Natural Mascara Recipe

Homemade Natural Mascara Recipe

I posted a picture of my lashes on Instagram last week and mentioned I had finally gotten my homemade mascara just how I wanted it. A lot of you asked for the recipe, so I’m sharing it now.

Natural Mascara?

How to make natural mascara that actually works

In the past, I’ve used Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara which has a top safety rating from the Environmental Working Group. That is still my go-to organic mascara but I’m always looking for a DIY option as well.

I must admit- this was one of my most frustrating homemade recipes to figure out. I tried a lot of different combinations before I finally found this one that I liked.

Unlike most of my beauty recipes (like toothpaste and lotion bars), homemade mascara uses some unusual ingredients and will cost more up front. I absolutely love the texture  and fullness of this recipe, so I still make it often, but if you don’t already have these ingredients on hand, buying an organic pre-made mascara might be a better option.

Natural Mascara Ingredients

I tried dozens of ingredients before I found the ones that worked in this recipe.

Here’s what I use:

  • Black mineral powder (a mixture of soil based minerals-use the code “wellnessmama” for 50% off – I also drink this daily) NOTE: Can use activated charcoal or black clay as well, but I prefer the texture with the mineral powder. One jar of mineral powder has enough to make 15+ batches of mascara.
  • Bentonite Clay – Helps the mascara dry and harden and not smudge. Any cosmetic clay should work.
  • Vegetable Glycerin– Makes the mascara smooth and helps it adhere to lashes.
  • Aloe Vera– For texture and smoothness
  • Lavender Essential Oil – For scent and to help lashes grow

I also found these supplies were very helpful:

  • A clean mascara container. I got this one and have just reused it as needed. I tried to clean out an old mascara container and it is a tremendous hassle. Using a small jar or lip gloss container with a mascara brush will also work.
  • A medicine dropper (like for giving medicine to children) or similar tool for getting it into the mascara containers
  • A small spatula.

DIY Natural Mascara Ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp black mineral powder (use code wellnessmama for 50% off)
  • 1/4 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1/8 tsp (about 4 drops) vegetable glycerine
  • 1/4 tsp (plus more if needed) aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

What to Do:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a very small bowl until completely smooth.
  2. Add more aloe vera gel if needed to get a smooth consistency.
  3. Carefully scoop into the medicine dropper with a spatula and slowly squirt into the mascara container (or jar)
  4. Alternately, you can add the ingredients directly to the mascara tube and mix with the mascara brush, though it takes a while of mixing to get the ingredients smooth inside the tube.
  5. Use as you would regular mascara.
  6. To remove: Use a washcloth with warm water or use olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover.

BONUS TIP: dust lashes with arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch first to thicken and lengthen even more. This works with a lash curler but I’ve found it is better to curl first so they don’t clump.

Ever made homemade makeup or beauty products? How did they turn out?

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  1. I would like to see a post on your experience drinking the black mineral powder and its benefits and whatnot, and who you would recommend it for. Thanks!

      • PF mascara still irritated my eyes because I cannot use mica or talc. Rejuva Minerals is free of all things that are irritants and only mascara or makeup in general I can use

      • What size tube did you use?

      • What size mascara tube can you use? I’d like to purchase empty tubes rather than wash a tune out. I’ve seen 4ml, 5ml and 10ml which one would the recipe fit in?

    • Just a comment on the mascara. I love the recipe…works great. One thing I did was put all ingredients in a small snack size plastic baggie. Then with my fingers massage the ingredients till they are mixed. Then snip the tip of the baggie to “pipe” the mixture into my mascara tube. Works like a charm!

      • You’re a genius!

    • Hi Katie! I love your site and have already started promoting it to others though I only found it by accident a few days ago. I found another site before yours with other recipes for mascara but you had so many different things to choose from, I just loved being here and can’t wait to start “cooking” since I plan to throw away hundred of dollars worth of cosmetics away since learning about the mercury that’s in them.

      I saw you listed Black Mineral Powder as one of the ingredients and I decided to go searching for other, less expensive options with the same name and found them, however, I don’t believe in substituting one bad thing for another so I wanted to learn what this black powder was first. Titanium Dioxide is another name for it when broken down and from what I could gather, word is going out that it is a possible Carcinogenic.

      I’m not so sure I want to use charcoal as a substitute so I’m not sure what else there might be? In another recipe online, that girl used cocoa powder but of course, the mascara was brown. I’m fine with putting chocolate anywhere in or on my body! What normal girl wouldn’t? 🙂

      Anyway, I thought I’d bring this to you and see what thoughts you might have? You’ve been creating these for a while and I haven’t gotten started yet. I’m investigating all the things for my shopping list and then into the kitchen I go. I loved the idea one person wrote to you abut mixing in a small baggie, cutting the tip, then squeezing into the mascara bottle. I have seen brand new mascara brushes for sale but I’ll have to see if I can find empty mascara containers too. Very cool idea!

      Hugs and thank you for all you do!
      Linda

      • Mine turned out clumpy when I used charcoal no matter how much stirred. I added more aloe but still clumpy. Any advice?

        Would heating it help?

        • Im sure you already figured out a solution but I was also having this issue so I added about a teaspoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of beeswax ( sort of combining two recipes) and it came out smooth!

