Sunday, March 19, 2017


Make-up.  Some of us love it some of us hate it, but most of us have used it to some extent. 
I confess that I'm not a big make-up aficionado  but I do use it.  Sometimes I  wear a lot, like when  I'm going out somewhere special, sometimes I wear just a little and quite often I wear none at all.  Regardless of how often one wears make-up or even how much make-up they wear, the real chore is in removing it.  Eye make-up tends to be the most difficult to remove . . . especially that stubborn, hard to remove  mascara.
I have tried a number of things from different soaps and creams to products actually designed to remove eye make-up, and for the most part have been only moderately satisfied with the methods of removal.  The majority have been mediocre at best.  Soap is effective but drying to the skin, especially around the eye area, and some scrubbing is required, creams are messy and many did not dissolve the mascara sufficiently,  also  many products left my eyes red and burning.
Recently I discovered a safe, natural product that dissolves make-up, even mascara, efficiently and doesn't burn my eyes or dry out my skin.  It is cost efficient and  easy to find in your local supermarket.  It  is plain and simple; Coconut Oil.  I purchase the Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and find it in the aisle with the oils and shortening.
Coconut Oil is a soft solid at normal room temperature in much the same way that butter or margarine is and at slightly warmer temps it becomes a  slightly cloudy but colorless liquid, refrigerated it becomes just as hard as a stick of butter.  It also smells just like coconut, which some may not like but I find very pleasant.
When I wish to remove my make-up I take about a teaspoon  of the coconut oil and massage it gently over my face, paying extra attention to my eyelashes .  After massaging a bit, I gently remove the coconut oil and the dissolved make up with a soft tissue or two.  Afterwards I cleanse my face as I normally would . . . in my case I'm fond of " Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser  "  I find it leaves my skin soft and hydrated .  According to the Neutrogena webpage the product description reads:
 The rich, cushioning formula cleanses skin without over-drying and gently washes away dull surface skin cells.  Infused with antioxidant white tea and moisturizing vitamin E, the formula boosts three signs of healthy-looking skin: softness, evenness, and radiance. For skin that looks and feels healthy every day.
·         Oil-free
·         Dermatologist tested
·         Won't over-dry skin
Of course each and every one of us if different and what works for one does not work for all.  So I highly recommend  that if you wish to try either the Coconut Oil or the Neutrogena  Facial Cleanser, that you  should try just a tiny amount on a small inconspicuous test area of skin to see if you have any type of reaction such as:  burning, itching, redness, or rash.  My skin tends to be sensitive and there are many products that I cannot use, however I have not experienced any negative reactions with either the Cold pressed, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil  or the " Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser  " .
If you try it please let me know if it works for you and how you like or dislike it.
By-the-way, this is an unsolicited endorsement,  I am not a product sponsor  for Neutrogena nor am I receiving  any type of reimbursement  either monetary or otherwise for this blog write-up


  1. Coconut oil is good for a lot of stuff! I haven't worn make up since the mid 80s.

    1. JoJo - I know I've been away from blogging for ages so I truly appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment. After being gone for so long I expected to hear nothing but the sound of crickets chriping.

      To be honest I have only recently discovered Coconut Oil and am not sure why it took me so long to find it. It is a wonderful and useful product, not to mention natural.

  2. Nice to see you blogging, Anna!

    I don't know why I didn't think of coconut oil. I've been having a hard time taking off waterproof mascara (my eyes water constantly) and I bought another product to try just this afternoon. I'm going to try the coconut oil first since I have some. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Thanks Annette for visiting my Blog - know I've been absent for far too long. Hope I can begin to resume blogging on a more frequent basis.
      Please let me know if the coconut oil worked on the waterproof mascara and if you were happy or not with how it worked for you.

  3. Well, I just recently purchased coconut oil to make a hair mask (haven't tried it yet). I have found a very good locally produced face washing gel that cleans well my make up and doesn't dehydrate my skin, so I'll stick to it but I could try the coconut to see how it works. And I never use water resistant mascara.

    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog, I have been absent for so long that I was sure everybody had pretty much given up on me. :D
      I agree with you that if you have a product you are very happy with, it is best to stick with it.
      Lately I've been tempted to try making my own mascara as the store bought variety has tiny fibers in it that make the lashes look longer and thicker, these tiny fibers constantly flake off, getting into my eyes and it's most irritating - not to mention uncomfortable. Unfortunately the list of ingredients for making mascara is complex and when purchased would probably make enough mascara to supply a small city !


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