Homemade Non-Toxic Mascara (no aloe vera!)
In the natural world, we often strive to make everything ourselves. From homemade cereal and pudding cups to DIY makeup and body scrubs, making things ourselves takes more time, more effort, and even learning new skills. It's worth every moment as you begin to understand that what goes on your body also goes in it. I heard somewhere that it only takes 26 seconds for anything you put on your skin to be absorbed into your bloodstream. So lotions, soaps, makeup, perfume... It's all making its way inside. That makes you think, doesn’t it?
A Short History Of Makeup
Oh, that crazy makeup! For thousands of years, humans have been applying colors, powders, and potions to their skin. The ancient Egyptians wore kohl colored eyeliner to protect them from the sun's harsh rays. Yet this also gives us a picture of the stereotypical dark-eyed Egyptian images we conjure up. Ancient Japanese women wore lead-based powder to make their skin appear ghostly white. This showed they were "dainty" and ready for marriage. Super pale skin meant they weren't working in the fields with skin tanned by the sun.
Closer to home, colonial women and men powdered their skin to show they were above working in the fields. They wore powder on their faces, in their wigs, and on their legs. Because these powders were lead-based, they also got a hefty dose of heavy metals which, of course, were absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Thankfully, we no longer powder ourselves to translucence. Makeup is often worn to either enhance a natural glow or to create a glow when we look tired or worn out. We play eyes up with shadows, concealers, and mascara to make them stand out and look bright.
Yucky Ingredients + Expensive = Commercial Mascara
What's in that tube of drug store mascara, anyway? Parabens, aluminum powder, and propylene glycol are among the most common ingredients. We put those ingredients near our eyes, all for the sake of long, luscious lashes. These ingredients are a growing concern and have been linked to cancer, impairing the body's natural ability to excrete toxic mercury, and even causing skin irritations in some individuals.
Yet for those of us with short or blonde eyelashes, mascara is almost a necessity. I have a fair complexion and blonde hair, and when I go without mascara people sometimes ask me if I'm feeling unwell! That doesn't exactly make my day. None of us wants to put potentially dangerous toxins near our eyeballs, but that doesn't have to mean going without mascara completely.
Homemade Non-Toxic Mascara
We can remedy this issue with DIY mascara that works just as well as the toxic, expensive stuff. First, here's what doesn't work: recipes with aloe vera gel that are supposedly nourishing for the eyelashes. I wound up looking like a raccoon every time I sneezed with that homemade mascara! One recipe I tried contained egg yolk. It flaked all over the place and wore off within a couple of hours. All very frustrating, to be honest.
Good news...the third time's the charm! This recipe has worked well for me so far. It isn't waterproof but washes off rather easily with plain soap and water. With just 3 ingredients, you can have bright eyes naturally!
Here's how to make mascara at home:
- 1 tablespoon Wildly Organic refined coconut oil or craft coconut oil
- 1/8 teaspoon beeswax
- 1 capsule activated charcoal
- Add the charcoal to a small dish
- Add 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in the liquid form and stir gently to combine. I use a toothpick for this
- Over low heat, melt the remaining coconut oil and beeswax together
- Continuously stir into the charcoal mixture. All the charcoal grains should be mixed in as best as you can or you'll end up with a grainy result
- To use your DIY mascara, dip a clean mascara wand in the mixture and apply it in a thin coat, allowing it to dry. Repeat until you get the desired coverage
I usually use 2 coats. Simply wash with warm, soapy water to remove. Since this sits near your eyes, and it is so easy to transfer bacteria, this recipe is designed for small amounts only. Dispose of any remaining mascara after a week and make a new batch. Store in a covered container to reduce the risk of bacteria contaminating your makeup.
Will you try out this DIY mascara? Do you make your own beauty products and makeup? Reach out to us and let us know!