Our take on the classic castor oil lash treatment is texturally closer to a quick-melting cream than an oil, and fortified with Caffeine, Vitamin E and our blend of 4 herbs.
Apply daily, fully coating lashes from foot to tip. High oil content will prevent most makeup from setting, so we recommend applying serum as part of your evening skincare routine. Serum may also be applied to brows, scalp or any other area where increased hair growth is desired. Be careful not to get in eyes.
***Please note: it takes at least 3 months of continuous use for caffeine to begin to have a noticeable effect on hair growth.***
What's in the Bottle
Castor Oil is wildly popular as an at-home hair growth treatment, due in part to widespread anecdotal claims of its efficacy. Unfortunately, there isn't enough quality research into its use to either prove or disprove its effectiveness, much less identify a mechanism. The upshot is that it may promote hair growth, its use won’t harm hair or scalp health, and it has plenty of other highly moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to justify its inclusion in hair formulations.
Caffeine - Multiple studies in the past several decades have confirmed that caffeine stimulates hair growth by lengthening the growth phase of the hair growth cycle and suppresses the hormone DHT that is responsible for hair loss in both male and female pattern hair loss. Both drugs approved by the FDA to treat hair loss also affect hormonal hair loss by targeting DHT.
Ginseng has been indicated for hair growth in traditional Eastern medicine for centuries, but proper scientific study has not yet progressed beyond in vitro (or in the lab) studies confirming that it can reduce hair loss and may promote hair growth. Why this might be the case is not yet known, nor is the extent of efficacy outside of lab-controlled settings.
Rosemary is anti-inflammatory, has some antibacterial and antifungal properties, and may strengthen circulation. Although rosemary has been used as a hair loss treatment for centuries, proper modern medical research on its effectiveness is in its infancy. There is some evidence that it is also a DHT blocker, but results are not yet conclusive, and rosemary's impact on other types of hair loss has not yet been studied.
Nettle has been used as an herbal hair loss remedy for centuries, but lacks the modern research necessary to be termed a hair loss treatment. It is rich in silica and sulpher, both of which have been indicated in hair loss prevention, may be yet another DHT blocker, and contains both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Nettle improves shine, and, if steeped into a tea and used as a rinse can darken lighter hair colors.
Marshmallow is softening and produces a significant amount of mucilage, a thick, slippery protectant produced by some plants. Mucilage can help detangle hair by making it more slippery, and bonds to keratin, which can make hair strands appear thicker. Marshmallow is also an emollient that softens and moisturizes.
Vitamin E (tocopherol) is not the all-round natural wonder drug it is often hawked as, but does have two specific beneficial properties. It is strongly moisturizing and a powerful antioxidant. There is some early evidence that tocopherol improves hair growth, and the shininess of hair damaged by heat or chemicals, but research not extensive enough to be considered conclusive.
Not Just Lashes
This highly concentrated, highly emollient serum can be used anywhere you want to promote hair growth, such as eyebrows, hairline, or beard. If you decide to use it on your hair, we recommend applying it at night, as sparingly as possible, as close to the scalp as possible, as the high castor oil content can make all but the driest hair appear greasy.
Full Ingredient List
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Aqua (Water), Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Extract), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Caffeine, Citric Acid (Vitamin C), Rosemary Officinales (Rosemary), Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow), Panax Ginseng Root (Ginseng), Fragrance