If you’re anything like me, you absolutely love your makeup but hate cleaning your brushes.  This is one of SO MANY cleaning tasks I have to cross off of my list before the big move next month, and the method shown below works so much faster for me than any conventional makeup brush cleansers I’ve used in the past.

I’m trying to be more conscious of the ingredients in the products I use in my household and on my body, and brush cleaner is no exception.  Although the cleanser itself never comes into direct contact with my skin, I find comfort in knowing I can trust the products being used and I can pronounce all of the ingredients (Seriously, look up any name brand makeup brush cleanser and check out the ingredients).  Fragrances have become a research focus of mine lately, and I’m honestly terrified of how much we don’t know about these products sold to us as consumers.  Did you know that in certain circumstances the FDA does not require companies to list specific ingredients in fragrances if it would force a company to release their “trade secrets”?  This means that any time you purchase something with added scent, the label may be omitting thousands of chemicals and carcinogens.  That’s a big no thank you coming from me.


I feel so #blessed to be able to create my own products at home, and I want to share a recipe for homemade makeup brush cleaner that you can make in seconds with only  couple of ingredients.


For this cleanser, I am going to use:

    1. Pure-Castile Soap: you can find this online at Amazon here.  I chose lavender.  This type of soap is entirely vegetable-based, and does not contain  synthetic fragrances–better for your skin and the environment!
    2. Witch Hazel: also found on Amazon, witch hazel is known for reducing inflammation and redness, and it can slow the growth of bacteria.
    3. Thieves Essential Oil: eliminates odor and thoroughly cleans, made from a blend of clove, lemon, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary essential oils.


What you’ll need:

  • clean glass* bowl
  • 4 tbsp. pure-castile soap
  • 1 tbsp. witch hazel
  • 5 drops Thieves essential oil
  • dirty makeup brushes

*Make sure not to use plastic.  The lemon essential oil that is part of the Thieves blend can eat away at the plastic and cause harmful chemicals to be released into your cleanser.

Mix your pure-castile soap, witch hazel and Thieves into your glass bowl.  Swirl each brush individually through the cleanser, and rinse very well, usually until your water runs clear.  Lay brushes out flat to dry.

This method takes only a matter of minutes, makes my brushes smell amazing, and I’ve been breaking out less (thank you Thieves)!

If you just don’t like the smell of Thieves (then personally, I think you’re wrong), you can also use lavender and frankincense essential oils in its place.  Both are so good for your skin!



Send me a message!  I’d love to hear what kind of DIY self and home-care products you’ve made.  If you need to stock up on oils, e-mail me at and I’ll give you 10% off your purchase!

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