      • You can buy black cocoa powder. It doesn’t smell as chocolaty as brown, but should do the trick nicely for mascara.
        http://amzn.to/1OgNykZ

        • You can also use beet root powder for a reddish mascara-very pretty!

      • Hi theres actually a sort of black cacao powder! The colour should be black if u use that one! I’ve found it online but they don’t sell it in OZ and haven’t ordered it but keen to try the mascara with the black cacao powder!:)

    • Soy question is for using the lavender oil in or near eyes it says to dilute it (im dure with a carrier oil) BUT putting it with these other ingredients is that considered diluting?

      • This would be considered diluting but as an aromatherapist I would suggest omitting the lavender. Essential oils should not be used near the eyes.

  2. I am continually amazed at your creativity. Just when I think that you cannot possibly come up with any more homemade natural products, you do. Sensational! I am not certain that I would be able to find the time to make this but I love that it’s possible. Bravo!

  3. THANK YOU! I have switched to all natural make-up with the exception of mascara. It’s been hard to figure out. I will give this a try!

  4. Thanks so much for posting this! I had recently come across this recipe: http://realfoodrn.com/all-natural-mascara-longer-stronger-lashes/ and I was going to give it a try. But now I’m wondering if you tried something like this, but find your recipe works better. Your thoughts would be much appreciated, thanks!

    • I have somewhat naturally oily skin and I found that oil based recipes like that tended to smudge on my face and give my black bags under my eyes after a few hours.

      • Do you have a recipe that would make waterproof mascara, or could I simply add an ingredient to this to make it waterproof?

        • I’m still experimenting with that. Beeswax would make it waterproof but it is really hard to incorporate…. Let me know if you figure it out!

  5. Is there a less expensive alternative to the BlackMP Living Powder? Even at half price, that’s still out of my price range.

  6. What a great recipe. I will buy the ingredients and try it. For how long can I use it until it spoils? Thanks.

  7. random question but I have a bunch of old containers and such mostly old or some that were given to me and I was wondering what is a good disinfectant that I could use to clean them with so they can be hygienic for new products?

    • I use alcohol. Also, I use a mascara recipe that has two types of clay. Black clay and red clay are way cheaper!

  8. Amazing! Although I use mascara only once in a blue moon, I do secretly dream of having thicker and longer lashes as they soften and prettify the face instantly. Thanks for this recipe. I just might DIY this soon. 🙂

  9. How cool!!!! I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to trying this for myself, but I’ll book mark it in my “God I wanna do this” tab! <3. You're kick ass!!!!

  10. Omg I have been waiting for a recipe like this! I like making my own cosmetics. You always have the best recipes:). I will 100% be making this. You are such a inspiration!

  11. Hey Katie! Love your blog and love the Wellness Summit program!! I was curious if you could use activated charcoal in place of the black mineral powder for this one?? Thanks! XOXO

  12. So this company only seems to sell to US customers. I am in Canada and it won’t accept my billing address. Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks.

  13. I make a homemade mascara using 1 egg yolk, 2-3 capsules activated charcoal, and a drop of lavender essential oil. I will have to try this recipe. Sounds really good!!

    • This recipe looks easy. Do you need to beet the eggwhite before you mixing the ingredients together or not? How long you can use? When will it be spoiled after making?
      Thanks

      • It’s egg yolk, and I just slowly stir all the ingredients together. Slowly because the charcoal can be messy. I keep it in the fridge and it usually lasts at least 2 weeks, sometimes shorter depending on how old the eggs were!

  14. Hello Miss Katie, I am super amazed with this natural mascara recipe.. I’m glad I’ve found this and I’ll definitely try this at home, hopefully I could also share with you if ever I’ve already made it.. and also, here is one of My inspiration why I love doing natural and homemade products http://www.rejuvenating.me/diy_spa_recipes_for_your_skin.html

  15. Great read! Thanks for giving us easy alternative options that we can feel good about!

  16. Question about that particular bentonite clay; do you know if that’s calcium or sodium bentonite? I read the labels and it would seem like it’s calcium to me, but I was wondering if anyone knew for sure? That calcium bentonite has been a tough bugger to find anymore :-/

    Thanks for another awesome recipe! Maybe there could be a different kind of Wellness Mama cookbook in the future?? Say, natural remedies and DIY’s? No pressure lol seriously though, can’t thank you enough for all the awesome info Katie!

  17. Hi Katie!

    I made this with Australian black and red clays, and the consistency seemed great, but the clay really got into my eyes and irritated them. Any tips? I may have had a bit too much on the brush but I wondered if you had some insight. Thanks!

    Dana

  18. Can I get your thoughts on Younique 3D mascara? I’ve heard it’s an “all-natural” product and thought about trying it, but wanted your opinion first on whether it actually is a safe way to go. I’d love to try out your mascara recipe, but can’t add another DIY to my plate right now 🙂

    • I haven’t seen any actual research on it and I can’t seem to find their ingredients online. They claim to use some natural and organic ingredients. I’d love to see the research and ingredients because I’d actually love to try it too…

      • Here’s what I was able to find for the ingredients in the mascara:

        Transplanting Gel Ingredients: Water, Beeswax (Natural Propolis), Carnauba (Brazilian palm glue), Iron Oxide Cl 77499 (Black), Collagen, Acrylates Copolymer, Nylon, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol. .23 FL OZ / 7 ml

        Natural Fibers Ingredients: 100% Natural Fibers taken from Green Tea. Net WT .02 OZ/ .5g.

