Long, luscious eyelashes have long been sought-after, and products to help create that look have been developed for decades. Mascara is one of those products loved my many women due to its ability to darken, lengthen, curl, color and thicken the eyelashes, and it’s typically applied with a brush or rod. However, the real price of beauty can cost you both financially and health-wise, so wouldn’t it be great to make your own homemade mascara free of toxins to save both money and your skin?
You’re in luck, as my DIY Mineral-Based Lavender Homemade Mascara is easy to make and completely safe to apply.
But before we get started, let’s explore why there are so many mascara choices available to begin with. A study conducted in Korea asked women who shared their desires what they considered to be effective mascara products. It’s no surprise that their complaints were relative to the natural shape of their eyelashes. (1) In other words, we always seem to want what we don’t have!
However, part of the problem is that most mascara products on the market today contain numerous chemicals, which means they are super toxic, and the idea of putting those numerous chemicals near the eyes is frightening. But there’s good news. You can create a mascara to help you achieve the results you want. I’m going to show you just how to make your own homemade mascara with this awesome DIY recipe.
Let’s get started!
Place the coconut oil and grated beeswax in a small saucepan on low heat and stir until they’re completely melted. The beeswax helps it have the right thickness as well as waterproof attributes. The coconut oil is nourishing and provides a smooth texture.
Then, add the castor oil and the aloe vera gel and stir. Castor oil is great for eyelash growth! And, of course, we love aloe vera since it’s a natural astringent and helps keep the mixture from getting too oily. It also helps smooth out the blend.
Next, let’s add the minerals. Mineral-based makeup is very popular due to the natural minerals it contains. Black mineral powder contains a combination of iron oxides, talc, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are micronized, or ground and milled, into tiny particles to create the powder. Add your choice to the oil mixture and blend well.
Then, add the bentonite clay and the lavender essential oil. Remove from heat and blend. The clay helps the mascara dry and harden while avoiding any smudging. The lavender oil provides a nice scent while helping the eyelashes grow.
Then pour into a small plastic bag or a very small cake decorator bag with a little tip, (small enough to fit into your mascara tube). Push the mixture down to one corner. If using a plastic bag, you need to cut an angled hole at the tip of one corner. The idea is to get the mixture into the tube. Slowly and gently, push the mixture into the tube until it’s all inside.
Once you have transferred the mascara, cap it tightly and you’re done! To apply, use as you would regular mascara. To remove, use a washcloth with warm water or olive or coconut oil as a natural eye makeup remover.
If it becomes chalky, just add a little more aloe vera gel. It’s best to make small amounts and clean your brush due to microbials that can contaminate the mascara tube. Studies show that microbial presence has been found in 36.4 percent of the mascara tubes cultured after three months of use. As such, it’s recommended that you have a maximum three-month use of a mascara tube that has been used on a daily basis. (2)
Like all mascara, it should be disposed of if it emits an odd smell. Make sure to keep the lid on tightly so it doesn’t dry out.
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Mineral-Based Lavender Homemade Mascara
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1/2—1 teaspoon grated beeswax
- ⅛ teaspoon castor oil
- ¼ teaspoon black mineral powder
- ⅛ teaspoon bentonite clay
- 4–5 drops lavender essential oil
- Clean mascara container
- Place the coconut oil and grated beeswax in a small saucepan on low heat and stir until they are completely melted.
- Add the castor oil and the aloe vera gel and stir.
- Add the black mineral powder and continue to blend.
- Then, add the bentonite clay and the lavender essential oil.
- Remove from heat and blend.
- Using a small plastic bag or cake decorator with a small tip, place the mixture into the bag.
- Push the mixture into the corner with the hole, then place that corner into the mascara tube and carefully push the mixture into the tube.