We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Makeup Remover Product Page 

Includes Dr. Tanya Gill's personal notes and technical Q&A. For professional use only.

Concerns & Considerations

When I was a little girl, I loved sitting on the toilet seat and watch my mother either apply or remove her makeup. Applying was definitely my favorite, but watching her remove her makeup was equally fascinating. All the colors of eye shadow, foundation and lipstick stripped off with a 1 continuous swoop of her Ponds cold cream and a tissue. She also used vaseline and another product she purchased when she visited Hong Kong. The commonality between the products was that they were all oil based.


Fast forward to 2014. I am lecturing a female patient about sleeping in her eye makeup. She turns to me and says "Well, Dr. Gill – what should I use to remove my eye makeup then that would be better for my blepharitis." I wasn't able to answer confidently. That evening, I started developing the concept that would eventually become We Love Eyes. 


Here is a short list of attributes for a potential eye makeup remover product:

  • improves the appearance of the eyelids & eyes without compromising health
  • one that addresses eyelids and eyelashes
  • whiter looking eyes
  • healthier feeling eyes
  • healthy for meibomian glands and tear film
  • preservative free
  • vegan / cruelty free
  • gluten free (in case of ingestion while washing face)
  • effective on water proof eye makeup
  • non-irritating
  • addresses allergy concerns

Remembering back to what my mother used to remover her makeup and knowing that Japanese women have been cleaning their face (and bodies) with oils for centuries – I was drawn to a 100% oil based product. Ease of use, preservative free would make this product concept safe and healthy. After many weeks of trial and error, We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Makeup Remover (MRO) became a reality. It is the only preservative free eye makeup remover made by an optometrist that has been released commercially.

LFC Directions for Eyecare Professional Use

1. DOSING

MRO should be used to remove eye makeup, usually before bedtime. It can also be used as needed.

2. BLURRING OF VISION

MRO has been safety tested at an FDA approved laboratory to be non-irritating to the eyes and has also passed the allergy response Repeat Insult Patch Test. If MRO gets into the eyes, it will not harm the eyes, but it will blur the vision depending on the quantity that has entered the tear film.

3. APPLICATION

Dispense 2-5 drops on a cotton pad and wipe away eye makeup. Clean fingertips can also be used. Contact lenses should be removed before use of MRO. If blurry vision results, direct the patient to use 1 less drop until they find the number of MRO drops that is right for them. 

4. DURATION OF USE

Use this daily as part of your cleansing routine. If you are having an eye condition that requires an eye doctor, please contact them immediately as MRO is a cosmetic product and not designed to replace prescription treatment. 

5. CONCENTRATION OF TEA TREE OIL

The concentration of tea tree oil (TTO) that is in the final commercially available MRO is less than 1%. The concentration of the Cleansing Oil is double that. 

1. Tea Tree Oil

Explanation of Key Ingredients

2. Grapeseed Oil

3. Organic Jojoba Oil

Essential oil; anti-fungal; anti-bacterial; antiseptic; anti-inflammatory. Keeps meibomian glands and eyelash follicles clean to promote healthy eyelid margins.

Rich in linoleum acid; acts as an emollient and lubricant; antioxidant. Provides wound healing support and is a matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitor which supports epithelium & meibomian gland health.

Moisturizing; reconditions the skin; balances oil production; provides barrier protection; tocopherol (Vitamin E) content for antioxidant activity; anti-bacterial. Protects and repairs epithelium and smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

Technical Q & A

Answers provided for professional purposes only by Dr. Tanya Gill, OD

Dr Gill: The concentration of tea tree oil in the cleansing oil is stronger for an enhanced cleansing.

Q: What is the difference between the eye makeup remover oil and cleansing oil?

Q: How long does this product last?

Dr Gill: Depends on how much eye makeup the patient is removing. In general, 1 bottle lasts 1-2 months.

Q: Can I use this product for styes?

Dr Gill: If you have a stye and you would like to clean the eyelid margin where the stye is, I would recommend We Love Eyes Cleansing Oil since it has a higher concentration of tea tree oil as compared to MRO. Any stye should be under the care of an optometrist to prevent a dangerous condition called preseptal cellulitis. The stye in the same gland of the eyelid should be under the care of an optometrist to be evaluated for a carcinoma.

Q: What skin type is this best suited for?

Dr Gill: It is suited for all skin types and should be followed We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleanser (LFC) to wash away oily and remaining eye makeup residue. The organic jojoba oil in MRO was thoughtfully selected since jojoba naturally matches the sebum of the skin and keeps it in balance. Jojoba oil is also a botanical oil that is used for acne.-prone skin.

Q: My eyelids got red and swollen after using this. Is this an allergy?

Dr Gill: Possibly. 2% of the population in the USA is allergic to tea tree oil (TTO). I have my patients perform a patch test on their wrist to test for an allergic response. If a patient is allergic to TTO, they should not use any WLE products that contain TTO.

Q: Where should I store this?

Dr Gill: The best place would be in a cool, dry, dark place to prolong the efficacy of the the oils.

Dr Gill: The concentration of tea tree oil in MRO is less than 1% and it's double that for the cleansing oil for enhanced cleaning.

Q: What is the concentration of tea tree oil in the eye makeup remover oil versus the cleansing oil?

Q: What is the shelf life of the eye makeup remover?

Dr Gill: 12 months after opening. If water gets into the bottle, it must be discarded due to concern for bacterial, yeast and or mold contamination.

Q: Dr Gill, can you make an eye makeup wipe already?

Dr Gill: Thank you for this question. I have tried. In order to keep wipes free from bacteria, yeast and/or mold for 12 months – the wipes need to soaking in a bath of preservatives. My attempt at wipes ended up with multiple layers of preservatives (like wipes on the market today) and at an incredible cost to make it safest and healthiest. We Love Eyes eye makeup system is 2 steps which is not entirely convenient, but it is the safest and healthiest option for your eyes as the oil component is completely preservative free.

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