5 Natural Mascaras for Your Green Beauty Routine

If you've been following The Essential Life blog, you know that we've been on a mission lately. What mission? To get people to make the swap to a greener lifestyle - especially when it comes to their beauty routine.

We're very passionate about green living & green beauty in particular. We are huge advocates for the environment & making eco-responsible choices which reduce our impact on Mother Nature. More than that, however, we want to educate The Essential Life community with regards to the harmful chemicals found in many of the beauty products & cosmetics that we use as well as the danger these carcinogenic compounds pose to our health. We want to help you weed out these harmful & carcinogenic ingredients from your beauty routine.

To help you make better choices with regards to the cosmetics & beauty products you use, we're compiling our favourite beauty products for each stag of your beauty routine. We've found the best natural & organic cleansersmoisturisersfacial serumsacne treatmentsface masksfoundations, lip colours, mascaras & deodorants to help your make the swap to a green beauty regimen. Stay tuned to The Essential Life, as we continue counting down the best beauty swaps to green up your beauty routine.

Our Top-Five Picks for Natural Mascaras for Your Green Beauty Routine

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara

Why We Love It: This mascara performs better than any of the traditional mascaras our beauty experts had tried in the past. It lengthens, thickens & separates without clumping. We found that W3ll People's mascara created a natural look with lots of length, to perfectly frame & accentuate our eyes.

One of the most amazing things about this natural mascara was how easy it was to apply. We found that it went on smooth & could be easily built up to add even more length & definition. Our favourite thing about this mascara was that it didn't seem to matter how much of it we applied, it never seemed to clump.

Price: $21.99 USD


Lily Lilo Black Vegan Mascara

Why We Love It: The biggest reason why we loved this product is right there in the name. It's vegan. Here at The Essential Life, we are big advocates of living a natural lifestyle with as little harmful impact as possible &, to us, that means going vegan. 

Veganism aside, this mascara was incredible. It was easy to apply & created a bold, dramatic affect that made our eyes the centre-of-attention. We found that a single application was enough to create a gorgeous eye-framing look, but also found that we could layer this natural & gluten-free mascara to create an even more dramatic effect.

Price: $20 USD


Ilia Fluid Mascara

Why We Love It: This mascara was our favourite for applying on the shorter, tiny lashes of our eyes' inner corner. The applicator has two lengths of bristles which make it perfect for applying to our lower lash-line as well. 

We found that Ilia's Fluid Mascara was the easiest of all of the natural mascaras we tried when it came to application. This formulation is super creamy, so it created a flawlessly smooth & natural appearance. After a single application, this mascara created a bold & dramatic affect without clumping. In addition to all of this mascara's other attributes, we also loved that it comes in four colours!

Price: $26 USD


Kjaer Weis Mascara

Why We Love It: this mascara touts itself as being "Yoga proof". What this means is, if you're about to sweat, this mascara is going to run or smudge while you work out. Still, this mascara isn't quite waterproof, which is something we loved because it made washing our makeup off at the end of the day, super easy.

Kjaer Weis' Mascara has a unique applicator that lifts & separates the lashes as it is applied. It is also formulated with lavender flower water to provide nourishment to your lashes as you wear it. It's unique formula created a dramatic & bold look without weighing down our lashes.

Price: $38 USD


RMS Beauty Volumising Mascara

Why We Love It: This mascara was the favourite amongst our beauty experts who were looking to add a little bit of volume to their lashes without creating an overly dramatic look. Unlike the other mascaras on this list, RMS Beauty's Volumising Mascara has a traditional, applicator with long, fibrous bristles which means your mascara goes on smooth & creates plump, voluminous lashes.

We found that this mascara was one of the easiest to apply. It went on smoothly without clumping. It is the perfect mascara for creating a more tame & natural look.

Price: $28 USD


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