Mascara Monday: Physicians Formula Organic wear mascara

It’s the beginning of a new week and I hope that you all are off to a GREAT one. I had an amazing Valentine’s Day. I was able to spend most of it with my girls from college. I haven’t seen most of these ladies since I’ve moved back to Florida so it was a great little reunion for all of us. The greater part of Valentine’s Day was spent with someone special so all in all it was a good day!

But is THIS is a good mascara? Hmm….so many products have gone 100% natural and “eco-friendly” and while I am not opposed to products like this, I do rate them the same way I would rate a traditional mascara. That means I expect the same performance based on their claims. Did this one impress me? Or will I be throwing it in the recycling bin?

Physicians Formula Organic
wear mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $10 at CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims: “Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.” (source)

The truth: The idea is great….I’m all for “going green”–even with cosmetics. However, I couldn’t get past the smell and the formulation just doesn’t dry.

What I loved about it: The packaging is tres cute. I love love love it. I also like how the mascara is 100% all natural. For someone who who is big on eating all-natural and wearing her naturally, I could definitely have some all-natural additions to my make-up collection. I was hoping that this product could be that introduction.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t comparable to a regular mascara. And the smell is horrific! I mean….awful.

Overall: Let’s rap a little bit about the wand.

It’s not bad. It’s not exceptionally good either. I would REALLY like it it the the bristles were a little longer and the wand were more steady. It is a too flimsy and of course that affects the control you will get when applying it to your lashes.

Let’s do a rundown of what is in this mascara:

-100% free of synthetic solvents
-Organic Orange water
Orangic Aloe and Cucumber extracts
-100% natural orgin biopolymers
-1oo% natural orgin preservatives
-100% natural orgin rice protein & organic tapioca starch organic beeswax
-100% free of petroleum by products, parabens, GMO and synthetic fragrances

Right off, I’m impressed. Traditional mascaras contain a great deal of synthetic preservatives and solvents. These ingredients put you at risk for eye irritations. So it is definitely comforting using a mascara like this.

But that’s where the comfort ends. Unfortunately, while it gives me a decent amount of volume and length it just doesn’t last. I find that the Floridian humidity makes the mascara literally slide off of my lashes. Traditional mascaras usually leave your lashes relatively hard. This mascara does not do that. Because of that I endured a lot of smearing and found that within a few hours, the mascara was just gone. I also couldn’t get over the smell. It just didn’t go away! It was a very distinct plant-y smell that just didn’t sit well with me.

I really wanted to rate this mascara a little higher but the performance just wasn’t there.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I think it’s worth a try. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it can’t work for someone else. I think my climate has a lot to do with it. Plus it’s all natural so it really is worth a try….even though it smells like potting soil.

Didn’t do a video review this time around.
Should I? Let me know in the comments.

Would you be open to trying a mascara like this? Should all mascaras go “all natural”? What do you think?

Have a wonderful Monday!


This Day in Black History:
1857-Frederick Douglass is elected President
of Freedman Bank and Trust.
[Mr. Douglass is hands down one of
my favorite revolutionaries]

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  • Amina

    thanks for another review..maybe mascara should incorporate more natural ingredients since we put them near our eyes..

  • The Lush List

    hmm I think the pictures look good, but if your lashes didn’t stay that way, then it’s a no go. I tried another all-natural formula, Korres Deep Colour Mascara, and like you said, it just slides off the lashes mid-day. Just…sitting under your eyes! Not pretty. I think the most “natural” I can get is Neutrogena’s Weightless Volume, which doesn’t use wax. Oh! But Tarte makes an all natural mascara called Lash Hugger. I forgot! Must try…

  • Princess Mina

    I love Physician’s Formula, it is really good for sensitive skin. However, I’m from Florida too, Orlando, so unfortunately due to the weather I won’t be trying this product. Too bad. I hope one of these cosmetics releases a great organic mascara…eyeliner would be great too!

  • PBW

    I haven’t had much luck with Physician’s Formula products. Thanks for the review.

