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Sat Apr 14, 2007 2:17 am      Reply with quote
Hi,

I'm just wondering if anyone here have tried re-using their mascara tube after the mascara gel ran out. I'm thinking of replacing the mascara gel with some castor oil as a treatment for the lashes and brows.. do u think it's workable?
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Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:56 am      Reply with quote
This sounds smart -- just make sure you have really cleaned both well before you put the castor oil in, and change that oil periodically. Are you using a little funnel or something?
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Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:33 pm      Reply with quote
I think it would be too hard to be sure the tube was completely clean, and therefore too risky in my opinion.

I recycle mascara spoolies all the time, though. I dip the clean spoolie in a little jar of the oil, apply to my lashes, and then rinse the spoolie.

Good luck!

alimwj wrote:
Hi,

I'm just wondering if anyone here have tried re-using their mascara tube after the mascara gel ran out. I'm thinking of replacing the mascara gel with some castor oil as a treatment for the lashes and brows.. do u think it's workable?

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Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:41 pm      Reply with quote
What if she let it sit full of alcohol for a week, closed, and even occasionally shook it around. And maybe preceded that with a week of mascara thinning solvent? Perhaps that is too much of a production...
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Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:55 pm      Reply with quote
imho, i dont think its a good idea to reuse the mascara tube. i would rather get a new container.

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Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:07 am      Reply with quote
Good idea!
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Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:18 am      Reply with quote
Hi alimwj,

There is a stopper on the top of the mascarra tube ... and you can remove that. Once that has been removed, it's really a very simple thing to clean out the tube.

That said ... you really do want to ensure that there is no bacteria in the tube. Some forms of bacteria can be disasterous for your eyes ... and I'd suggest filling the tube up with 99% alcohol ... which should kill just about anything.

And don't forget the stopper ... it's what removes the excess from the spoolie ... so you'll want to clean and disinfect that as well.

It may be more trouble than it's worth ... but you can be reasonably sure that you've got everything clean if you first wash the tube, stopper and spoolie in warm soapy water and then disinfect everything with alcohol. Let everything dry ... and it should be fine.

Would I do this myself? I don't think so. I think I'd get a small dropper bottle from my local pharmacy [you can sterilize glass] ... put whatever I wanted in the dropper bottle ... and just clean and disinfect the spoolie.

Good luck.

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Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:30 am      Reply with quote
DIY Cosmetics sells empty mascara tubes for a $1.30. I've never ordered from them, just happened upon their website when I had the hair brain idea of trying to make my own foundation.

You can find them through diycosmetics.com

or this takes you directly to the mascara tubes in their store:
http://secure.netsolhost.com/301380.306378/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=DC&Category_Code=ME

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Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:21 am      Reply with quote
Thanks so much for the comments and ideas ^^
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Sat May 05, 2007 6:30 pm      Reply with quote
It sounds alright, but you need to clean it thoroughly.
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Mon May 07, 2007 9:33 pm      Reply with quote
Sundew wrote:
DIY Cosmetics sells empty mascara tubes for a $1.30. I've never ordered from them, just happened upon their website when I had the hair brain idea of trying to make my own foundation.

You can find them through diycosmetics.com

or this takes you directly to the mascara tubes in their store:
http://secure.netsolhost.com/301380.306378/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=DC&Category_Code=ME


This is great! If and when I ever need to mix up some stuff for lashes, I will be visiting this site. Thanks!

By the way, you can't click on the link. It will cut off part of it, so it will give you a fatal error message. Just copy and paste the link in another window.
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