Are your eyes red, itchy and dry? Do you think you could benefit from homemade mascara that works?
Robin from Thank Your Body has made a DIY ebook that covers the ins and outs on how to conquer your fear of making homemade beauty products and home cleaners, all in one beautiful ebook called, Toxic Free. I love her homemade mascara recipe, which is one of the 70 recipes featured in the book. I was also shocked to learn that…
Your bronzer most likely has:
Mica, Talc, synthetic fluorphlogopite, dimethicone, caprylic/capric triglyceride, magnesium stearate, phenocyethanol, coconut oil, caprylyl clycol, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Iron oxides, titanium dioxide…
Instead I can make homemade bronzer with:
cornstarch (I’m assuming arrowroot powder would be fine too)
Pretty easy, and frugal. Saving money, slowly getting rid of toxins in my makeup makes me feel so empowered.
Toxic Free has 70 Recipes to help me continue to make my own shampoo and even dishwashing detergent (the savings are growing nicely)
Here is the homemade mascara recipe from the book, Toxic Free, to get you started on your toxic free journey.
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 4 tsp aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp grated beeswax (grate then measure)
- 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (for black)* OR ½ tsp cocoa powder (for Brown)
- Put coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and grated bees wax in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until beeswax is completely melted.
- For Black Mascara: Open 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (depending on desired color, about 1/4 – 1/2 tsp) and pour into oil mixture. Stir until completely incorporated. Remove from heat. For Brown Mascara: Mix in Cocoa Powder.
- Pour into a small plastic bag, pushing the mixture down to one corner. Then cut a very small hole in the opposite corner of the bag.
- Fold the corner with the cut whole until you have a small tip that you can push into the empty and clean mascara container. (It’s much easier if you have an extra set of hands nearby to hold the tube in place!) Make sure the tip goes far enough into the tube or you’ll have a big mess on your hands! (You can also use a syringe for an ever easier experience).
- Keep the small-hole-end securely in the tube (or get your helper to hold it in place). Begin pressing the mascara mixture toward the tube. Don’t move too quickly or it will come out and you’ll have mess to deal with. (I highly recommend doing this with a paper towel or napkin underneath.) Keep moving the mixture into the tube until it’s all in.
- Place the inner cap in place and then twist the wand on tightly.
Note: Like all mascaras, it is important that you use this homemade mascara wisely. Proper use of mascara includes disposal of tube and brush after four to six months. Mascara should also be disposed of if found to smell different, strange, or especially pungent. It is unlikely and unusual, but all mascara does have the capability to grow bacteria.
Here are some more morsels of knowledge from the book
Did you know….
The following oils should be avoided when breastfeeding: Mint, Parsley, Sage, and Jasmine.
There is lots of conflicting information about essential oils that are safe for use with babies and children. The following are a list of essential oils that are safe for babies (diluted and used properly):
From birth to 2 months: Chamomile (both German and Roman), Lavender, Yarrow and Dill are considered safe.
From 2 months to 6 months old: Adding to those already listed, you can also include Coriander, Neroli and Mandarin essential oils.
From 6 – 12 months old: Gradually add Grapefruit, Aniseed, Tea Tree and Calendula essential oils.
Do not ever use eucalyptus or wintergreen on any child under 2 years of age. They can be lethal.
Essential oils are used in alternative cleaning products. But not all essential oils are safe.
You have the opportunity to buy now at the special introductory price of $19.95 and receive both the ebook and the printer friendly download. Sale ends in 48 hours (Jan 31st at midnight).
Click here to read more about the book.
Feel empowered to switch your beauty products for homemade beauty products and homemade cleaners and save some money too!