The mascara products are been designed very carefully to make sure about the low risk of any kind of eye-related issues and diseases, but still have lots of some questionable ingredients, such as benzyl alcohol, mercury, aluminum powder, and methylparaben. And the good news is that everyone can make a new homemade mascara with all natural ingredients.
This recipe is containing bentonite clay that is creating hardened mascara as well as black mineral powder that it gives it the very dark, black color. Most homemade mascaras contain beeswax, which tends to smudge too easily, but this particular recipe doesn’t call for this ingredient.
Why regular mascara is bad
Cosmetic products are poorly regulated by the FDA, which is the reason why cosmetic companies feel free to use not-so-good ingredients. It typically contains natural and synthetic waxes, glycerin, water, iron oxides, preservative, kaolin, and polymer film formers.
While most of these ingredients don’t cause any serious problems in mascara users, some of them may develop allergies to some of the ingredients. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, using mascara beyond its expiration date increase the risk of eye infection.
In addition to this, some ingredients often used in mascaras are said to be dangerous for human health at higher disease. Mercury is a good example of this, a chemical which is allowed to be used in both eye makeup and face creams.
DIY homemade mascara
- 1 tablespoon Bentonite clay ( it prevents the mascara from smudging and it also helps it harden)
- ½ tablespoon vegetable glycerin ( it helps the ingredients stick to the lashes)
- 1 tablespoon black mineral powder ( it provides good texture, but can also used activated charcoal instead)
- ½ teaspoon Aloe Vera ( it improves texture and conditions the lashes)
- Mix the ingredients in a small bowl to create a smooth consistency. Use a small amount for only one mascara container
- Transfer the mixture into a medicine dropper with the help of a spatula, and then put it in your mascara container
- You can also put the mixture in a small jar and wipe it with any old mascara. Another option is to transfer the mixture into the mascara container without previously putting it into a medicine dropper, but this method is quite tricky.