Ask Diva: “Safe” Mascara?

Dear Diva,

Help – what is your favorite "good-for-you" mascara?

Twitter follower @at1968media

Dear Twiva,


Good question. Mascara is a product that we wear right next to our eye, so being careful with this selection is a prudent idea.

Photo via Regan Parks

My approach to converting to"safer" cosmetics and bodycare products has been to use up what I own, then replace that product with a safer product. With Mascara I must have hit a good sale one day because it took me a long time to use up what I had, I finally switched to natural mascara earlier this year.

Part of switching to natural products has been to change buying patterns, my old habit of buying a few of one item and keeping them until I needed them no longer works. Better for you products don't contain as many preservatives, so they often don't last as long. I digress…

Very randomly one day I was at the drugstore (a rare event these days) and happened across Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara. They were offering a rebate making the mascara free, cool deal and a win – win. So I picked one up to try. The mascara rates a 3 in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.

This is an improvement over my longtime favorite L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara, which rates a 6 and the always mentioned Maybelline Great Lash Mascara which scores a 5.

For those who are really committed to purity, check out Coastal Creations Mascara, which scores 0.

Another brand I'd like to try is 100% pure fruit pigmented mascara which scores a 2 in Skin Deep.

There you have it, 3 different natural or organic options for you to try out! Let me know how it all works.


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