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Makeup Brush Cleaner with Essential Oils

This all-natural makeup brush cleaner is effective at cleaning your brushes and leaves the bristles moisturized. Not only do the essential oils in this recipe leave a lovely scent on your brushes, but they are also great for your skin!

Makeup Brush Cleaner

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  1. Pour a little Fractionated Coconut Oil into a Shot Glass. Add essential oils, and stir to combine.
  2. Pour a little Castile Soap into another Shot Glass.
  3. Swirl your makeup brushes in the oil solution until you see the makeup stored in the brush start to come out (about 15–30 seconds). Rub against the palm of your hand or a paper towel to agitate it a little and loosen the makeup. Keep the bristles pointed down.
  4. Rinse the brush under warm running water. Gently squeeze the brush bristles until the water runs clear. Note: Make sure to point the bristles down during this whole process. If tipped with the bristles up, the oils and water may loosen the glue that holds the bristles to the brush and shorten the life of your brushes.
  5. Swirl the brush in the Castile Soap for 15 seconds, and rinse again with warm water. This helps remove the oils from the brush.
  6. Gently squeeze all liquid from the brush, and hang your brushes to dry (bristles pointed down) or let dry flat on a towel.

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Tea Tree

Tea tree essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree of the myrtle family.

Two tall ti-trees amid dense scrub overlooking Injidup beach and Indian Ocean, South-west Western Australia

Historically, the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia were used to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections.

Today, tea tree essential oil is commonly used to help support the body when dealing with acne, allergies, aneurysm, bacterial infections, boils, candida, canker sores, cavities, chicken pox, cold sores, cuts, dermatitis, ear infection, gum disease, hepatitis, infection, inflammation, lice, mumps, pink eye, rashes, ringworm, shock, sore throat, sunburn, tonsillitis, viral infections, warts, and more.

In French medicine, tea tree is commonly used to help with athlete’s foot, bronchitis, colds, coughs, diarrhea, flu, gum disease, and sore throat.

Aromatically, tea tree is said to promote cleansing and purity.

Tea tree is known to be analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, strongly antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, and tissue regenerative.

How have you used tea tree essential oil? Feel free to comment below!


Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2014 edition, p 96.