Worried about what’s in your beauty products? If not, you should be. The Environmental Working Group has published a database of ratings and information on the hazards of common chemicals in skin and personal care products, and the results are shocking. Often, one of the most questionable ingredients in your makeup will be the preservatives. Parabens are often used to preserve makeup items – unfortunately, these compounds have also been found in breast cancer tissue.
What can you do?
Well, making your own is a great way to know exactly what is in your makeup! When it comes to your eyes, this ensures that you are not using ingredients on your eye lashes that you normally wouldn’t want anywhere near you. Allergic reactions are very common to mascara, and can be related to a number of ingredients, including methylparaben, aluminum powder, ceteareth-20, butylparaben and others.
The toughest part of getting your homemade mascara is to get it into a mascara tube. However, putting it in a plastic bag and cutting a very small opening at a corner can allow you to pipe it into a mascara container. (You can buy these online, ready for your use.)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 4 tsp aloe vera gel
- 1/2 tsp grated beeswax
- 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal
- Put the first three ingredients in a very small saucepan over a low burner. Stir the mixture until the beeswax is fully melted and incorporated.
- Open your capsules of activated charcoal and put this into the oil mixture. Again, stir until completely incorporated. (For lighter mascara, use less activated charcoal.)
- Remove everything from the burner.
- Put your mixture into a small plastic bag, and push it down towards one corner of the bag. Cut a very small hole.
- Put the small hole into the opening of the mascara container. (This is easier if you have two sets of hands: one person will hold the bag of mascara and the other will hold the mascara container.)
- Slowly and carefully press the mascara into the mascara container.
- When you are done, put together the rest of your container, including the wand.
Keep in mind that mascara does expire; your homemade mascara will need to be discarded in 4 to 6 months, and sooner if it shows any signs of having gone bad.