Homemade Charcoal & Coconut Oil Eyeliner

I’ve been using activated charcoal as a natural teeth-whitener (inspired by Mommypotamus’ guest post at The Healthy Home Economist Blog) and it got me thinking about what else I could use the charcoal for. Thus, my homemade charcoal eyeliner was invented.

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I love homemade beauty and body care products. I enjoy making them and I also enjoy the savings that entail. So I thought, why not try to make a natural eyeliner? I had never really worried much about the ingredients that were in the store bought liquid eyeliner I usually use but so I did some research. It’s amazing all the crap they squeeze into an eyeliner formula:

Water(Aqua), Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Xathan Gum, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Yellow No. 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090

At first glance I see three huge offenders: two types of Parabens and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

In a study done by the Department of Opthamology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, researchers found that even in small amounts, eye drops containing Methylparabens are likely to damage eye tissue and/or cause ocular surface disease. Granted, you do not put eyeliner on your eyeball but I still feel that such a toxic substance is not a good idea to apply to the delicate skin surrounding your eye. Not to mention, if any gets in your eye is it likely to be quickly absorbed by surrounding mucous membranes.

Regarding the Sodium Laureth Sulfate, I am actually shocked to see it in eyeliner. Normally it is used in shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and detergents as a surfactant. For cryin’ out loud, why would you need it in your eyeliner? According to the Environmental Working Group:

“[SLS is a] harsh skin irritant that may also result in the formation of potentially carcinogenic nitrates and dioxins. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye-damage, central nervous system depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea, severe skin irritation and even death.”

In numerous studies SLS has also been linked to

  • Irritation of the skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
  • Possible mutations and cancer

Of course if an animal has a forcible large intake of toxic chemicals the results will be sudden disease. However, in humans, it’s the gradual intake that we must be worried about. Dr. Mercola pointed out, we do not have evidence or studies done to see the long term effects:

“But high levels of SLS intake, either orally or through the skin, are not ordinarily experienced in normal cosmetics use—it’s the gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures that are the real concern. And there is a serious lack of long-term studies on ALL of the chemicals in these products—so we don’t really know what the long-term effects are.”

After knowing this, and knowing how easy it is to make this two-ingredient eyeliner, I’ll be sticking with homemade hippie eyeliner, thank you very much! 😉

Here are the supplies you will need:

1 empty eyeshadow or gel eyeliner pot. (I just emptied an old cream eyeshadow and used the pot)

1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil

1 280 mg. capsule of activated charcoal (sold in the supplement aisle of your co-op or health food store or sometimes in the bulk section)

toothpick for stirring

angled eyeliner brush for application. (see above picture for what that looks like. you can also use a thin paintbrush)

Directions:

Empty the capsule of activated charcoal into the pot.

Melt your coconut oil and pour into pot.

Mix it up evenly with your toothpick.

Note: You can adjust the measurements to how desired blackness. This is a very workable combination.

Before you use your eyeliner, run it under some hot water if the coconut oil has solidified. You can still use it in the solidified form but it will be more like a black eyeshadow.

Here is what mine looks like painted on:

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Let me know how this works for you. Have fun!
Sources:
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A jumble of thoughts to ring in 2013!

I feel like my first post back on the ol’ blog should be a big one! I fell off the face of the earth and now I’m back. Woo hoo! Well, not really, I have a better excuse than that for neglecting my blog and her three, okay maybe 4, readers…

We moved!!!

We now live in The City! Portland, OR. Foodie and Hippie Capital of the world. It’s lovely. I am already impressed with how much better Portland weather is than Astoria weather. Like today for instance, the sun is out! Albeit, it is 35 degrees, you would never see the sun out in Astoria during this time of year!

This is the lovely bridge in our neighborhood we get to cross on our way to school/work.

This is the lovely bridge in our neighborhood we get to cross on our way to school/work.

But I work in Beaverton…not so lovely. Not that the job itself isn’t lovely…just Beaverton. You can’t drive anywhere without needing a crocheting project to occupy your time while you spend an hour waiting at every. single. stoplight.

Which brings me to my next topic….

I have discovered the most magical activity in the world…besides eating fat and drinking wine…It is the perfect antidote to compulsive spending, fidgety-ness, ADD, anxiety, stress, and restlessness.

It is….CROCHET!

It is the perfect activity to be paired with my paranoia about the economic disaster looming and/or in case the Illuminati unleash their terror upon our poor souls. If we are wandering nomads trying to escape the evil reigning in power…how will we clothe ourselves?? Crocheting of course! How will we stay warm when they steal our blankets? Crocheting of course!

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This is my ultimate crochet goal. A 1970’s cape pattern.

These are my cute but crooked boof cuffs I made.

These are my cute but crooked boof cuffs I made.

Well, if you didn’t know, now you do. I am a mental doomsday prepper. But I limit it to fantastical scenarios merely in my head.

I’m sorry if I scared you off…please come back. I won’t bite. I don’t even have a bunker!

My wise husband has calmed my paranoia about such things by reminding me that we need to put our trust in God. If we are prepping for disaster, how is that trusting that God will provide for us?

I, in turn, make fun of this by saying he has poured too much coffee in his cup and he is not trusting in God to provide for his needs of the rest of the cup. he…he…he…what is wrong with me!?

I am so mean.

He is right. It’s right there in the Bible if you don’t believe him.

God forbid you don’t have a Bible, I’ll post the scripture for you.

““Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …”

Matthew 6:25-34

Anyway, It’s really great to enter blog world again. I hope you stop by again as I have some interesting posts coming your way.

I hope everyone has a GREAT 2013! Happy New Year!

Me and my sweet hub on New Years eve :-) ...my eyelashes aren't usually so big.

Me and my sweet hub on New Years eve 🙂
…my eyelashes aren’t usually so big.