DIY Make Up Remover Balm

Why is a cleansing balm

A cleansing balm is a type of skin cleanser typically formulated with a combination of emulsifiers, oils, and waxes. Unlike most makeup removers, cleansing balms are solid, not liquid.

Cleansing balms are able to dissolve oil, makeup, and even thick coats of sunscreen effortlessly. They trendy due in part to the popularity of the Korean double cleansing method, which involves using 2 steps to wash your face.

Step 1 removing your makeup…. this is where a cleansing balm comes in.

Step 2 is a more thorough cleanse that removes all traces of grime, oil, and whichever product you used during step 1.

When faced with tons of wipes, micellar waters and bottles of cleansing oil, we can start to believe we need 10 steps to wash our face.

Store bought cleansing balms

At $30 to over $80 a jar or more, you’re washing a very expensive blend of heavily fragranced oil down the drainLiterally. Many store bought cleansing balms are formulated with potentially irritating fragrances and preservatives, none of which are exactly conducive to skin health. 

Benefits of a cleansing balm


  • Thoroughly removes your makeup – no more remnants of yesterday’s foundation
  • Helps protect the skin against moisture loss and dryness
  • Can help dislodge blockages by penetrating into congested pores
  • Deeply cleanses without stripping the skin’s protective barrier
  • Helps to protect against the rebound oil overproduction caused by over-cleansing


If you’re not a fan of coconut oil or shea butter, you can easily use Babassu oil is a great alternative to coconut oil, as it’s similar in texture.  

Substitute for shea butter: Cocoa butter orbacuri butter, a rich, exotic butter from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Nilotica shea butter from East African Shea Butter, a rare healing, Anti-Aging Shea Butter From The Africa’s Eastern Regions. If regular shea butter has ever broken you out, you might prefer this.

I added herbs and flower petals to mine (reference: picture)



  • 1/2 cup unrefined or vanilla infused shea butter 
  • 2 tbs Virgin Coconut oil
  • 5 drops vanilla oleoresin (optional)


  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil at low heat. (The ratio of shea butter to coconut oil is important — if you add too much coconut oil, your balm will be too thin.)
  2. Once melted, turn off the heat and transfer to a non-plastic receptacle, such as a small mason jar.
  3. Mix in the vanilla essential oil, if desired. Whisk gently to combine.
  4. Let your cleansing balm sit in the fridge for about an hour to solidify. Afterwards, you can store it at room temperature.