        • It seems all the ingredients is Younique mascara are ok including the acrylates copolymer (EWG Skin Deep rating of 2) until you get to the propylene glycol which carries a 1-10 rating on EWG! That must depend on the amount used in a particular product.

          • Propylene Glycol= anti-freeze!!

      • The ingredients and a description of each are listed on the product page:

        Transplanting Gel Ingredients: Water, Beeswax (Natural Propolis), Carnauba (Brazilian palm glue), Iron Oxide Cl 77499 (Black), Collagen, Acrylates Copolymer, Nylon, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol. .23 FL OZ / 7 ml

        Natural Fibers Ingredients: 100% Natural Fibers taken from Green Tea. Net WT .02 OZ/ .5g.

        Collagen is a type of protein that works with elastin to give skin its texture, structure, and appearance. It contains antioxidants, and may help add volume and shine to the appearance of eyelashes.

        Water (Aqua) is the liquid of life! Hydrates and cleanses the skin, and works as a natural spreading component, helping to distribute other ingredients evenly over the skin.

        Beeswax (Natural Propolis) is a brownish, resinous material collected by bees and believed to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

        Carnauba (Brazilian Palm Glue) is extracted and refined through a pressing and crushing process that turns the palm glue into an oil, creating the sticky nature of the transplanting gel. It is also believed to act as a natural preservative.

        Iron Oxide Cl 77499 (Black) is a technical name for Black Iron Oxide. This naturally-occurring mineral acts a colorant, giving the gel its striking black color.

        Acrylates Copolymer is an adhesive and binder, as well as a suspending agent.

        Nylon is a powder substance that is used as an absorbent and thickening agent.

        Stearic Acid (also known as Palmitic Acid) is an organic nutrient derived from palm trees that is often used to soothe and soften the skin.

        Propylene Glycol is a humidifying and delivery ingredient.

        • Carol propylene glycol is not antifreeze, but rather ethylene glycol, however propylene glycol does freese at a lower temp do it can be substituted with an addition of pink colorant for a more eco friendly anti freeze agent, because products can be versatile and substituted for more natural nasty forms does not make them toxic and it does not have a carcinogen concerned you would have to consume it in mass amounts and it states that it’s very difficult to do this unless it’s taken by a child and guzzled! Plus the one used here is propylene A antifreeze is ethelyn glycol an offset of propylene glycol B read the entire info before pronouncing doomsday on products. Even natural products need preservatives, we try to pick the best option available! I’m not with Younique.:)

    • Hello, Younique Presenter and big fan of Wellness Mama here!

      I just want to clarify that, while ALL the Younique products are naturally-based, not all of them are all natural.

      The Transplanting Gel is 87% Natural (far above industry standards!) and the Tea Leaves are 100% Natural. Younique determined that all ingredients need to be safe, bacteria- and fungus-free, hypo-allergenic and non-toxic, which necessitates the use of some synthetic ingredients.

      If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through my website: youniqueproducts.com/emilyguffey All the ingredients are posted on the site on the individual product pages.

      By the way–Did you know that the 3D Mascara and several other Younique products are also gluten-free?

      • “By the way–Did you know that the 3D Mascara and several other Younique products are also gluten-free?” Seriously? Who cares if it’s gluten-free. You’re not eating it.

        • People who have Celiac disease have to be careful not only about what they eat but also what they apply to their bodies.

        • Seriously Alexa? Educate yourself.

      • I used to use Younique until they started add Sodium Laurel Sulfate and other ingredients like Bentylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol…all 3 ingredients are anything but natural. SLS is one of the highest carcinogenic products in the world and Propylene Glycol and Bentylene Glycol…go check the ingredients on your antifreeze for your car…same exact thing. No thanks!

  19. How long does the mascara last? The expensive mineral powder might be worth it as long as the mascara doesn’t go bad before it can all be used.

    • I’ve had my tube for over a month and it is still going strong. I haven’t tried this exact recipe for longer than that but have used all of the ingredients in other combinations for much longer.

      • katie, i love your blog and all your diy recipes. lately, i’ve been reading up about the shelf life of our homemade products especially when a water-based ingredient like aloe vera is used. i did read that homemade mascara can be quite dangerous because you know it is near our eyes. if the product gets infected with bacteria or other baddies it could lead to blindness. yikes! bacteria, viruses, & fungi are microorganisms so that means they are microscopic and by the time we do see evidence of them our products have long been contaminated. i don’t know enough to know if a safe homemade mascara without a preservative, there are some natural ones, can be made but ditching the aloe vera & the essential oils is probably a good start.

        i’ve seen a couple other diy bloggers (humblebee & me and the nerdy farm wife) use home microbial test kits (lotioncrafter has them) to test some of their homemade products. i think i’m going to do that as well to get a ballpark idea of when some of my products with water or water-based ingredients like aloe, glycerin & honey start going bad. for me, a few products i will probably just leave to the professionals who make organic products like the brands you mentioned. there are also natural preservatives we can use but it does take some research to find the best ones to use on our various products. fyi, vitamin e oil isn’t a preservative, meaning it protects water-based products, but rather it is an antioxidant that protect against rancidity in oils so that isn’t an option as someone mentioned down thread.

