2016 Update: I'm no longer making my own mascara. I've found a brand that use safer ingredients that I feel good about using. You can find my go-to brand here.
Have you jumped on the DIY makeup train yet to avoid the chemicals found in most beauty products? If not, I have a lot of ideas to get you started! This recipe is not only all natural and incredibly moisturizing to the lashes, but it contains castor oil that can actually help lashes grow. And why seaweed? I use a nutrient dense seaweed called bladderwrack for coloring, to help it dry AND to help nourish those lashes. So keep reading, and be sure to follow the instructions carefully!
DIY Mascara Ingredients:
1 teaspoon activated charcoal, about 4-5 capsules (like this)
⅛ teaspoon bladderwrack powder (like this)
⅛ teaspoon vitamin E (like this)
½ tablespoon coconut oil (where to find coconut oil)
1 teaspoon beeswax (like this)
1 ¾ teaspoons castor oil (like this)
Empty mascara tubes (like this)
1) Combine all ingredients in a stove-top pan.
2) Stir and warm till beeswax melts and mixes with the oils.
3) Pour the mixture into a plastic baggy, and force to one end (you want the mixture warm, but not too hot it will melt the baggy).
4) Make a tiny cut at one of the bottom corners of the baggy and squirt into the mascara tube. Put the stopper in place when finished.
5) Give DIY mascara a 30-60 minutes to thicken and set up before use, makes about 1 tube.
TIP: Try to get it from stove top to mascara tube as fast as possible. If you wait too long the mascara will start to set up quickly making it very hard to get inside.