These wispy eyelashes have seen a lot of mascara in their day–everything from Covergirl to Clinique–but I’ve sworn off my old favorites and taken a greener point of view. Why even bother? you may ask. What harm could mascara do? Unfortunately, a LOT. In her very helpful article, Certified Nutritionist Sarah Oechsli explains that the coloring in most mascara is thought to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and that mascara often contains Polybutene, an ingredient used to formulate glues. Imagine a variety of other toxic ingredients coating your eyelashes, flaking off into the pores around your eyes, seeping into your bloodstream, and BOOM, the typical mascara wand is suddenly less magical.
Never fear: we have alternatives,
For the past few months, I’ve been using a vegan mascara called “Lights, Camera, LASHES,” by Tarte and been really happy with it. Not only does it come in super cute faux-snakeskin packaging, but it glides on really smoothly and easily. I have pretty small eyelashes, but I’m amazed how much this mascara can lengthen them. It’s free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances, petrochemicals, and phthalates. Instead, it’s formulated with super hippie-dippie stuff like rice bran wax, vitamin B5, and olive esters. To slightly paraphrase Macklemore, walk into the club like WHAT UP I WEAR RICE BRAN WAX MASCARA.