  20. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have tried several mascara recipes already but none of them have worked for me (usually they are too oily, and do not dry at all). I will have to try this out ASAP!

  21. Yay!! I already have all of these and am actually running out of my current mascara. Super excited to make this. It’s hard enough finding cruelty free brands that are also inexpensive, then trying to find something that ISN’T toxic? Forget about it. So glad you posted this.

  22. Katie, my daughter got me reading your blog. I’ve been researching and gradually buying supplies and containers. (So far I’ve only made hand soap.) I’m planning a DIY day next week to try some recipes. But I’m a little confused about essential oils. Most people recommend to put products containing more than a few drops in glass containers. But sometimes I see instructions that use plastic containers. This mascara container is plastic, right? And the ratio of essential oils to the tiny amount of product seems high. Am I missing something? Thanks for any insights on this. 🙂

    • The cautions/recommendations regarding using a glass container vs. plastic is due to the citrus element in certain citrus-based essential oils being known to break down the plastics. Also, there is much discussion regarding the leaching of chemicals from the plastic containers (this goes for both essential oil and non-EO containing ingredients in food and non-food items).

  23. Suggestions for colors other than black? Specifically brown? (cocoa powder was my first thought. Or even blue or green. Yes, wearing different colors is FUN 🙂

  24. Lavender oil for growing lashes? More info on that please…..that is what I need! I am currently a messy mama who has no time for makeup, so until I have the use to make this, can just swipe on lavender eo? How does it work?

    • Out of personal experience, I would not put essential oils near eyes, especially that close( I once got a tiny bit of clary sage in my eye and it felt like an acid burn, took a half hour of flushing to where I could even open my eye comfortable.). Castor oil is a good, and I believe, better alternative. Just put some in a mascara tube and apply like you would mascara, possible before bed. Hope this helped! 🙂

      • I actually made it with the lavendar oil and it made my eyes burn,and I have good quality oils too. Also the smell was so strong the scent sensitive people at work could smell it. So I’d have to agree on omitting it.

      • I’ve read that castor oil is good for growing eye lashes but it’s so darn thick and oily, lol. I only put it on my lashes before bed and usually if I’m not going anywhere the following day. I was kind of surprised to see lavender EO in this recipe. As others have mentioned, it’s not really great to put it so close to your eyes. And who cares about scented mascara?? 🙂

        I’ll keep researching recipes and probably just modify one to my own preferences. Beeswax seems to be a popular ingredient. I tried just plain charcoal for eyeliner, on a foam “pencil” dipped in water and then smudged in the charcoal, it worked great!! No smudging after application at all. I only wish I’d discovered homemade cosmetics YEARS ago! To think of all the crap I could have avoided using.

  25. I have used the mascara made by 100% Pure… Awesome!!!

    • Yes, I LOVE their blackberry and blueberry mascaras, but the price is hitting me hard just now!

  26. This looks awesome!! Do you think it’d work without the lavender oil, or with a different oil subbed in? I’d really love to try making this but I’m allergic to lavender so I’m guessing I probably shouldn’t put it next to my eyes, haha 🙂

    • I am a BIG fan of essential oils and am on a FB page where someone recently posted abou how they added Cedar Wood to their mascara (2-3 drops) and have also tried using Rosemary EO as well. I would be happy to send you some to try in your mascara if you’d like. And just to be clear, I’m not try to sell anything – just want to share the EO love! ?? Go Natural or Go Naked!! Hee Hee!

  27. Would it be possible to make a brown black version? Or would the black over ride it… For me black is too dark and brown is too light. Would it work with coco powder? Thank you so much for this recipe Katie!

  28. Thanks to you I have been making my own lotion and face wash for a year now. It’s so much better than anything store bought. I’ll have to venture into beauty products next. Thank you for taking the time to create and share these.

  29. Do you recommend aloe Vera gel or powder and why? I have tried a few of your other recipes (lip balm, lotion bar sticks) but am so excited for this one since I am a mascara fiend:)!

  30. I wanted to get some of the black mineral powder, but tried twice, and the site is NOT secure! There is NO padlock on my computer, and the site is NOT httpS (the ’s’ indicates that it is secure) I have emailed the company twice, but got no answer. I refuse to give out any credit card info on a site not secured! Darn! Waned to try this the way you made it, but I guess I’ll just have to use activated charcoal and bentonite clay….. ;-(

    • Hi Carol, I just checked it and the page where you enter your credit card is secured (HTTPS), but the part where you create the account is not.

  31. Dear Katy,

    I just want to remind everyone that when making anything for the eyes, everything must be disinfected. Even commercial mascara advises you to discard after 3 months. I am not a germophobe and one look at my house would confirm this but you really can not be too careful with your eyes. Even one nasty infection can cause permanent problems. When in doubt, throw it out.

    That being said, I may try this now that my daughters are starting to use makeup. I avoid mascara because everything seems to irritate my eyes (so I end up buying a new tube every time I have a dressy thing to go to). I am also glad to hear that the lavender oil can be left out. Most floral fragrances do not go over well with me. I like how they smell but usually within a few minutes, I start to feel sick. Makes no difference with me what the source is (organic, natural, or synthetic).

