Homemade mascara: All natural and eye friendly

Homemade mascara: All natural and eye friendly

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 it 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:

All natural homemade mascara.

 

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.

 

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

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514 comments

      1. Catryna

        I was reading this, and I thought to make it easier I’d copy and paste all the really helpful stuff into one post, since I am reading it all anyways. Many people suggested adding Vit.E. if you do should add a little more beeswax so it holds/sets the way it should. the Mascara containers Robin gives links too are plastic. You can totally omit the aloe and add more coconut oil, or omit the oil and add more aloe, add more beeswax if you want it thicker/better staying power in heat/humidity cause coconut oil starts to get liquidy above 70 degrees. Other place to get Charcoal: http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Way-Activated-Charcoal-Capsules/dp/B0006LCQ4Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1362519785&sr=1-1&keywords=Activated+Charcoal .(Mr. Potter)Activated charcoal can be found at walmart in the aquatic pets section as filter media. Make sure you mix/whisk your ingredients really well, over heat, some people said they stirred as it was cooling and that helped alleviate the separation issues. When you measure the grated beeswax – pack it in, just like brown sugar. If your worried about how pure your alow is, just get some leaves and scrape them yourself. Phew, read all 429 comments!!

        Stacy:Out of curiosity, would black mineral mica pigments work as well as charcoal? I’ve got those, because I blend my own make-up. I’m so excited to try this! YAY! thanks for sharing! which would also mean I could have that long coveted blue, green, and purple mascara, too! ;) ((along with just about any other crazy color I could mix up))(Robin doesn’t see a prob with it)

        Amanda asked what to do about the mascara cause she’s allergic to Aloe
        Robin: Hi Amanda,
        I would add more coconut oil and a little vitamin E and it should work just fine. I’m glad you were able to figure out your allergic reaction. It can be so tricky! Good luck!

        Kelly asked for alternative to coconut oil because of allergy
        Robin: Hi Kelly! I would try a little castor oil and then maybe 1/4 tsp of vitamin E.

        Jillian:A tip for easier filling of the mascara tube: I used a “soap injector” which is a syringe tool i purchased from brambleberry.com. It’s made to inject melted glycerin soap and has a fine tip on the end. inject slowly. it’s much more accurate and less messy than the baggie option. A pastry bag with a fine tip could be used as well.
        Also, I did use vitamin E and increased my amount of beeswax to 3/4 tsp and it worked out well.

        Robin: I’ve heard of people using cocoa powder for brown. Haven’t tried it myself, but sounds yummy. ;)
        You could always add in some crushed eye shadow to get almost any color you want…. just be sure to use the best quality eye shadow or else the whole “homemade” and “toxic free” aspect of this is gone. Good luck!

        Leslie:crushed eyeshadow can also be used to make any color nail polish. just mix it in w a clear coat

        Christina/Kathi:You could also try powdered walnut hulls. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com sells it. It should be darker than cocoa. everything they sell is certified organic, customer service is excellent! they also sell the most wonderful organic beeswax as well.

        Natasha:a friend of mine has a natural beauty company and she sells hundreds of colors of natural pigment eyeshadow that can be used to make eyeliner so why not mascara?!
        exposedorganics.com
        I prefer black so I’m going to try with the charcoal

        Jillian: clay micas are a great way to color organically. i get mine at brambleberry.com. some really beautiful browns there.

        Robin:As far as an eyeliner, I’d use the same recipe but take out the beeswax. You won’t need to heat it, just mix it together (I’d even just put everything in the plastic bag, seal it, and then mix it around in there.) I’d try it to make sure it stays put… wouldn’t want it smearing during a performance.

        Marissa:Not to step on any bloggy toes, but here is a link to homemade hair gel….

        http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/09/beauty-uses-of-gelatin-powder.html

        Robin:This is the beeswax I use. I love it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00455IWK6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00455IWK6&linkCode=as2&tag=than01-20

        Stacy:frontier also carries it in bulk – http://www.wholesale.frontier.com it’s the same place a lot of health “food” store including whole foods gets stuff from! Amazing site!!!!

        Rebekah:Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been making and blogging about my own Non-Toxic Homemade Face Wash, Face Lotion, Toner, Cleaning Products, etc-but had a huge question when it came to mascara. I tried a few recipes that I found online, and nothing worked. I hope this does and thanks again! Stop by if you ever get bored and want some weirdness to read!
        ~Rebekah @ http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com

        Reva:This technique was used by my mother in India.
        http://www.wiseshe.com/2012/04/how-to-make-natural-homemade-kajakohl.html

        Dawn: I’ll replace some of the coconut oil or aloe with some castor oil to help with lash growth, and see how that goes. I think I’ll also do a charcoal/cocoa mix for a black/brown.

  1. Lesley Prentice

    This is genius! Not the same stuff you get out of your grill….too funny. I would be so willing to try this for sure! Does it go on evenly and last? Gonna have to pin this one!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Thanks, Lesley!

      I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and it has lasted (as long as it is in an air tight container like a mascara tube). I haven’t had any problem with clumps… but it does take a couple of “passes” to get the thickness I like.

      Hope you like it. :)

  2. Jill

    Wow. This is genius. I never would’ve thought that you could make your own mascara! It always weirded me out that they recommend tossing your mascara after 3 months. I always wondered why – now I know. All the chemicals!

    I quit wearing make up but this might make me go back. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Paul Keegan

        Rob, Doing Good :) Hey a Large Seringe would be easy er to fill tubes :) I Use them for putting stuff in my Camels Feed :)

    1. Christine Decarolis

      Actually, the reason they recommend tossing your mascara after 3 months is because of bacterial growth. I think this recipe may actually keep better because of the coconut oil which is naturally anti-bacterial.

          1. Becca C.

            Actually Vitamin E is not a tested preservative. It’s an antioxidant. I’m all about natural, but I wouldn’t want anybody making the same mistakes I have in the past.


          2. Post author
            robin

            Right, Becca. Good point. I think it’s used as a preservative because of its antioxidant properties. One of the problems of things “going bad” is oxidation. But it’s definitely not going to make this mascara last as long as one with chemical preservatives. For those really worried, you can always store it in a cool place, like your fridge.

          3. Salem

            I added vitamin E oil to this recipe and got– EPIC FAIL!!! It wouldn’t dry or harden- AT ALL! I might try this recipe again without it, but I’m so disheartened at all the time & ingredients that were just wasted on TWO tubes!!! I washed out old ones (cuz recycling is so much more economical) & now I am thinking I wasted 2 hours of precious time, a ton of eye make-up remover (to help me clean out the old tubes), the old mascara (which actually wasn’t that old & while it was a “chemically” mascara at least IT WORKED really well!), & all the ingredients for the new mascara (including a probiotic to help keep nasty bugs out)!!! Aaaahh! Expensive lesson learned!


          4. Post author
            robin

            Oh! I’m so sorry! I’d add more beeswax next time as it’s the main ingredient that give it it’s “hold.”


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Joy! I’ve heard of people using cocoa powder for brown. Haven’t tried it myself, but sounds yummy. ;)

      You could always add in some crushed eye shadow to get almost any color you want…. just be sure to use the best quality eye shadow or else the whole “homemade” and “toxic free” aspect of this is gone. Good luck!

      1. caitlin

        For one this whole tutorial is super neat and two adding the crushed eyeshadow is a fantastic idea.

          1. leslie

            crushed eyeshadow can also be used to make any color nail polish. just mix it in w a clear coat :)

      2. Kelkel

        Awesome. I bought some pure mineral eye shadows and use them more for eye liners than shadows. I will try this with them so I can get some more use from them. Thanks!

