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Ever since visiting New Zealand a few years ago, I’ve been a big fan of many products made there... skincare included. Last year, I tested (and reviewed) a facial mask made by British company Heaven, which included both bee venom an manuka honey sourced from New Zealand. When I was offered the chance to test a mascara from New Zealand, I didn’t hesitate to accept.
For the last several months, prior to testing Living Nature’s Thickening Mascara ($29), I’ve been using an organic mascara made by Lotus. While I love the fact that I haven’t been putting any “yukkies” near my eyes, I’ve grown tired of dealing with the flaky mess under my lower lashes every day.
I’ve been testing the Living Nature mascara for six weeks now and I think it’s quite nice. Are my eyelashes thicker? Well, yes... but only when I’m wearing the mascara. I thought that the mascara was going to be a lash-thickening product. I had to read the packaging again before acknowledging that I had jumped to a conclusion that was never promised! Yes, it’s labeled as thickening mascara, but not as a permanent, or even long-term, thickener. Once I lowered my expectations, I became a much happier tester. Duh!
Since my main frustration with the Lotus mascara are the flakes, which IS a big deal for me, I thought I’d see if applying the Living Nature mascara as the base coat, before applying the Lotus, would eliminate the flakes. This didn’t totally eliminate the flakes, but it definitely helped the mascara flake less. I also tried the Living Nature product as a top coat to the Lotus product, and this worked better as a flake reducer. I then tried Living Nature by itself and was delighted to see absolutely NO flakes at the end of the day! As a thickening mascara, it definitely does the job – but with at least two coats, which is usually the case with me since I don’t have tons of lashes to begin with.
What’s really cool about the Living Nature Thickening Mascara, aside from being made in New Zealand with many ingredients harvested from native plants, is the fact that it has been certified as natural. This means that there are no synthetic ingredients. The company has also received stellar ratings in the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. The company uses fully recyclable packaging free from BPA. Even the inks used are free of dioxins and elemental chlorine!
It’s so important to support companies that are committed to protecting the environment (and our bodies), and this alone will steer me to buy products from Living Nature in the future. The fact that I like the mascara is a bonus!
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Ricinus communis oil (castor oil), Kaolin (halloysite clay), Cellulose, Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides (&) cetearyl alcohol (wheatstraw extract), Candelilla cera (candelilla wax), Cera canauba (canauba wax), Jojoba esters, Mel (manuka honey), Cera alba (beeswax), Sclerotlum gum, Citrus grandis seed extracts (grapefruit seed extract), Lavandula angustifolia oil (lavender oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium oil (manuka oil). [May contain: Iron oxides (Cl 77491, Cl77499)].