Beauty recipe: Grow lashes, grow!

If there is one thing the Egyptian women of 3400 BCE and I have in common, it’s the desire to have longer, thicker, darker lashes. Of course! They were doing it to ward off the evil eye (since eyes are windows to the soul, they need to be protected against the devil) and shield their peepers against sun, sweat and debris, while I simply want a stunning pair that will make my eyes look gorgeous. Oh! And while those gorgeous Egyptians were zealous proponents of a “lash growth serum” made from honey, crocodile dung, ivory, bone and water, I would rather opt for something less… um… disgusting. Thank you very much.

But then there is the little caveat that I am paranoid about putting anything in or around my eyes unless it’s 300% safe. Which can’t be said with full confidence for the new lash growth formulations, like Latisse and Careprost, all of which have the potential of leading to dry eyes, eyelid skin darkening, redness and itchiness. So, time to turn to an old and well established recipe that’s been around for about a century and, according to wise women wisdom, works every single time.

Eyelash serum: Longer, thicker, darker

2 tablespoons castor oil
4 tablespoons vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 old mascara or nail polish container (washed well)
1 mascara wand (washed well)

First, blend both the oils together and then and add the aloe vera gel to this mix. Shake well and pour into the container. Apply a light layer to lashes (or brows!) with the mascara wand every night before going to bed. Follow up with a thin layer right at the lash line with a clean eye liner brush or cotton bud. Repeat daily for 6 weeks.

eye-lash-growthDoes this recipe actually work? To track the results, I took “before” and “after” pix of my lashes over a course of 6 weeks. As you can see, I had very sparse, very light lashes a month-and-a-half back. Without mascara, they would seem almost invisible. These have metamorphosed into long, dark and downright fluttery ones now… in fact, when I wear mascara it often ends up streaking my sunglasses. Seriously! My dermatologist does not find this at all surprising since it’s an established fact that castor oil thickens the lashes, while both aloe vera gel and vitamin E accelerate their length. Yay 🙂

Here are two more classic lash growth recipes for those who are interested. I haven’t tried these personally but have friends who vouch for them 100%.

Eyelash serum: Conditioning & lengthening blend

1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
1 tablespoon jojoba or flaxseed oil
1 teaspoon strong chamomile tea

Apply this conditioning mixture to your lashes twice a day with an old mascara wand that has been washed well in warm, soapy water. If you wear mascara, rinse the blend off 15 minutes after application and then apply your mascara. This is a very nourishing recipe for your eyelashes and it will protect them from drying and brittleness while accelerating their length.

Eyelash serum: Lash dye

1/4 cup crushed black walnut husks
1 tablespoon chopped sage
1 teaspoon strong chamomile tea

Strain the mixture and apply to your lashes twice a day with a cotton bud.

What’s your secret fluttery eyelash trick?


    • anubha says

      I made 2 batches – the first one was with freshly extracted aloe vera juice. The 2nd one was with organic pre-extracted juice from a health store. Both seemed to work equally well.

    • George says

      nearly anywhere! I saw it at 5 below, kroer, Meijer, target, etc. I personally use fruit of the earth 100% aloe Vera gel, and it’s quite inexpensive. And if all else fails, there’s always Amazon!😃

  1. junoesque says

    does this work for eyebrow hair too ? am sure i have lost hair off them – want luscious, thick brows 🙁

  2. Kristin says

    Wow! I can’t believe how well this worked! I’ve been using Nutraluxe MD serum for several months now, and it does work, but in all honesty it does dry out the delicate skin around my eyes and has even caused some discoloration. Does anyone know how long this mixture “keeps” for? Is it good until it’s gone, assuming you use it every night?

  3. cindredm says

    Amazing! I can’t wait to try this. But I had to laugh about the crocodile dung- what’s worse putting crocodile dung on your lashes or harvesting said crocodile dung? I conjured amusing images of crocodile wranglers risking life and limb for the beauty of their queen.