      3. Erin

        WOOT! I buy a really great natural eyeshadow from everydayminerals, and it’s brown with a bronze hint. TOTALLY USING IT to color some home made mascara…I’ll be the girl scraping aloe…my desert yard is on overflow with aloe plants! =) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    2. natasha

      a friend of mine has a natural beauty company and she sells hundreds of colors of natural pigment eyeshadow that can be used to make eyeliner so why not mascara?!
      exposedorganics.com
      I prefer black so I’m going to try with the charcoal :)

    3. Jillian

      clay micas are a great way to color organically. i get mine at brambleberry.com. some really beautiful browns there.

  3. Gudrun B

    rather interesting! like most beauty products i would think were initially home made and the industry just took over (and added stuff to make it last longer and fit for mass production) …. back to basics! yeah!

  4. Ashley M

    This is awesome! I’m so excited to try it! And I’m def going to make some for my mom who can’t wear mascara…I’m curious if this will affect her like others do…

    Do you know of any ways to make eyeliner or of good brands to use? I have a show this weekend and therefore will need to wear makeup :P but with my eye infections lately I haven’t worn eye make up in months and I’m nervous about putting “stuff” around my eyes…

    1. robin

      I hope it works for her!

      As far as an eyeliner, I’d use the same recipe but take out the beeswax. You won’t need to heat it, just mix it together (I’d even just put everything in the plastic bag, seal it, and then mix it around in there.) I’d try it to make sure it stays put… wouldn’t want it smearing during a performance. :)

    2. Oksana K.

      Mixing just aloe vera gel (juice) with pigment (charcoal) gives it good staying power and is great for eyeliner as well as mascara

  5. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    Wow! You make it seem to easy to make your own makeup! I’ve been pinning these posts on Motivation Monday, and now I think I need a separate homemade all-natural make up board, too.

    Thanks for linking up!

  6. Natalia

    This is fantastic! I’d never heard of making your own mascara! I never wear it because it burns my eyes. I would love to try this!

    I also don’t wear eye shadow as I find particles dust off into my eyes and burn. I wonder how this would work as a liquid eye-liner. Here’s a request. Could you paint some you’ve already made on your skin and let me know? No problem I’m sure. ;)

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. robin

      Thanks, Natalia!

      You actually could use the almost same recipe for eye-liner. Just take out the beeswax, and mix the rest together (you don’t need to heat it, just throw it into a bowl or plastic bag and combine). It will still dry out so you’ll either want to make just enough to use each time, or find an airtight container to store it.

      :)

      1. marie

        To thicken my cuticle oil I used a “little bit” of beeswax… so it was still ‘liquid’ but thicker. I would think you still want “some” beeswax even in the ‘eye liner’… it would give it “staying power” as opposed to it ‘melting’ when the coconut oil got warm on the eye lid…. I would suggest trying it with 1/2 the amount of beeswax and if that is still too firm, then reduce from there…. but I have a feeling it will be close to what you might like.

  7. Nancy

    As someone who is chemically sensitive, I had to give up all my make-up (sniff). I’d love to be able to try this. Can you tell me where you can purchase the container with the brush that you store it in? Unfortunately, I’d be unable to use anything that had previously had commerical mascara in it.

    Thanks for such a brilliant idea!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Nancy,

      I hope this works for you! The link next to the phrase “clean mascara tube” above will take you to the ones I bought on amazon. They are super inexpensive and work great. I bought a couple so I’d have them on hand.

      Hope that helps. Good luck!

  8. Lyza @ Chic Shades of Green

    I love you for this post! I was just about to go to bed when I saw it on Fat Tuesday. I’m pinning it so I can take another look. Other things on my wish list for homemade are: hair stuff (like gel, mouse, cream), and lipstick. I could go on and on with my makeup wishes. I love makeup, which conflicts with my new greener me.

        1. Amber

          I have long, curly (read: frizzy) hair, so always need gel/mouse to keep it in check. For about 2 years, I’ve just been using diluted conditioner. I found a conditioner I like, then mix about 2 parts conditioner to 1 part water & use it like any commercial hair product. The nice thing is you can adjust it of you need it heavier or lighter (more or less water), & I make an even lighter version (1:1 or 1:2 conditioner to water) that I keep in a small spray bottle in my bag for on-the-go fixes.

  9. katiekayekate

    Where can i get safe beeswax? I read yesterday that just the random stuff at hobby lobby wasnt that great quality. Will definitely be trying the cocoa powder so I’ll let ya”ll know how it works out!

  10. SweetHomeMaker

    This really is wonderful – especially the use of activated charcoal as the pigment! I wonder, how well would this work for a contact lens wearer?


    1. Post author
      robin

      That’s a great question. I don’t wear contacts myself, so I can’t say for sure, but I would think it would work well. It’s really non-irritating and not so thick and clumpy as to get in the eyes.

  11. Nancy

    Thanks so much Robin! I have minuscule eyelashes and am constantly applying mascara throughout the day to make me look alive. The commercial mascara seems to dry up so quickly which is very expensive. I really appreciate this recipe!

    Nancy;)

  12. Judy Ball

    I’ve been trying to find something for my daughter since I’m very concerned about the toxic chemicals in regular mascara. My worry though is bacteria. Do you think the coconut oil is enough protection from bacteria.

    I wondered about adding GSE (grapefruit seed extract). I doubt essential oils would work because they would burn the eyes.

    I nearly lost my vision in college because of the mercury in the contact lens solution.

    I know mercury is in regular mascara as a preservative, but I haven’t been able to convince my daughter to use something else.

    I’d love your ideas.

    Judy


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Judy,

      That’s a great question. Obviously I’m not a scientist of doctor, so I can’t make any guarantees. However, I think this would be totally safe to use and store for a couple of months (3 months to be safe). Make sure it’s in an air tight container. You could also decrease the aloe vera gel a bit and add more coconut oil to make it even more anti-bacterial. Best of luck!

  13. Missy

    Just this morning… I was thinking (I think — I know– God is pressing me) to go natural ‘make it myself’ makeup.

    I kept thinking- but what about mascara? He answers prayers- even the seemingly little ones. What a Wonderful God (Daddy) He is- and what a wonderful idea!! Thank you!


    1. Post author
      robin

      I love this, Missy. It’s so true, He really does care about us… even the small things. Best wishes!

  14. Vanessa

    This is great! I don’t wear a ton of makeup, but mascara is one thing I do use. I’m always looking for something more natural. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks!

  15. Carrie - Young Living Oil Lady

    This is one of the most creative, clever ideas I have come across in a LONG time! I love it!! So inspiring!! I want to make this! There are so many projects I want to try. This is a keeper, for sure! Blessings and thank you so much for linking up and sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays. Hope to see you again next week. :)

  16. Nancy Roberts

    Great post! This looks really interesting and I’ll be pinning the recipe. Was wondering if this is long lasting? I normally wear waterproof and just wondered what you found? Thanks for posting again…blessings, Nancy at livininthegreen.blogspot.com


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hmmm… hard to say. I find that women have such different definitions for makeup. ;) Compared to my old mascara, this stuff doesn’t seem as long lasting. I only say that because I don’t have a bunch left over on my washcloth when I wash my face. :) But I haven’t had a problem with it rubbing off on me, so that’s good.


    1. Post author
      robin

      I love it when I already have the ingredients to something I want to make! :)

      I will check it out the link-up! Thanks, Danielle.

