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DIY Essential Oil Makeup Brush Cleaner

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For me, my makeup brushes are my life. Okay, that's a little exaggerated - a lot exaggerated, actually. But, I do find them to be a very important part of my beauty regimen. I'm not afraid to spend a little extra on a nice brush that will give me the best application for my over-priced makeup, without leaving little stray bristles all over my face. Let's be honest here - is there really anyone (with the exception of professional makeup artists, and estheticians) that actually, regularly cleans their makeup brushes? With our busy schedules does anyone find the time to clean your makeup brushes? The fact is - not many do, but we REALLY, REALLY SHOULD. And, the best part is - it can be done naturally with essential oils.

As we use our makeup brushes on a daily basis-  deep within the bristles are bits of old makeup, dead skin, dirt, oil, and bacteria. I'll admit, I'm guilty of throwing a makeup brush to the bottom of my purse where it takes up residence with old quarters and receipts - And then, you're telling me, I'm supposed to put that on my face? Ick. Ick. Ick. NO, thank you. So how do I clean these without the use of harsh chemicals that can strip away the bristles? Essential Oils.

It's actually very easy. Simple cleaning and upkeep should be done daily (I use a natural baby wipe and wipe away after each use), but DEEP CLEANING should be done at least once a week.


I suggest doing this before bedtime, as you will have to let your brushes dry naturally.

Rally up these items:
  • A bowl
  • Hot water (Not boiling water! Shoot for the same temp you use while showering)
  • Distilled white vinegar -
  • Tea Tree Oil - a fabulous (and NATURAL!) antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic and powerful anti-fungal agent.... Um, hello.. yes please!!
  • Lavender essential oil  - Provides a pleasant scent, and is a natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial oil. Also, has moisturizing qualities. Um, Helllllllo. Yes yes please!
  • Lint free cloth

Okay, so now the fun begins!

First, gently rinse your brushes under running lukewarm water. There is no need to scrub here. Just a quick once-over will do. 

Fill your bowl with about 1 1/2 cups of water, and 1/2 cup of the distilled white vinegar. Add equal parts Tea Tree Oil and Lavender essential oil. I do about 10 drops of each.

Swirl your brushes, one by one in the bottom of the bowl. Now, listen up here this is important!! 

DO NOT. I repeat - do NOT torture your brushes - Use of excess force is a crime and punishable by up to 10 years in beauty jail. Okay, kidding - but really - treat your brushes with care. Pushing them too hard into the bowl will cause damage to your beauty investment and will do more harm than good. Let the strength of your oils do the work for you. Also be careful to only allow the bristles to get wet - if you let the mixture get into the handle it will eventually break down the glue that holds your bristles together and you'll be left with useless brushes.

Rant over...

Allow your brushes to soak for about 20 minutes, then set aside on a lint free cloth and allow to air dry. Don't use your brushes until they are completely dry.

You'll notice they will be soft, clean, and smell absolutely wonderful! :)







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