY Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads

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So, I know I’m supposed to wash  my face before bed at night. But sometimes I just don’t want to. But guess what? Laziness wins out! I’ve made these DIY coconut oil skin cleansing pads and they are WONDERFUL for cleaning your face before you go to bed, and great at removing make up. I’ve got oily skin, and these leave my skin moisturized and clean without clogging my pores. It’s so easy – all you need are cotton pads, coconut oil, and a mason jar and you’re ready to go!

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I know what you’re thinking – “Oil to clean your oily skin? This sounds like a bad idea!”. I thought the same thing. At first I was looking for a good makeup remover, and figured if I just used this on my eyes it’ll be fine. FYI – this is a great eye makeup remover if nothing else, but so much more. I’ve tried oil skin cleansing methods before, and my skin was never happy with it.

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The difference here is that we’re only using a bit of oil – 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil for an 8 oz mason jar. It’s enough to clean and moisturize without being a skin-clogging oil slick. Look at that. It’s not much at all. Especially when you realize this will be dispersed between lots of cotton pads.

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So we take the tablespoon of coconut oil, add some hot water (hot water from the tap is fine, too. Just need to get the coconut oil to melt if it’s not already in a liquid state).

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Add in any other oils you want. Rose hip seed oil is supposed to be a good oil for skin repair. I’ve just noticed it’s light and easily absorbed into my skin without any issue. I add 1/4 teaspoon at most. Or a very unscientific few bloops from the bottle. Lavender essential oil has some antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well, and hey, when I’m tossing stuff on my face, why not add a little of that to the mix? Just a few drops now, it’s strong stuff.
Also double check your oils before adding them since the jars look alike. I once mistakenly grabbed a bottle of jasmine essential oil and slathered it all over my face thinking it was rose hip seed oil. That was a painful mistake, haha! My face turned bright red, but it smelled great.

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You’ll want to mix the oil and water combination. Swirl it up so it mixes up as best as it can. Have your cotton face pads at the ready on the side, and when your oils look fairly evenly dispersed in the water (i.e. not just sitting on top of the water), gently add in the cotton pads.

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Slowly add in the pads until there’s very little liquid left. You’ll probably add pads to your jar at least twice. I like to add pads that are about the height of the jar first, and then once those have absorbed the liquid, add in a few smaller segments of cotton pads. Push down on them so they absorb all of the liquid. You don’t want to have a lot of liquid left. You want to have each pad absorb just enough to be moist, but not soaking wet because then the pad will absorb a bit too much and may deteriorate a bit. You’ll figure it out, don’t worry. They’re still good, they just might be a little difficult to get out. If this happens, make a mental note to add a few more pads next time.

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Once you’re happy with all of the pads you’ve added, seal the jar. I like to flip it upside down sometimes to make sure the top portion of pads gets as much liquid as the bottom portion of pads.

These are so great and best of all, cheap! Let’s do a list of ingredients per batch:

$0.18 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil  (I got this 14 oz jar of coconut oil at Aldi for $4.99)
$0.20 1/4 Teaspoon Rose Hip Seed Oil 
$0.02 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil  (this is such a minor amount of Lavender essential oil, I’m estimating on the high side).
$0.45 Cotton Pads (Big Lots sells sleeves of these for $1.00, Target for about $1.50. You’ll use less than half a sleeve per jar)
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Wow! A grand total of $0.85 per batch of super awesome better-than-the-store skin cleansing makeup removing coconut oil pads! Let me know if you try this – I’m curious what changes you make to make this your own!