One of the hardest products for me to switch up to safer in my beauty routine was mascara. It seemed liked every mascara I looked at purchasing had some pretty awful ingredients in it. It was so hard to find a non-toxic one that actually worked.
Mascara is one of the most commonly used makeup products by women. Most women, if given the choice, will opt for mascara over any other makeup item. That’s why the ingredients are so alarming.
Let’s talk about Carbon Black.
What is Carbon Black?
It’s an ingredient produced by the incomplete combustion of heavy petroleum products like coal tar. This in and of itself may not make you raise your eyebrow in alarm, but when you realize a couple things about this ingredient you’ll probably decide that you want it nowhere near your eyes.
How Do We Know that Carbon Black is Bad?
#1 Carbon black is rated a 6 for toxicity by the Environmental Working Group (ie. that’s bad!).
#2 It is considered a toxic substance to your organs.
#3 It is classified as toxic and harmful to humans by Environment Canada in the Domestic Substance List.
#4 It is a possible human carcinogen by California EPA Proposition 65.
#5 It is found unsafe by the CTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook.
When you take into account that this along with propylene glycol (ie. antifreeze) is also in most all mascaras, it’s enough to make you never want to wear the stuff again.
Are There Any Safe Alternatives That Work?
Eventually after trying a multitude of mascaras, I found Beautycounter. I wanted a safer alternative that actually worked well. Neither their Lengthening Mascara or Volumizing Mascara have carbon black or propylene glycol. And the nice thing is that they work great, too!
Sometimes Carbon Black is disguised as CHANNEL BLACK, PIGMENT BLACK 6, PIGMENT BLACK 7, ACETYLENE BLACK, AROFLOW, AROGEN, AROTONE, AROVEL, ARROW, ATLANTIC, or BLACK PEARLS.
This ingredient may also hide in eye liners, eye shadows, and other cosmetics! So be alert, and always look at the ingredients in your beauty products. And if the ingredients aren’t listed, that’s a big red flag!
What are the ingredients in your mascara? If you look at it and find one of these two ingredients, let us know in the comment section.