Monday, March 17, 2014

Beauty Myths: Bat Guano in Mascara!?

I think we've all heard some of those crazy beauty myths that are just too insane to be true. They're everywhere, and as silly as they sound, we can't help but fret that they might be true. In my Beauty Myths series, we're taking the most common beauty myths and letting you know if these myths are fact or fiction.
In this post I'd like to answer the question that's been buzzing around the beauty industry for the past couple of years: Is there really bat guano in mascara? Let's go back to the beginning of eye makeup: Ancient Egypt. the ancient Egyptian royalty wore a black pigment, or kohl, around their eyes. Let's pause for a moment. The Egyptians were brilliant. They built the pyramids, yet they used bat poop on their eyes when they had carbon black or charcoal? The same goes for the cosmetic companies of today. Also, depending on what the bat ate, each batch would vary. It just isn't reliable. 
If all of this is true, then where did this myth come from? Mascara contains an ingredient called guanine. Guanine derives from the Spanish word for bat poop, but it really has nothing to do with it. Guanine may not contain guano, but it does contain fish scales. Not exactly preferable, but it beats bat poop.
Mascara may not have bat guano in it, but that doesn't mean it's great for your eyes or your lashes. It's very drying to your lashes, and, if used carelessly, can be damaging to your eye. So, mascara isn't the best thing in the world for your eyes, but at least you can rest easy knowing that you don't have bat poop coating your lashes.
Want more proof? Here are my favorite articles on bat guano in mascara.

Look out for new installments in my Beauty Myths series! the next part is coming in a few days: Does shampoo eventually stop working? Keep your eyes open or like my Facebook page facebook.com/chromobeauty for the update to go straight to your newsfeed!

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