    With 5 children, you will probably one day be sitting at the eye doctor’s office with a corneal scratch or tear because somebody got poked in the eye. This is one of the few times it is better to go with an antibiotic eye drop rather than wait and see if it is needed because the consequences of an infection can be so devastating. This is why I say be extra careful with mascara. Who hasn’t poke themselves in the eye with the wand? If you never have, I have decided to not like you anymore. Usually, it’s no big deal but a deeper scratch or tear should be treated that day. The eye heals very quickly but it is a warm moist environment that is optimal for bacterial growth.

    A corneal tear or scratch will not feel better in a few minutes or even an hour. I am kind of a hermit but even I know a lot of people who have had to deal with this: my niece who fell in the mud while waiting at the bus stop, my next door neighbor who was poked in eye by her toddler’s fingernail, my daughter who poked herself in the eye with a corner of a magazine (yeah, I can’t figure out how she managed that one either), a friend from college’s daughter who was poked in the eye while horsing around with her sister (2 crying kids, the pokee and the one crying because she hurt her little sister), and last but not least, another friend’s son and I can’t remember what the heck he did to his eye. If this happens to anyone out there, call your medical insurer to see what doctor you need to see. Medical insurance will cover this even without added eye coverage but you may need to go to a different eye doctor to avoid paying out of pocket.

    To let you know how serious this can be, the doctor will fit you in the same day, no matter what. The receptionists hears that you suspect a corneal scratch or tear and that is all it takes. Skip the usual doctor or ER if you can. They just send you to an eye doctor. If it’s off hours, you may be stuck with the ER but make a few phone calls first.

    This seems a little off track, but as someone who has had a lot of issues with her own eyes, I say this is one area to be overly cautious. The diagnosis and treatment is very simple. The doctor puts some drops of dye into the injured eye so he/she can see if there is damage and how bad it is. Then you are sent on your way with some antibiotic eye drops. Usually there is a follow up visit to make sure that eye is healing properly.

    A corneal scratch or tear was something that I was not familiar with and once I dealt with it, it seems like everyone I knew was saying that happened to someone they knew. Fortunately, I knew someone who dealt with it before I had to so I got through my daughter’s fairly quickly and easily. I was able to navigate 2 of my friends through it pretty quickly also. If you live away from family, as I do, a last minute sitter may not be an option. The less time wasted in the wrong waiting room with bored children, the better.

    To everyone out there, be thankful for your own lovely eyes and take good care of them!

  32. Hi there! I could really use some help with this. Today I finally got the last of the ingredients I needed to make this. First of all, I had to use about a tablespoon of the aloe vera gel and it still didn’t seem like enough. I bought the empty mascara tube that you recommended but I CAN NOT get the mascara into the tube. I tried a medicine dropper as suggested, but the mascara got stuck in it and I ended up having to throw it out. I tried using an old frosting tip that I still had laying around from years ago as a funnel, but it got stuck in there too. Finally, I scooped it up in my fingers and tried shoving it into the opening. Well, every time I could get any into the tube it seemed to “regurgitate” it back out. I was able to get a very small amount into the tube, and then I tried putting the brush in, but I think it must still be too dry because it won’t stick to the brush. Help! I am out about $50 for the ingredients plus I have really been looking forward to this so can you tell me 1.) Is there something I’m doing wrong that it’s too dry? Is there a way I can add more aloe vera or something else now that it’s in the tube? What exactly is the consistency that it should be? 2.) How in the world do you get it into the tube and get it to STAY in the tube? Thanks I would really appreciate it.

    • I’d try adding more aloe to see if that might help. I wonder if there is a difference in different brands of aloe? Mine was smooth enough that I was able to squirt it into the mascara tube. Maybe also try a small stick or popsicle stick?

    • I used a syringe without a needle and pushed it right into the mascara tube. Maybe also a toothpick will help push it into the tube. I did have to use more aloe than I thought but it did work for me.

    • I have horses so I always have a syringe in the house, I have used it to fill lip balm tubes and it works really well and I think it would with this too. I don’t use it with the needle attached, just the plastic vessel with the plunger. In Australia, you can get them over the counter at drug stores and horse feed merchants.

    • Add double the amount of Aloe

  33. Hi,,
    Love the recipe I was just wondering if you could add bees wax to it to make it a bit more water proof?
    Thanks!

    • That might work. you’d have to melt it first… let me know if you try it!

  34. I made the mascara bug mine has come out very clumpy. I added more aloe and vegetable glycerin but still not right. What am I doing wrong?

  35. I just made this and it is amazing!!!! I use Black Luster Mica Powder. I love this, and the lavender makes it smell so good. Thank you so much for your posts! I have learned so much over the past year since I have been reading EVERYTHING you write!!!

  36. I have been looking for a liquid eyeliner recipe as well. Many recipes call for coconut oil, but I have tried multiple times, and it never stays. I love the cat eye look, but hate all the chemicals in my store-bought liner. Do you think that this recipe could be made to work for eyeliner as well? maybe by adding more aloe vera? P.S. I am a college student, and I absolutely love all of your recipes. I have even made deodorant and other products for my friends, and they love it too! I take such pride in being able to make my own products, and it’s mostly thanks to your website!

