Ever since starting to research the harmful ingredients in cosmetic products, I’ve been trying to make my own cosmetic products. Makeup has been the hardest to replace. With colors and consistencies, it’s just sometimes hard to make. I’ve been trying for quite a while now to make a new mascara, with many many messes happening. And I finally came up with a formula I like.
Mascara is one of those products that is even worse than you think. From parabens, fragrance, to coal tar dies, these just aren’t things you want in and around your eyes.
So, make your own at home! After many tries, I think I have found the easiest way to make homemade mascara, and get it in the tube. Which is harder than it sounds. You should have seen the mess. Anyways, I digress… This mascara gives a lovely light natural-looking emphasis to your lashes without irritation or worries about health and environmental concerns. Together with my homemade foundation, you’ve got a great start to a completely natural makeup routine.
This mascara contains only natural ingredients. It gets its color from activated charcoal. Aloe vera gel consists of most of the body of the mascara. Beeswax thickens it, and bentonite clay helps it dry on your eyelashes and not smear.
So, here is what you will need to make this mascara:
- Aloe vera gel
- Bentonite clay
- Activated charcoal
- Empty mascara tube
- Plastic syringe
- Double boiler or a pot over a pot of boiling water
Let me break it down for you.
all natural homemade mascara
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 3-4 capsules activated charcoal
- 1/3 teaspoon beeswax
- 1/8 teaspoon bentonite clay
- Mix the aloe and beeswax over a double boiler until completely melted
- Once the ingredients are melted and combined, slowly add activated charcoal while stirring. Add only a little at a time and stir vigorously.
- Once the charcoal is stirred in, add the bentonite clay and stir until combined
- Remove from heat and suck up into a syringe. This might take more than one go
- Spray the syringe into the empty mascara tube or an airtight container to store
- Use as you would any other mascara, and dispose if you suspect it has gone bad
This mascara is really nice, light, and non-clumpy. Don’t you hate it when you have mascara that seems to dry out and irritate your eyes until you can’t help but rub them by the end of the day? Well, that shouldn’t happen with this mascara!
Wondering what it looks like? The effect is pretty subtle which I like for my every day makeup look (even though I don’t wear makeup every day). My eyelashes are very light naturally, close to a dirty blonde color. You can see in the picture below that my eyelashes are black and emphasized. And still quite natural looking.
You should have seen the relief I had when I tested this recipe and it actually worked. This has been my most difficult beauty recipe so far, with lots and lots of trials before I got it right. Well, lucky for you, I did the work for you, and you shouldn’t have a problem making it yourself following my recipe!
Let me know how making homemade mascara goes for you!
Hey there! How waterproof is this mascara? :)
Not very. The beeswax helps it out, but I wouldn’t qualify it as waterproof or go swimming in it :)
can you also use this as a Liquid eye liner?
I haven’t tried it, but if it works for you let me know! I can’t imaging why you couldn’t.
when I do I will let you know for sure not sure when but I plan on it!!! I am buying things gradually for so many things I want to try :)
I did make this but found it was not black enough for the look I wanted so next time I think I will try adding more charcoal I also tried it as a liquid eye liner it works well needs drying time but even for the eye liner I did not find it dark enough this mascara has a very light coat and does not make a mess when you wash it off If you have any tips for making it darker other than the charcoal please let me know if I want to make it thicker do I add more beeswax? Over all I like this :) just need to make some adjustments :) Thank You
Adding more charcoal is definitely the way to go to make it darker. More beeswax will work as a thickener. I’ve tried this many different ways and find I like how it looks with more beeswax, but it is nearly impossible to get it into a mascara tube. So it just depends on how you want to store it.
For the activated charcoal, did you take the charcoal out of the caplets or just melt the entire caplet?
I empty the caplets
Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving says
I admire your effort and determination in making this beautiful mascara. I do agree that makeup is some of the hardest products to DIY, but I think you did a great job on this one and I just might try your recipe sometime. Thanks!
What type of syringe did you use to transfer the mascara? Thanks!
Something like this will work: http://amzn.to/2n1i4e7
Can’t wait to try the mascara! Have all the ingredients and going to make it tonight! After reading the reviews, I’m going to add extra charcoal and a tad more beeswax. I’ll let you know how it comes out. Thanks for putting this together. I’m also going to put a little homemade hairspray in the formula at the end. Hope it will make it somewhat waterproof.