  17. Rebecca

    So excited to try this! I am gluten intolerant, and allergic to beef (and the many products made with beef by products). Gluten-free, vegan mascara is available, but so expensive I’ve never been able to justify it! Thanks for bringing mascara back into my life.

    PS Found you on “Waste Not Want Not Wednesday” hosted by Poor & Gluten Free. This was my favorite shared post!

  18. Rebecca

    I can’t wait to try this!!! Mascara is the only makeup item that I don’t have fully organic in my arsenal, and it is the most important one for me… so I am going to order these products and make it!! I have everything but the activated charcoal and aloe gel… and the empty container!

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  20. Meg

    Thank you SO much! I haven’t been able to wear most mascaras due to the allergy issue. It’s a huge bummer to spend a lot on a little tube that causes me much misery. Looking forward to making the DIY switch! Thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe!


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’m so happy, Meg! I hope it works for you. I totally understand the allergy issue with mascara. This is really gentle on the eyes.

  21. FRANCESCA

    The answer to all my problems and dubts.
    Thank you, I will get the ingredients and make it as soon as possible…next weekend for example!!!

    Brilliant and clever and surely natural and economical!

    Thank you again

    Francesca from Italy

  22. Jennifer Bowyer

    Thank you so much for this, and all your posts!! I just found your blog today and I’m combing through it as much as I can (at work Lol).
    Mascara has always been my “one item I can’t live without”, although I haven’t been regularly wearing makeup for a couple of years now. But maybe I can get back my good ol’ friend with this natural version. :) I have a question… what about those special occassions when you want things like eyeshadow and blush? What do you do about that? Are there truly natural products out there? Have you made anything like that yourself?
    Thanks!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you like it.

      As far as the other makeup… that’s a great question. I apparently don’t have too many special occasions as I haven’t thought about it. HA! Before I ditched all my makeup I was wearing mineral makeup, which I loved. I’d probably do a little research to see how “natural” it really is. I figure the occasional special day isn’t going to kill me. :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      Ha ha… action shots? Of me putting it on? Is that what you want? I have a hard time getting myself in the picture as I usually take these photos when my daughter is asleep and I’m home alone. :)

  23. Cara

    What a neat idea. Being a foster and adoptive parent of pets, the first thing that came to mind when you mentioned how difficult it could be to get the mascara into the tube, this was the first thing that immediately popped to mind. Would certainly be easier (an reusable) than the baggie method you recommend :-)

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=17135&cmpid=08csegpl&ref=6111&subref=AA&CAWELAID=552563754&catargetid=1570187366&cagpspn=pla

    I’m going to give the mascara a shot – and the syringe method since I have those on stock at all times. Two things I don’t leave home without – mascara and a touch of lipstick. :-) Love your ideas!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Yes, I think a syringe would work… just make sure the tip is long and thin enough to get into the tiny opening. :)

      Thanks, Cara.

    2. Grace

      You can actually ask for those syringes at your local pharmacy, they usually have a ton under the counter, and I can’t imagine them costing very much, if they charge you for them.

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  25. Natural Nelly

    To get the mix into the dispensing container, you might try using a larger syringe (like 12 cc) and 18 or 20 gauge needle. Your vet might sell/give to you if you ask nicely. You’d have to use a tongue depressor cut in half to scoop the mix into the syringe before you put the plunger in.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Great question, Delores. I haven’t tried it, but I would imagine it would work. My first attempt at homemade mascara had no wax, and I found that it just didn’t have enough substance to really do much. :)

  26. Laura

    I happened upon this from a friend on Facebook — I remember when my daughter was prescribed a thick liquid antibiotic years ago, it came with a syringe (it was too thick to pour into a spoon) . . . anyway, I say all that to suggest you might be able to find a syringe like that for putting the mascara into the mascara bottle. :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      I agree that a syringe is probably a really good way to go. Although the plastic bag works, too. Just remember to get the tip in really far. :)

  27. Peyton

    This is cool. Thanks for posting! I do a lot of cake decorating, so I’m thinking a pastry bag with a metal piping tip (tip # 2 or 3 would probably be perfect) would be a slightly easier way to get the mascara into the tube. Who would’ve thought you could even buy empty mascara containers? I’m going to try this.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hmmm… let me look into it and experiment a little. It may be a couple of weeks, but if I find something I like I will certainly post it. :)

  28. Traci

    I was thinking about using Vitamin E as a preservative in the mascara. I use it in my homemade body lotion as a preservative.


    1. Post author
      robin

      I think that would be great. I actually had the same idea for my next batch. Vitamin E is a great natural preservative and also good for the skin. I say go for it. :)

  29. Tamrha

    Awesome!! I was thinking that you could use a pastry bag and tip to get it in the tube a bit easier… worth a shot! :)

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  31. Stephanie

    I have one of those needles that you inject flavor into a turkey with (from before my crunchy days). I bet that would fit into the mascara tube!

  32. Kelly

    Any alternatives to the coconut oil? Boyfriend is allergic to coconut. Might not be a good idea to have it on my eyes around him :)

  33. Rebekah

    Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been making and blogging about my own Non-Toxic Homemade Face Wash, Face Lotion, Toner, Cleaning Products, etc-but had a huge question when it came to mascara. I tried a few recipes that I found online, and nothing worked. I hope this does and thanks again! Stop by if you ever get bored and want some weirdness to read!
    ~Rebekah @ http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com

  34. lacey

    Can you post a picture of someone wearing it? I would really like to see it on before I attempt it! Much appreciation, lace


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Lacey,

      I’ll see if I can get my husband to take a photo in the next day or two and I’ll post it on my facebook page. Keep your eyes open for it. :)

  35. Cassandra

    I have stick straight lashes. And I curl them and have to use waterproof mascara to hold the curl. How well does this hold a curl?


    1. Post author
      robin

      That’s a good question, Cassandra. They definitely add a little curl to my lashes, but because everyone’s lashes are so different I don’t think I can give a definitive answer. You could probably add more beeswax to give them more hold. Good luck! :)

  36. Janet

    this is great, do you think by increasing the beeswax slightly it might make for a thicker mascara…so less swipes?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I do. That was going to be my next try on my next batch. The wax definitely gives the stuff more hold and makes it thicker, too.

  37. silversoulsinger

    Wow. What a great recipe. That sounds so simple and exciting! I definitely think that you need to get a syringe for filling your bottles. I have some leftover from my babies (for administering medicine), also my cats…sometimes a vet office will give you one if you ask nicely (sans needle, of course!). Thinking reusable and green! Instead of paper towel you could dedicate a microfibre cloth to this task. Also, do you think that one could properly sterilize and reuse the tube/wand? Maybe isopropyl alcohol, or a hot vinegar bath? I don’t like using disposable toothbrushes, pens…I reuse and use long lasting things that can be replaced when possible. All just suggestions! Cocoa powder for brown?! If you got hungry you could snack on your mascara! Yum!


    1. Post author
      robin

      You could probably find a way to sterilize and reuse it. Haven’t gotten that far yet, but it’s definitely worth a try. Love your green suggestions.

      And yes, cocoa powder for brown should work great. (Snack on your mascara. HA!) :)

  38. Sarah

    Wow! This is such a good idea! I am on a home made everything kick as it is driving my boyfriend nuts. I don’t know if I feel quite brave enough to attempt mascara…but sounds like a great recipe and I have almost all of the ingredients on hand!! Thanks!!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hope you like it. It’s taken some time but my husband it REALLY on board with my hippie ways. It definitely makes it easier.

