Homemade Mascara – Is It Possible?
Judging from the billions of articles about healthy beauty products out there, we ladies like our make-up and pretties. And no wonder considering how fun all that primping can be! But there’s a safer way and let’s start with mascara.
Have you ever read the ingredients in a tube of mascara? I’m wondering if there is anything more toxic than mascara we buy? Take a look at some of the ingredients:
- ethylhexyl stearate
- polyglyceryl – 3 Oleate
- polyglyceryl -3 Polyricinoleate
- tocopheryl acetate
- hypericum perforatum extract
- triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil
- zea mays (corn) oil
- sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil
- ETC., ETC., ETC.
Some of the ingredients are harmless sounding if you don’t consider how they may be refined or grown. Do you think some of the grain oils might be from GMO plants?
On my eyelashes? No, thank you. I’ll go without
I’ll make my own!
To be honest, I usually go without but sometimes I need to dress up a little or I just want a little PIZZAZZ. For those times; this is what I do.
Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler*; add jojoba oil** then mix completely. Open several capsules of activated charcoal and pour into beeswax/coconut oil/ jojoba oil mixture. Stir thoroughly until you like the consistency.
I like to include a pinch of vitamin C powder as a bit of a preservative. This is totally up to you because vitamin C acts as a preservative by slowing down the ripening action of food (source) – not sure what might be ripening in my formula but it makes me feel like I’m doing something.
The mascara will become thicker as it cools so keep that in mind. If you find that it is too thick or stiff when cooled, simply return it to the double boiler or place the mascara tube in warm water to warm again and mix in enough jojoba oil to thin.
I don’t use mascara very often so one layer makes me happy but you could let it dry and then apply another layer. Some people use a dusting of powder along with their mascara so that may be an option you’d like to try.
I use this as eyeliner also. To use as eyeliner; apply along lash line with a slanted brush. When using as eyeliner, dust eye lid lightly with Translucent Powder to help keep the eyeliner/mascara in place.
Charcoal is messy and it has sticking power so it is best not to make this right before you are going somewhere special. The best way I’ve found to clean up my work area is to use baking soda and warm water. To remove from eyelashes or eyelids, use olive oil and warm water. The olive oil pretty much takes care of the mascara but the warm water insures that every smidgen is removed.
*If you don’t have a double boiler place a bowl in a small saucepan of water and carefully warm beeswax until melted.
** I’ve seen several recipes using aloe vera gel.
Make your own mascara at home without all the toxic chemicals and questionable additives. It is easier then you think.
- Place beeswax and coconut oil in top of double boiler and warm to melt.
- Stir in jojoba oil
- Twist apart capsules of activated charcoal powder and add to the jojoba oil/beeswax mixture. Add enough activated charcoal powder to achieve desired consistency and texture.
- Add a pinch of vitamin C if desired
- Store in covered container or mascara tube. (source)
- lots of DIY make-up http://www.outofstress.com/homemade-makeup-recipes/
- just for fun, read a little family history: http://glamourellanyc.com/?p=409