  37. Do you also have a recipe for natural waterproof eyeliner? That would be a Godsend!
    Thanks, anna

  38. Do you think this formula would work as a liquid liner too? Maybe with a bit more aloe to thin it out enough to apply easily?

    • hm, cool idea! I haven’t tried it but it could work!

  39. I was wondering what you would use to preserve this as mascara can last for months? The aloe could facilitate the growth of bacteria, mold, and other nasties. The eye area being a mucus membrane is much more susceptible that say the skin. I want to be sure and be safe as I know people go blind when products become contaminate either during production or use. Thanks in sad acne for any recommendations.

    • I’ve been making and using the recipe for a year now. You Could use a few drops of vitamin E for a natural preservative. I find I use mascara fairly quickly that I don’t worry about it.

    • Citric acid fruit fresh or non GMO victim in e capsules

  40. Water-proof? I tried charcoal eyeliner as you had prescribed … I had black spots, lines, and marks on my face throughout the day… I had to keep checking the mirror. If mascara and eyeliner aren’t water-proof or smear-proof, I can’t use them.

    I’m getting older and feel like I’m fading away! Help!

  41. Hey Katie! Couple questions for you… The aloe I have isn’t a gel (George’s Aloe – it’s a liquid) so I don’t imagine that it would work for this… Do you have any suggestion of what I could use instead to get the right texture? I too don’t like oily DIY mascaras as I tend to use lots of oil around my eyes. My second question is why do you prefer the black mineral powder over AC? Did you find AC to be too flaky? Thanks!! Huge, long time fan of your site… Always so stoked to try out your recipes and I’ve been searching for a mascara solution forever.

    • I felt like the mineral powder was both a better texture and a better,, deeper black, at least in this application.

  42. I have been wanting a green mascara, not bright green, but sort of an olive green. Any idea what would color this recipe that way, instead of the black?

    • Have you thought about seaweed powder? Not sure how the colour would turn out

      • Thanks, that might be just fine!

  43. Can you think of an ingredient to use for a brown mascara? I don’t like the made up look, but my lashes could sure use some color!

  44. Hi, I bought all the ingredients for making this from a company on ebay. I got aloe vera gel expecting it to be pure gel but the ingredients list Sodium hydroxide among other (usually I avoid unpronounceable chemicals) is this safe to use in something that is going so close to my eye or should I just buy another brand?

  45. OK, I bought the black mineral powder, and YIKES even with the discount is is EXPENSIVE!
    So imagine my horror and extreme disappointment when this stuff did NOT work! It just slips right off my lashes, even if I use the cornstarch stuff first! I’m so disappointed! It just globs onto the brush, and won’t go anywhere. It’s like some globby-can’t-get-it-off stuff! I made it just as the recipe said, so I don’t know where I went wrong, but this is THE most expensive mascara I have ever had that didn’t work.

  46. I am having issues with the mascara flaking during the day. Has anyone experienced that. I love it when I first apply it and it my lashes seem to love it.

  47. can you tell how much his receipe makes ? In a mascara contanier … (aprox ) thank you.

  48. Hello to all! Thank you so much Katie for putting in the time and effort to figure out how to make a natural DIY mascara 🙂 So happy!
    My one question is, if I am looking to make a lighter tone (i.e. a true brown color) mascara, is this possible? And if so, what would you recommend for coloring?

  49. **I TRIED THIS RECIPE **
    I’ve been on the hunt and trying so many different types of mascara it would make your head spin. In this particular recipe I had to double the amount of Aloe vera gel and it was still super clumpy. There wasn’t enough in this recipe to fill an empty mascara bottle and filling it was awful. Usually you can syringe or pipe it but this recipe I had to stuff it in the bottle. I have to say I was happy AT FIRST! No SMUDGING,but after 30 mins of wear it flakes off. If anyone has a tip for this let me know because it was a very close one. I did have more success in straight up black Oxide and honey. Leaves lashes sticky for about 10 mins but stickiness goes away. Something you could use at home but not sell. If anyone has a tested, and successful recipe please share it with me.

  50. I have black luster mica powder from another mascara recipe I tried. I would love to try this recipe, can I use the mica instead of the mineral powder? Thanks for the post!

  51. I will be 61 years young in less than a month and I LOVE reading your recipes, ideas, etc.
    I only have one question for you….WILL YOU JUST ADOPT ME?? ????. I’m somewhat intimidated as far as trying to make your fabulous recipes. So I figure if you’ll just adopt me (and my 87 year old momma), we’ll both have a much better quality of life!
    All kidding aside, A BIG THANK YOU for sharing your hard dedication to chemical free w/all of us!
    I WILL BE making the body bars and lip chap pretty soon. Keep up the wonderful recipes!

  52. Hi, I tried your recipe and it was super clumpy. Do you have issues with this?

    Thanks,

    Claudia

    • I did not… I worked with it to make sure it would not be clumpy. That’s the hardest thing to get right.

  53. I tried It with activated charcoal but it doesn’t really color at all. Any suggestions?
    Thanks

  54. I just want to say thank you for all your recipes.

    Cue long story skip to next paragraph to save time: My 4 year old (almost 5) has suffered from severe eczema since birth. We saw tons of doctors and none had seen a case so bad. We tried everything. Finally, after she failed every allergy test they gave her the test with pure petroleum jelly. Yep, she reacted immediately. They tested again using vegetable glycerin as a binder. Yep, same story!