  • BVB

    Speaking of Physician’s Formula, have you ever tried their Eye Definer? It’s pretty good! I know you’ve reviewed PF’s FLAT Mascara on COM so I’ll just go through your archives.. gives me a reason to be a stan, lol! :) But I was hoping that this mascara was worth trying…next to lip gloss I love collecting mascaras!

  • Anonymous

    since it didn’t work for probably won’t do the same for me. thanks for reviewing the mascara

  • B

    Amina—I agree. I'm sure over the years companies will work on the formulation to make them safe and usable!

    The LL–> I forgot about Tarte's mascara! Thanks for reminding me. I didn't know that Neutrogena had another mascara. I love the one with the olive oil in it.

    Princess Mina–> Another lady in O-town. Heyy! Organic eyeliner would be perfect!

    PBW–> This is my first haul from them. Uh oh…you're scaring me, Auntie.

    BVB–> Nope, I haven't tried any of their other products. And I certainly haven't tried any flat mascara. Sounds interesting!

    Anon–> Let's toss this one in the recycling bin. :)

  • The Pretty Brown Girl

    It gets way too humid in DC summers for any product that will sliding off! LOL!

    I saw this in CVS and thought the package was pretty. Thanks for letting me know about the smell because I would’ve so unhappy! I can’t do stinky!

  • Nessa

    I have tries a Physician’s Formulat mascara before and I hated it! It seemed like it never dried! After that one, I don’t think I’ll try this one.
    Thanks for the review!

  • Kiarah C. W.

    I’m all for natural but maybe they will get a better one. Speaking of lashes, have you heard anything about permanent eyelashes? I hear they are sewing falsies on your eyelids now? My mom mentioned it. Do you know anyone who has reviewed things like that? Is it even safe?…just wondering.

  • Lisa

    it actually worked very well on my friend and i. it was a complete mission to find this mascara though. but i recommend it.

  • Anonymous

    HI! First off, I wanted to say I think your lashes are very naturally beautiful by the way, wanted to say that as I was struck by how pretty they are…sigh not so in my case LOL. I’ve never commented on a product before but HAD to on this one. This is my favorite mascara ever! Ladies PLEASE visit where you can check just how TOXIC most makeup, hair ( Oh the shamposs UG!) and beauty products are you will be horified! Youc an search by entering a brand name, or you can key in a specific ingredient and the toxic studies and all the ugly info comes up…ANYWAY, I started wanting to find better hair care products so that my hair would not dry out, split and fall out like it was….well after ditching my shampoo and much trial nd error, finally got my hair in better shape and that led me to trying to find better makeup choices. This mascara is gentle, smooth 47% certified organic, 100% natural, does’t test on animals and the tube and brush are recyclable (the brush is also made from recycled material) I actually didn’t mind the smell (I thiought it smelled like honey…perhaps they changed the smell?) Anyway, I ‘m in Flrida also and luckily didn’t expereince the smudging, it actually steyed on my lashes just fine, so sorry that wasn’t the case with you…could you have had lotion on your skin or residue that got on your lashes (i.e makeup remover form the night before?)Anyway thank you for your review, it was totally by chance while googling reviews that I arived here. I wanted to add one last thing, I am origianlly from Spain, Olive skin, dry medium coarse striaght hair so not African America and my skin/hair needs may perhaps be different. My lashes were so thin and weak form abusive harsh mascaras and dry that perhaps it just soaked up this mascara and all it’s oil and stuck to it for dear life! LOL…I love it!

  • Anonymous

    Right on.

    I got it for free so can't complain too much about money wasted but I hate to waste time and packaging, too, which I felt this totally did.

    I live in a cooler climate and it just flakes off by noon. So if you're in heat, it will melt, if average to cool, it will flake–either way look to re-do your lashes by noon. No thanks. Gotta make up and run.

    Love your reviews–keep it up

  • Anonymous

    I've tried this mascara too, and I'm in dry San Diego (very low humidity compared to Florida). Same issue, though — mascara never really dried, smudged both lids and under the eyes. It looked fine going on, but didn't take long before I was rubbing both over and under my eyes to wipe the smears off. NOT something I wanted to spend all day doing! Made me self-conscious not knowing if it was smudged again… Avoid it at all costs!