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.
In the end, it’s worth every moment as you begin to understand that what goes ON your body goes IN it as well.
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’s a little scary, huh?
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 eye liner 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.
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 by the skin and into the bloodstream.
Thankfully, we no longer powder ourselves to translucence. A healthy tan portrays health and vitality. Makeup is often worn to either enhance that natural glow or to create a glow when we are tired or worn out. Eyes are played 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.
They are a growing concern and have been linked to cancer, impairing the body’s natural ability to excrete toxic mercury, or even causing skin irritations in some individuals.
Yet for those of us with short, blonde, or zero eyelashes, mascara is almost a necessity. I have a fair complexion and blonde hair, and when I go without mascara, people even ask me if I’m feeling well!
That doesn’t exactly make my day!
None of us wants to put potentially dangerous toxins near our eyeballs, but that doesn’t mean going without mascara completely.
Homemade Non-Toxic Mascara
Once again, we can DIY this with homemade mascara that works just as well as the toxic, expensive stuff.
First, here’s what doesn’t work…
Recipes with aloe vera gel are supposedly nourishing for the eyelashes. However, I wound up looking like a raccoon every time I sneezed with that homemade mascara.
One recipe I tried contained egg yolk. But it flaked all over the place and wore off within a couple of hours.
All very frustrating, to be honest.
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 what you need:
- 1 tablespoon WFN Expeller Pressed or Craft Coconut Oil
- 1/8 teaspoon beeswax
- 1 capsule activated charcoal — buy activated charcoal in bulk and encapsulate your own!
Add the charcoal to a small dish. Add 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in the liquid stage and stir gently to combine. I use a toothpick for this.
Over low heat, melt the remaining coconut oil and beeswax together, then 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, dip a clean mascara wand in the mixture and apply in a thin coat, allowing to dry. Repeat until you get the desired coverage. I usually use 2 coats.
Simply wash with warm, soapy water to remove.
Since this is 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 some homemade mascara? Do you make your own beauty products and makeup?
- Heather Harris