- Available in Ebony & Cocoa
100% natural ingredients
- Minimum of 40% organic ingredients
- Vegan & cruelty-free - never tested on animals
- Suitable for all kinds of skin, even the most sensitive
- Palm oil-free
- Natural and Organic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife
- Refillable - shop the refills here
Why we love it
This natural, organic mascara works SO well and acts just like traditional mascara – yet has none of those nasty chemicals! The brush works really well to separate and elongate the lashes, giving a lovely gentle curl and soft volume for a really beautiful, natural look that lasts all day.
We absolutely love all the natural ingredients, and that there’s no testing on animals – neither on the finished products nor the ingredients.
The packaging is great too! It’s packed in a unique, varnished bamboo case and presented in a bamboo pouch with a drawstring, making it perfects for gifts too.
The road to luscious lashes is usually littered with single-use, non-recyclable plastic packaging. In fact, globally the cosmetics and personal-care industry racks up some 120.8bn units of packaging a year. It is nearly all the single-use variety too. By swapping to minimal packaging cosmetics that you can refill, you’re helping to reduce that waste.
As well as being better for the environment, it’s better for you too! The preservatives, dyes and fragrances found in regular makeup can increase your risk of skin irritation. Zao’s mascara, however, is made without any nasty synthetic preservatives and with high-quality raw materials instead, reducing risk or redness and irritation and making it perfect for regular use and for those with sensitive eyes.
But there’s plastic in this mascara?
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to make completely plastic-free mascara (yet!) so this mascara does contain some recyclable plastic. However, by swapping to this refillable alternative by Zao, you’ll significantly reduce the amount of plastic you’d use in traditional alternatives.
And don’t worry, your used wands can be donated to rescue charities to help care for baby animals, check out Wands for Wildlife here. The brushes are actually perfect for combining the fur and feathers of small wildlife to remove fleas, larva and fly eggs, meaning the same bristles that plump your lashes work through fine coats like a dream too.
Instructions for use
Start with the upper lashes, holding the brush horizontally close to the root, move up in a zigzag motion while you are looking down. Concentrate on the ends to enlarge the eye and on the centre to open up the eyes. Gently tap the eyelashes when applying mascara to the lower lashes, ensuring that you don’t overload them.
INCI/CTFA: Phyllostachys nigra extract*, glyceryl stearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride**, kaolin, glyceryl rosinate, acacia Senegal gum, cetearyl alcohol, pullulan, sucrose palmitate, aqua (water), glycerine, potassium palmitoyl hydrolysed wheat protein, galactoarabinan, tocopherol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, bambusa arundinacea, stem powder, xanthan gum, solica, CA 77820 (silver), may contain +/-: CI 77491 (iron oxides), CI 77492 (iron oxides), CI 77499 (iron oxides).
*ingredients from organic farming. **made using organic ingredients
For more information about our eco-labels, click here.
Delivery expected within 3 to 7 working days
Free on orders over £35.
£3.99 on orders under £35
48 hour express delivery
Tracked orders delivered within 48 working hours when you order before 2pm Mon-Fri
Free on orders over £50
DPD Next Day
Fully tracked next working day delivery when you order before 2pm Mon-Fri
For more information see our FAQ page, under delivery
International orders – We’ve temporarily paused orders to destinations outside of the UK. We are working to re-enable the service as quickly as we can. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and look forward to welcoming you back online soon.
Returns - We know that Coronavirus may affect your ability to return your order within the usual time limits. Therefore we have extended our normal returns policy to 60 days to help. We accept returns and will process a refund for your order provided we receive the item(s) within 60 days of delivery. You will receive a confirmation of this via email. Funds will be restored to your account within 14 days of receiving your return. Please ask the Post Office for your proof of posting certificate (receipt) and retain it for your reference. For more information see our FAQ page, under returns