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How to Make A Nightly Conditioning Serum for Brows and Lashes

I wanted to make a lash and brow serum to use nightly as a conditioner, which helps strengthen and potentially has the ability to keep lashes from falling out. While not enough conclusive research has been done to show the full benefits of using castor oil on the scalp and hair, it is well-known for its ability to condition and protect. If you want more moisturized, healthy lashes and brows, give this a go!

Olive oil is full of antioxidants that prevent oxidative spoilage and protects skin and hair from free radical damage. It has also been used to treat lashes that are prone to falling out, typically due to use of lash curlers, mascara, etc.

Jojoba oil acts as a nutritive and a protector of the hair follicle, preventing damage and fall-out. It is very similar to the naturally occurring oils in your skin! It has been used for lashes and skincare for years, with great results when used nightly.

These oils are considered eye safe, however, it’s best to avoid getting them into your eyes. Oils can cause iirritation and blurred vision (from the oil temporarily clouding your sight) if left in the eye. If you’ve ever used an oil cleanser and gotten some in your eyes, you know exactly what I mean. If you do end up with oil in your eye, you can rinse them with warm water until your sight returns to normal.

To apply, simply brush a tiny amount of this serum onto your lashes with a q-tip or a spoolie before bed and rinse gently in the morning. It’s important to use this nightly to get the full benefits, which you will begin to see after 3-6 months of use! The lifecycle of hair tends to be this length, which means new growth could take a while to appear.

I suggest keeping your spoolie separate from the container you use to avoid bacteria. Wash between eyes and before use. Dry thoroughly before dipping into the serum. It should stay good for at least a year, most likely much longer. Make in small batches to avoid contamination, much like you would when buying or creating mascara.

Many people experience great results with more occlusive substances such as coconut oil and petrolatum jelly/Vaseline, however, as someone who has suffered from sties in the past and tends to break out when using coconut oil, I chose less commonly comedogenic oils for this recipe.

Let me know if you use this recipe and how it works for you! Feel free to make changes and experiment with the amounts of each oil. Remember to practice safe formulation and always patch test before going in to a sensitive area like your eyelashes!

Now, on to the recipe.

What You’ll Need:

  • Rosemary or 3 drops Rosemary Essential oil (optional, infused/diluted into the oils)
  • 4 tbsp Castor Oil
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Jojoba Oil

That’s it! Nothing crazy or hard to find. Just a few simple ingredients mixed well together to condition your lashes and brows!

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