A few weeks ago, I regaled you with my own personal odyssey: my search for a mascara to which I’m not allergic. Throughout this test of my very moral fiber, my patience was tried, my will nearly broken — and ultimately, I still have not found a brand of lash coating that doesn’t make me look like someone farted in my eye while I was asleep.
But! I’m not deterred, and it turned out that writing my story was the best thing I could have done, because you, readers, you beautiful, gentle souls, you gave me some suggestions about what to try so as to not further anger my delicate soul-windows. The first suggestion I decided to take was one that came from reader Abbie (thanks Abbie!), who offered up a recipe for a DIY version.
Abbie wrote that on her own eyes, she uses a mixture of one activated charcoal tablet, some beeswax and some coconut oil. Since I’m lazy, I found a recipe that’s similar but that manages to use one less ingredient: it just calls for activated charcoal, and aloe vera.
So! To get started, here’s what you need:
1. An old tube of mascara that you don’t use anymore
2. Activated charcoal capsules
3. Aloe Vera gel
4. Some kind of cup to mix them in (I used a shot glass, because do I really need that anymore? Sadly, no.)
5. A spoon
6. Cold Cream (optional)