This blog chronicles my life as I try to balance healthy lifestyle habits with my husband's penchant for pizza rolls and my daughter's desire to watch iCarly 8 hours a day. It contains a mostly humorous, kind, and somewhat spiritual look at everyday life and the people who live it.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Reader request: Finding a Natural Mascara
http://www.aveda.com/ for $16. It doesn't contain allergens, carcinogens, or parabens and is completely petroleum free.
I tried just using castor oil on my lashes. I washed my mascara brush and dipped it right into the castor oil that I had poured out into a small cup. It darkens the lashes and adds a lot of shine, but there really isn't any added fullness. I have also tried aloe vera gel (pure, cold pressed only, and be sure to blot off the excess with a tissue) which again adds some separation and shine but absolutely no darkness or thickening.
When I was researching this subject I found a recipe that uses black oxide mineral powder combined with aloe vera to get the darkness. I haven't ever tried this so I can't comment on how well it works.
I haven't actually tried to make my own using beeswax or caranuba wax. The process is daunting because you have to melt the wax but you can't put hot wax on your lashes of course, so you have to thin it with water or castor oil and then add some darkening agent and you have to either preserve it or make it fresh every morning and I just don't see myself whipping up a batch of mascara each morning without 1. burning my eyes with hot wax because I couldn't wait for it to cool, or 2. deciding that it isn't worth it and digging some toxic Maybelline crap out of the trash in desperation.
In other words, get the Aveda and call it a day.