Natural makeup brush cleanser

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? I would be lying if I said that I'm great at keeping up with cleaning mine. I'm sure I'm not the only lady guilty of mumbling "just this last use and then I will clean them" as I quickly throw on my makeup (with a crazy one year old digging through my bathroom cabinets and throwing everything onto the floor). Putting on any makeup at all is enough I right, or am I right? But when you think about how much sweat, oil, dead skin, dirt, and bacteria makeup brushes can harbor and breed (uhhh gross) should be enough motivation to get on it and wash those stank things!

For me, buying a special brush cleanser is clearly out of the question...just another thing to keep up with. I eventually figured out that making my own is not only WAY easier because I already have everything on hand, but it's also the best natural option. I get to control what goes into my cleanser and soaks into my brushes (and eventually touches my face) and I am easily able to avoid any toxic or harsh chemicals. Basically it's a win-win for me. I personally prefer to make it as I use it, but you could also pre-make a small bottle. I've gotten in a good routine of washing my brushes every 1-2 weeks, or even daily sometimes if I'm in the midst of a bad breakout. Brushes that are used in liquid (foundation, liquid eyeliner, etc.) should be washed every few days, but brushes used in powder are able to go longer in between cleanings. I can definitely tell a difference once mine are clean because my blush and powder go on smoother and way quicker.

I've tried several different recipes and so far this one is my favorite! All you need is:

1. Castile Soap
Castile soap is a vegetable based soap made with olive oil, and other plant oils. I love Dr. Bronner’s brand products. They're certified organic and contain no synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes, or whiteners.

2. Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Essential Oil
Tea Tree is a great oil to add because of it's antibacterial properties. It will help keep your brushes clean and bacteria free!

3. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil is known for its purifying and cleansing properties, and it is often used to promote detoxification. It also smells wonderful and leaves a natural, fresh scent!

In a small glass bowl combine 1/4 teaspoon of castile soap, two drops of tea tree oil, and one drop of lemon oil. Add a little bit of warm water and put your brushes in- I like to swirl mine in the soapy mixture and then let them sit for a minute. Take them out and massage them under running warm water until they run clear. If they need another did in the soap then pop them back into the bowl (make another bowl if that water is too dirty).
Voila....clean brushes! Easy right?

How do you clean your makeup brushes? Do you like to keep your brush cleanser natural?
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