Why homemade mascara? For some time now my entire makeup routine has been a dab of lip balm and a quick brush of mascara. But I still wondered if these two little “makeup essentials” were really good for me. Being the hippie-lovin’-green-livin’ type gal that I am, I was pretty sure the answer was “no.” And that’s why I’m here to share my all natural homemade mascara recipe with you.

What is in mascara anyway?

Mascara dates back to ancient Eygpt. Most formulas contain the same basic elements: pigmentation, oils, and waxes. But most mascaras on the market these days have plenty of other “stuff” lurking about them.

Cosmetics are very loosely regulated by the FDA. There is a great deal of freedom for the beauty industry in the formulation of cosmetics. There are some concern for some ingredients found in mascara since they have been found to cause cancer in mice, and others are known to be highly toxic to the human body. (source)

I’ve been using an organic “all natural” mascara for the past couple of years. In fact, I made the switch long before I ditched all my other toxic beauty products. My old “volumizing” mascara made my eyes red and itchy. Apparently allergic reactions are common with mascara users. These reactions are usually attributed to methylparaben, aluminum powder, ceteareth-20, butylparaben, or benzyl alcohol that are often found in mascaras. (source)

But even this (more expensive) organic brand was full of ingredients that I didn’t quite feel safe about. And I’ve been on a “make your own” kick, so why not homemade mascara?

Why I love my homemade mascara

My first attempt at homemade mascara wasn’t very impressive. It worked, but the results were so subtle that it didn’t seem worth the time. I played around with the mixture, added in some beeswax, and am much happier with what I now have. I can’t call it “water proof,” but I haven’t had any unfortunate raccoon eyes… even after a sweaty dance class. (You can always add more beeswax than what I have in the recipe below to get more of a thicker, waterproof mascara.)

This homemade mascara does a great job darkening, separating, and conditioning the lashes. And my eyes feel so much better using it! I probably won’t be asked to model for Maybelline anytime soon, but I think it does the job nicely.  🙂

The recipe is really easy. The hardest part is getting it into the blasted tube. If you have a long syringe (like this) that would probably be best. But I think I’ve come up with a handy little way to get your homemade mascara where it belongs if you don’t have one. Check it out:

If you rather buy instead of make:

Because I get asked all the time, let’s put this here: Check out Beautycounter. You can find their highly rated mascara here.

Why Beautycounter?

While the European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the Unites States has banned only 11. Eleven, folks.

What does that mean? It means that there are more than 10,000 chemicals found in personal care and beauty products. Only 10% of those products even have safety data. And some ingredients that we KNOW are bad are still being used in the stuff you use every day.

And you can’t trust labeling. Things like “all natural” and “preservative free” don’t hold a lot of weight in the US. You’ve got to dig deep to really find out what’s in those products you are buying.

Beautycounter is on a mission to get safer cosmetics and products into every home. I fully support their work and their products. Learn more about Beautycounter’s mission here. Seriously, they are superheroes in my book.

Okay, back to the homemade mascara recipe. You ready?

 

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What do you think? Are you up to trying homemade mascara?

 

UPDATE: I had enough people ask to see what the mascara looks like on. So, here you are. I am not wearing any other makeup, just the mascara… so keep that in mind.

This is me with my homemade mascara.

 

 

All natural homemade mascara recipe! So cool! Who knew you could make this yourself?