12 Natural Mascaras For Sensitive Eyes

by Lindsey Rose Black

For those of you with sensitive skin, you know “having allergies” means far more than the occasional runny nose from a flower with pollen overkill. It forces you to meticulously read ingredient lists on all cosmetics, no matter how tedious it might be. Finding natural alternatives that are safe for sensitive skin can be difficult sometimes, which is why I’ve scouted out natural mascaras for sensitive eyes. That way, you can have thick and full lashes without fearing your eyes are going to become inevitably itchy and red.

I learned the importance of really scouting out what’s in your cosmetics when I was fourteen. I’d purchased this major lash-thickening drugstore mascara and, about half an hour after putting it on, my eyelids started swelling shut and I ended up having to go to the ER. To say the least, this was not my favorite beauty experience.

While I’m not exactly grateful for that experience, it definitely made me much more conscious of what I put in and on my body, and now I’m all about slow fashion, supporting indie beauty brands, and even dumpster diving on occasion.

Whether you’re interested in natural cosmetics because of allergies, curiosity, or a different reason entirely, these natural mascaras won’t leave you disappointed.

1. Sugar Based Natural Mascara

Sun Coat Sugar Based Natural Mascara, $19, Amazon

This vegan mascara is sugar-based, and features earth pigments enriched with vitamin clay that's totally safe on the most sensitive eyes.

2. Gluten Free Mascara

The Lash Project Gluten Free Mascara, $37, Red Apple Lipstick

This mascara promises never to cause itchy, scratchy, puffy eyes and is totally free of harsh chemicals.

3. Mineral Mascara

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara, $14, Amazon

This water-resistant formula is 100 percent vegan and infused with coconut oil and kelp extract.

4. Lash Boosting Mascara

Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Mascara, $8, Amazon

Physicians Formula products are always hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Yay!

5. Flawless Definition Mascara

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara, $17, Amazon

Bare Escentuals is one of my favorite brands out there, and this mascara features nourishing jojoba seed oil and shea butter.

6. Clay Smart Mascara

Tarte Clay Smart Mascara, $21, Sephora

Tarte's vegan-friendly clay mascara keeps things clean and simple with olive oil for gentle hydration.

7. Intense Black Mineral Mascara

Nature Girlz Cosmetics Intense Black Mineral Mascara, $10, Etsy

This totally clump-free formula is mostly organic, and totally paraben, silicones, and bismuth oxy-chloride-free.

8. Vanity Lash

Buxom Lash Vanity Bar, $22, Bare Escentuals

Vanity Lash mascara features the gentleness Bare Escentuals is known for paired with a kick of volume thanks to the Buxom mascara wand.

9. Luxe Cake Mascara

Dirty Girl Beauty Luxe Cake Mascara, $10, Etsy

This mascara is packed with nourishing jojoba oil and includes zero chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, talc or phthalates.

10. Herb Mascara

Dab Herb Makeup Herb Mascara, $6, Etsy

With notes of lavender and chamomile, this mascara is as much for your nose as it is for your eyes.

11. Organic Mascara

Glory Boon Organic Mascara, $16, Etsy

GloryBoon's organic mascara is 100 percent vegan, doesn't clump, and has over 3,000 positive reviews.

12. Flower Color Natural Mascara

Ecco Bella Natural Mascara, $16, Amazon

This all natural, water-resistant formula is lacquer, shellac and alcohol-free, so it's as safe as safe can be! It's got natural clay and flower wax coated iron oxides, which can help to lengthen your lashes.

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