Some years ago, I got an unexplained infection in my left eye. It lasted around 5 months and during the course of the infection my left eye was perpetually swollen and red. At one point, all of the lashes on my left eye fell out! Aside from erasing my faith in modern medicine (six different doctors couldn’t explain what the infection was or how it went away), I had to rethink my eye-care regime. One of the key changes I made was switching over from regular mascara to so-called organic or natural mascara. Gone were the days of using my old favorites–like Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara or Imju Dejavu’s Fiberwig–since these harsh mascara formulas seemed to irritate my newly sensitive eye even more than usual. So I hunted for something more benign and tried out Neutrogena’s Healthy Lengths Mascara and Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara because both products claim to use natural ingredients that are gentler to the eyes. I liked a couple of the gentler formula mascaras but my hands-down favorite turned out to be Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara. This mascara is formulated without any parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes or sulfates. It also apparently has a liberal dose of beeswax for natural waterproofing power. While I’m skeptical of anything natural (after all, arsenic poison is natural), I found Tarte’s mascara to really deliver–my lashes looked thick, long and clump-free. And, most importantly, at the end of the day, my eyes were clear and not at all irritated.