What do you think of your lashes?  I am being serious.

Are they less than voluminous? Barely there?  Are you wearing too much mascara to just show that they are existent?

I have always had long lashes, but I was starting to feel like my lashes were missing something.  They seemed lackluster.

I started to do my research, because I knew that the conventional lash growers had tons of chemicals in them.  I really, really didn’t want to go this route. Especially since the pharmaceutical brand claims that it can cause permanent brown pigmentation on the iris.  Yum, no—I like my green eyes. No thank you to serious side-effects.

I am going to be honest, a few years back I did try lash extensions. It was before I started to turn my personal care items over to the green side.  Through my personal experience, I found many cons.

  1. The upkeep was serious business. I was recommended to go every 2-3 weeks to get more lashes and you must lie there for 30 minutes or longer to get it done. (This was painful for me since I hate sitting still.)
  2. I had to be careful how I slept because I could wake up to eyelashes on my pillow from laying on my face, etc. (And I didn’t want anything to make me go back to the chair sooner and get them filled. See above.)
  3. When they start to fall because your lashes grow; it is a natural process, they can fall off in the most inconvenient places. What this means is that your lashes on each eye look different and unbalanced depending where they fall on each eye. (This drove me crazy because I am a perfectionist about this stuff.)
  4. After I let them all fall off, I felt like my lashes were weaker than they had ever been in the past. (Really it is a no-brainer, you are putting glue on your lashes and the extensions can pull on your natural lashes.)

So, I have been there done that— and I don’t want to revisit.

After all my research, I found two ways to naturally enhance and nourish my lashes. I am going to give you an awesome DIY way to care for your lashes, and for those who are not into DIY, I am going to give a ready-made serum that works amazing.  Both are tested and true, so let’s get to it.

I have found this duo awesome for stimulating, restoring and strengthening lashes, as well as helping fill in eyebrows. These are my natural lashes below, to show you how it has worked for me, after consistent use.  I go back and forth between the two of these methods, and sometimes I do them together.  The bottom line is, just like anything in life, nurturing something helps it grow.

  • DIY Eyelash and Brow Serum

What you need: All you need is castor oil, lavender and cedarwood essential oils (rosemary optional). You can buy empty mascara tubes on Amazon.

How to make: Take one of the empty tubes and place 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of cedarwood (add 10 drops of rosemary here if you would like to include that too, I like it in mine) and fill the rest of the tube up with organic castor oil.  Put the lid on and shake.  Done.

How it works: Apply to your lashes morning and evening—as well as your brows if you would like some growth there too.

(Side note: I wouldn’t use just any essential oil on my eyes. If you try this, make sure that you are using 100% therapeutic oil…I only use Young Living—the only ones I trust. If you have questions, contact me.  I researched these oils for a long time and I am always happy to answer questions and to help you get set up.)

How the ingredients work:

Castor Oil: This oil is rich in vitamin E, proteins and minerals to assist hair growth.  It is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial

Lavender: It helps promotes healthy hair growth by helping to provide needed nutrients and vitamins to the scalp. Aside from also being an antiseptic, it also has circulatory benefits. —Great for stimulating that follicle on your eyelashes.

Cedarwood: Helps to support stimulate the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp, as well. Cedarwood will also add moisture to your lashes. (Bonus!)

OPTIONAL: You can add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil to this blend as well.  Rosemary is rich in antioxidants and may lower DHT (dihyroxytestosterone) that can improve hair growth.  It is also said to promote healing.

ANOTHER QUICK BEAUTY TIP: Put a drop of each oil in your mascara to promote healthy lashes all day!

If you put the serum on in the morning and at night and wear your infused mascara all day, you are supporting your lashes 24/7.

Who else finds this amazing!?

If you aren’t into making your own products, I have used Eye Wonder from Monat and it works wonders.

What it is: Eye Wonder is formulated with clinically-proven natural ingredients, like Capixyl (strengthens and conditions) and Fision KeraVeg18, a vegetable-based alternative to animal keratin (adds luster and strength).  You can check out this post here that goes into details about Monat’s specific ingredients and it goes into what they do.

What is it without: Phthalates, PEGs, DEA/MEAs, Sulfates, Parabens, Harsh Salt Systems, Harmful Colors or Harmful Fragrance.

How it works: Apply to your lashes morning and evening—as well as your brows if you would like some growth there too.

I have used both ways on my lashes and have noticed improvement in texture, fullness and length.  Above is a picture of my lashes after using these methods. They are completely natural. I have mascara on in this image (My mascara post here shows what clean mascaras I am loving right now), but the amount I am using is way less. I see a huge difference in my every day.

I am a mascara girl all the way, but I feel better and more confident when I am not wearing any now because my lashes are that much healthier.

If you take the time to care for your lashes, the benefits will show.  It goes to prove that caring for your lashes naturally does work!

If you are interested in either of these ways to naturally enhances your lashes.  You can check out my Monat page, as well as my oils page.  Both companies align with my mission.

If you have questions, you can go to the hair tab on the menu of the home page and look to the right-hand side of the screen.  Send me an e-mail with your questions and I will answer.  Same goes for the oils tab on the home page—send me a message through the right-hand side of the oil-page screen. I love answering your questions!