So you want to make an oil based remover. What are our goals?
- Something with glide
- Something cleansing
- Something emollient
Fractionated coconut oil and shea oil are great glidy oils. Sunflower, safflower, soy bean - again, good glide. Avocado, hazelnut and grapeseed are "dry" oils, and not great with the glide, so save those for another formulation.
Castor oil is a great cleanser, so we are going to use this as the base of our remover.
Pretty much any oil is going to be a good emollient, but I like sunflower, soy bean, olive oil, and rice bran oils for my moisturizing bases, so let's use one of those.
Having said all of this, I think a combination of light oils is the best choice for an oil-based make up remover as we really don't want a ton of oils left behind on our eye lashes!
OIL BASED MAKE-UP REMOVER RECIPE
50% castor oil
20% fractionated coconut oil
20% sunflower or safflower oil or shea oil
9% polysorbate 80
1% Vitamin E
Why are we including polysorbate 80 into something without water? Isn't this an emulsifier? Yes, it is. But it's also a non-ionic surfactant with some basic cleaning power. If we add this to the mixture, it will act as a surfactant to remove your make-up, and it won't leave your eyes or face all greasy afterwards.
Mix together the castor oil and fractionated coconut oil. Mix your poly 80 and sunflower/safflower/shea oil and add to the container. Add 1% Vitamin E. Mix well. Pour into bottle. Rejoice!