  39. Stacy

    Out of curiosity, would black mineral mica pigments work as well as charcoal? I’ve got those, because I blend my own make-up. I’m so excited to try this! YAY! thanks for sharing!

      1. Stacy

        which would also mean I could have that long coveted blue, green, and purple mascara, too! ;) ((along with just about any other crazy color I could mix up)) I did a fair amount of research and how clean mineral make-up actually is, depends on where you obtain it from. There are many brands out there full of fillers and toxic nastiness. There are also several companies mixing with pure ingredients, even though they may be lab created instead of found out in the earth because things like asbestos are often found with them – same reason we avoid talc.

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  41. jeannie

    Love this solution to commercially prepared mascara. But am wondering if there are any ideas of using something either other than or in addition to charcoal to give it a more brown/black tone, similar to the commercial stuff

  42. Amanda

    Hi Robin –

    Great post, I started making my own makeup back in April because almost everything contains Aloe. I am highly allergic to Aloe – yes that wonderful plant for most people makes me swell up like puffer fish, my skin dry out and start cracking within minutes of touching it. I pretty much make everything myself (deodorant, make up wise) because Aloe is in everything (including mascara).

    Do you think Vitamin E or coco butter would work instead of the aloe?

    Thank you,
    Manda :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Amanda,

      I would add more coconut oil and a little vitamin E and it should work just fine. I’m glad you were able to figure out your allergic reaction. It can be so tricky! Good luck!

  43. Carol Ann

    Lyza, years ago they made lipstick/gloss with bees wax, oil and beetroot juice for color. Hope that helps. Glad to see this about the mascara it’s something I’ve never come accross before, really good idea!

  44. Lisa

    Have you tried one of the Cajun type meat injectors to put the mascara in the tube? Might work with or without the needle. Just a thought! :)

  45. Susan Yarber

    Sounds great, but I’m wondering if you could suggest something for red/auburn hair? I prefer to use a color closer to my hair color. Great idea though and kudos to you for doing it! Thanks!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Great question, Susan. You could always use cocoa powder for a more brown color… or you could use any color of crushed eye shadow to get an exact color you want.

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  47. Denise

    I LOVE this idea!!! :) :) I just wanted to share a site that I found while looking for the containers to make my own. DIY Cosmetics, LLC. They have a lot of different kinds, I was able to order the Mascara containers at a discount as I bought 11 so I think they were about .90 each. They offer boxes, and a whole lot more stuff that is really cool! (you dont have to order 11, you can order 1 but this idea is so cool I want to make some for friends/family!!) The question I had though, is what if I added a little Vit. E oil. It is a preservative as well. Just a thought. :) :) So glad you linked up w/Frugally Sustainable and I found your site!!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Thanks for the link, Denise.

      Yes, I think adding vitamin E would be great. I’d maybe add just a bit more beeswax so it doesn’t get too “liquidy”. :)

      1. Denise

        OK I just got my order today so I will be making this, this weekend! I will let you know how my batch came out!

  48. Rhonda

    I just made my first attempt at making homemade mascara and got it on..so far, I don’t see any difference in it and the store kind, other then being homemade and gotta love that! Thanks for the recipe!

  49. Anne

    wow that’s so cool and it looks good, but you know what ? your eyes are so beautiful on their own, and what a color :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      I haven’t had a problem with that. If you live in a really hot area you could always double the beeswax to give it more “staying” power. :)

  50. Hannah

    Thank you so much for this recipe, Robin! I too am DIY-ing my personal hygiene & make-up products and I can not wait to try making my very own mascara this weekend.

    H :)

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  55. Anonymous

    Hey, just in case no one already answered honey, like mascara, has been used since Egyptian times. But used medically, they used to apply it to wounds since honey is a natural anti-bacterial agent. That’s why putting a drop on of honey will help clear up eye infections.

    P.S. Great recipe, I definitely have to try this!

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  57. Jaan L

    I love your recipe, as the ingredients are so common to get ahold of. I have stopped years ago wearing makeup. First due to the high temperatures for at least 7months a year, makeup just rolls off once you step away from the A/C. And secondly, due to the ingredients that we don’t need near our eyes. Thanks again, I can’t wait to give make my own mascara.

  58. rosa parks

    this is a great idea not only is it better for you but it will save you a lot of money also thanks I will try this right away

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  63. Sue

    HI–this may have already been answered in the plethora of awesome comments: Is activated charcoal safe to be used so close to the eyes? If you have any research references, I’d love to take a look! Thanks for posting!


    1. Post author
      robin

      From everything I’ve read it’s safe. Although there isn’t a lot of information about using it as a coloring agent in mascara. ;) I can’t imagine it being a problem in anyway, but I’m definitely not an expert. If you are worried at all, consider using cocoa powder. Hope that helps! :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’ve actually made this without beeswax. It conditions the eyelashes, but doesn’t really have a lot of thickness to get a good hold and thicken the eyelashes. Any sort of wax would work, most likely.

    2. McKenzie

      Thanks for asking re: making this vegan! I wonder what wax would be best. This is great.

  64. Lara

    Would it be possible to use another oil besides Coconut? I’m allergic to coconut, that’s why I ask.

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  67. Tara

    How important is it to use aloe vera GEL? I have 100% pure aloe vera, which was hard to find and expensive, but because it has no added ingredients, it is almost the consistency of water. Thanks!


    1. Post author
      robin

      You could probably use plain aloe vera… maybe add a little more beeswax to thicken it up. :)

    1. Kathi Bourg

      Mountain Rose Herbs – everything they sell is certified organic, customer service is excellent! they also sell the most wonderful organic beeswax as well.

  68. Meagan

    I love this idea!! Any thoughts in how to add castle oil to this recipe? It’s wonderful for lash growth!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Great idea, Meagan. I haven’t tried castle oil myself… but you could definitely try. Just make sure it doesn’t go rancid easily.

  69. Deanna Easterling

    Hello Robin!

    This is a great idea, I really want to try this. Just one thing, though: I read on Mountain Rose Herbs that you’re not supposed to melt beeswax over direct heat. Is that true?


    1. Post author
      robin

      You can use a double broiler method if you are concerned at all. I did it over VERY low heat and had no problems, though.

  70. Annemarie

    I have mad a similar mascara, but when washed off the activated charcoal seemed to stain a bit under my eyes.. (not cool haha) I didn’t have beeswax in the mix though.. would adding it make any difference? Have you had any problem washing off the messy charcoal?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Definitely not cool. :)

      I haven’t had any problem with this staining my face. It comes off WAY easier than my old store bought stuff. And the occasional time I find a little under my eye it comes off with a gentle wipe of my finger.

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  72. Tulip

    So cool! Can’t wait to try it. Could I leave the Charcoal out to make a clear coat? Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at True Aim!

  73. Jevena

    When I first started wearing make up, mascara was available in cake form with a little brush applicator. You added water and filled the brush to apply. I will have to experiment to see if this might work when I try this “recipe”!

  74. Dawn

    Thanks so much! I have everything but the mascara tube and can’t wait to try this! I’ll replace some of the coconut oil or aloe with some castor oil to help with lash growth, and see how that goes. I think I’ll also do a charcoal/cocoa mix for a black/brown.

    Do you have any ideas for naturally tinting white eyebrows to brown? I bought a “henna pen” online for a longer-lasting eyebrow pencil, but all the colours I bought turned out to be a warm brown and I need more of a cool brown/taupe colour.

