Review of Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara & Giveaway

May 26, 2012

Honeybee Gardens Mascara

There Are Dangerous Chemicals in Conventional Mascara!

When I first considered trying to become pregnant, I decided to try and clean up my act in terms of my cosmetics.  One of the last toxic items to go for me was conventional mascara.  My preferred conventional mascara was a 4 (i.e., a moderate risk) on EWG’s Skin Deep Database.  My chosen conventional mascara contained parabens, which are harmful substances used as preservatives in cosmetics that are known to accumulate in human tissue.  Parabens have been found in high concentrations in newborns’ cord blood, human breast milk, and in tumors removed from cancer patients.  In addition to the parabens, other exceptionally worrisome chemicals my chosen conventional mascara contained were PEG-40 Stearate, Triethanolamine, and BHT.  Among the health risks presented by the various troublesome ingredients in my conventional mascara were organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, allergies, immunotoxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, biochemical and cellular-level changes, and carcinogenicity.  All of that harm in such a trendy little tube!  I knew I had to give it up for the safety of my future baby, but I was not looking to give up on mascara all together.


Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara is a Safer Alternative!

Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara

I set out on my journey for a safer mascara planning to waste some money on several different natural products that turned out to be horrible, as is often the case when one attempts to switch to more natural cosmetics and personal care products.  However, I struck gold immediately!  I happened to see Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara on the EWG’s Skin Deep Database.  It had a toxicity rating of 2, which made it a low-risk product that conformed to my family’s goal of only using products with a Skin Deep rating of 2 or lower.  I poked around on the internet and found some reviews that suggested it may not be a waste of money.  I took the risk and bought some.  I am very glad I did!  I have been using this mascara since 2009 and could not be happier with it.  Click on the photo below to zoom in on the ingredients.

Honeybee Gardens Mascara Ingredients


    • A 2 rating on EWG’s Skin Deep Database–making it a low-risk product
    • Contains no clay (aka: kaolin), which is what causes some mascaras to flake all over your face all day long
    • First mascara I have tried that does not leave my eyes feeling dry, burny, and itchy half way through the day
    • While not waterproof, it does not bleed down my face on hot days like many mascaras I have tried
    • Washes off easily with a mild facial cleanser–no eye makeup remover needed!
    • My eyelashes seem better conditioned than when I was using conventional mascara:  they seem to grow longer and fall out less
    • Goes on smoothly, without clumps or chunks (I assume that this could also be due to the absence of clay/kaolin)
    • Same price point as many toxic mascaras
    • No yucky “varnish-y” fumes like you get with some conventional mascaras (some conventional mascaras even list “varnish” as an ingredient . . . hmmmm)
    • Great volumization capabilities; volume increases with successive coats
    • Great lash darkening capabilities
    • Decent lengthening, with greater length with successive coats
    • I see a significant difference in my lashes with just one coat, but can easily apply more coats for the desired effect–without getting clumps


    • The only complaint I have about this mascara is that it does not come with the option of a lash separating brush, as did my chosen conventional mascara (i.e., those applicator brushes that are made out of silicone rather than traditional bristles).  The brush that comes with it does not cause your eyelashes to look like Lady Liberty’s crown or anything, it is just that I had grown used to the silicone brush.  When I e-mailed Honeybee Gardens they were very nice and said that I was the first to ask for the hard silicone brush, and that they get lots of good feedback about their bristle brush.  I guess I cannot expect them to offer a silicone brush just for me.
    • I do not get quite as much length as I used to get with the conventional/toxic mascara, but I do feel that the Honeybee Gardens mascara gives me decent lengthening along with great darkening and volumization.  The tiny difference in length is, in my opinion, a fair trade for knowing I am using a safer formula.


Where You Can Buy Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara

I buy my Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara from Lucky Vitamin or Amazon , but your first tube might just be FREE if you are the lucky winner of the below giveaway!


Enter Below For a Chance (or Many Chances) to Win a FREE Tube of Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara!