    Now, we are scrapping everything we have and going petroleum (and bi-products) and glycerin free. That includes my make-up. Any suggestions to skip the glycerin in this recipe?

  55. I am allergic to coco so what can I use in its place.

    Thanks Lynette

  56. I was really excited to try this recipe until I found an artical that stated activated charcoal was actually bad for your eyes! Is it the same case with black mineral powder or is it safe? I am a bit hesitant now…

    • Get mica it is not harmful and the company selling them list eye and or lip safe, for brown go to workshop heritage on etsy you can get enough for this for 1.95!

  57. Hello, I’m wondering if one could substitute the vegetable glycerine for organic castor oil? Thank you in advance!

  58. I just tried this recipe the other day. It seems like a great one, only I’m having trouble getting more than a small portion to stay on my lashes. I was wondering if there was something I could to to get it to stick better? Possibly it’s the type of brush I’m using? Or mine is in a small jar because I didn’t have a mascara tube and is sort of a thicker paste and not super watery. Thoughts?

    • Leah I’ve been making and using this recipe for months now, in my experience in making this recipe you need to use double Or triple the amount of Aloe vera gel. Also a tube is kind of a must. I tried without and the mixture dried up too fast. Try using mineral oil on your eye lashes Before bed to thicken your lashes naturally.

      • Lisa, thank you for responding. I figured a tube would be much better. I was just too excited to try it! I’ll make sure to get one and hopefully that makes the difference, plus more aloe. Thank you!

  59. This will be my first all natural -made by me- cosmetic recipe! I’m excited to try. I wanted to know if you knew how much mascara one batch made and how many batches I could make from the ingredient links you posted. I’m trying to do a cost analysis on it before I purchase all the ingredients. Thank you for your help.

  60. Hi have an also vera plant. Do you think I could make my own gel from that instead of buying it?

  61. Hi! Thanks for the posting.

    I did attempt to make my own mascara but it was not easy and I burned myself trying to pour it in to the container. So now I will suck it up and pay for one. I am going to buy the Physician’s Formula you posted a link to on Amazon.

    Thanks again!

  62. I react to aloe vera gel, do you have any recommendation for a substitute? I am not sure what to use instead?

    • I’m thinking more glycerin..

  63. Just tried it today and although the substance looked like proper mascara, when I tried it on it really stung ‘in’ my eye, even though it didn’t get in there. It felt like holding toothpaste too close to my eye. Did I put too many lavender in perhaps?

    • For the most part, I have had success with the recipes I have tried on this blog. Not this one, unfortunately.

      I made two batches and both were a disaster. The first batch I made in a tiny bowl and tried to get it into a glass dropper. It was too thick to get into the dropper, so I threw it away.

      For batch two, I mixed the black mineral powder and the clay in a small bowl. I then used a tiny funnel to get the powder into the mascara container. Next I added each individual liquid using the funnel directly into the mascara container and mixed everything with a disposable chop stick.

      When I put the mascara on my eyelashes, it burned my eyes pretty badly. The consistency was not great either.

      I’m disappointed that I spent so much money on the black mineral powder. I will look into whether I can use it as a supplement.

      • I make this recipe all the time (or a variation of it)
        I add double the amount of Aloe vera gel and don’t add lavender. It doesn’t burn my eyes unless it gets in my eyes. So before showers or swimming I would wash it off. I can get it into the bottle with a syringe with a straw on the end. Only fill the bottle half way. I love it and use it all the time but it’s not something I feel comfortable selling.

  64. Are there any recipies that you know of that doesn’t call for aloe?

  65. OK – so not wanting the throw the mascara away, I just let it sit for about a week. I tried it again and it seems much better! No burning of the eyes and the consistency seems to be better. Sometimes things just need a little time. Glad I tried it again!

  66. I have many years experience creating homemade beuty products for personal use and for gift giving, including cold process soap, hand lotions, face creams, bath fizzies and salts, lip balms, etc. In searching the internet for some new recipes I came across your site and this recipe. Unfortunately I cannot recommend that anyone use a homemade mascara.

    There are several problems with this recipre. Firstly, the use of materials like bentonite clay or mineral powders run several risks. There is no way to certify their purity and they risk scratching the cornea as another poster mentioned above. Secondly aloe vera, if not kept refrigerated can become contaminated with bacteria leading to the risk of a bacterial infection in the eye. Thirdly, there is not enough emphasis here on using sterile equipment in the preparation and storage of the product. Any homemade produt with a liquid component needs a preservative of some sort.

    Please feel free to make home made beauty products – they can often be cheaper and better than store bought – but for the sake of your precious eyes, give this one a pass!

    • I wouldn’t worry overmuch about that, especially if the mascara is not used daily and around the clock. The possibility of infection is there, of course, but it can just as easily be anywhere else. Dust blown in your face. Your child flicking food in your eyes. Rainwater. Rubbing your eyes when tired. All of that has a potential for eye infection, and most of that happens to us on a daily/weekly basis, yet how many eye infections we end up getting?

      Sure, make it as clean as possible and don’t keep the mix for long – it’s cheap to make a fresh batch, anyway. But I think that you’d have a greater possibility for eye infection working in your garden than wearing this mascara.

