DIY mascara (palm-oil free, vegan)

I’m not a make-up buff; in fact, my make-up collection is quite dismal. Yet when I ran out of mascara, I knew it was one of those essentials that my make-up kit really couldn’t do without.Β  I looked around for an ethical, natural and vegan mascara, but could only find a few brands that fit this criteria – all of which seemed pretty pricey. But after visiting Biome’s naked beauty bar to collect the ingredients needed to make my DIY deodorant and toothpaste, I realised that a lot of these ingredients could also be used to make a mascara. Best of all, I would know exactly what went into it, ensuring that the end product is natural, vegan and eco-friendly (not to mention cost effective!). Biome even had these awesome reusable mascara wands/tubes which I bought to store my mascara in – zero waste, here I come!

Click here to browse Biome’s natural ingredients and reusable mascara wands


After mixing the ingredients to form my mascara paste, I was hesitant as to whether it would work; the mixture seemed quite gluggy. In fact, I had to squeeze the mixture through a plastic bag with a small hole cut into it in order to get it into my reusable mascara bottle. This required a bit of patience as I had to continuously use the mascara wand to push the mixture further into the depths of the bottle. Yet when I tested out the mascara the next day, I was pleasantly surprised by the way it so beautifully darkened my lashes and curled them upwards without clumping (a problem I’ve often had when wearing normal mascara)! And this mascara really does nourish your lashes with its wonderfully natural ingredients – such as castor oil, which helps your lashes to grow longer and thicker, and glycerine, which acts as a replenishing eyelash conditioner.

Double eyes

Despite the small amounts of each ingredient, the recipe below makes enough to fill about four mascara tubes! So why not make one up for you and some friends/loved ones? I’m sure they’ll be thoroughly impressed with your handiwork. And you never know, you might just convince them to join the zero waste, palm-oil free and cruelty-free make-up revolution.



  • 2 tsp candelila wax
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp castor oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp glycerine
  • 2 tsp bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp activated charcoal

*Recipe makes enough to fill approx. 4 mascara tubes


  1. Place a small glass mason jar into a saucepan with approx. 5 cm of water on medium heat. Add the candelila wax, shea butter, coconut oil and castor oil. Allow to melt, then remove from heat.
  2. Add glycerine to the mixture and whisk until dissolved.
  3. Pour the mixture into a plastic bag. Cut a small angled hole at a corner of the bag and squeeze the mixture into a reusable mascara tube through the hole.
  4. Store any leftover mixture in a glass mason jar.


Note: Keep mascara out of direct sunlight and use within 3 months.

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