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
  • squalane
  • glycerin
  • sorbitol
  • polyglyceryl – 3 Oleate
  • polyglyceryl -3 Polyricinoleate
  • tribehenin
  • phenoxyethanol
  • 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.

You can store in a (mascara container). Robin has a wonderful tutorial on her site,  Thank Your Body to help you get your mascara into the tube if you have any trouble.

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.

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Homemade Mascara

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)



8 Responses to “Homemade Mascara – Is It Possible?”

  1. Donna — June 11, 2014 @ 5:06 am

    Sunflower oil is very similar to Jojoba for the lady with allergies. These are dry oils. This mascara will give you raccoon eyes, and to help offset this you can try adding in a bit of kaolin clay to try and get the oily part less…well….oily. Food grade glycerin is good with the clay too, but I’d like to try it with silk powder hoping for little fibers to add in length. Black oxide is still safer in terms of tests around eyes than is charcoal. They are both dirt in the long run, only one has the test run so to say. Good luck ladies in our quest for natural user friendly mascara!

  2. Jen — March 16, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    Is this waterproof and/or smudge-proof?

    • Jeanie — March 16, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

      I haven’t had trouble with it smudging once it is dry, unless I start rubbing my eyes. It comes off easily with olive oil and water so it isn’t be waterproof.

  3. Lorri — March 2, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    Thank you first for this wonderful recipe I will definitely try it but my question is that is doesn’t seem to dry so what is your recommendation for this if you have any.

    Thank you


    • Jeanie — March 2, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

      Glad you like it Lorri. It does take a minute to dry and I have heard of people dusting a little Bladderwrack powder, which is seaweed, over the mascara to help it dry. It may lighten the color just a bit but you could mix in a little activated charcoal, carefully. Please let me know how it works for you. I want us all to have as many non-toxic beauty care products as possible!

  4. Ericka — February 6, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

    I have a sensitivity to jojoba oil… any suggestions for a substitute?

    • Jeanie — February 7, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

      Not sure about how this would work with the mascara but you might try avocado and aloe vera oil. Please let me know how it works out. Thank you!

  5. Patty — January 12, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    It’s great to find an expert who can expilan things so well

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