    Btw, is that mascara container you linked to glass or plastic? I can’t seem to find that info on Amazon.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hi Dawn,

      Don’t have any tips for the eyebrows off the top of my head. Let me think about it.

      The tubes are plastic. I tried finding glass ones, but with no luck. I really wish there were more options for things like this.

      Thanks for stopping by!


        1. Post author
          robin

          I haven’t tried cleaning them yet… although I’m sure you can if you are patient. I’d make sure to sanitize it afterwards, too. (In boiling water for 10 minutes).

  75. Jesse

    I was so excited to try out this recipe. I’m not sure what I did wrong but for some reason it didn’t mix like it should’ve. The charcoal stayed separated from the coconut oil/ aloe mixture and not matter how much i stirred it wouldn’t combine. >.< Any ideas?

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  78. Autumn

    My first attempt wasn’t very successful. Although it does a nice job of darkening, it is not lengthening or thickening regardless of # of coats. I’m not ready to give up so once I get more tubes I’ll try adding more beeswax. My batch had the consistency of pudding. Perhaps it needs to be a bit thicker.

  79. Audrey

    I tried making it twice but neither turned out. The aloe vera gel stayed like gelly/lumpy.

    I thought I left it on the heat too long, but even when I shortened the duration (as soon as the beeswax melted), it still turned out the same way.

    Any thoughts on what I may have done wrong?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hmmmm… that’s really odd. What kind of aloe very gel are you using? Not sure what’s going on. You can take out the aloe vera gel, too. Just add a little more coconut oil. And if you want it thicker, add a little more beeswax. Good luck!

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  83. Susan Perri

    *sigh* You had me until the aloe vera. Of all the things in the world, I have a horrible “sensitivity” to aloe. No matter how “organic”, it will cause redness, then a rash…and then my skin will dry, crack, and the situation goes from bad to worse right away. Even right from a plant…it’s a definite no-no for me. Do you have a suggestion for a substitute?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Yes! I do have a substitute. Just take out the aloe vera and add in a little more coconut oil. It will work just great. :)

  84. Janet

    Great idea! This might be a silly question .. we use coconut oil all the time but it hardens up a bit when temps get cooler .. so will the other ingredients help keep smooth consistency in tube? Also – I wear contacts (and prefer waterproof mascara so no coon eyes) but this sounds cool so will give it a try. :) Thanks! j

  85. Amanda

    Ok, I made this, and here’s my take:

    When I first apply it, I am SO thrilled. It looks good, goes on easily, and doesn’t really feel like anything is there.

    However, within about an hour or so of wearing it, I notice an oily/wet feeling around my eyes. As if either the coconut oil or aloe is seeping out, or something. Also, I start to find tiny bits of black underneath my lower eyelid. Not good. By the end of just a few hours, it doesn’t feel like much is left on my eyes.

    Any ideas?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’d try using more beeswax. This will help thicken it up and keep it more “stable.” What’s the weather like where you live?

      1. Amanda

        Thanks for the suggestion (and your fast reply!! Sorry mine is so delayed.) The weather is HOT HOT HOT! I am in Miami Beach, FL lol. Even in the Winter it is still regularly in the high 70s/low 80s.

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  87. Teresa

    I always get my lashes tinted which always results in itchy eyes and is probably the worst thing you could put around your eyes. So I’m just wondering if you have a homemade eyelash tint recipe?


    1. Post author
      robin

      This mascara recipe will tint the eyes, but if you are looking for something more permanent… not sure. If I find anything, I’ll let you know! :)

  88. CoNativeHiker

    I just made my first batch and have it one one eye as a ‘tester’ before heading to work tonight.

    I have a helpful hint to get the mascara into the little tube: use a 1cc syringe. It worked great, I only needed the two hands I was born with and it didn’t make a mess. I would suggest keeping the mix warm while you’re loading the syringe, then you can get every last bit of product out of the pan!

    (Oh, another helpful hint: don’t use a non stick pan. I couldn’t tell where the black product was! LOL)

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  90. Cora

    What kind of saucepan do you use exactly to make this? And is it hard to clean out the activated charcoal out of the pan?


    1. Post author
      robin

      You can leave the aloe out. It’s just there to help condition the lashes, but coconut oil will work just fine by itself, too. :)

  91. Amber

    I just bought all of the ingredients and made a batch myself but found that the aloe gel separates from the rest of the ingredients.. did this happen to you ? Any suggestions? Also does your mascara come off easily or does it stay on pretty well? I’ve found that coconut oil is an awesome make-up remover and it seems to leave the mascara under my eyes. I want to get this right and find out the proper combination of these ingredients!! Thanks!


    1. Post author
      robin

      I didn’t have any problem with the aloe gel separating… but humidity and other temperature factors could make it possible. You can always leave the aloe out. And if you find that it’s not sticking to your lashes as well (again, depends on humidity and temp) just add more bees wax until you get a good consistency.

      Good luck! :)

  92. terry

    Do you think if you used a small amount more of beeswax the mascara would be thicker? I would try using a large syringe to fill your bottle!

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  94. Jenni

    I tried this and it came out with globby portions and watery portions. I tossed it and started over, and it didn’t separate as bad,so I put it in the tube… Not sure if it will work rigHt. Will let you know.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hmmmm… that’s interesting. What is the humidity and temperature like where you live? Maybe that influenced the texture.

  95. Hayat

    Hey there I have a question about the ingredients that u use.I apologize if im asking something already answered, i tried looking all the comments to find an answer…so..what is the aloe vera gel used for? Im having trouble finding it since im not from USA.Cant i just use the rest of the thingz without the gel orr..if theres something else i could put instead?


    1. Post author
      robin

      You can definitely just leave the aloe vera out. Maybe add a bit more coconut oil and a little more beeswax to make up for it. :)

  96. ang

    hey, this is such a great idea, but whenever i try to make it for myself the bees wax hardens as soon as i add it to the mixture. its too soft without beeswas and only coats my eyelashes slightly. no matter how much i melt it or how soon after i add it to the mixture it hardens almost instantly and my mixture is kind of watery with lumps. how can i fix this?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hmmmm…. Maybe try adding a bit more coconut oil? Not sure. Haven’t had that issue. Wonder if it’s a temperature thing or the beeswax itself? Work quickly, and really make sure you let everything incorporate over heat before removing.

  97. Rita

    I’m extremely allergic to coconuts and coconot oil. What’s a good substitute for it? Can I use palm kernel oil instead?


    1. Post author
      robin

      You can try Palm oil, but I’ve never tried it so I can’t say for sure what the results are. You can also just add more aloe vera gel and leave the coconut oil completely.

  98. Janice

    I made your mascara but it separated into clear liquid and tiny blobs of dark. What did I do wrong? I would sure love to get this working! Thanks!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Sorry it didn’t work. Without knowing all the conditions it’s hard to say what went wrong. I’d try making sure all the ingredients are fully incorporated over heat before adding in the coloring. Also consider adding more beeswax.

  99. Natasha

    Been wanting to make this since I first saw this post months ago. Finally got all of the ingredients this week and am making this tonight. Can’t wait to wear mascara again!

  100. Kathryn

    I had the same problem with the clear liquid separating. I am trying to figure it out. The oil in the resipe is making it so it never dries, and wipes off way to easily. Still working on it. I won’t give up that easy, just not sure where to go from here.

  101. Jackie

    I’ve also read that charcoal is not FDA approved and may not be safe. I think mica pigments black, or any color you’d like, can be a good alternative.

