Would you put mercury anywhere on your body? Some cosmetics used to have mercury as an ingredient to kill germs and help the lasting power of mascara. Unfortunately the mercury was as bad for humans as it is for germs. The practice of using mercury in mascara no longer exists but it does beg the question of what other chemicals are still used in the manufacture of mascara. Natural skin products do not have manufactured chemicals included in the ingredients.
It is precisely that unknown that has led me to only use organic mascara. The chemicals in non-organic mascara may be fine for many users but there are countless others that do have allergic reactions to ingredients of unknown origin. For example a well known brand of mascara has this on their packaging:
Ingredients from packaging: STEARIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE, BEESWAX, SHELLAC, PVP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, CYCLOMETHICONE, PROPYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, THIMEROSAL, MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES
Exposure to one or more ingredients in this product — not the product itself — was shown to have caused cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and organ system toxicity. To be fair, the mascara itself was not tested to have these effects but you will not find these health concerns when purchasing organic mascara.
A natural organic mascara currently on the market has the following ingredients listed on its packaging:
Ingredients from packaging: Purified Water, Alcohol Denat [Denatured Organic Ethanol], Stearic Acid, Cera Alba [Natural Beeswax], Cetearyl Alcohol [Coconut Derived Emulsifier], Kaolin, Sorbitan Olivate, Panthenol [Vitamin B5], Urtica Dioica [Nettle] Extract, Equisetum Arvense [Horsetail] Extract, Tussilago Farfara [Coltsfoot] Extract, Algin, Origanum Vulgare [Wild Marjoram] Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Extract [Thyme Extract], Cinnamomum Zeylanicum [Cinnamon Bark] Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis [Rosemary] Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia [Lavender Flower]
Just because something is natural and organic does not mean that you may not have an allergy to an ingredient (I have allergies to grass and that is 100% organic), the studies have shown a much lower risk. Comparing the two mascara's ingredients, I can understand what the ingredients are in the organic mascara.
The natural eye makeup is better for your body. It does take some research but it is worth the effort. Some common organic mascaras on the market are from Nvey Eco and Dr.Hauschka. In my next post, I plan on reviewing specifically which organic mascara I use and others which should have serious consideration.