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Between Pinterest and one of my favorite books, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood, I was able to put together a super simple DIY essential oil recipe that I really like, and I want to share it with you.

Whether we use our makeup brushes a little or a lot, over time they become filled with dead skin, oils, dust, and…bacteria. So, a simple cleaning is a MUST. It helps to maintain the longevity of our brushes and aids in good skin care practice.

 When buying or making products I try my best to find options that are simple, natural, and low-waste as much as possible. I love that this recipe offers exactly that. 

Deep cleaning my brushes is something I like to do weekly. I wash my hair once a week and I just go ahead and clean my brushes while I’m at it. My routine is to wash my hair in the evening so that it can dry naturally overnight. So, I figure I may as well work my makeup brushes into this routine so they too can dry naturally overnight. That way, in the morning after I’m done doing my hair and getting ready for the day my brushes are completely dry and ready for use.

To maintain the cleanliness of my brushes throughout the week, I mist them with an essential oil spray.

Okay, so here are the recipes:

Essential Oil Makeup Brush Cleaner
1 cup of warm water
1/4 cup distilled vinegar
1 tsp. castile soap
10 drops of tea tree essential  oil
10 drops of lemon essential oil (or oil of choice)

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Steps:
1. Mix warm water, vinegar, soap, and oils in a mason jar.
2. Pour a small amount of that mixture into a small bowl. (Just enough to cover the bristles 1/2 way. You don’t want water getting deep into the brush and ruining the glue)
3. One at a time, GENTLY swish your brushes around in the mixture for about a minute or so. (This step is disinfecting your brushes) Video below.

NOTE: I swish one brush at a time in the mixture and then dump it. I pour a fresh mixture from the mason jar into the bowl for each brush. That way I’m not disinfecting my next brush in a dirty mixture.
4. Head over to a sink. One brush at a time, add a drop of castile soap to the bristles and GENTLY wash them in a downward motion until water runs clear. (You want to keep your brush tilted downward as well.) Video below.
5. Give your brush a squeeze and shake to get as much water out as you can.
6. Hang brush downward to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

FYI: this video has no sound.

 

 

 

 

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Essential Oil Makeup Brush Spray
One 2 oz. bottle filled with purified water 
10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil
Optional: fill bottle 1/2 water and 1/2 witch hazel plus the essential oil

Step:
Give brushes a mist after each use. (Don’t make them too wet)

Please let me know if you try this. I’d love to hear how it worked out for you!

Also, I shared a video giving a visual of this process over on Instagram and YouTube if you want to check it out.