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  105. Allison

    This is great! I’m so excited to try this!!
    Any idea what could be used as a brown tint? I am also very pale/blond with blue eyes, I prefer the lighter brown/tan tint mascaras than black… maybe senna or henna?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I can’t say it’s super waterproof, although I’ve never had any raccoon issues (but I haven’t really worn it in the rain or while crying). You can always add more beeswax and that will make it slightly more waterproof.

  106. Sharon O'Neill

    Jennifer Bowyer check out easy to be raw you tube chennel. She does all fruit makeup, lips and cheeks with Blackberries! Looks great! Also uses Spirulina with balckberry to do eyeliner. I have used her method and it is fantastic! I’ve done Raspberry for a lighter pink, too!

    I love you mascara idea!!! I have everything excpet charcoal and tube. Going to do this as soon as my super expensive natural mascara is running low!!!

  107. Melinda

    I bought some very small funnels I think I will try to use with this. thank you.My eyes have been itchy. And I have my own beeswax fresh and wild!

  108. Karen

    I have eight grown daughters that I will passing this tip on to! I think I might add a drop of therapeutic grade of Lavender essential oil to it. Lavender is a great anti-bacterial so it would prevent any bacteria from developing. Lavender oil has also been known to enhance the growth of hair and who don’t want longer fuller eyelashes?

    1. Betty

      I have heard of people using lavender oil in their mascara to help with eye allergies. Please post if you tried the lavender in this recipe and how it turned out :)

  109. jaclyn

    Just a thought but adding mineral powder pigments would work as well and be a easy way to get color variations

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  113. Lisa Keys

    I have always wanted to do this but never could find info on how to do it. I am so happy to have a recipe. Thanks so much!!!

  114. Connie

    Thanks for posting this recipe for natural mascara. I want to try this, but wonder how it will perform insofar as smudging and smearing. I have for years (am 57 yrs. old now) worn the WATERPROOF type of mascara to avoid the smears under my eyes (below the lower lash line) and smudging inside my eyeglass lenses. Also, my lashes are long, although getting somewhat thinner as I get older.

    Does anyone know how this homemade formula of mascara stands up to the challenge, or does it tend to smudge and smear as can happen with regular conventional mascara?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I’d add more beeswax to get more of a waterproof effect. It’s not like a typical mascara. I don’t have much problem with smudging and smearing, but it’s also not as thick as commercial stuff. Again, adding more beeswax could solve both those problems, but I can’t say for sure.

  115. Marisa

    I was really excited to try this, but it was rather disappointing. I followed the recipe exactly. The coconut oil made it the whole formula melt once it touched my eyelashes, which made it run into my eyes and gradually fade. I tried mixing up a batch with no coconut oil and more activated charcoal, and that was better, but it doesn’t go on very well at all. I brush and brush and hardly any at all will actually stay on my eyelashes. Mascara is the only personal care product I use that I don’t make myself, so I was excited to finally be able to make it. However, it looks like I’ll have to find a better recipe. : /


    1. Post author
      robin

      Bummer. I’m sorry. Since coconut oil turns from liquid to solid so easily, different climates and temperatures can affect this. I’d try adding more beeswax to give it more lasting power and structure.

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  117. Camerly Rose

    So we are working on this mascara today! But running into a problem! It seems to be separating as it cools. Any thoughts?

  118. Carol Haines

    I am allergic to aloe vera, what can I use to substitute so the mascara will stay put? I also use just pure organic coconut oil as my moisturizer under my eyes and in my brows etc, so I am concerned the mascara will just smear and run down my cheeks!
    Any suggestions?
    this is so great! thanks

  119. Natalie

    Hey there! I tried making this recipe and unfortunately all I got was a mess. There were lots of spots where the coconut oil didn’t mix in and was pouring out clear into the tube, while the rest stayed black, but sepate from it. It looked like it had mixed fairly well in the pan. Did you let your’s cool a bit before putting it in the bag?

    Not sure what I did wrong, but the results are a mess. Any suggestions?


    1. Post author
      robin

      Without seeing your process, I don’t know for sure. You want to make sure you really incorporate all the ingredients well before transferring.

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  121. Ashley M

    Question: I see that you’ve used real aloe brand gelly… what the difference between their gel and their gelly?

    Thanks!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Honestly, it was the only aloe at my health food store that didn’t look questionable. They didn’t have the gel, so I can’t say what the difference is. :)

  122. Deb

    Hi! I just made this mascara, but as it started to cool it separated and there was clear liquid and gloppy black goo. Any thoughts on where I might have gone wrong?

    Thanks!

    1. Debi H.

      I am having the same problem. Just noticed that my aloe vera gelly is only 99% aloe vera…maybe that is the problem?

      1. Debi H.

        I take that back…I kept stirring as it cooled and it is all incorporated now. I also used cocoa instead of the charcoal…it’s a little too light so I may ad a small amount of charcoal to darken it.

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  126. Jeannie Landon

    I have a question, how about a good eye liner!? My daughter uses a lot of it, into the goth/emo scene and it gets a little expensive keeping up with it. Any suggestions? Love your site!

      1. Talia

        Hi,
        Great recipe. I am excited to try it. Question about the eyeliner…what kind of container do you use? are there eyeliner bottles like the mascara one you posted?

        thanks

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  128. Katherine S

    Hi Robin,
    I just made the mascara, and I followed the instructions. But I think maybe I have the wrong type of aloe vera gel because it separated from the rest of the mixture when I put it in the ziploc bag and tried to pour it into the mascara tube.
    I am using Lily of the desert Aloe Vera Gel, A Dietary Supplement Whole Leaf (Filtered), and it needs to be refrigerated after opening. I also used beeswax pellets instead of the bar. It is 100% beeswax.
    Did I use the wrong type of ingredients?


    1. Post author
      robin

      The ingredients should come together… it just may require whisking or making sure they are fully incorporated first.

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  130. clare

    I really want to try this as I have recently developed an allergy to eye makeup. When I look at the ingredients of the aloe gel can’t seem to find any pure and I’m worried that I might be allergic to one of the ingredients.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Try it without the aloe. You can just add a little more coconut oil or not…. it will just be a little thicker which a lot of people want anyway.

  131. Evangeline Ghast

    This has been a problem and I’ve been buying so many mascaras in hope of finding one to which I am not allergic. I’m looking forward to trying this. One basic question: where do you get the empty mascara containers? And the powdered activated charcoal? Any references anyone? I’m in Canada by the way. Thank you!


    1. Post author
      robin

      I found both of mine on Amazon (links are provided in the post)… you should be able to find the activated charcoal in a health food store, but the mascara containers will be hard to find any place but online.

  132. Sara

    Wow! This is so cool. Do you think instead of using a mascara tube that I could put this in a litle air-tight jar and keep a mascara wand separately? Thanks in advance.

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  134. Jayme

    I know this is an older post, but I just discovered it (yay!) I was wondering… I use coconut oil as a makeup remover — does it easily remove the mascara? Or what do you use as a makeup remover if not? Does the charcoal leave any stains on the skin?

  135. Mr. Potter

    I was looking this up for my girlfriend and my mom. It’s a really cool makeup hack!
    I would also like to add this:

    Activated charcoal can be found at walmart in the aquatic pets section as filter media.

  136. Marie

    um…mine is separating. Is this normal? Did I add too much of something? Not enough of something else?


    1. Post author
      robin

      I haven’t had that problem, but it seems several people have. I’d make sure you really whisk the ingredients well while over heat to make sure they are fully incorporated.

