Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Homemade Mascara

How to Make Your Own Homemade Mascara

Not everything can be a success, I guess! But that won't stop me from trying again :) ... which I did and found a recipe I that works! Be sure to see the update at the end of this post.

I've been very unmotivated to try this recipe between needing additional ingredients; reusing or not reusing my mascara container, it is it going to hurt my eyes, and will it even work?!?!? 

A few weeks back I finally purchased the final ingredient, step one done ... but then I was torn between whether or not I should reuse my current mascara container. I've heard horror stories about bacteria growing in makeup but since part of my challenge has been to also minimize waste, I decided I would try to clean out my old container before buying new containers. However, I didn't think all the way through this plan before cleaning out my almost gone mascara that could have last me another week or so before making sure my homemades mascara was going to meet my expectations. Let's just say I have a few options now: go without mascara (this is definitely the most extreme choice), find a new recipe that works, or buy a new tube of mascara. Decisions, decisions!

I'm sure some of you are like "I knew it! There's no way she could make mascara that works like the real stuff." I haven't given up but this is going to be a challenge for sure!

Right away I wasn't pleased with the consistency of the mascara and it definitely didn't coat my lashes like I was hoping, but I figured I needed to test out the stay-power. So today I gave it a shot to see  how it would withstand a typical day and I'm sad to admit it lasted only still about 9:30. After a few smudges, I realized the stay-power of this homemade mascara isn't going to suffice. :(

So enough with the let downs of my first homemade mascara attempt and onto the recipe that will need to be tweaked. The original recipe came from Robin at Thank Your Body and was a great starting point.

notice the stopper, if reusing your mascara container be sure to remove the
stopper and use a small bottle brush to clean out all the old mascara.
Dr. Brown's Natural Cleaning Brush from my baby bottle days worked wonders!

Homemade Mascara

empty mascara container (a new one or a cleaned reused one)
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp grated beeswax
1 to 2 capsules of activated charcoal (1/4-1/2 tsp cocoa powder can be substituted for brown mascara)

Combine aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and beeswax in a small saucepan and heat over low until melted. Add activated charcoal. Whisk until thickened. Place mascara into a small plastic baggie and seal. Push all the mascara to one corner (like a frosting piping bag). Cut the tip to form a small opening. Squeeze mascara in to mascara tube that has had the stopper removed. Replace the stopper. Insert wand and use as desired. 

For the next batch I will be trying one (or both) of these recipes from 'Simple Life Mom'.

UPDATED 1/27/16
'Simple Life Mom' had a recipe that worked great!

Homemade (Egg Yolk) Mascara

1 egg yolk
1 to 2 capsules of activated charcoal (1/4-1/2 tsp cocoa powder can be substituted for brown mascara)

Whisk together until a smooth consistency is formed. Place in a small container with a lid. Apply using a clean mascara wand. Refrigerate between uses. 

I used 1 capsule of activated charcoal and 1/4 tsp of cocoa powder
When my first attempt was far from a success, I did a little more searching and came across this recipe and believe me my first thoughts were ... "What egg yolk on my eyelashes ALL day?!?!?" After a few days of no mascara and being too lazy to leave me cozy office over my lunch break to run to the store and buy any, I decided what do I have to lose. So I glad I got past the idea of wearing egg yolk on my lashes, not only did it cover great, but it last all day with the added bonus of all the extra nutrients from the egg yolk. 

Additional cost: $5.93 for activated charcoal or possibly no additional cost if you use all cocoa powder 
Cost Comparison: $3 to $30 depending on brand for store bought vs. less than $0.25 for homemade per batch

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