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The Best Natural Mascaras

April 4, 2023

Looking for the best natural mascara? Your lashes will thank you with this round up of the best lengthening and volumizing formulas on the market. No clumps, fakes or smudges even for the most sensitive eyes!

Looking to switch to a cleaner mascara? Here are the best natural mascaras that actually work and won't leave you with raccoon vibes all day. #cleanbeauty #naturalmascaras

I know a lot of people on the clean beauty train that haven’t switched their mascara. To be fair, you probably use the least amount of this product compared to the others, so according to my theory I shared in the natural foundation blog, it can be one of the last products to switch.

While we want all of our makeup to perform super well, I get the sense that people are most picky about their mascara. We want the lift! The volume! The separation! A brush that won’t poke you in the eye! A girl can dream right?!

Well the dream has officially become a reality. In the last few years a couple of the best natural mascaras have been released that really give conventional products a run for their money. But it took a while…longer than I would have hoped and your girl may or may not have walked around with black flakes under my eyes thanks to some poor performing mascaras.

One quick discussion before we jump into the best natural mascaras. Truth be told there’s nothing suuuuper natural about natural mascaras. The options below are still safer than conventional mascara in that they use safe synthetics and won’t mess with your endocrine system BUT many of the ingredients are synthetic and/or use chemicals and not the plant-derived materials you find in other clean makeup (waxes are particularly common). That being said the products I love are still 100% safe for your body, long-lasting, cruelty-free and paraben-free. That’s a start!


Want to see me put these products to the test? I tried five mascaras out and gave my full review and honest opinion of each. See how I applied them and how they held up throughout the day.

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The Best Natural Mascaras

01. ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara $28

If you happened to try the old ILIA mascara and swore off trying any mascaras from them in the future, so did I. I’m so glad someone convinced me to give their new mascara a shot because it’s my holy grail! There is a dual fiber wand – one side is for lengthening and one side is for thickening. It adds definite va-va-voom to my lashes and wears super well. At the end of they day there was not a single flake of fall out under my eyes. ILIA, you made a great comeback.

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02. ILIA Fullest Volume Mascara $28

I wasn't obsessed with this one at first (compared to the ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara) but after a few uses, the formula thickened and now gives me the most incredible volume. I'm not sure there's a massive difference between this one and the limitless lash mascara but both are great options with beautiful results.

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03. Saie Mascara 101 $24

This is a perfect lengthening mascara that doesn’t flake and lasts all day. I’ve been loving it! I do find it a bit trickier to remove but with a good cleansing calm it will come off!

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04. Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara $58

This mascara is on the pricey side but it’s worth it! It gives my lashes an elevated, natural look. Probably the most natural-looking of the bunch.

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05. Tower28 MakeWaves Mascara $20

I love how much volume this mascara induces! It's also super long-lasting and on the more affordable side for clean beauty.

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  • Reply
    April 10, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    Why do you prefer to stay away from Beauty Counter products? I’m new to the nontoxic makeup world and have been quite overwhelmed by all the options, so I was just curious. It seems like their products are decently well preforming, right?

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    Michelle Tanner
    August 11, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Are the products you reviewed free from animal testing?

  • Reply
    February 25, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    I’m confused because in this post you say you don’t like the Beauty Counter mascara, but in your YouTube video, you said you liked it.

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      Davida Lederle
      February 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      I tried it a few times about 3 years ago but the more that I used it the worse I felt it about it. Since then so many brands have come out with WAY better options so it really doesn’t hold its own anymore unfortunately!

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    Ashley S.
    February 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Have you tried Beauty Counter volumizing yet? Next on my list but haven’t pushed buy because I don’t want to pay for shipping! ? Agreed, hated their lengthening mascara!

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      Davida Lederle
      February 7, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      I haven’t! I try not to buy Beautycounter these days so haven’t tried new products from them in a while!

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    Angela Smith
    February 2, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I love Physicians Formula organic mascara!

  • Reply
    January 2, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Davida,

    Have you ever tried Physicians Formula mascara, eyeliner or tinted moisturizer?

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      January 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      I haven’t but have heard a lot about the brand – will keep you posted once I try it!

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