Beauty Conscious: Mascara Wands

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.”

-Chinese Proverb


Hello my lovelies!



Who would’ve thought? I run a beauty blog and have a lot of mascara.


No, I’m not being a jerk and letting you know about all the mascara that I have and you don’t.

Of all the causes in the world that I get worked up about, environmentally friendly causes have never been high on my priority list. That isn’t to say that I don’t care. I recycle anything I can, I try my best to make my diet a majority of locally grown produce, and plenty of other small things.

Because beauty is my passion, I decided I wanted to find ways to be environmentally responsible about my used items. After a lot of google perusing, I found the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. More specifically, I found their Wands for Wildlife page. Since many makeup products are not capable of being traditionally recycled, there is more of a focus on re-purposing used items. In the past, I’ve thrown my used, dried up mascara into the garbage, consciously realizing that beauty has an environmental price, but not really wanting to admit it because hey, I like being pretty!

The Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that focuses on wildlife rehabilitation, care, and education. Their Wands for Wildlife program is an easy and relatively cheap way to donate to this cause, however donations of food, supplies, or just your moola work too.

You might be wondering why this organization wants mascara wands. To directly quote the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, “Old mascara wands are used to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals. They work great because the bristles are close together”.

In this post, I am going to explain the entire process of cleaning your mascara wands and sending them to the the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge’s Wands for Wildlife program. Please note that this post is NOT SPONSORED. The Appalachian Wildlife Refuge has no clue who I am. I’m just ranting and raving about this program because it excites me that much on its own.


Let’s get started:




What you’ll need –

  • A washcloth you are potentially willing to stain
  • Warm running water
  • Used and abused mascara wands


How to clean your wands –

  • Hold the mascara wand under the warm water to help dislodge product
  • Wet the washcloth with the same warm water
  • Use the washcloth to scrub through the wand bristles, additionally dislodging product
  • You’ll know the wand is clean when you can no longer visibly see product, and no more product comes off on the washcloth
  • Lightly pat the wand dry and set aside to air dry completely



  • Since the wand of this mascara has a purple end, it was especially clear to see when I was completely done cleaning this wand.


How to send your wands for use –




So you’re the GOAT and cleaned all of your mascara wands. Now what?

Easy. All you need to do now is fill out this form, properly package the wands (I put mine in a Ziploc for extra measure), and send them on their way. I did pay for shipping in order to send my wands in, but to me, that’s not a big deal because if I can cumulatively afford over $70 worth of mascara, I can afford the damn shipping charge.

If you want, you can mention this blog as the way you heard about this program, but you do not have to by any means. If you want to, that’s really awesome of you and I appreciate it so much. If you don’t, that’s also ok and I 100% don’t hate you. You don’t even have to do this at all, because obviously, it’s not a requirement. However, if you do donate your wands, regardless of if you mention me or not, please let me know! I think this is such a cool idea and I want to know if you guys agree.


That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have an awesome Monday!


Stay beautiful!




Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.


2 thoughts on “Beauty Conscious: Mascara Wands

  1. emilyburnsmua says:

    This is so amazing!! Thank you SO much for sharing. I’m becoming a lot more aware of the environment and this is just amazing. I’m defiantly going to do this and tell all my friends about it! 🙂

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