Mascara was one of the beauty products that I was sure I would have the hardest time finding a green alternative that compared to my conventional makeup. Funny enough, it was also the very first green beauty product I ever tried.
I have pretty high standards for my mascara, in performance and in safety of ingredients. Something that I apply that close to my eyes better be safe! Ya feel me?
My ideal mascara is one that gives me voluminous, dramatic lashes. I’m not into the feathery, natural look. I want drama, people.
So for each of the green mascaras that I’ve used, I rated them on price, ingredient safety, and lash drama. I broke the price down into Canadian and US dollars, so you can get a better idea.
Price: $11 CAD/$12 USD (Amazon.ca & Amazon.com)
Lash Style: Natural
This was the very first mascara I ever tried (and first green beauty product ever!) and the reason I ordered it was because it was cheap and I could get it on Amazon.
Not because I heard great things about it or that I already loved the brand.
I don’t want to go as far as to say that it was a waste of money, but for what I need in a mascara, I didn’t find with this one.
I feel like it’s meant to give light feathery lashes, and what I was used to pre-green beauty was long, dramatic lashes. I didn’t find the formula great quality either, the mascara didn’t last all day, but you get what you pay for.
I’m giving it a two start instead of a one star rating simply because it has really clean ingredients. If you don’t need lots of drama on your lashes and just want a super affordable mascara, this is a great option.
If you’re looking for voluminous lashes, move along.
Ingredients: purified water/aqua, serenoa repens (saw palmetto) berry*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, shorea robusta resin, rhus vernicifla cera, ascorbyl palmitate, brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax*, glycerin, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, triisostearyl citrate, polyglyceryl-2 oleate, polyhydroxystearic acid, polyglyceryl-2 stearate, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, methylcellulose, rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) leaf*, xanthan gum, propanediol, phenethyl alcohol, undecyl alcohol, tocopherol. May Contain: mica, iron oxide (CI77499)
Price: $16 CAD/$10 USD
Lash Style: Length
I believe this was the second mascara I tried, and only because I could find it locally and it claimed to be ‘natural’.
At the time I didn’t know much about ingredients so I trusted that it actually was natural, and now that I know, I can say that it is. It’s actually very clean which I was actually shocked to find out because you can purchase it at Walmart (and their natural beauty selection is nonexistent).
I didn’t find this mascara gave me much volume, but it did give me length. The color is great but I don’t recall it looking flawless by the end of the day.
Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Glycerin*, *Iron Oxides, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Beeswax*, Jojoba Esters, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Tapioca Starch*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Cellulose Gum, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate May Contain: Titanium Dioxide
Price: $16 CAD/$10 USD
Lash Style: Length
This was the second mascara I tried from Physicians Formula, and I liked it more than the other Organic Wear. It gave me a bit more dramatic lashes than the original.
It’s very similar to the original Organic Wear, but has a different wand head that I feel like allows more mascara to build on the lashes.
The ingredients of this mascara are super clean, like the original, and of course you can also find this one at Walmart. Of the two, this was what suited my needs more, but really if you wanted a natural mascara and didn’t want to bother with online shopping, either would be a great place to start.
Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Glycerin+, Iron Oxides, Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Beeswax*Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Tapioca Starch*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax*, Oryza Sativa, (Rice) Powder*, Jojoba Esters, Stearic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Yogurt Extract*, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Superoxide Dismutase, Soybean Peroxidase, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide
Price: $18 CAD/$14 USD
Lash Style: Length + Volume
I picked this mascara up from my local health food store and was in such a rush I accidentally bought brown. Unfortunately I couldn’t return it so for a long time I didn’t use it at all. When I did, I had a poor first experience and put it away again.
Finally I decided to give it another chance and I’m glad I did.
When I first used it I found it was similar to the Honeybee Gardens, giving me natural, feathery lashes. But when I picked it up again, I applied it differently and it is like a completely different mascara!