  137. Chris V

    Okay, I am blaming you for not getting my housework done today……. ;)
    I have been poring over your site all morning!
    I love your ideas, and this one just takes the cake for me! I too have eye allergies and mascara makes my eyes burn, but I tough it out because I like to be able to see my eyelashes :P
    I have everything in the house but the containers and beeswax, but I will be sure to change that soon! I plan to make some for my daughter as well, because she has the same problem with her eyes… thank you thank you thank you!!!!

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  139. Alex

    Hi, I really love this idea and my eyes have been itchy and burning and a little red for a few months now, i just want to know how well this mascara stays on? with it being oil based i’d assume its fairly easy to wipe off (accidentally). you don’t wear much, but can you or any other other users tell me of your experience with that?


    1. Post author
      robin

      It does wipe off easily, but you can always play with more beeswax to get a thicker, more “durable,” mascara.

  140. Rachel

    I can’t wait to try this! I don’t wear mascara often, so I’m always having to throw out a lot, and hate spending that much $$ on chemicals.

    Quick questions: does it come off well with soap and water? And once the beeswax is grated, do you pack it in to the tsp or leave it loose? (I make my own lotion with grated beeswax, and that part took a lot of trial and error).

    Thanks!

  141. Vanessa Brundidge

    When I tried making this, the aloe, wax, and coconut oil separated and did not blend well. I followed all the instructions. When I went to pour the “mixture” into a mascara tube, only the clear aloe gel poured out – it definitely didn’t mix well. Bummer!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Hmmmmm…. what did you use to mix it? I’d try a whisk to make sure it’s really incorporated before pouring.

  142. Melissa

    Hi! Thanks so much for posting this! Are there any alternatives to the aloe vera gel?

    Even though the bottles say 100% aloe vera gel, it actually has some stuff in it that might defeat the purpose of being natural (xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate). Those are thickeners and preservatives, but in some people can cause allergic reactions.

    Thanks!
    Melissa


    1. Post author
      robin

      You can skip the aloe vera gel if it concerns you at all… or buy an aloe leaf and scrape out the gel to ensure it’s pure. :)

  143. Karen

    Great green eyes by the way! :-)

    I’m inspired to go try this recipe. If only there was a natural ‘lengthening’ version though :-( Any recipe suggestions out there welcome please.

  144. Heather

    One of the large basting syringes or cupcake filling ones would probably be handy especially if you have multiple tubes to fill. Pretty cheap too! Can’t wait to try this!!

  145. Danette Halloran

    Thanks so much for all your great ideas. I am going to make my own make-up thanks to you! Love your site!

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  147. Jillian

    A tip for easier filling of the mascara tube: I used a “soap injector” which is a syringe tool i purchased from brambleberry.com. It’s made to inject melted glycerin soap and has a fine tip on the end. inject slowly. it’s much more accurate and less messy than the baggie option. A pastry bag with a fine tip could be used as well.
    Also, I did use vitamin E and increased my amount of beeswax to 3/4 tsp and it worked out well.
    :D Love the recipe!

  148. Jillian

    *remember, above 70 degrees and coconut oil starts to turn liquid. In hot or humid climates, one might want to increase the beeswax whether they add vit E or not.

  149. Lauren

    Ok so I tried this and after putting it in the bag (still pretty warm) this water like liquid kept spilling out.I think it was the aloe melted.Should I wait longer and let it harden all together or did I do something else wrong?! Help!


    1. Post author
      robin

      Make sure you really incorporate all the ingredients together well before trying to move them into the container. You could also add more beeswax to give it more hold which may be necessary if you live in a warmer climate.

  150. Rachel

    hmmm. does it thicken up? I just pulled mine off the heat and it’s pretty soupy.

  151. Marissa

    Completely brilliant! I’ve been slowly transitioning myself over to the “green way of life” and I just started making my own face cleansers, moisturizer, and powders/bronzers. I swear, some days my kitchen looks like a science lab with all my different concoctions I try out! I will certainly give this one a try. Love your site, and your honest, witty nature. Keep em coming girl! :)


    1. Post author
      robin

      Are you referring to “Toxic Free”? You should have received an link and an email with an instant download. Did you?

  152. Billy

    I wanted with all my heart for this to work, but sadly no. Not at all, even after a few tries. Gonna stick to the carcinogens.

  153. Justine

    Hello,

    I’m having a problem with the aloe gel not incorporating–it’s just sort of clumping. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!

  154. Kate

    I’m a little bummed as well. I couldn’t get the aloe to incorporate then after I finally got it in the tube with a syringe, I didn’t realize how much my eyelashes hit my glasses. So, my glasses were smeared a lot. I was really hoping this would work. Shucks crum anyway. When I have a little extra time I will see if I can’t make it work somehow. In the evenings, my eyes are itchy and very irritated from my store-bought mascaras.


    1. Post author
      robin

      Oh nuts. Try omitting the aloe and using more beeswax. That will give it more hold and hopefully less smear.

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  157. Heidi

    I really wanted to try this, but don’t want to spend $40 on the activated charcoal. Any way around that–something I could substitute, or is that the only way you get the really nice black? I mean, that seems obvious, but so expensive. I could buy a ton of MaryKay mascara for that price. :(


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Have you checked your health food store? I didn’t pay nearly that much for activated charcoal.

      You can also use cocoa powder instead. :)


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      That’s a tough one. The beeswax is really what holds this together. If there’s another type of natural wax or similar substance I’d start there, but I can’t say for sure.

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  159. Monica Medina

    I like to use clear mascara to shape my eyebrows. I think I’ll make a batch without the charcoal. Im so excited to go natural.

  160. shann

    HELP! I tried it and put extra beeswax because I live in Texas…everytime I blink it gets all under my eyes! Not only that but the aloe seems to have separatedas there is water on top.

  161. Julia

    Hi! I LOVE the idea of doing this, but sadly my mom thinks I’m crazy. Do you know of any trusted sites that you could order homemade mascara from? Thanks a bunches!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I don’t know about homemade… but there are some decent natural brands out there. Look for one that is organic and uses beeswax.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Make sure you fully incorporate all the ingredients before putting it in the container. Try a little heat and a whisk if necessary.

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  163. LaDonna Hamrick

    I’m allergic to anything coconut, is there anything I could use as an alternative?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Not sure what might work in its place… I’m sure you could experiment with other oils (but I’d use less as they will make it more runny or add more beeswax), but I haven’t tried anything to know the outcome.

  164. McKenzie

    I tried making this yesterday. One thing I noticed right away was that it separated in the pan before I even got it into the tube. So I thought maybe I did something wrong so I made another batch again this morning. Same thing. Did anyone else notice this? I’m very disappointed.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I used a whisk to really incorporate the two together… but it could be a temperature things as coconut oil is tricky like that. I didn’t have that issue, but a few others said they have. I’m sorry. Not sure what might be going on.

  165. fazy

    i wish you’d sell the stuff too ;)

    I’m from asia and they dont have much organic or mineral stuff here… i’d have to import both the beeswax and the charcoal and it would be great if i would just import the mascara itself XD

  166. Maria

    Can I use aloe vera gel for dry skin? Can I use it on my eyes?
    It has four ingredients, and they aren’t dangerous of what I’ve been read for a long time.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’d get the purest stuff you can find and it should be fine for dry skin… although I’d almost go with coconut oil, tallow, or something really fatty for dry skin.

