Posted by: Jordan
In case the title didn’t give it away, I’ve got another almost-but-not-quite mascara to review. This time it’s Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara by Physician’s Formula. I was so thrilled when I found this mascara during my online searches for natural mascaras free of phenoxyethanol, a preservative found in most mascaras–“natural” ones included. For example, I was looking at the natural and paraben-free mascaras on sephora.com (yes, that’s a search option!) and every single one of them contained this popular preservative. It’s everywhere. So when I saw that this mascara was highly rated from a trusted website, Truth In Aging, AND that it was free of phenoxyethanol, I ran to my local drugstore and was ecstatic to pay only $11 for it, when I’m used to paying double that for natural mascara. Never mind that my husband, when seeing the new package on our bathroom sink, asked if I got my latest mascara at the Dollar Store (it does lend a certain cheapness to the packaging with the reflective neon green plastic in the shape of a leaf.)
My hopes were high as I was applying it–the brush was big and thick, the formula smooth and clump-free. I was getting more and more excited by the second. Everything seemed to be perfect! Sadly, it let me down in the first hour when I glanced in the mirror and saw a ring of black smudges under my eyes…the tell-tale “raccoon eyes”. Ugh, after only an hour???? And it’s not like this was a sweltering day. I’m afraid to see how this mascara would hold up in the summertime if it was melting toward my already dark under eye circles in November.
Ah well…try another, I guess. Suggestions welcome!
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: As suggested in the comments, I tried using Jane Iredale’s PureLash Extender & Conditioner under this mascara and I believe I’ve found natural mascara nirvana with this combination. Yes, it requires you to buy two products instead of one, thereby making my mascara more costly and it takes more time to apply, but if you’re concerned about the ingredients in your mascara, this combination is the cleanest I’ve found. Plus, the addition of the Jane Iredale primer makes my lashes look thicker and longer!