Blessings asked: Do you wear mascara and if so what brand? I remember a blog post about mineral makeup but use maybelline mascara, and since it’s gone, I thought I would ask if you have a better brand or alternative.
Yes, I do wear mascara, and have been in pursuit of finding a truly natural alternative, but have been quite stumped. Your question got me motivated to dig deep and find the best options.
I have been surprised to see how many mascara options are available that claim to be “natural” and yet still contain parabens of all varieties. Natural brands such as EccoBella, BareEssentuals mascara, and Palladio.
Parabens (such as methylparaben and propylparaben) are synthetic preservatives and studies link them with cancer, endocrine disruption and hormone mimicry, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and skin toxicity, tissue irritation, and toxicity to various organs, to name a few.
As mascara is the easiest of skin products to quickly enter and be absorbed into the body through the eyes, it is definitely something worthwhile to consider finding a safe paraben free alternative. Check out your ingredient lists carefully and always refer to the Skin Deep Database.
I have been doing various research and have found the following options to be your best choices. Please note that these natural mascaras are not waterproof. Companies use plastics and high alcohol content to achieve this effect. Prices range from $14-18 per tube, which is actually quite reasonable since the standard brand I have bought in the past was at least $9-10 and lasts for approximately 6 months for me. Remember, the least amount of ingredients listed on a label the better, and they should be readable!
The majority of these mascaras can be found online through Natural Solutions, a great source for truly natural cosmetic products.
How Safe is Your Mascara? - most standard mascara brands are compared
I would love to hear if any of you have tried these safe alternatives? What do you recommend? Remember…double check your ingredient list before making a recommendation!