Natural Eyebrow Gel DIY with Aloe Vera, Honey and Clay
This post was created in partnership with Mountain Rose Herbs.
How to make Eyebrow Gel with Aloe Vera, Honey and Clay
I’ve always believed that when it comes to beauty routines the eyebrows are EVERYTHING. Eyebrows are pivotal for sharing our facial expressions and framing the eyes. And beautiful natural brows are definitely in right now.
I’ve recently gotten very into the boy brow trend. The au natural look. Thicker, a bit more wild but still shaped intentionally. So I started using a popular brow tint applied with a spoolie-wand that you sweep into your eyebrow hairs. I love the way that product works, but the ingredients list is a little iffy. So — inspired by that and this post by my friend Elenore I figured — why not try and make a copycat product with natural ingredients?
Lo and behold, a few test spins later and I’d invented a 100% natural Boy Brow Eyebrow Gel using Aloe Vera Gel, Raw Honey, Rhassoul Red Clay, Cacao Powder and Jojoba Oil. If you’re looking for a lightly tinted natural eyebrow gel that actually works, this is the DIY recipe for you!
Why I Love This DIY
It gives a light, natural tint to eyebrow hairs thanks to cocoa and (for darker hair) activated charcoal.
It keeps eyebrow hairs in place all day.
It nourishes the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Great for sparse brows!
It’s suitable for all skin types.
It’s a snap to whip together.
It can be applied with a regular clean eyebrow or mascara brush (called a spoolie).
A little product goes a long way.
It’s only 5 ingredients (if you omit the optional add-ins).
About the Ingredients
Aloe Vera Gel — an amazing natural clear eyebrow gel all on it’s own. Naturally viscous, it dries firm setting eyebrow hairs in place. I like to keep a bottle of shelf-stable Aloe around for this purpose alone. This Organic one from Mountain Rose Herbs is shelf-stable, comes with a pump-top and is as all natural as you can get.
Raw Honey — helps the eyebrow gel to dry with a soft feel on hairs (as opposed to a stiff feel). Also a natural skin preserver.
Rhassoul Red Clay — for color and viscosity (it makes the mix thicker). Of all of the clays, I like this one best in this mix. It dries soft on the eyebrow hairs (other clays are drying and tend to flake off over the day).
Jojoba oil — the best oil for all skin types. It’s actually a liquid wax that mimics the natural waxy oils (sebum) in our own skin.
Rosehip Seed Oil — nourishing to the skin and hair.
Cacao Powder — adds natural brown / taupe color with major antioxidants to boot.
Lavender Essential Oil — has been used on skin traditionally for health and vibrance.
Rose Essential Oil — combats redness in sensitive skin (and smells heavenly).
Rosemary Essential Oil — promotes hair growth and prevents excess oil build up on skin around eyebrow.
Coloring Your Eyebrow Gel
If you would like to make your eyebrow gel into a color that matches your natural hair color (or is slightly darker, depending on your preference) follow my tips below for adding color that will suit you.
You will need cacao powder for blonde, beet powder for red and auburn and activated charcoal for brunette and black.
Test your color as you go by sweeping a light amount on your arm hairs using a clean eyebrow brush (spoolie). If your color is too light based on my below suggestions, add more cocoa / beet / charcoal as needed until you match yourself as desired.
Light blonde — add 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
Blonde — add 1 tsp cocoa powder
Dark Blonde — add 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
Red / Auburn — add 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp finely sifted beet powder
Brunette — add 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, 1/8 tsp activated charcoal powder
Deep Brunette — add 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp activated charcoal powder
Black — add 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder
Natural Eyebrow Gel Recipe
Makes: 1 small jar eyebrow gel
Notes: 1. Cocoa powder in this blend is an “all purpose” base color that works well on most blonde, ash blonde and light brunette hair. For darker colors or red hair see my guide above. 2. I have had mixed results with keeping my finished brow gel at room temp. I usually keep the final product in the fridge. 3. For clear eyebrow gel omit cocoa powder and add 1/4 tsp more honey. 4. Re: cacao powder: raw cacao powder tends to have a more red tint, roasted tends to have a deeper, ashier hue.
1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1/4 tsp Raw Honey
1/4 tsp Rhassoul Red Clay
1/4 tsp Jojoba oil
Optional: 3 drops Rose Hip Seed Oil (for extra eyebrow hair nourishment)
1 tsp finely sifted Cacao Powder (for darker color, add more cocoa, 1/8 tsp sifted beet powder or 1/8 tsp activated charcoal at a time until you get the color you want)
Store in a dry small jar with a lid OR add to a clean, dry previously used eyebrow gel applicator tube. Store in the fridge between uses. (It’s fine to leave it out overnight accidentally, it just keeps longer in the fridge).
To apply, use a clean rounded eyebrow brush (spoolie) and dip it lightly into the gel. Wipe away excess product off of the spoolie before applying — you only need a little bit at a time. Lightly sweep the gel into your brows in an upward motion. Apply more product as needed. Wipe away excess product from around your eyebrow using your fingernail or a clean cotton swab. Let dry completely to set product. Reapply as needed.
Try to avoid scratching / rubbing your eyebrow after applying. Reapply as needed with a clean eyebrow brush. Personally I rarely need to reapply this as it holds up all day!
To remove, simply wet your eyebrows and rub them with clean hands or a washcloth. You’ve basically worn a nourishing hair mask all day so no need to strip with alcohols or soapy cleansers.
This post was created in partnership with Mountain Rose Herbs, who I’m proud to have as an official blog sponsor. You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe in their extensive catalog of Organic, sustainably sourced ingredients for body, home, kitchen and garden. All of the words, content and opinions in this post are my own.