If I only have a few moments (or even a few seconds) to get ready before running out the door, a quick swipe of mascara is usually on the “must-do” list. Since finding less-toxic skin products has been on my radar lately, I wanted to make sure I had a few good mascara options for the ol’ daily routine as well. I had to go through a few different products, but after some trial and error, I found a few options that are keepers for sure!
Rejuva Minerals Mega Lash: This water-resistant formula is great because it lengthens and thickens my lashes without making them feel hard and brittle. It also comes in a larger tube, so it will last longer between purchases and has a large wand that coats the lashes nicely. It is also organic and mica-free.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear: This is a great option because this brand is sold in lots of drugstores and makeup sections nationwide. So chances are you can buy it locally or pick it up on a trip as needed. For those of you who like the plastic spiky wand head (as opposed to the bristle type brush heads), this might be your best choice. This brand also has several options for low-toxicity mascara (like this one too), so you can try several and see which one is your favorite.
Endlessly Beautiful Organic Mascara: Probably my favorite of the natural mascara options due to how soft my lashes feel after application and the fact that I love how this mascara smells (the ingredients contain coffee and vanilla, so the fragrance is kind of awesome). It comes in a much smaller tube than I’m used to, so I do have to replace it more frequently. But I also kind of like that it takes up less room in my makeup bag.
As far as defining what "natural" means, the Rejuva and Physician's Formula are both rated a 1 out of 10 on the EWG toxicity scale and while they don't have the Endlessly Beautiful option in their database yet, most of the ingredients are rated a 1 with a few that are a 2-3. While I know that using a site like the EWG isn't a totally perfect system, it has been well recommended by people I trust and I do find it really helpful when looking up ingredients since I'm obviously not a biochemist myself!
With any of these products, I like to do one coat of mascara, wait about 20 seconds, and then do a second coat for added volume and length. While I’m still on the hunt to replace other beauty items with new products I like just as well, it’s great to have several options I love for my mascara routine. Do you have a natural mascara that you love to use? xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.