I’ve been searching long and hard for homemade mascara that actually works, and it’s been more difficult than I had imagined. But as my mom always says, where there’s a will, there’s a way; and by golly we have found a way! I say “we” because the idea came from a friend of mine, as we were relaxing on the couch discussing natural cosmetic alternatives. I told her about the wall I’d hit when it came to mascara, and how I desperately wanted to bring something to my readers, and myself, that was a quality replacement to Covergirl chemicals. We talked, and all the sudden a lightning bolt of genius struck my dear friend and she said “What about egg?”
EGG! Why didn’t I think of that?! It made sense, because egg yolk has so many nurturing and conditioning properties that have been used to strengthen, soften, and even help lengthen hair. The next day I went to work with my tiny bowls and spoons: separating, mixing, and testing the Eggscara. Ladies, it worked! In fact, I’m proudly wearing it right now! This recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s cheap, goes on well, dries fast, and doesn’t crumble! Without further adieu, here’s our recipe for fabulous, all natural, organic, chemical-free mascara!
- 1 egg yolk—room temperature (make sure to use organic, free-range eggs)
- 2-4 capsules activated charcoal (you can find this at most health food stores. I use this kind)
- Allow your egg to sit out until it’s room temp, then crack it open, and strain out the yolk
- Holding your charcoal tablets over the yolk, carefully pull them apart, and empty them by gently squeezing and releasing the tablet (This stuff stains, so use caution)
- Stir the coal into the yolk until thoroughly mixed.
- Store in the fridge.
You’re done! Grab a clean mascara wand, and have at it!
The mascara is good for as long as your eggs are good for, so keep an eye on the expiration date, or follow your nose.
If you really want to be resourceful, grab your skillet and some coconut oil and fry up that left over egg white for a yummy snack! Now enjoy your beautiful, healthy lashes for less than a fraction of the cost of store bought mascara!
You all-natural hottie, you! For a look at some of the other recipes I tried and how they worked for me, keep reading!
2 tsp coconut oil
4 tsp aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp beeswax
1-2 capsules activated charcoal (you can find this in any health store)
Melt the oil and wax, add the gel and carefully stir in the coal.
This is not only a pain to make because of how difficult it is to clean the dang pot after it’s been coated in wax, but this mascara runs like it’s in a 5k. It goes on well but doesn’t dry at all leaving you susceptible to raccoon eyes every time you sneeze.
4 capsules activated charcoal
1/4 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp water
3-4 drops olive oil
Blend the coal and starch together thoroughly (this takes time), then add the oil and water.
This was easy to apply to my lashes, and unlike the first recipe, this mascara dried after a few seconds. However, it flaked like crazy. Every time I blinked I would get a fine dusting of coal under my eyes. No, thank you.
aloe vera gel
Mix together and apply.
This concoction wouldn’t mix up. the aloe gel does a weird beading thing with the oil and coal, and I didn’t even attempt to put this stuff on.
aloe vera gel
Mix together and apply
I had high hopes for something as simple as this, however, again the gel and coal didn’t mix well and when I tried to apply it to my lashes, they slid right through the mixture and nothing stuck.
Mix together and apply
This mix applied the best to my lashes, and it even built on top of it’s self a bit, creating those coveted longer lash effect. Unfortunately I had the same trouble with this mascara as I did with the first one – it didn’t dry. There wasn’t too much raccoon eye happening, but every time I kissed my husband the mascara would rub off on his face.
Recipe 5 1/2
Same mix as above, I just added half a teaspoon of cornstarch in hopes it would help it to dry once applied.
The starch helped a little, but not enough to keep it from traveling to my upper eyelid, or my husbands face.