This has been an idea of mine for quite some time, but you know, school, work, life and procrastination has gotten in the way.
I am currently in the transition of becoming as zero-waste as I can. I still live at home, and I am not the one responsible for the grocery shopping nor everything else going on in the house.
However, I can still do my part for this planet and that`s my intention with going zero-waste. I buy a ton of stuff for myself – so why not just start by being more responsible with my own consumerism? Choosing zero-waste where I have a say, will make an impact towards a cleaner world, even though the grapes my mom buys is wrapped in plastic.
So with that being said, let`s jump into this review! A couple of months ago I ran out of mascara, and I really wanted to find a zero-waste alternative that I could try out. I found a mascara from Elate cosmetics, however it wasn`t as zero-waste as I wanted it to be. It didn`t take me long until I found the brand Dirty Hippie Cosmetics and ooh myy good. Since I bought this mascara I have also bought a lot of other items from the brand, that I`m super happy with and want to talk about later at some point.
About Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Dirty Hippie Cosmetics is a relatively small, family run business located in Australia. They focus on using minimal packaging (both in the products and shipping), organic and toxin free ingredients and all their products are handmade and vegan. Read more about them HERE.
They have two different types of mascaras – one with lengthening properties and another for giving volume to your lashes. I bought the volumising mascara. I bought mine off of their shop on Etsy HERE.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the actual packaging it arrived in, but it was 100% recyclable paper. The mascara consists of a glass bottle with an aluminum cap and a brush in bamboo. I really like the estethic of this product (and the whole brand). It looks natural, organic and vegan – if that makes sense?
How it works is that you dip your brush into the container full of mascara, then apply and wash the brush afterwards. Because this is a non-conventional mascara it doesn`t control the amount of product applied on the brush. You kind of have to dip it in there, scrape the excess off as best as you can and then apply on your lashes. It is a little bit messy, and it`s going to feel a bit weird in the beginning.
So! Time for the first try!
I wasn`t expecting too much when I first tried it out (because you have to get used to it), however I was very pleasently surprised. It was a mess, let me tell you that. I got way to much product on my brush and it was really hard to scrape it off properly the first time. That, however, was easier the second time around.
It actually didn`t take me that long to learn how to make my lashes the way I wanted to with this mascara. The result after a couple of tries was exactly the same as my old go-to mascara from benefit. Picture 1 is first time applying, and picture 2 is a couple of tries later.
The bottle I bought is almost empty, and I have put together a final review pros+cons list.
- Harder to apply than regular mascaras
- It has a bit of a long dry time (How much you notice this depends on your eyelids I guess)
- You have to wash the brush after every use
- You waste more product (because it doesn`t have a orifice reducer (the thing that scrapes of excess product inside a tube of mascara) and a lot of excess product goes down the sink when you wash the brush)
- It doesn`t last as long as a regular mascara does (meaning the bottle)
- Doesn`t smell
- SUPER easy removal (I actually have to point this out in bold, because I have never not scrubbed my eyeballs out when removing my mascara (waterproof and non-waterproof) but this just slides off when using a regular makeup-wipe)
- Lasts all day
- Doesn`t flake (unless you rub your eyes, then it will)
- Pretty packaging
- Takes up little space
- And of cooourse – 100% recyclable glass and cap (you`re supposed to reuse the brush for your next bottle)
Now – a little disclaimer: I have pretty long and curved lashes naturally, so I don`t really notice any difference in those areas when using different mascaras. I also don`t experience smudging or flaking often, and I don`t know if that`s just because I`ve been lucky or because of how my eyes look. So – I can`t really say how this mascara handles these problems, because it`s problems i don`t normally have.
On an end note – I`m very satisfied with the mascara, and I will continue to buy it! I even think I`m going to clean out the bottle when it`s empty and save it for something else – like oils for when I`m travelling.