Thursday, December 22, 2011

Make-up: Making Mascara From Urtegaarden

This summer, a family member told me she hadn't used mascara for years because 'every brand she had ever tried bothered her'. I knew exactly what she meant and told her I made my own from Urtegaardens mascara starter kit. By chance, I had just done up a batch for myself and gave her one of 'mine' to try. Later, when Christmas wish lists were circulating, she had added 'LisaLise mascara' to her wish list.

Two things to be happy about
1. The mascara was obviously a hit
2. I was flattered that she remembered this mascara as mine even though I admittedly use a kit.

Ready To Give DIY Mascara a Try?
Here's a step by step on how easy it is to make a mascara using Urtegaardens starter kit. (The name Urtegaarden translates loosely to 'The Herb Farm')

What's Inside the Package
3 mascara containers
black pigment
sterile syringe
rubber tubing
wooden stick (to fill the syringe)
cup with mascara base
Instructions (in Danish - but if you want to buy the kit from them and don't speak the lingo, just follow the instructions in this post and you're covered)

1. Transfer
Transfer the base to a bowl. Tip: even though the mascara has preservative, it's a real good idea to use clean/sterile equipment throughout.

2. Add Color and Stir
Add the pigment. Note: there is only black included in the package. If you want to get experimental with color, buy additional pigments when ordering the kit.

CAREFULLY fold the pigment into the base (it's a very fine powder that just loves to travel around the room, stick to your clothes, and fly up your nose if you give it half a chance). As soon as the pigment is incorporated, stir until the mixture is even.

3. Filling The Syringe
Open the package with the syringe and remove the insert. Attach the rubber tube to the end of the syringe (it's a tight fit, so you have to 'roll' it on little by little). The tube is your best friend when it comes time to fill the containers. It allows you to fill 'from the bottom up' and gives you complete and utter control (love the tube!). Fill the syringe with mascara using the wooden stick, working it down into the syringe. Carefully place the insert back on the syringe (don't push down yet).

4. Filling The Containers
Insert the tube to the bottom of a container and slowly fill. As the container fills, lift the tube out. Doing this with a relatively smooth motion will help avoid air pockets.

You will need to refill the syringe twice before you are finished. This part can get a bit messy. Be prepared to go through a few paper towels before you finish. 

Suggestion for Urtegaarden:
consider including a larger syringe so it is only necessary to fill one time. This would make the entire process easier and a lot less messy (which is incredibly encouraging for first timers). Even if a bigger syringe makes the kit a bit more costly, I know I would still happily pay for it.

The Result
Because I am always on the lookout for make-up and cosmetics containers, I used a couple of my own for this batch. The one on the left is from the starter kit.

Time from start to finish (including clean-up and breaks for taking photos): 45 minutes

Urtegaardens Price Per Kit 
Dkk 89
€ 11
£ 10
$ 16 (USD)

Find the mascara starter kit right here.

10 comments:

Rikke said...

Jeg lavede sådan en omgang mascara for en månedstid siden, og jeg er SÅ glad for den. Den drysser ikke og så er den nem at fjerne igen. Virkelig god kvalitet!

Kh Rikke

Lise M Andersen said...

Hej Rikke,

helt enig. Når det ikke kan forbedres, så er der heller ingen grund til at prøve!

:)

Anette said...

DIY-mascara. Cool.

Lise M Andersen said...

Det er det faktisk Anette! Og så er det ikke engang særlig dyrt..

Anonymous said...

Har overvejet at prøve Urtegårdens mascara opskrift - måske skulle jeg bare købe startsættet - tak for tippet. Ved du om de bruger opskriften i startsættet?

Hilsen Lillian

Lise M Andersen said...

Hej Lillian,

Det var et rigtig godt spørgsmål! Jeg vil gætte på at det er det samme, men må ærligt indrømme at jeg ikke er 100% sikker.

Miss Dalager Beauty said...

Hvordan er så resultatet på vipperne? Forlængende? Volume? :-) jeg overvejer at købe en... Men jeg vil først vide resultatet..

Lise M Andersen said...

Hej Miss Dalager Beauty (fed navn!) - Nu er jeg måske ikke den allerbedste til at svare dig, for det er ikke løgn når jeg siger at det er mange år siden jeg har prøvet en 'brand name' mascara. Men du får alligevel mine indtyrk: Mascaraen lægger en rigtig fint lag farve og giver en smule volume. Det er også lykkedes mig at bygge lag op så man får noget forlængelse, men det kræver at man venter lidt mellem pålægning af lagene. (Læs: du skal måske have lidt mere tålmodighed end ved andre mascara).

På den anden side, er prisen så rimelig (du får 3 mascara for kr 89,-) så jeg kan kun anbefale at du giver dig i kast med projektet. En kæmpe fordel er at det ikke generer øjnene – overhovedet. Jeg fik engang en ordentlig klat mascara lige i øjet ved en fejl og der var overhovedet ingen gener (andet end at jeg skulle tørre en masse sort snask ude af mit øje).

God fornøjelse med det og læg lige en kommentar om dine oplevelser med den hvis du tager skridtet!

Makeup Artist Esthetician Kelsey Alene said...

Hello, thank you for this post. I live in the USA and want to order this product but the website is not in english. Do you anywhere else I can purchase this? Or have any ideas for me? Thank you so much

Lise M Andersen said...

Hey there Kelsey,
Urtegaarden does ship to the US. As this is their recipe, you won't find this product anywhere else. Mail me (contact mail on the side bar) and I'll put you in touch with someone at Urtegaarden who can help you order. :)