DIY Macara – Don’t Do It Yourself! Mascara Safety!

Excerpt from Beauty Brains

Do not use home made mascara!

DIY Danger

Many sites out there recommends making your own mascara, such as by mixing aloe vera gel with powdered charcoal. Supposedly the benefit of this approach is that you avoid preservatives and “excess chemicals.” Unfortunately, DIY Mascara is dangerous!  Many of those chemicals are needed as learned in  cosmetic science to prevent bacterial growth, microbes, and fungi!

Aloe Vera gel is not preservative free

First, if your goal is to create s safer product by avoiding preservatives, then you’ve failed from the start because aloe vera gel HAS preservatives in it.  Depending on the manufacturer, aloe vera gel can be preserved by a combination of sodium benzoate, sodium sulphate, potassium sorbate, and ascorbic acid. But wait it gets worse: not only are you using preservatives but you’re using the WRONG ones.  I couldn’t find any mascaras that use these as preservatives. You should use preservatives which have been tested and shown to safe for use around the eye such as Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and Phenoxyethanol. You’re creating a formula that may grow dangerous bacteria or microbes, such as staphylococcus or fungi!

Colorants for eyes need to be tested

Second, the activated charcoal you’re using is not approved as a colorant for use around the eye. The FDA requires that each batch of colorants used around the eye are certified that they comply with safety regulations. A jar of activated charcoal won’t have that safety assurance. Who knows what kind of contaminants it may contain?

The Beauty Brains bottom line

In conclusion let me ask which you think is safer: Purchasing a professionally formulated product with ingredients that have been shown to be safe for use around the eye and that have been tested to ensure it won’t support growth of bacteria that could potentially lead to dangerous eye infection, OR mixing two ingredients, one of which is not properly preserved and the other which is not designed to be used close to your eyes? (Whew, pardon the run on sentence!)

I’m sorry but you couldn’t pay me enough to risk an eye infection by “protecting” myself from excess chemicals.

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More Mascara Tips by CT Esthetic:

  • Don’t expose mascara tubes to heat of 85°F (29°C) or higher it encourages bacteria growth, especially leaving it in the car
  • Don’t apply mascara in a moving vehicle
  • Replace your mascara at least every 3 months to prevent bacteria growth
  • Don’t ever share your mascara with someone else this can spread bacteria, conjunctivitis, and fungus
  • If you wear contacts avoid mascaras with microfiber (lash extending mascara) the fibers can get under the lens and scratch your cornea
  • Don’t thin out thick, dry, or old mascara with any liquids it isn’t sanitary and can lead to bacterial or fungal growth
  • If you get an eye infection throw out any eye make up that you recently used so that you don’t reinfect yourself and avoid eye make up all together until your infection has cleared up
  • Put on soft contact lenses before applying makeup
  • Put on rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses after makeup is applied
  • Waterproof mascara may stain soft contact lenses
  • Remove lenses before removing makeup

Live in a hot climate?  Try Cool-It Caddy or Ice Pops – stylish chilled cosmetic cases that keep your make up from melting and helps prevent bacteria growth!

Cool-It Caddy and Ice Pops – chilled cosmetic cases for hot climates

Vegan, Mineral, and or Organic Mascaras to try:

Zuii Certified Organics Flora Mascara – Not tested on animals, No petrochemicals, No parabens, No talc, No GM ingredients

Physicians Formula – Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara

La Bella Donna Linea Minerale Mineral Mascara

Gabriel Color Mascara (can buy at Whole Foods as well)

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara

Aveda Mosscara

Beauty Without Cruelty Waterproof Mascara

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

Zuzu Luxe Mascara

Manic Panic Raven Mascara

Suncoat Mascara – sugar based

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara

100 Percent Pure (brand) FRUIT PIGMENTED MASCARA

Dr. Hauschka Mascara

Lavera Volume Mascara

Living Nature Thickening Mascara


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