Lavilov would love to learn…Can I use baby shampoo to wash my face\remove make-up effectively? I have read on beauty blogs that you can basically just wash your face with baby shampoo (the tear-free ones)to remove even stubborn eye make-up…is that true?? we could save some serious money this way-:)
The Right Brain responds:
Here at the Beauty Brains we LOVE questions about saving money on beauty products!
3 types of makeup remover
There are three basic types of makeup removers: The oil based type that remove makeup based on the principle that like dissolves like (i.e., oily stuff will dissolve oily stuff.) These are typically mineral oil based. Then there’s the “oil free” type which work the same way but which are based on silicones instead of mineral oil. And finally there’s the water based type that are weak solutions of mild surfactants (detergents). And guess what, that’s exactly what a baby shampoo is! Here are a few examples to illustrate the point:
Makeup remover and baby shampoo ingredients
Lumene Sensitive Touch Gentle Eye Makeup Remover $5.99 for 3.4 fl oz ($1.76/oz)
Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Citric Acid, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Extract
Maybelline Maybelline Expert Eyes 100% Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover $4.49 for 2.3 fl oz ($1.95/oz)
Water, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Boric Acid, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Hexylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenylethyl Alcohol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate
Walgreens Baby Shampoo $3.99 for 20 fl oz (19 cents/oz.)
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium 15, Citric Acid, Yellow 10, Orange 4
The types of detergents used in these products are similar, and in some cases identical, to baby shampoo yet the baby poo costs a LOT less. You might have to dilute the shampoo a little bit but as long as you mix it up fresh each time you should be fine.
(And here’s another secret money saving tip: you can use baby wipes to remove makeup too.)
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