When I was a young girl, someone taught me a trick using Vaseline. It was during the clear mascara craze and I was experimenting with different types of make up, but too young to really wear a lot. The older lady said that if I curled my eyelashes and then put some Vaseline on them it would give it that same “wet” look as clear mascara.I tried it and it became my little secret. People always commented me on my nice long wet looking lashes, begging me for the name of the brand I used. It wasn’t until I was older that I discovered that Vaseline was petroleum and now that I am a natural junkie I can’t quite bring myself to put that anywhere near my face again.
I set out on a quest to make my own Vaseline type product. Through trial and error I finally found a great mixture that has the same consistency as Vaseline and will give your lashes that wet look clear mascaras give, but without all the pesky additives, preservatives, and chemicals.
- Oil (almond oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, are all good choices)
- Vitamin E (optional)
- Baby food jar or other small container
Melt one part beeswax to two parts oil in the microwave or over the stove. As soon as the wax is melted mix and pour into a glass or tin container. Add Vitamin E while the mixture is cooling and off the heat. Vitamin E is a natural preservative and will help keep the mixture fresh for longer. Mixture will last for 6 to 9 months. To apply just curl your eyelashes as usual and then put a small amount onto your fingertips and coat your lashes with a thin layer.
If you are looking for good deals on beeswax, oils, or containers I usually find the best deal at Mountain Rose Herbs
But wait, there’s more!! I also want to share another recent find to Product Junkies Rehab readers: Rosehip seed oil. This oil has been used in studies to test its properties and it was found that Rosehip seed oil could reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scarring. It is also safe to apply to your face in small amounts. Since the oil is similar to our own sebum in our skin it is less likely to cause breakouts than other products. Rosehip seed oil may sound familiar because it used in a number of natural products on the market. The one caveat to using the oil is it’s recommended not to use on skin with recent or active breakouts.
Thank you to Tina for these wonderful tips! I just tried a wonderful Rosehip seed oil from Melvita, which you can buy for about $27 on SkinBotanica. And I’m incredibly anxious to try out this clear mascara recipe to replace my former long-standing fascination with Vaseline.