In an effort to get my readers to take the plunge and switch to a safer mascara, I have asked Honeybee Gardens to supply a FREE tube of mascara for a giveaway here on my blog.  Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win a FREE tube of Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara, shipped to you directly from Honeybee Gardens, in your chosen color!  Earning an entry in the contest is as simple as “liking” this blog post on Facebook using the below Rafflecopter widget.  Once you do that, there are other opportunities to earn even more entries via various other actions using the Rafflecopter widget.  If you have completed some of the actions listed in the Rafflecopter widget in the past, then simply place a comment in the comments section for this post saying which specific actions you have taken in the past, and I will manually enter you for the appropriate number of entries.   I will pick the winner on 6/7/12, using Rafflecopter’s random selector tool.  The winner will be announced within the Rafflecopter widget and will also be notified by e-mail.

Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*******CONGRATULATIONS to Patty L. from St. Louis who won the Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara! ********

Trouble using the Rafflecopter Widget?  Here is an instructional video from Rafflecopter.


Disclosure:  I have asked to be an affiliate of Lucky Vitamin and Amazon because of their great prices on natural foods, safer household items, and safer cosmetics.  I am recommending them because I use them myself.  If you click through the link to either store on my site when making a purchase, I will earn a small commission that helps me keep this site up and running.  See FAQ and Disclosures pages for more info on my product recommendations.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Beatrice Welch May 26, 2012 at 00:30

I subscribed : )


Megan May 26, 2012 at 16:27

I actually just ordered a tube (in case I don’t win). I’m excited to try this because mascara was one of the products I hadn’t switched yet! Thanks!


Lisa F. "The Valley Vegan" May 26, 2012 at 16:29

This is great information. Usually I don’t like natural products as much, so I just stop using whatever it is (like mascara in particular) so it’s great to read this review. Sometimes I do actually need to look good and make-up helps!!


Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse May 26, 2012 at 23:07

Yes, since having a baby, I too tend to reserve make-up for days when I am actually going to see other people. Haha!


Starlene May 26, 2012 at 16:31

I’m subscribed to your email feed.


Starlene May 26, 2012 at 16:35

I used to use Maybelline mascara but stopped wearing makeup altogether about six months ago. I guess this one would be pretty toxic. :-(


Pat S May 26, 2012 at 16:57

I too subscribed to your email newsletter. I am really trying to rid myself of chemicals. I try to not wear makeup as often as possible. Glad to know there is a safe alternative out there. Thanks..


Pat S May 26, 2012 at 16:59

Not sure if the above comment counts, but just in case.. No.. I have not tried any other more holistic types of makeup/mascara.


Heather Chupp May 26, 2012 at 17:03

Subscribed via e-mail ;)


Heather Chupp May 26, 2012 at 17:06

I just checked……and it’s actually this very brand! I like it and would love to win!


Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse May 26, 2012 at 23:45

Glad you like it too:-)


Susan H. May 26, 2012 at 20:49

Great giveaway!


Susan H. May 26, 2012 at 20:56

I subscribed by email feed.


Susan H. May 26, 2012 at 21:00

I’ve never tried a less toxic mascara before. I usually buy a more toxic waterproof mascara and even that runs on me, so I’d like to try this one.


Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse May 26, 2012 at 23:44

Susan, I have fairly oily skin and was pleasantly surprised that Honeybee Gardens did not run on me even during summer!


Katherine May 27, 2012 at 14:55

I subscribed by email!


Katherine May 27, 2012 at 14:58

I’m currently using a Bare Minerals mascara, trying to lower the toxic load (so many things to change!) Having used designer mascaras for years, I’m having a tough time finding a good non-toxic one…Thanks for the review and info!


Renee K May 28, 2012 at 13:56

I subscribed to your email updates :)


Janea May 28, 2012 at 17:38

I have never tried a more natural mascara before..but switching over to healthier cosmetics is high on my priority list this year. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win this a tube of this mascara to try.


Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse June 2, 2012 at 17:09

You are welcome Janea! I am very glad to hear that changing over to healthier cosmetics has made it to the top of your “to do” list:-)


Honey June 4, 2012 at 15:25

If I wear makeup I’ll wear the physicians formula organic mascara. I’ll have to check it out on the safety scale. I love the “Honeybee” part! See…I should DEFINITELY win this as I’m Honey! Nice to find healthier choices.



Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse May 26, 2012 at 23:00

Jo-Anne, I figured it was only me who would mind the brush. I am a creature of habit for sure.


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