Make your Own Mascara!
Image Credit: Robin Konie
Have you ever wondered what’s in your mascara? Are you afraid it’s full of bat guano (or poo for the non-Spanish speakers)? Well, you won’t usually find that in most brands these days, but it’s still not a pleasant concoction that we’re slapping on our peepers every day.
Here are the ingredients in my favorite pink and green bottle:
Water, Beeswax, Glyeryl Sterarate, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Methylparaben, Quaternium-15, Simethicone, Quarternium-15, Butylparaben. May Contain: CI 77492, CI77499, 77491 / Iron Oxides CI77007 / Ultramarines, Mica, CI77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI75470 / Carmine, CI77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI77289 / Chromium Hydroxide Green, CI77742 / Manganese Violet. (source)
I rarely wear make up now unless I have an important event, but I still cringe every time I reach for my department store candy drawer. Even my super expensive “all-natural” mascara was a dud.
Did I mention that it was expensive?
I have been wanting to make my own for months and months but never got around to it. Now that I finally have a copy of the ebook Toxic-Free, I finally decided to tick that off my to-do list.
It. Is. Amazing.
Seriously, I can’t believe how well it worked. It only took a couple of minutes to whip up, and I even cheated. I put it in a sealable plastic bag and sanitized the brush from an almost empty container of the famous pink and green instead of ordering a new container for my trial run.
Da Da Da Da…The Results
I planned to snap some pics of myself for both the eyeliner and mascara recipes, but my eyes are swollen, red, and watery from some nasty germs that I’ve been battling. It’s not a pretty sight.
We’ll go with option #2. Here is the pic that Robin took. Let me tell you that my results were even better. The magic is in the brush ladies.
Image Credit: Robin Konie
Right now, the other bottles are in the garbage, and I ordered an empty mascara container for my new sidekick. A-men.
If you’re into easy DIY projects, I’d pick up a copy for yourself. Robin has a section on personal care and beauty products and another on household cleaners (even a borax-free laundry detergent). 70 recipes that will be ready for whenever you want to replace the less healthy option in your drawers and cabinets.
Have fun mamas. You deserve this.
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.