    • As for myself, I’m going to take a bit of my henna/indigo hair dye mix and make that a base for mascara. I don’t use it much, anyway, and I want to use it more like an eyelash tinting thing than a mascara. The mix by itself tint the eyelashes just fine, but it’s cumbersome, so I’d like to have something smoother and more easily applicable. Will update about the results. 🙂

  67. Ok, I got around to making that tinting mascara. I used black walnut tincture instead of henna/indigo, it has the exact dark brown color I needed. So:

    (all measures are approximate, sorry)
    3/4 teaspoon bentonite clay
    1/4 teaspoon arrowroot starch
    1 teaspoon walnut tincture
    10 drops vegetable glycerin

    I had to use my mini-mixer to break up the clumps and get a smooth consistency. Then I heat it slightly over a candle to make arrowroot powder gel up. Beat it up with a mixer again, and transported to a tube.

    It works very well as a defining mascara (and that’s exactly what I need). It clings to the lashes and doesn’t smudge. It doesn’t break off. I’m going to sleep with it on to see how much staying power it has, but it seems it’s pretty sturdy. The tinting effect won’t be visible until a couple of weeks, I believe, but so far I’m happy with the result.

    • That’s interesting! Now I want to make some. Where do you buy walnut tincture? I’d love to tint my lashes instead of having to apply mascara.

  68. Could I use black mica powder in place of black mineral powder? And could I substitute french green clay for the bentonite clay? Thank you!

    • I haven’t tried, but let me know how it works if you do!

    • Carol propylene glycol is not antifreeze, but rather ethylene glycol, however propylene glycol does freese at a lower temp do it can be substituted with an addition of pink colorant for a more eco friendly anti freeze agent, because products can be versatile and substituted for more natural nasty forms does not make them toxic and it does not have a carcinogen concerned you would have to consume it in mass amounts and it states that it’s very difficult to do this unless it’s taken by a child and guzzled! Plus the one used here is propylene A antifreeze is ethelyn glycol an offset of propylene glycol B read the entire info before pronouncing doomsday on products. Even natural products need preservatives, we try to pick the best option available! I’m not with Younique.:) I am using black zinc oxide and kaolin clay with bit E nonGMO and glycerin from vegetable source and Stearic acid, then I put a few granular of citric acid in to preserve.activated charcoal should never be using in the eye which should be common sense is usually used in masks that heat up on the face and what does it say on the packaging always do not use near eye area.

  69. Thank you for this excellent blog! Would this by chance work as a liquid eyeliner recipe? If not, have you experimented with creating a liquid eyeliner? Thanks!

    • It would. I’ve been working on creating a specific one as well.

  70. This works great! I used activated charcoal and it worked out fine. I already had all the ingredients on hand and just ordered an empty mascara tube on Amazon, so it was very economical. An eyelash curler with this gives all the fullness that I need. Bonus that it smells great with the lavendar. The regular mascaras that I just pitched smelled disgusting. .This would also make a great liquid eyeliner. Thanks for the recipe!

  71. I have also subbed charcoal and have had no issues. No clumping, flaking etc. The only problem I had was after a couple days it got moldy 🙁 Can anyone please recommend something besides Vit E to preserve this?

  72. Hello Katie (and other commenters),

    I LOVE your website, but I am sure you have heard that a million times by now. In the past I used a makeup brand that I thought was good for my skin, but broke me out horribly. Plus it broke the bank every time I ran out of something. So far I have tried your foundation recipe, and I really want to try to make your lipstick. Normally I use clear mascara, because I want as natural of a look as possible. Do you know of a way to make this clear? Would I just leave out the mineral powder and clay? Even then I didn’t know if just the glycerine and aloe vera would be enough to create the recipe. Would I do better just to use the natural eyelash growth serum recipe as mascara? Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

    • Good question… I haven’t tried to create a clear version, but I’d try using aloe alone or using the growth serum to see if either of those works on its own.

  73. Katie I’ve been looking for a natural clear eye brow gel to set brows. Do you think this recipe would work minus the charcoal? Thank you in advance!!

    • I’ve never tried it but omitting the charcoal and clay may be worth a shot. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  74. Hello! I just purchased the recommended container, how do you clean and reuse it? With alcohol?

  75. Hello!! Would it be okay to substitute the Lavender Oil for Castor Oil? I’ve read that you can use this oil to make your lashes grow and it won’t irritate your eyes.

  76. We made this at DIY class today and it works great! We mixed it up in ziplocks. Then cut the corner (very tiny cut) put the bag as far into the container as possible and filled it. I got a video of it.
    We left the clay and powder out and our little girls made clear mascara. They are so excited.

  77. Hello, I’m a very visual person and I always like to see the process of the recipes when possible before I try something new. Would you happen to have videos for your recipes that we can watch?

    • I made this recipe and posted it on Facebook. It is such a great recipe. I recommend making in a small ziplock baggy and then cutting a corner and squeezing into tube.

      • Thank you Brandi. It’s a great idea. When you say you made it and posted it on Facebook, did you do a video of you making the recipe?

  78. Hi Katie,

    How do you store your mascara? Does it need to be refridgerated due to the aloe?

    Thanks!

  79. Can i use fuller’s earth instead of the clay?