DIY All Natural Mascara That Actually Works! Plus 5 Other Homemade Mascara Reviews


Hello, Ladies!

I’ve been searching long and hard for homemade mascara that actually works, and it’s been more difficult than I had imagined. But as my mom always says, where there’s a will, there’s a way; and by golly we have found a way! I say “we” because the idea came from a friend of mine, as we were relaxing on the couch discussing natural cosmetic alternatives. I told her about the wall I’d hit when it came to mascara, and how I desperately wanted to bring something to my readers, and myself, that was a quality replacement to Covergirl chemicals. We talked, and all the sudden a lightning bolt of genius struck my dear friend and she said “What about egg?”

EGG! Why didn’t I think of that?! It made sense, because egg yolk has so many nurturing and conditioning properties that have been used to strengthen, soften, and even help lengthen hair. The next day I went to work with my tiny bowls and spoons: separating, mixing, and testing the Eggscara. Ladies, it worked! In fact, I’m proudly wearing it right now! This recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s cheap, goes on well, dries fast, and doesn’t crumble! Without further adieu, here’s our recipe for fabulous, all natural, organic, chemical-free mascara!



  • 1 egg yolk—room temperature (make sure to use organic, free-range eggs)
2-4 capsules activated charcoal (you can find this at most health food stores. I use this kind)


  • Allow your egg to sit out until it’s room temp, then crack it open, and strain out the yolk
  • Holding your charcoal tablets over the yolk, carefully pull them apart, and empty them by gently squeezing and releasing the tablet (This stuff stains, so use caution)
  • Stir the coal into the yolk until thoroughly mixed.
  • Store in the fridge.

You’re done! Grab a clean mascara wand, and have at it!
The mascara is good for as long as your eggs are good for, so keep an eye on the expiration date, or follow your nose.

If you really want to be resourceful, grab your skillet and some coconut oil and fry up that left over egg white for a yummy snack! Now enjoy your beautiful, healthy lashes for less than a fraction of the cost of store bought mascara!

You all-natural hottie, you! For a look at some of the other recipes I tried and how they worked for me, keep reading!


Recipe 1

2 tsp coconut oil
4 tsp aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp beeswax
1-2 capsules activated charcoal (you can find this in any health store)

Melt the oil and wax, add the gel and carefully stir in the coal.

My Review

This is not only a pain to make because of how difficult it is to clean the dang pot after it’s been coated in wax, but this mascara runs like it’s in a 5k. It goes on well but doesn’t dry at all leaving you susceptible to raccoon eyes every time you sneeze.


Recipe 2

4 capsules activated charcoal
1/4 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp water
3-4 drops olive oil

Blend the coal and starch together thoroughly (this takes time), then add the oil and water.

My Review

This was easy to apply to my lashes, and unlike the first recipe, this mascara dried after a few seconds. However, it flaked like crazy. Every time I blinked I would get a fine dusting of coal under my eyes. No, thank you.


Recipe 3

aloe vera gel
olive oil
activated charcoal

Mix together and apply.

My Review

This concoction wouldn’t mix up. the aloe gel does a weird beading thing with the oil and coal, and I didn’t even attempt to put this stuff on.


Recipe 4

aloe vera gel
activated charcoal

Mix together and apply


My Review

I had high hopes for something as simple as this, however, again the gel and coal didn’t mix well and when I tried to apply it to my lashes, they slid right through the mixture and nothing stuck.


Recipe 5

petroleum jelly
activated charcoal

Mix together and apply


My Review

This mix applied the best to my lashes, and it even built on top of it’s self a bit, creating those coveted longer lash effect. Unfortunately I had the same trouble with this mascara as I did with the first one – it didn’t dry. There wasn’t too much raccoon eye happening, but every time I kissed my husband the mascara would rub off on his face.


Recipe 5 1/2

Same mix as above, I just added half a teaspoon of cornstarch in hopes it would help it to dry once applied.

My Review

The starch helped a little, but not enough to keep it from traveling to my upper eyelid, or my husbands face.


Kristin Bishop
Kristin lives in a little town in Washington with her husband (Kyle), and dog (Nimbus). Her passion is to bring her readers the art of clean-living, self-acceptance, and the natural path to longevity in a basic, attainable manner. You can learn more about her at

  • Gee, thanks for sharing 4-1/2 recipes that don't work…

  • Hehe, you're welcome! These recipes were all over the internet and I couldn't figure out why because they don't work! I wanted to include them so no one wasted their time and energy making something that would fail. 🙂

  • Anna

    wow @Deane Alban how rude. You didn't have to read the article. The title was clear-"DIY All Natural Mascara That Actually Works! Plus 5 Other Homemade Mascara Reviews." @Kristen thank you for taking the time to list your experiences with recipes that didn't work as well so that I didn't have to try so many! I enjoyed your article and will try the recipe that did work soon!

  • Mildred

    Thank You so much, I really appreciate you willing to put all this recipes to the test, I was surely on my way to heartache and pulling my hair land, but you save me the trouble, all I need is to get the charcoal and the mascara container, thanks again 😀

  • Chris M

    Oh. My. Word. I just fell upon your blog/review after attempting the coconut/beeswax/aloe gel/ charcoal recipe. What a mess it was. I even threw it is a baggie to try to mush it together since there is no way it would mix. The aloe just sits at the bottom. I will be attempting the egg recipe in the A.M. Excited to try it. Thank you for your candid reviews 🙂

  • Cindy

    Hi I tried the eggscara, I found it had nice coverage and you could build on it, it also dried nicely… the problem was it came off to easy, no need to was this mascara off all you have to do is touch your lashes and pull it off easily. I improvised and added some Aloe Vera gel and WOW it's awesome! Also you must refrigerate, it will go bad! Mine lasted for 2 weeks out of the fridge and then stunk…lol.

    • Beth

      How much aloe vera gel did you add? Thanks for the tip!

  • Kryzdy

    I just did the egg mascara, and the aloe bit in the above comment… works awesome!!!

  • Beth

    I only have activated charcoal in loose powder form, no capsules at all. Is there an accurate conversion from capsules to say, teaspoons? Thanks!

    P.S. I love this article. You've probably saved me loads of time and headaches.

  • Diane

    Thanks Kristin for sharing your recipe and your experiment with the ones that didn't work. I agree it's helpful to know what doesn't work and why. I have a question about the egg yolk. Are you at all concerned about salmonella? I've always been too paranoid about it to use raw eggs for anything.

  • jesusdiedandlives

    I am with Diane in the use of an egg yolk. There's naturally occurring lysolecithin in a small amount in the yolk; the white albumin helps counteract the lysolecithin. See my blog about the demyelinating effects of large quantities of lysolecithin

  • Donna

    No no ladies. Egg may work, but that is too risky to put near your eye refrigerated or not. It's a breeding ground for bacteria every time you keep using it and double dipping that wand. Better off using plain old vegi glycerin, and add some silk powder in for lengthening maybe? This is what the pros do…silk "fibers". I can't imagine any flaking at that point, but I have yet to try it myself. Clay might also stand a greater chance of not flaking once dried. My kaolin clay dries like a mask, and needs to be washed off. Stay away from starches or any talc-like powder if you don't want flaking. Good luck to all of us!

  • Sandra

    I like this Recipe an it works very well:-) I dont like to buy use any mascara that i can buy, because i have allergies. I have a question. How to travel with mascara fraom egg yolk? Do you have any idea?

  • Rae

    I am allergic to activated charcoal and cocoa powder is light in color any substitutes?

  • Maggie

    Thank you SO much! I also tried one of these recipes and it was a total failure!!