Mascara is a cosmetic makeup used to thicken, lengthen and darken your eyelashes to give brighter, bigger-looking eyes. The mascara manufacturing process known today includes the anhydrous and emulsion methods in which both involve a base mixture of pigments, waxes, and oils.
Safety And Regulations When Making Mascara
Colour additives intended as coal-tar hair dyes need to have FDA approval before they go to the market. For example, kohl is a color additive considered illegal in the United States.
The European Commission bans 1328 chemicals like formaldehyde, petroleum, parabens, hydroquinone and more from cosmetics that are suspected to be harmful to human being. As an exception, mercury compounds can be occasionally found as a preservative in mascara and eye make-up such as eyeshadow for the eyebrows.
The Mascara Manufacturing Process
There are two methods of making Mascara, anhydrous and emulsion methods. In the anhydrous method, waxes, oils, and pigments are mixed in a mixing tank, heated, and stirred using a propeller blade. As the name goes, this method does not include water as an ingredient.
In the emulsion type of the mascara manufacturing process, the water and thickeners are combined together, while the waxes and emulsifiers are heated in a separate container where the pigment is then added. A homogenizer mixes both of these mixtures to break down the oils and waxes and hold them in suspension in the water. Mixing continues until the mixture becomes the dark paste we all die for.
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