If I wait until the first coat is nearly dry, then go in again for a second coat, I found that it gave me WOW lashes. Like, totally blew me away.
I’m definitely considering purchasing this in black when I’m out of my current mascara, and that’s a big deal for me, I don’t normally repurchase the same product! I wrote a separate review on this mascara a few months ago, check it out if you want more deets.
Ingredients: Aqua, glycerin (vegetable), glyceryl stearate se, jojoba esters, tapioca starch, stearic acid ( vegetable), copernicia cerfera (carnauba) wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, arabic/acacia gum, acrylates, crosspolymer, potassium cetyl phosphate, microcrystalline cellulse (plant), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, panthenol (vitamin b), cellulose gum, gluconolactone, macrocystis pyifera (brown kelp) extract, hydrolyzed oryza sativa (rice) protein, sodium benzoate, iron oxides c1 77499.
Price: $27 CAD/$20 USD
Style: Length + Volume
Probably one of the most popular green beauty mascaras ever, I had to see what all the fuss was about. And this quickly became a favorite. I’ve gone through a couple tubes now and I still really love it.
The color is super black, it lasts all day, no flaking, washes off super easy. My only real complaint about it is that it can get clumpy.
If I compare it to my Pacifica Stellar Gaze, it can get much more clumpy, but you can also help remedy that by putting just a drop or two of eye drops (or contact solution) and it will soften it up and make it less clumpy again.
The lid sometimes won’t screw on all the way if you’re not paying attention, so just make sure you do it up tight each time to prevent it from drying out.
I also wrote a separate review on this one, if you’re interested go check it out.
Ingredients: aqua (water), myrica pubescens fruit cera (myrica pubescens fruit wax), propanediol, copernicia cerifera cera (copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax), polyglyceryl-6 distearate, sucrose stearate, acacia senegal gum, glyceryl dibehenate, helianthus annuus seed cera (helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax), lactobacillus ferment bis-octyldodecyl dimer dilinoleate/propanediol copolymer, polyglyceryl-10 myristate, oryza sativa bran cera (oryza sativa (rice) bran wax), glyceryl caprylate, rosa canina fruit oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, glyceryl undecylenate, may contain iron oxides
Price: $14 CAD/$14 USA (Amazon.com)
Style: Length + Volume
I received this mascara in the June Mapleblume Beauty Box and I’m so glad I did! At first I was a little put off by the curved wand, but I got used to it right away.
And I think the formula is great too. It’s very black, doesn’t clump or flake and lasts all day. This mascara is a little harder to get off at the end of the day, it almost feels like a waterproof mascara the way it clings to my lashes.
The ingredient list has a few more moderate hazard ingredients than the other mascaras, but still score a 2/10 (low hazard) so in my books, it’s totally fine.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Oryza Sativa Wax (Rice Bran Wax), Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Coernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Acacia Gum, CI 77499 (Iron Oxide), Aminomethyl Popandiol, Phenoxyethanol
All of the mascaras that I’ve tried so far have amazing ingredients with overall scores of 2/10 on the EWG. Any of these mascaras would be a safe option, and a few of them can be found in major department stores like Walmart.
I gave the Pure Anada, Pacifica and Lily Lolo a 5 star rating because I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite, and I feel like each are really amazing mascaras. None are perfect (although I realize that’s what a five star rating would imply) but 4 stars just didn’t seem like enough, you know?
If you’re looking for super voluminous, dramatic lashes that totally steal the show, I think you would be happy with any of those three.
If you’re more concerned with price and local availably, I would suggest the Physicians Formula. They have a few more mascaras from the Organic Wear line that are super clean so you could test out some of those.
And lastly, if mascara isn’t something you get too worried about, and just want something super cheap to wear on occasion, I suppose Honeybee Gardens would work, although not my favorite.
I hope this round up helps if you’re looking for a natural mascara! If you know of a great natural mascara that is worth trying, let me know! When I’ve tried a few more, I’ll do another round up post 🙂