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I've been on a quest to find a good mascara from a brand that doesn't use parabens and other nasties. It feels like it's been a "panda-look-a-like" quest as I've tried mascaras that run and smudge, mascaras that smell bad and mascaras that flake. Trouble is that all those chemicals in the mass market mascaras do actually seem to make the mascaras work better.
But now I think my search is over. I've found the Volumising Mascara from Green People. I've been using it for about a month and will buy probably another when this one is finished.
The company which makes this is called Green People. They say on their website they are committed to offering products that are natural, gentle, organic and highly effective. None of their products are tested on animals. I've used some of their skincare products but this is the first of their make-up products I have bought.
This mascara is certified as organic by Eco-cert. It's not a completely organic product though as only 15.4% of the products are organic. However Green People say that 98.4% of this mascara's ingredients are natural or derived from natural sources. The full list of ingredients is listed on their website (http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/volumising-mascara-black-7ml.aspx). I have several allergies and none were triggered with these ingredients. But if you are vegan, you need to know that there is beeswax in the ingredients so this product isn't any good for you.
The container is sleek and black with gold lettering. It doesn't look any different from a less natural brand. The wand is thin and long. The brush itself is about an inch long with lots of thin bristles. The thin bristles seem to help the liquid go on to my eyelashes evenly with no clumping. The colour is a true black. Although it's a volumising mascara it looks quite natural as it's not really heavy and thick with just one coat. It's thick enough for me though. It does make even the ends of my eyelashes a nice black colour and my eyelashes definitely look longer when I wear this.
My eyes don't water or itch throughout the day when using this mascara. Both are problems I've had with less natural products. I don't get "panda eyes" from smudges or streaks down my face either. It's water resistant but not waterproof so not suitable for going swimming (not that I think I have ever gone swimming wearing make-up). I think it'd probably be fine for contact lens wearers.
To remove this product I use a light and gentle eye cleanser. As it's not waterproof it does actually come off with lots and lots of water but it's quicker and easier to use a cleanser.
There are two colours available. I have the black colour. The other colour is brown/black and I think I'll try that one next.
The product contains 7ml of mascara and on the Green People website it costs £14.75. It's a better deal at the moment on the Naturismo website though where it costs only £12.75.
Updated 12/6 to add that I have now bought the brown/black colour. The product is just as good but I like this colour better than the black. The shade is very dark but seems less harsh. Makes me look a bit less tired I think!
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Cera alba (beeswax), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Cera carnauba (carnauba) wax, Stearic acid, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Glycerin, Triticum vulgare (wheat) starch, Glyceryl stearate, Glyceryl caprylate, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Xanthan gum, Potassium hydroxide, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid / May contain: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (mineral pigments) / 23 / 40% organic / 98 / 71% natural ingredients / Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter & Sunflower Oil / Certified organic mascara in brown-black / A volumising and lengthening brown-black mascara for defined lashes / Rich, non-smudge brown-black mascara / Moisturises eyelashes with Shea butter / Sweet almond oil thickens and lengthens lashes / This organic mascara is made without Mercury, Formaldehyde, Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates and Synthetic Colourants to bring you the purest mascara that nature can offer / Certified organic with EcoCert / Vegetarian not vegan due to beeswax content / This product is packaged with 100% natural plastic that is coloured with earth-friendly, natural colour /