How to Make Rinse Free, Quick Drying Makeup Brush Cleanser From Scratch

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m having an OK day today. It’s my birthday and I woke up feeling a bit of fatigue so I’m taking the day off from playing with my makeup, however… I thought I’d share my recipe for no rinse brush cleaner.

There is a brush cleaner that I absolutely love… it’s called Cinema Secrets. It costs $24 for an 8 oz bottle, $32 for a 16 oz bottle and $45 for a 32 oz bottle. I typically buy 2 of the 32 oz bottles and that normally gives me about 3 weeks worth of product. When I sat down to do my beauty budget one day I realized I was spending about $100 a month just in spot cleanser for my makeup brushes.

This lead me research what was in the Cinema Secrets spot cleanser. They use denatured alcohol (ya the stuff used as a fuel additive and as an exterminator additive) and they also use D&C Green #6 (better known as Solvent Green 3) it’s used to give makeup and medicines a greenish tint to them… it’s also attracted to oils. Neither of those 2 ingredients is appealing to me.

It took me about 10 tried to get my formula right, and in doing so I was able to come up with a solution that is a damn near spot of dupe for the Cinema Secrets solution. It even smells like it.

The items I use for my brush cleaner.

What you will need:

  • a funnel (if you are anything like me and don’t have the steadiest of hands)
  • a bottle that can hold 32 fl oz (946.35 mL) of liquid… I just keep reusing the 4 empty Cinema Secrets bottles that I had from the last time I purchased it.
  • 11 fl oz (325.31 mL) of water… I like to use filtered water since I live in Florida and our water is mostly reclaimed water and I don’t want that touching my makeup.
  • 12 fl oz (354.88 mL) of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol… you can use 70 %, however this will yield a formula that is less quick drying than if you used 99 %.
  • 9 fl oz (266.16 mL) of OIL FREE Micellar Cleansing Water… this does have to be oil free or it will start to cause build up on the brushes that will transfer to your makeup, I’ve ruined a heaps of makeup before I realized it was the oil in the Micellar Water causing it.
  • 3 to 5 pumps of a gentle baby wash (I prefer the Johnson’s version)… I makeup 2 versions, 1 with only 3 pumps of baby wash and the other with 5 pumps of baby wash… the later of the versions I use on days when I am using super saturated pigments to give the brush cleaner a little extra help getting all the pigments out.
  • 3 to 5 drops of an essential oil… I like to use a vanilla essential oil since that is the scent associated with the Cinema Secrets formula, however I use a lavender scented one for the version that used 5 pumps of baby wash to help me remember which is which.

That’s it… you just add all the items into your empty bottle and presto rinse free, quick dry brush cleanser.

Wanna know the best part? The cleanser that I make is 56% of 1 bottle of Cinema Secrets I can make (3) 32 fl oz bottles of the brush cleaner I can up with.

  • A 32 fl oz (946.35 mL) bottle of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol at Target retails for $2.59 and you get 3 uses out of that 1 bottle….that’s $0.86 per use.
  • A 13.5 fl oz (399.24 mL) bottle of Oil Free Micellar Water at Target retails for $6.99 and you get 3 uses out of that 1 bottle… that’s $2.33 per use.
  • A 21.1 fl oz (624 mL) bottle of Johnson’s Baby Wash at Target retails for $6.39 and you get 18 uses out of that 1 bottle… that’s $0.36 per use.
  • A 4 oz (118.29 mL) bottle of Essential Oil on Amazon (the vanilla one I like) retails for $8.99 and you get 10 uses out of that 1 bottle… that’s $0.90 per use.
  • That’s a grand total of $24.96

Bringing the total per 32 fl oz (946.35 mL) of solution a total of $4.45 as opposed to $45 for a single 32 fl oz (946.35 mL) of Cinema Secrets… that’s10% the cost of 1 bottle of Cinema Secrets, and still even with purchasing all the products needed to make this brush cleanser you would still be spending just shy of 2 times less than what 1 bottle of the Cinema Secrets costs.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night 🌞🌜 and that you are in great spirits and health 😄🩺.

👄Remember, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick👄

💕❌⭕❌⭕💕, Nita