  4. AG says

    I’m definitely going to try this. I’m all about the natural methods. Latisse scares me. I actually took Dr. Christopher’s complete bone and tissue oral supplement to help with a soft tissue injury about a year ago, and it made my lashes really grow. I wasn’t sure if it was something that I should be taking long term so I stopped once my injury was healed, and sure enough my lashes went back to normal shorties. I’m 6 months pregnant now, so I’m not going to be taking it now or while I’m nursing. I was just thinking about it this week and how it will be quite a while before I could try taking it again. This sounds great though! And I want to use it on my eyebrows. The other morning my husband looked at me and said, “Have you been tweezing your eyebrows or something?” I said, “I never tweeze. I don’t have anything extra to take out. I just always fill them in every day, and this is me with a washed face.” He thought I’d gone all crazy and plucked out all my eyebrows! In your picture it looks like it made your lashes darker as well. That would be awesome! I’m getting my supplies this weekend.

    • anubha says

      huge congratulations on the coming baby 🙂 And you are so right… these products are scary when you are pregnant. Let me know if the natural recipes worked for you!

      • AG says

        Thanks! This is baby #6 (and last). I bought my supplies on Saturday and started that night. If I remember I will take a picture tonight, though you may not be able to see anything. Mine look like your before picture, but blonde. Here’s hoping they get darker too!

  5. Jennifer Bennett says

    Could you tell me what brand Vitamin E Oil and also what brand Aloe Vera Gel you use? I’m having a hard time finding pure versions of either of these. Thanks!

    • anubha says

      Hi Jennifer, I normally use Colonial Dames Pure Vitamin E Oil and Forever Living Aloe Vera Gel… these have worked well for me in the past.

      • Amy says

        Since you use Forever Living aloe vera gel, do you need to store the eyelash serum in the refrigerator?

      • Lynn says

        I am having a hard time finding pure Aloe Vera Gel. Most have additives like citric acid, carbomers, etc.
        is the Forever Living that you use called GELLY?
        I am concerned about putting certain ones close to my eye and most say
        “Avoid eye contact”
        Which Aloe do I get?
        Thank you so much

  6. Lizzie says

    You have no idea how happy I am that this works for eyebrows too! About a year ago a had a pair of cute glasses(I’m farsighted) that kept plucking the hairs out of the center of my brows. I’ve since had them replaced, but the hairs there never grew back. I’ve never had a problem with my eyelashes, but I might try it on them too, just for fun.

    • anubha says

      Tell me about it! I waxed off mine when I was 12 and half of them never grew back. Thankfully, this recipe helped. It was horrid going through life with half an eyebrow 🙁

  7. Helen says

    Well-those before and after pictures…WOW-i think that am going to mix together all the oils there is 😀 olive oil, castro oil, almond oil, e vitamin and aloe…and my eyelashes better be as gorgeous as yours 🙂 Thank you for inspiration!

      • Helen says

        Well, i will do this about 5 weeks…master plan is to see does this actually work in my lashes…i have been lash extention addict for years and my lashes are in good shape but now i just got tired of them…
        Actually i will do 2 serum test. In the evening homemade oil-mix on the lashes and Placenta Active serum (kind of new stuff in our market) in the morning before eye makeup…
        Lets seeee….:) and then i will share pictures:)

  8. Eva Zhang says

    Hi! Is there any way that u can post the pictures of castor oil, Vitamin E Oil, and Aloe Vera Gel that u r using, and list their names? I found so many different products using the names u provided. Thank u!

  9. preeti says

    ill try this 😀 .I hope my eyelashes grow longer 2!By the way which brand of castor oil did u use.I am from India.

  10. sara says

    tried today, got health aid aloe gel, it turned into a green liquid and complete concotion is a bit blotchy…is it suppose to be like that? it’s not crystal clear at all

  11. Anthony(ya male) says

    I am going to try this out, however I have SKEPTICAL that it actually grows your eyebrows FASTER, my guess, and that is all it is, is a GUESS. Is.. I am guessing that the oils will make it less prone to break or fall out..

    If that is what it does, I would try it, if they don’t break or fall out, naturally your eyelashes will become thicker and longer..

    As a male, I sometimes get compliments from females about my curly hair, being their “dream hair” If I could get girls to also compliment me on beautiful lashes, more power to me 😀

  12. elliot says

    When I was younger, i used to have really long and thick eyelashes. No longer 🙁 I was wondering, considering all this is about a year old, does this actually work?