      1. maria

        Well, It should work to use it cause i’d not rather lubricate mascara into my skin.. Lol

  167. shannon

    I tried it but it didn’t work :( The aloe separated from the other ingredients. Determined to use it anyway it was more like axle grease. It transferred to my face with each blink. I would like any suggestion you may have.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Try adding more beeswax to thicken it up and give it more “hold.” The coconut oil does alter the outcome a bit depending on your temperature and climate. Make sure to really incorporate all the ingredients together well before transferring.

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  169. Maria

    I tried this recipe yesterday. My mascara was ”thick” and I’ve got a lot of the mascara mixture on the middle part (eh, I don’t know that i shall call it but it’s between the brush and the cap) and just a little mascara on the brush.
    The mascara was very messy. But it works great on my lashes.

  170. Bethany

    Hi LOVE LOVE this recipe and cant wait to make it! Is there anything I can put in it to make it blue tinted? Like any blue fruit or flower powder that you know of?
    Thanks!
    Bethany

  171. Maria

    Hi Robin! I’ve made this recipe today but iv got a problem. My mascara wont dry! I have used 1 tbsp aloe wera gel, 2 teaspoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon grated beeswax and 3 capsules activated charcoal.
    I wear glasses and i have mascara on them! Its irritating.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Add more wax to thicken it up… and maybe less coconut oil if you live in a hot climate.

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  173. Rendi

    This recipe has a water base (aloe vera gel) and should contain a preservative and antimicrobial for safety. Vitamin E (T50) is a natural preservative to prevent oxidation and you can find natural antimicrobial mixes online to add like Leucidal, which is Leuconostoc kimchii from fermented radishes. This is especially true, b/c you’re putting it in a place that certain bacteria and fungi should not be (your eyes)! How bad would it suck to get Strep A in your eyes?!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Very true. I’m not too worried with the coconut oil there, but you can definitely add something more just to be safe. And always be aware of the shelf life. :)

  174. Corey

    I was searching for a recipe for homemade mascara and stumbled upon your site. However I wanted to ask what you think about the dangers of using activated charcoal on your face/near your eyes? Since it absorbs toxins (think drug ODs) I have been told that charcoal can be extremely dangerous to be used in such sensitive areas. Even the MSDS sheet notates its toxicity when in contact with skin or eyes. Have you done any research on that? I don’t want to put myself at any risk.

    http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9923375

    Or maybe you know of another dark pigment for mascara?

    Thanks!!

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  177. Andrea

    Hi there…I’m going to buy bulk activated charcoal powder, food grade, that’s not in capsules. Any idea how much is in a capsule? Thanks.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’m not positive… but not very much. I’d start with a quarter teaspoon and add more if you want it darker.

  178. Grynae

    Love it! Just made some up…ingredients have been sitting on the counter for days, finally got a free afternoon nap time to do it.

    Couldn’t find decent aloe locally so I used vegetable glycerine with no problems. I reused an old (cleaned out) container too, but it was a small tube so I made half a recipe and still had extra.

    I melted it up in a ‘double boiler’ with a glass bowl. Clean up sucked, but I didn’t plan well either. Next time I’ll wear gloves and freeze the bowl to chip out the remainder. Otherwise a GREAT alternative to the garbage sold everywhere.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  179. Melissa

    Why not put the mascara in a clean “lipblam pot” container and dip the mascara wand in?

    Putting it in a mascara container seems unnecessary.

  180. Elleen

    Wow! This is fantastic! I have COPD and have a problem with some chemicals and scents in cleaning products and air fresheners making it harder to breathe. I am also concerned about using toxic chemicals and being kind to the earth. I am starting to make cleaning products myself, and this got me to thinking about all the other products we come into contact with on a daily basis. Being able to make my own make-up and cosmetics would be a God-send. Thank you everyone for your posts and comments!

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  182. Katrina

    Hi there. I’m sorry, I might be the only one, but I am having a darn hard time getting this stuff to work. When I heat all of the ingredients up that are suppose to be melted, my aloe doesn’t melt. It just clumps up. Do you think it’s because of the kind of aloe I’m using, or could it be something else? I’m using a double broiler, and the aloe brand is Lily of the Desert 99% aloe vera gelly. I had thought I had finally gotten it by the 8th batch (using different ingredients and whatnot), but it just wipes off constantly. It never dries. Please help, I’m so desperate. I’m visiting my mom and we had been planning a bunch of diy projects for the weekend, and I was most looking forward to making the mascara. When it didn’t work out, I just got very very upset.

    P.S. I went looking for different instructions and variations, but it seemed like a lot of people stole your tutorial and never gave you credit :( Maybe it’s just me, or maybe you weren’t the original, but if you were, I would go find those blogs that didn’t give you credit and give them a thing or two.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hi Katrina,

      Thanks for the comment and sorry you’re having issues! The aloe vera you have should work fine… so I’m not sure why it’s clumping. I didn’t use a double broiler, just a small pot on low-medium heat. I also used a whisk to help incorporate all the ingredients.

      As for the “never dries” issue… try adding more beeswax. That will give it more holding power. If you still have issues with the aloe clumping you could try eliminating it all together. I wish I had THE answer for you, but due to small variations in ingredients used, temperature, etc. it’s hard to say what exactly is going on. Good luck!

  183. Julee

    Can you use something instead of Aloe as I’ve been told it can kill nerves in the eye so shouldn’t b used anywhere near eyes


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      If you’re worried about it you can just omit it and add a little more coconut oil (if you need it to be more liquidy).

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  186. Heather

    I’ve been wanting to try my own mascara, but I’m worried about it smudging off on my skin. Do you find that to be a problem? And coconut oil is WAY to drying for my skin, so I’m pretty sure it would irritate my eyes. What could I use instead?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Not sure what you could use instead… you could always experiment with other oils. As for the smudging, add more beeswax to give it more hold.

  187. Rae

    This looks like a great place to use the old Mary Kay acrylic lipstick holder (it holds like 10 lipsticks) that was a hostess gift. It would hold the tube in place nicely. Here is a link to one on ebay that shows a photo. http://www.ebay.com/bhp/mary-kay-lipstick-caddy (not my auction. Just for photo purposes as I could find any other)


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      You could maybe try just using the aloe… but I honestly don’t know if it will work.

  188. Jenn

    I am definitely going to try this. I went make up free a few months ago because I just couldn’t stand putting all that ick on my face. I made a translucent face powder which works well enough for me. I really only used face powder and mascara before. Mascara makes a huge difference on my face, but I decided it wasn’t worth it to put all the chemicals on me. This is perfect!! I have all the ingredients (I’ll use cocoa because I like a brown mascara). Maybe I can make it before the kids wake up from nap. :)

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  190. Lauren

    my mom says i should use normal mascara. she doesn’t want me to put anything on my eyes if she doesn’t know it’s safe. does this irritate at all if it gets in your eyes? ps. i wear contacts


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      If you’re worried I’d use the cocoa version instead of the activated charcoal as there is some question about whether it should go near the eyes. Otherwise, unless you know you are allergic to one of the ingredients this should be safe to wear.

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  192. Amaali

    Robin, great recipe & idea! Now where can one get mascara tubes/brush. I’d rather start with new ones.

    Thanks much,

    Amaali

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  198. ana

    Hey thanks for the recipe! I just have one question/concern. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and it usually causes my waterproof mascara to run. Just curious how this doesn’t “melt” your formula and cause it to run. Has anyone had problems with this formula smudging? Thanks again!

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  206. Jessica

    Do you have to get a new container and brush or is there any way to clean and disinfect the old one so that it may be reused?

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