Buy a natural mascara and know that you won't be harming your health for the sake of beauty. Here are a few ingredients that are found in most mascaras on the market today.
Mercury (phenylmercuric acetate and thimerosal)
Coal tar colorants (D&C Black No. 2)This comes from Road Tar
Titanium dioxide, parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, or butylparaben)
Formaldehyde (pentaerythrityl hydrogenated rosinate, quaternium-15, and imidazolidinyl urea).
America's #1 top-selling mascara in the pink-and-green tube lists petroleum distillates as its number one ingredient. Petroleum is an unsustainable fossil fuel, the manufacture of which is damaging to the earth and the environment.
Read ingredient lists carefully to avoid health-threatening chemicals, and opt for plant-based ingredients instead.
I recommend Aveda's Mosscara as a natural alternative to your average mascara.