  13. maryam says

    Hello Dear
    Your eyelashes inspired me to try this out.
    Can you please email me the name and the picture of the products you have used please??
    i struggle finding them.
    and can you please tell me about the storage of the mixture???
    shall i store it in the room temperature on in the fridge???
    many thanks
    waiting for your reply

  14. says

    Hi! Will you send a pic of all 3 oils to me as well? not sure which brand of castor oil to use. Also, on the Garnier Miracle Cream for night time,…Only found the Garnier in the green bottle promising results in 5 days. Which is better? Thank you!

  15. suzzette says

    Is it ok to wear mascara or make up while using this treatment? I would use this at night before sleep

  16. suzzy says

    Is it ok to wear mascara or make up while using this treatment? I would use this at night before sleep and of course make up throughout the dag

  17. Snow White says

    If I use this morning and night will my lashes grow faster? Or is it probably not worth doing it twice a day?

  18. says

    Hi I was wondering if you could give me the brand and what castor oil you use? Would olive oil work just as good? I am just not sure which castor oil to use.

  19. Natasha says

    Hi! The results you posted have impressed me to the point that I’m trying my best to clean out my old mascara bottle. I really need to know two things, if you’re even reading this: 1. How often do you have to repeat this 6 week procedure? OR is this to become a before every night routine (that’s all to maintain a visible result). 2. Do I have to remove the dosing nozzle on the top of the bottle to get the most of the mixture out of the bottle? I REALLY hope you read this, because I’m not sure if anyone else could answer me these questions. Thank you)

    • Connie Oliver says

      Amazson sells really nice empty bottles with a small brush that works great to line the eyes with the serum. Please everyone use organic oils when doing close to your eyes.

  20. Smridhi Sharma says

    I made my own mixture and have been using it since a month. It is showing results. I am so happy!!! I am using local drugstore aloe vera gel which is not like Forever living aloe vera gel. Mine is more like gelly types. Is it ok to uuse that? Also please tell me till how long this can be kept? Does it need any preservative to increase its shelf life??

  21. Tricia Davis says

    Can you please send a picture of the products you use and where to find them thank you and Jesus bless

  22. Djenner says

    Does the serum itself make the lashes darker ( mine are naturally blonde yellowish so no darkness in it). I tint them but they grow out too fast, I wonder if the walnut solution isn’t too messy to use in staining everything. Hopefully it doesn’t wash off.

  23. Iris says

    Hi, thanks for this wonderful tip. I have a question though, where shoukd I store the mixture? Thank you 🙂

  24. LilLai says

    Hello.Do you need to store this recipe in the refrigerator? And for how long does one batch of this recipe last? Every how many days do you need to change this recipe for good? Thanks.

  25. MsR1 says

    Firstly, thank u for such an incredible post ( <3 ), and secondly, I really need some extra advice as I want to whip this up soon, so here goes: –
    * For the 4 tbsps Vit. E oil – I'm using Vit. E (1,000 IU) capsules and I'm wondering if there's any difference in both, or if I should just puncture them as usual and measure out the contents.
    * Storage – I'm assuming that this concoction should be stored in the refrigerator, right?
    * Applying a thin layer along the lash line – I'm assuming that u mean the OUTER lash lines for both top & bottom, and NOT the INNER water lines, right? Also, is this mixture safe, or will there be harmful repercussions if any were to accidentally leak into my eyes, especially as I'm a contact-lens wearer?
    * Can I use this concoction both morning & evening, and under mascara?
    * I read a reply where u said u never had to repeat the treatment as the results seemed permanent. Since that time, have u ever had to repeat it or is the effect still permanent?

    I know I asked a lot, but I'll really appreciate your feedback…Thanks 🙂


  1. […] I am paranoid about putting anything in or around my eyes unless it’s 300% safe. Which can’t be said with full confidence for the new lash growth formulations, like Latisee and Careprost. So, time to turn to an old and well established recipe that’s been around for about a century and, according to wise women wisdom, works every single time.  […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *