Recipe round-up: Make-up removers, Triska asked: So, a lot of the makeup removers in my supermarket are those bi- phasic ones you shake before using. I would love to try to replicate them but I just dont quite understand them, is it just that you have an oil phase and a water phase plus preservatives. No emulsifier?
I had no idea what these things were until you asked the question, so let's take a look at what these are as products and how we might make one!
Here are a few examples of biphasic make-up removers. (I have to admit, it was hard to get information because a lot of these companies didn't have ingredients listed on their corporate sites.)
BioLine gentle eye make-up remover biphasic: Water Lily Extract, Allantoin, Macadamia Oil
Lord & Berry biphasic make up remover: Water, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, witch hazel, imidiazolidinyl urea, magnesium nitrate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazonlinone, colour
Sephora Collection waterproof makeup remover: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Maltodextrin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Poloxamer 184, Hydroxycetyl Hydroxyethyl Dimonium Chloride, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, CI 61570 (Green 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, BHT.
And here's an example of one we could make, courtesy of Lubrizol. It is some water with a bunch of esters in it that has been pH balanced with citric acid. If you don't have esters, you can use the oils of your choice. I encourage you to use really light oils like fractionated coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, hazelnut oil, or some of the exotic oils like evening primrose oil or meadowfoam oil, or very light esters like cetearyl ethylhexanoate or isopropyl myristate.
Here's an example of another one we could make, courtesy of B&T company. This one has an ester with some silicones and some lovely humectants. You can make changes here by using other esters in place of the one suggested.
I'm not really sure why someone would want something that wasn't emulsified. I like the version I make with water soluble esters because it's all mixed together and doesn't leave behind a really greasy feeling. Can you share your thoughts if you're using this product? Is it greasy feeling? Do you rinse it off? If so, does it rinse off cleanly? I'm really curious to hear your experiences!