Ingredients: AQUA (PURE WATER), CERA ALBA (BEES WAX)*, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL GLYCERIDES, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA (CARNAUBA WAX)*, STEARIC ACID (PLANT DERIVED), GLYCERYL STEARATE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), GLYCERIN (PLANT DERIVED), HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, XANTHAN GUM (CORN STARCH GUM), TOCOPHEROL (NATURAL VITAMIN E), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, CELLULOSE (PLANT DERIVED), SODIUM HYDROXIDE (pH ADJUSTER) , BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID. (+/-) MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES). *INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC FARMING. ECOCERT 98.4% NATURAL INGREDIENTS; 15.4% ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
Ever since I started using natural beauty products, I’ve been using less and less makeup. With my skin healing up from constant acne and all sorts of allergies, there was no need to hide behind makeup any more. Don’t get me wrong – I still love makeup, but for the past 6 or 7 years, I’ve been more and more into a natural look, with minimal makeup, especially during the day. I was never into heavy stage makeup to begin with (think heavy foundation and pressed powder, 12 different eye shadows and heavy eyeliner, a thick layer of blush, fake eye lashes – you know what I mean).
I’ve been having a more natural looking mascara on my wish list for quite some time. I have black hair, so a black mascara never gave me an artificial look, but I wanted something less pronounced – a mascara that’s more on the brownish side, for a more subdued and less popping-out look; especially for during the day.
Green People Volumising Mascara in brown-black thus came at the right time.
Green People mascara, certified by EcoCert, is one of the best (natural, of course) mascaras I’ve ever tried. Green People mascara comes in a typical mascara tube. The wand is pretty impressive it itself; bristles are plentiful and thin and they will coat most of the eyelashes with one layer. Of course, I suggest using an eyelash curler before applying the mascara. The right amount of mascara stays on the wand and the application is so easy! The wand just slides over eyelashes, separating them and you can immediately see the results! The volumising effect promise? There is some volumising with one layer but with two layers, the volume is more pronounced but still has a very natural look;. But more than volumising it lengthens the lashes. I think that the drying time is also perfect – upon applying the mascara, it is not too wet (aside from an inconvenience of waiting for the mascara to dry, if the mascara is too wet, it irritates my eyes) and not dry too quickly to apply the second layer. Even while applying the second layer, the mascara glides on eyelashes, separating them. The Green People Volumising Mascara does not clump, there’s no excess of mascara left – no flaking at all.
The mascara feels light on the eyelashes. You know that heavy feeling on eyelashes? There’s none of that with Green People mascara – you don’t even feel you have it on, and even after hours of wearing it, it does not clump. The staying power? Pretty good as well; it lasts for about 6 hours, after that, the color loses a bit of its power. Smudging? Basically none, even after 8 hours. For those with oily skin I would suggest using pressed powder on the eye lids and under eyes (Green People Pressed Powder is a good choice). What’s also really interesting about this mascara is the fact that it doesn’t smudge after getting teary eyed; now I didn’t have an all out bawling episode, but even with sensitive eyes and the wind, the mascara stays on.
Speaking of sensitive eyes – this mascara does not irritate my eyes at all, which is surprising given it contains one irritating ingredient. Quite honestly, I can’t recall a mascara that didn’t irritate my eyes a bit – even the natural ones, but Green People Mascara feels light and comfortable on my eyes. Mascara also proved to be easily removed: I’ve tried my mixture of carrier oils I use as a makeup remover, as well as Green People Gentle Cleanser & Make-up Remover (review soon!) – the mascara slides off easily, with no rubbing needed.
How about the ingredients?
Bees wax and carnauba wax are emulsifiers and thickening agents. Glycerin is a humectant and lubricant. Sunflower oil, an emollient, is rich in fatty acids and and has moisturizing properties. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. Cellulose micro spheres provide volume, while iron oxides provide for a natural pigment of the mascara.
Potential problem with the ingredients?
- Sodium hydroxide (EWG score 3) can be a potential irritant for skin and eyes; those who know that this ingredient irritates their skin should not use this mascara.
- Benzyl alcohol (EWG score 5) can be naturally occurring in essential oils or synthetic. Given that all other ingredients listed in mascara are listed as naturally derived but benzyl alcohol is not listed as naturalky derived, it’s safe to assume benzyl alcohol is a synthetic ingredient. Benzyl alcohol is is used as a solvent and preservative. EU regulation allows a maximum of 1% in cosmetic products. Benzyl alcohol can be a skin allergen and can cause skin and eye irritation. While I haven’t experienced any irritation so far, those who know that are allergic to benzyl alcohol should not use this mascara. For more information on benzyl alcohol read the European Commission Report.
My final word on Green People Volumising Mascara? Aside from benzyl alcohol, this mascara is one of the best natural mascaras I’ve tried. With great application, pigmentation and staying power it gives the eyelashes a natural, yet pronounced look. Would I purchase it again? Yes – a black-brown one is a great mascara for during the day, and I would recommend it to those, who have blonde and brown hair for a really non-artificial look. This will surely stay as my go-to mascara for day wear. Given I am pleased with the brown-black one, I will be buying the Green People Volumising Mascara in black as well; for the night out or when I feel like wearing a more pronounced color on my eyelashes.
Have you tried Green People Volumising Mascara; did you like it? Do you use natural mascaras or synthetic ones?
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For more information on Green People, visit their dedicated page.
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Green People Volumising Mascara was provided to Nature of Europe by Green People as a PR sample for the purpose of an honest review.