Since unwashed makeup brushes can harbor breakout-causing bacteria, it’s a good idea to lather them up on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many commercial brush cleaners can contain harsh chemicals, so stick to gentle, non-toxic cleansers. Many beaut-istas swear by pure castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (which are USDA certified organic and certified Fair Trade!).
You could also try these recipes that will extend the life of your brushes and your skin:
- Witch hazel, lavender oil, and tea tree oil, as seen in this video.
- Olive oil, liquid castile soap, and vinegar, as seen on Crunchy Betty.
Or this concoction courtesy of EcoBeautySecrets.com:
You may also be interested in reading Organic Authority’s A Thing of Beauty: 5 Reasons to Use Synthetic Makeup Brushes, which explains that many makeup brushes are not vegan or even cruelty free!