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An Unusual Favourite: Coconut Oil

8:00 AM

I still remember when I discovered mascara. With a simple swipe, my lashes seemed 10x longer and I felt like a whole new person. Once my mom bought me my own tube, I gained an extra little boost of confidence with the help from my new favorite makeup item. Since that day, my love for mascara still holds strong. But with every positive comes a negative, and the negative side of mascara comes at the end of the day when it is time to remove it.

I've always struggled with removing eye makeup. I usually find eye makeup removers sold at the drugstore too harsh, drying, greasy, or expensive.

I was pleasantly surprised a couple of months ago when I decided to pick up a jar of coconut oil from the grocery store to see what all the hype was about. My mom had told me that she uses it for all kinds of purposes, including cleansing, so I wanted to see how it would fair at removing my near-impossible Rocket mascara. Shockingly, it worked...really well! 

Now, I know the idea of rubbing oil all over your eyes may be unappealing, but trust me, it works wonders! All I do is scoop a pea-sized amount of the oil from the jar (it melts quickly between your fingers) and massage it over my eyes. 

Once I’m done massaging and I look like I have two black eyes, I just wipe my eyes with a damp cotton pad and both the oil and makeup come off easy.

For a comparison, I used the cult favourite Bioderma, which costs around $22, on one eye and coconut oil on the other. 

It took two cotton pads and quite a bit of effort to completely remove my mascara using Bioderma (although this removes my face makeup like no other!) and only one cotton pad and little effort to remove the mascara using coconut oil.

As previously mentioned many eye makeup removers can be quite harsh and drying on the eye area. Unlike these, coconut oil actually leaves your eyes and lashes feeling moisturized and nourished instead of stripped and damaged.

So… if I haven`t convinced you enough already, give coconut oil a try! Not only is it cheap (you can find it at most grocery stores for less than $10), it is moisturizing, multi-purpose and a tub will last you a heck of a lot longer than any bottle of drugstore or high-end makeup remover.

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