All Natural Vegan Mascara via Pinterest

So I decided to try and make my own natural mascara. Found a recipe on Pinterest which  called for using aloe vera gel, vitamin E, activated charcoal, and bentonite clay. All you have to do is mix it together and use an eye dropper to put it in your empty mascara tube. Yeah right. Let me tell you it’s just not that simple.

The product is so thick and sticky (it’s mascara after all) there is no way it’s getting sucked up into anything let alone be redistributed into another container. I ended up using a coffee stir stick and kind of scooping and shoving it all in. After getting most of it in and getting my fingers stained black from the charcoal it was time to test it out.

It was hard to get enough on the wand to show up on my lashes. They recommended using arrowroot powder applied with an ear swab in between coats. Don’t. It just gets cotton fibers stuck on you which have to be picked off. Also, I noticed a little bit of charcoal fall off into my eye.

So I think the verdict is PARTIALLY BUSTED. I will probably try another recipe and/or alter the one I used. I will also be brainstorming ideas on how to get the product into the tube easier and less messily.

Thanks for looking. Peace out.



Homemade Weed Killer That Won’t Kill You (I hope)

So I wanted a weed killer that wasn’t full of chemicals that would be harmful to me, my family, or my pets.  I just hate using chemically things and I’ve gotten on a kick lately of making my own household cleaners with baking soda, vinegar, borax, essential oils, etc.  I searched the net for a weed spray and found several recipes but all just a little bit different.  I didn’t know which one I wanted to try so I decided to combine all the ingredients for all of them.  If they each claimed to be the best and definitely work (which I was skeptical of anyway) then my concoction of all the ingredients should most definitely work!  I tried it out and am pleased with the results and will share the recipe below.  The only difference is that I would use less soap.  I think I read somewhere that it is just to help the spray stick to the weeds??  And while most recipes called for Dawn dish soap I just used antibacterial hand soap because I don’t use Dawn and that is what I had under the kitchen sink.  So without further ado, here is what you came for.

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon antibacterial hand soap (next time I will try only 1/2 tablespoon)
  • Combine all of the above ingredients in a 28 ounce spray bottle and then fill the rest with white vinegar
  • Spray generously on weeds. I think spraying when the sun is shining on the area helps too.